Saints News: Derek Carr trade rumors and Mike LaFleur available as OC

Leigh Oleszczak
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In Saints news, Derek Carr posted what seemed to be a good-bye to Raiders fans. Carr could be someone the Saints are interested in adding this offseason. Also in Saints news, Mike LaFleur was fired by the Jets. Could NOLA be a landing spot for the offensive coordinator?

Carr has spent his entire nine-year career with the Raiders after they spent a second-round pick on him in 2014. His head coach during his rookie season was none other than Dennis Allen. That could be a reason for Carr to waive his no-trade clause to come to New Orleans.

As for LaFleur, a big reason for the Jets' offensive failures this year stemmed from them not having a good quarterback. Sounds familiar, huh?

Here's what's trending in Saints news.

Derek Carr landing spots in 2023: Six potential trade fits for three-time Pro Bowl QB [Eric Edholm, NFL.com]

"Carr and Saints head coach Dennis Allen were together in Allen’s first head-coaching job with the Raiders during Carr’s rookie year of 2014, although Allen only lasted four games that season before being fired. It’s hard to imagine their relationship or trust level being so strong after such a short time together, although Carr was Allen’s Week 1 starter as a second-round pick that year and prior to the Saints facing the Raiders this season, Carr reflected positively on their time together. "

From Edholm's article

Yes, the Saints are one of the six teams who make the cut here. I do agree with Edholm here that Carr and Allen probably didn't spend enough time together during the 2014 season for that relationship to be super meaningful but as Edholm notes, Carr said nice things about Allen. That's definitely something.

Mike LaFleur parts ways with Jets, should draw interest from the Saints [Ross Jackson, Saints Wire]

"LaFleur blends precise short and intermediate attacks (taking what the defense gives them) with a heavy infusion of misdirection. That includes pre-snap motion, play flow misdirection and more. Just go watch one of the Jets’ early-season games and you see it. The way he then continued to maximize the skills of rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson despite the quarterback carousel deserves praise as well. Now imagine what he could do with Wilson’s former teammate in New Orleans, Chris Olave along with rising star Rashid Shaheed."

From Jackson's article

People might see that LaFleur was the Jets' offensive coordinator and then not be interested because the Jets were lackluster offensively down the stretch but that's not fair to him. The quarterback issues really hampered what LaFleur could do with his unit and he still got quite a lot out of Garrett Wilson. I'd definitely be interested in the Saints bringing him in.

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Despite 1,000-yard season as a rookie, New Orleans receiver Chris Olave thinks there is plenty of room for improvement [John DeShazier, New Orleans Saints website]

There weren't a ton of positives from the 2022 season but Chris Olave was certainly one of them. Some wondered if the team gave up too much when trading up to the No. 11 spot to nab him but clearly that was not a mistake. Olave is a stud and gives the Saints their WR1 of the future.

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