3 Dark Horse Teams That Could Trade for Derek Carr

David Kaestle
Three teams that could be dark horses in trading for Derek Carr.
Three teams that could be dark horses in trading for Derek Carr. / Associated Press

Derek Carr's time as a Las Vegas Raider will soon come to an end. While there has been speculation for weeks, even months, that this might be the case following this season, Carr made it clear it was happening via his Twitter on Thursday when he penned an emotional goodbye to Raiders fans and the organization.

Now, there is a firm timeline of February 15 of when we could see a Derek Carr trade. After that date, Carr's $40.4 million salary becomes fully guaranteed.

Dark Horse Trade Candidates For Derek Carr

While there are some more obvious potential suitors like the Atlanta Falcons or New York Jets, there are other dark-horse teams that could sneak into the Carr sweepstakes. Let's take a look at three potential teams that might not be top of mind when thinking of who will acquire Carr.

3. Green Bay Packers

The Packers once again somehow enter the offseason with a question mark at QB despite the presence of four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers. Nevertheless, Rodgers has grown increasingly unhappy in Green Bay in recent seasons and could be looking for a way out after the team traded away his top receiver and missed the playoffs last year. Still just 31 years old, Carr is significantly younger than Rodgers (39) and would likely welcome a move to Green Bay, especially given the team's recent success.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers will need a new quarterback at some point in the next year or two, regardless of what Tom Brady does this offseason. With Brady set to be an unrestricted free agent and likely looking to leave after a frustrating season with Tampa Bay, the Bucs will likely be in the QB market and looking for a younger, longer-term solution. Carr would fit the bill nicely, and Tampa Bay's roster has enough pieces and draft capital to build an attractive trade package.

1. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans is still looking for an answer at quarterback after Drew Brees' retirement. Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton aren't it, but maybe Carr could be? The Saints are clearly in need of a QB but don't own a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, which makes finding a good one in the draft difficult. However, it shouldn't cost a first-round pick to acquire Carr. New Orleans is well over the cap, so it will have to find ways to clear a whole bunch of cap space and/or send money back in a deal, which can be challenging but isn't impossible.

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