Derek Carr would make the NOLA Saints a Super Bowl contender

Derek Carr (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Derek Carr (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

The NOLA Saints were recently linked to current Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and it makes sense as to why. The black and gold would be a team to be reckoned with if Carr joined them in the 2022 season.

Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that Carr’s future with the Raiders would hinge on who the next head coach of the team is. If they go their separate ways, Rapoport listed the Saints as a potential landing spot.

Carr might not be in the top tier of quarterbacks but teams don’t have to have that kind of guy to win a Super Bowl. The Saints proved this past season that their defense is good enough to win big games, shutting out the explosive Bucs offense on a Sunday night game in December.

While the Saints need Michael Thomas and another weapon or two they can lean on in the passing game, another major weakness on their roster was at quarterback. Even when Jameis Winston was healthy, he wasn’t lighting it up as the quarterback of the Saints.

NOLA Saints would be a Super Bowl contender with Derek Carr

Carr threw for 4,804 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 14 picks this past season with the Raiders but the team made the playoffs and he was a big reason as to why. Vegas went through a ton of off-the-field drama yet Carr kept them in playoff contention in the final few weeks of the season.

Giving Carr a receiver like Thomas, a running back like Alvin Kamara, and an offensive line that — when healthy — can give him all the time he needs to throw could set him up for tremendous success in New Orleans. He’s also never had a coach as good as Sean Payton, who could do great things with a quarterback like Carr.

The Saints are going to be linked to most of the available quarterbacks due to the roster they have but the funds are the biggest thing standing in their way of landing any of these guys. Carr might be one of the more affordable options though, so it’s not crazy to imagine a scenario where he’s donning black and gold instead of black and silver.

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If New Orleans could get him, however, they’d be set up for success.