The Las Vegas Raiders will soon need to decide on quarterback Derek Carr. His playing days with the Silver and Black are over, but his actual career will go on. On Thursday, while on the topic of calling Carr’s final game in Pittsburgh, Rich Eisen stated that there’s no way an NFL team is taking on Carr’s current contract.
No one’s paying serious money for Derek Carr, right?
Eisen’s co-host gave him a breakdown of what Carr’s current deal looks like. At least, that’s the gist of it. Essentially, if a team trades for Carr, they’d be inheriting a bloated contract. They’d have to pay No. 4 nearly $33 million next season. After that, they’d be on the hook for almost $42 million each of the next two seasons thereafter, per Spotrac. Clearly, this was more than what the Raiders were comfortable paying. Had Carr played in those two final games and been injured, Eisen wouldn’t have been having that conversation. The Raiders would have been on the hook for it.
In response to said numbers, Eisen said, “That’s not happening. No team is going to acquire him for those numbers, and the Raiders won’t get the value that they consider for those numbers. [Meanwhile] the clock ticks; three days after the Super Bowl this decision has to be made.”
Eisen also went on to state that in his opinion, Carr will simply be a free agent when the new league year begins. Rather risk a trade in which an NFL team could rescind their offer, the Raiders would be better off simply cutting Carr. Looking back, it’s a shame how this went down. At least, from the Raiders’ perspective. In fact, the word is, the Raiders could’ve received two first round picks from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Carr, supposedly. Regardless, as Eisen said, no one’s paying that much coin for a quarterback that’s never won a playoff game.
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