It sounds like trade discussions are heating up for the Las Vegas Raiders’ nine-year starting quarterback, Derek Carr. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on SportsCenter this weekend that there is a market for Carr’s services.
“Derek Carr, he will be traded; that is the expectation,” Fowler said. “I’m told that he’s started to do his homework on prospective teams. He has a no-trade clause, so he’s got a lot of power here. The teams I talk to expect a variation of the Saints, the Commanders, and the Jets to all inquire. I’m told some teams have already made some early initial calls to the Raiders but still in the process of coming out of the season. There’s not a lot of traction yet. Expect this to heat up closer to the Super Bowl.”
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Derek’s brother, David, had recently indicated that the youngest Carr will be looking for a stable situation, so the Commanders are a somewhat questionable landing spot with owner Daniel Snyder looking to sell the team. However, Washington does have a solid stable of receivers and has been looking for a quarterback for a few years now.
It feels like the Jets would be Carr’s preferred destination out of those three. They were close to being a wild card team and have a young, up-and-coming roster and head coach with Roberts Saleh. Meanwhile, the Raiders’ soon-to-be former quarterback could reunite with his first NFL head coach, Dennis Allen, in New Orleans.
Trade compensation-wise, the Commanders have eight draft picks (four in the first four rounds), the Jets have six (four) and the Saints have seven (three).
Fowler also discussed the possibility of Tom Brady heading to Las Vegas:
“Expectation is that he’ll take his time here. A couple of weeks, maybe a month to figure out whether he’s going to play or not,” the insider explained. “Should he play, the Raiders believe they’ll be a player, they expect to be one of a handful of teams to be in the mix. The [Tampa Bay Buccaneers] certainly have not given up hope. They believe they have a good chance to get him back. We’ll see, it sounded like Tom Brady said a bit of his farewells at his press conference.”
In other Raiders’ links:
- Maxx Crosby has a blunt message for Lil John: “Yeah he’s cut. [skull emojis],” the Pro Bowl defensive end tweeted after the rapper was seen wearing Kansas City Cheifs gear after performing during this weekend’s playoff game.
- 81 percent of fans believe Brady should retire: But would you want to see him make a last-ditch effort in the silver and black?
- Josh McDaniels wants veteran QB: “Some executives who have had contact with Raiders Coach Josh McDaniels believe he’s inclined to want a strong veteran around next season, not just a rookie passer,” via the Washington Post.
- Their way or the highway: “The Patriot Way is now the Silver & Black method under Ziegler and McDaniels,” pens our Ray Aspuria.