The Las Vegas Raiders made a rare postseason appearance this year, only for it to end disappointingly as they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Wild Card Weekend.
The Raiders haven't won a playoff game in nearly two decades, signalling that something has to chance ahead of the 2022 NFL season. That includes moving on from quarterback Derek Carr, who's been Las Vegas' starter since 2014.
While Carr is far from an awful quarterback, the Raiders haven't had any meaningful success with him under center. With one year remaining on his contract and a $19.8 million cap hit, it could be mutually beneficial for both sides to move on this offseason.
Here's a look at the three most likely trade destinations for Derek Carr this offseason.
Derek Carr Trade Destinations
1. New York Giants
The New York Giants have been a sub-.500 team in eight of the last nine seasons and it's clear that Daniel Jones is not the answer under center. Even on his worst day, Carr is an upgrade over Jones, who has thrown for nearly as many interceptions (17) as he has touchdown passes (21) over the last two seasons. Co-owner John Mara has made it clear that he's never been as embarrassed by the Giants as he was this year, so it's likely changes are coming. What better way to fix a huge hole than by bringing in a starting quarterback like Carr? He likely won't make them instant contenders, but New York has several young pass-catching options that he could do a lot of damage with and help turn this ship around.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs was likely Ben Roethlisberger's finale one as a Steeler. Pittsburgh's only QB under contract in 2022 is Mason Rudolph, who hasn't exactly looked like a legitimate starter in his limited playing time. If the Steelers don't want to drop to the AFC's cellar, bringing in an experienced quarterback like Carr would help keep things afloat while also boosting the team's offense. He averaged nearly 50 more passing yards per game than Roethlisberger did this season and would help young players like Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris take their game to the next level. Unless Pittsburgh wants to blow things up, management should consider calling Las Vegas at some point.
3. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers were a quarterback carousel of mediocrity this season. The team gave starts to Sam Darnold, Cam Newton and P.J. Walker, all producing little to no results. Carolina could always use the sixth overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft on a quarterback, though this year's projected first-round signal-callers aren't really seen as elite. If the Panthers feel the same way, it makes sense to use that pick on a different position while bringing in someone like Carr. The franchise hasn't had stability under center over the last several seasons and that needs to change to get back to the playoffs. Keeping that in mind, Carr can help solve that issue if the Panthers are willing to try.
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