With the Las Vegas Raiders’ deadline to either trade or release outgoing quarterback Derek Carr looming in eight days, there is finally some movement.
NFL Media is reporting that the New Orleans Saints have invited Carr for a visit and the Las Vegas Raiders are granting permission. The visit is expected to happen Wednesday. The report stated that no trade is looming.
Sources: The #Saints invited QB Derek Carr for a visit and the #Raiders have granted permission for that to happen. The plan is for a visit tomorrow. Carr, who has a no-trade clause, is doing due diligence and no trade is imminent. pic.twitter.com/kMSPW2NKaT— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 7, 2023
It was previously reported that the Raiders has granted Carr permission to talk to teams about a trade if they already agreed to compensation with the Raiders, according to the report that noted the Houston Texans did the same thing with quarterback Deshaun Watson before he was sent to the Cleveland Browns, So, if Carr and the Saints can come to a deal, a trade could be made quickly.
Just for clarity sake: The @Raiders and @Saints have agreed on compensation element of a trade for Derek Carr. That was always the requirement for any team to get permission to speak with Carr.— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) February 8, 2023
ESPN reported Tuesday night it will likely only take a third-round pick to make a trade and the biggest sticking point may be Carr reworking his contract to facilitate a trade.
So, the visit with the Saints is the first step. Carr has a no-trade clause and he could opt to just wait until the February 15 deadline when the Raiders would be forced to release him to avoid triggering more than $40 million in guaranteed money.
This visit in New Orleans gives the Raiders hope a trade could be made.
Carr will visit New Orleans seeing a familiar face. The Saints are coached by Dennis Allen, who was with the Raiders when they drafted in 2014. He was fired as head coach four games into Carr’s career. Perhaps they will be paired together again.