As most Las Vegas Raiders fans are aware of by now, former signal-caller Derek Carr is the talk of the town in Indianapolis. With the NFL Combine in full swing, Carr is meeting with various teams as he looks to decide on his future. Meanwhile, Rich Eisen is making his own case for Carr to sign with his team, the New York Jets.
Is Derek Carr the best available? Rich Eisen seems to think so…Â
The notion of Carr playing in cold weather surely brings up underwhelming memories for Raider Nation. In nearly a decade as the Raiders’ quarterback, Carr failed to deliver in such conditions. His final game in the Silver and Black saw him struggle mightily in Pittsburgh; is that what Eisen wants for the Jets? Perhaps it’s a matter of Carr being the best available. The fact is, it would be shocking if we saw Aaron Rodgers or Lamar Jackson go to a different team.
By default, Derek Carr becomes the next best thing. In Carr’s defense, No. 4 would actually have in New York what his apologists have always clamored for: a respectable defense. As far as Eisen is concerned, the Jets and general manager Joe Douglas should strike now. Why wait for Rodgers when a four-time Pro Bowler is on the market?
“You know what Derek Carr doesn’t cost you? [Not] a single thing except Woody Johnson’s money. That’s it. Rodgers and Lamar are going to cost multiple 1s and a lot of Johnson dollars. Derek Carr? Just a lot of money, that’s it. To me, that puts him to the top.”
If we’re being honest, it’s not that shocking to hear this from Rich Eisen. During Carr’s tenure with the Raiders, you’d often hear the NFL media legend defend the besieged quarterback. Even so, Eisen, better than anyone else, should know the New York media hasn’t been too keen on Carr becoming a Jet.
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