Derek Carr’s future with the Las Vegas Raiders is about to be clarified – Archyde

It seems like Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been a lame duck going into every recent offseason.

Though 30-year-old Carr put up some damn good numbers, he has a reputation for being nothing more than your average starter in today’s NFL.

His future with the Raiders seemed bleak as hell after the three-time Pro Bowler led them to a surprise playoff appearance this season.

Most notably, Jon Gruden’s decision to step down and an uncertainty surrounding the Raiders’ next manager led to rumors that Derek Carr may not be back with the team for a ninth season. When general manager Mike Mayock was fired, it didn’t bode well for Mr. Carr.

Until now.

The Raiders will be interviewing New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels later this week for their head coaching job. At this point, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that McDaniels will go to Sin City. In this scenario, Patriots de facto general manager Dave Ziegler would follow suit.

If so, NFL insider Mike Silver suggested it bodes well for Carr’s future in Las Vegas.

“If Josh McDaniels is hired as the Raiders’ next coach, Dave Ziegler would almost certainly be the GM. And in that scenario…the new coach and GM would come to Las Vegas with a high opinion of QB Derek Carr, I’m told. Carr has one year left on his contract.” silver listed.

This makes sense for a number of reasons. Bringing in those two Patriots characters lends credibility to the idea that the Raiders will value Carr as their more prototypical quarterback relative to other candidates. Both Tom Brady and Mac Jones are prime examples of this.

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January 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an AFC Wild Card Playoff soccer game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

As Silver noted, Carr still has one more season on his current five-year, $125 million contract. He is expected to count just $19.88 million for the 2022 cap. In today’s NFL, that’s an absolute steal for a starter-caliber quarterback.

The Raiders have concerns across the roster. You can just count on Carr to do his thing next season while filling in some weaknesses. The team could also choose to extend the former Fresno State star. There are many options on the table here.

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There’s also this thing called leadership. Though the Raiders struggled with turmoil most teams could hardly imagine coming into the 2021 season, Carr was able to lead the team to a rare playoff appearance. During that time, he was praised by several teammates, including coping with the tragedy surrounding former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs.

On the field, Carr has continued to play pretty good football.

Despite the Raiders’ lack of overall success with Carr under center (57-70 career record), those numbers are hard to ignore.

As for the McDaniels pairing, just look at what the widely respected offensive spirit got out of Mac Jones as a rookie last regular season. All this cannot be lost.

Sure, Vegas will likely be looking around to see if there’s a blockbuster trade it might be able to pull off. Both Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson could become available.

Until then, Carr remains the best option.

Should McDaniels and Ziegler travel to Las Vegas, that seems the most likely end result.

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