The Las Vegas Raiders have made the NFL Playoffs once in the nine seasons quarterback Derek Carr has been leading the offense. The frustration of another disappointing season came to a head this past week when the 31-year-old was benched in favor of Jarrett Stidham for the final two matchups.
Trade rumors are going to circulate about Carr considering it is the next logical move for Las Vegas. Although Carr has a no-trade clause worked into his contract, he could easily waive it in order to place himself on a team capable of making the playoffs. Here's a look at three realistic destinations.
Derek Carr Destinations
1. New York Jets
The Jets are the one team in the NFL that is loaded at almost every position besides quarterback. Their defense has posted the sixth-best total DVOA rating in the NFL and wide receiver Garrett Wilson is the favorite to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year. The drafting of Zach Wilson was a disaster for New York and acquiring Carr would put the team in contention to win the AFC East as soon as 2023. Carr owns a career touchdown to interception ratio of 217 to 99 and his mark of 4 four-quarter comebacks in 2022 only trails two other QBs. Keep in mind New York has more than enough draft capital to make a deal worthwhile for the Raiders as well.
2. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts find themselves in a similar position as the Jets. They boast a top-10 total DVOA rating on defense and feature multiple big weapons on offense (Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman). The front office has brought in multiple veteran QBs over the last few years such as Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan. However, none of them have worked out. The Colts could draft a QB with their projected top-five pick in the spring, but GM Chris Ballard has shown time and time again that he favors established options. Carr is a three-time Pro Bowler and adding him to the mix would help Indianapolis compete in an AFC South division that lacks a dominating team.
3. New Orleans Saints
Much like the AFC South, the NFC South lacks a truly commanding team right now. While the Buccaneers are on pace to win their second straight divisional title, they only own a 7-8 record through 15 weeks. The added possibility of quarterback Tom Brady retiring this offseason gives the Saints an opportunity to take over. New Orleans' roster is filled to the brim with talented defenders and features an All-Pro running back in Alvin Kamara as well as an exciting rookie wide receiver in Chris Olave. Jameis Winston cannot stay healthy and Andy Dalton has proven he is not a playoff-caliber QB anymore. Giving Carr a chance to prove he has what it takes to compete may be just the spark this Saints team needs.
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