The New Orleans Saints need a quarterback in 2022 and there might be a chance that Derek Carr hits the trade market this offseason. If he does, NOLA needs to be calling the Las Vegas Raiders and see what it might take to land him in a trade.
Before we dive more into that, let’s explore the Carr situation playing out in Las Vegas.
CBS Sports Radio noted on Wednesday afternoon that the Raiders are considering benching Carr and giving Marcus Mariota a deeper look to see if he’s worth investing in for the future. Steve Tannen mentions in the tweet below that Carr is in the backend of his deal, so Carr’s contract would be an easy one to move.
Saints should be interested in Derek Carr if he hits the market
The Raiders have been a mess this season, as per usual. There was the situation with Jon Gruden that led to him resigning, then Henry Ruggs’ car accident where he killed someone and was released by the team, and another former first-round pick getting released. It’s been a mess for the Raiders who started the season 3-0 and are now 6-7 on the year and last in the AFC West.
Through all of this, Carr is obviously going to take some of the blame for the team’s production (or lack thereof) considering that he’s the quarterback but it can’t all fall on his shoulders.
Through 13 starts this season, the Raiders signal-caller has thrown for 3,926 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. His numbers aren’t eye-popping by any means but Carr would give the Saints a much better quarterback option for 2022 than what they currently have on their roster.
Carr, a former second-round pick out of Fresno State, turns 31 this offseason and has just one year remaining on his contract. Per Spotrac, Carr is set to make over $19 million next year. If the Saints were to be the team to land Carr in a trade, they’d likely extend him and keep him tied to New Orleans for three or four more years.
With how deep in cap hell NOLA is, it could be difficult for them to really make a true run at Carr but it’d be easier to acquire him over Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers.
Would trading for Derek Carr be something you’d want to see the New Orleans Saints attempt?