There have been rumors about the Las Vegas Raiders trading quarterback Derek Carr in the last three seasons. Will he be the starting quarterback in 2021? Here are three potential landing spots for ‘4’ and what it could take for the Raiders to trade him.
Where could the Raiders quarterback land?
1. The Washington Football Team
This trade could be a win for both sides. Washington has a stout defense, and solid offensive talent as well, everything Carr needs to succeed. Moreover, the quarterback would be reunited with Washington’s defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, the Raiders head coach from 2015 to 2017.
Del Rio may even pound the table for it if they get desperate. Washington was a playoff team and division winner in 2020. Add Carr and they might make even more noise. A first-round pick and a young defensive player would have the Raiders listening. However, two first-round picks would have them sold.
2. Carolina Panthers
Carolina holds the eighth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They could swap selections and get the Raiders’ 17th pick in a trade for Derek Carr. Las Vegas could trade up and get a quarterback for their future with the eighth pick, or they could stick with Marcus Mariota on a cheap contract and spend it on defense. They could then draft one in the second round since this upcoming draft seems to be loaded with potentially good quarterbacks.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis is an intriguing option. They missed out on quarterback Matthew Stafford after Phillip Rivers retired. Carr would actually be perfect in ‘Indy’ because of how balanced their running game is. The Colts ranked tenth in the NFL in rushing attempts and 11th in rushing yards.
Carr is one of the most accurate passers in the NFL, and the ‘Horseshoe’ has a top 10 offensive line as well. Also, they have a top defense. That’s a perfect situation for Carr. The Colts could give a first-round pick and a young defensive player or two first-round picks for Derek Carr if they got desperate enough.
The Raiders don’t NEED to trade Derek Carr. However, if you have a chance to upgrade at the quarterback position, you should do so. He is good, but so far, he hasn’t proved he can win. So far, he’s had one winning season in seven years, and it was five years ago. His overall career record is 43-67 And he has had many chances.
If he’s still a Raiders after this year’s draft, forget about him getting traded. But until then, the Raiders should listen to offers, and if they get one they can’t refuse, they shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
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