The legendary Rich Eisen is a well-known New York Jets fan, and he wasn’t hiding his desire to see his team pick up Derek Carr. Unfortunately for Eisen, the former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback has decided to head to the bayou. There, he’ll join the New Orleans Saints and reunite with his first head coach, Dennis Allen.
“Derek Carr just got signed, and he hasn’t won a playoff game, let me look it up, ever. I love this business; it’s the team he apparently wanted all along. On one hand, I say congratulations to him for signing with the team he wanted to, all along. While offering my condolences, I say that there goes his first ballot Hall of Fame career because he could’ve had it with the Jets.”
Now, if you’re familiar with Eisen, you know that was mostly in jest and not to be taken too literally. However, what stood out was Eisen’s reference to “business.” As most Raiders fans recall, their team was in talks with the Saints, orchestrating a possible trade. That trade would’ve seen Dave Ziegler and Co. receive some draft capital in exchange for the ousted quarterback.
It was just business, right?
Regrettably, Carr put the kibosh on all of that. Instead, the Raiders were going to let No. 4 walk without getting anything in return.
“All I’m saying is that he wound up on the team that the Raiders were getting ready to send him to. But he’s just like, ‘Yeah, you don’t get compensation, sorry.’ That’s not petty; it’s business.”
Say what you will about Rich Eisen, but he’s been around for a while. He knows better than most that there was no realistic scenario where Carr would’ve helped the Raiders. Despite how you feel about the quarterback, he was benched with two games left, an abrupt end to a nearly decade-long run. For now, Carr will take his talent to the Saints, where, no doubt, he’ll be joined by many of his supporters.
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