5 potential landing spots for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr

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2. Los Angeles Chargers

The official (and mutual?) decision to part ways with Philip Rivers leaves the Chargers in need of a quarterback, with multiple directions they can go in a deep market at the position. Tom Brady? Jameis Winston? Teddy Bridgewater? Cam Newton? The draft? (Justin Herbert?, Tua Tagovailoa?). As they look to stay competitive next season with the move into the Rams’ stadium, trading for Carr and then drafting a quarterback like Jake Fromm in the second round might be a path to consider.

If nothing else the Chargers are plenty familiar with Carr, having faced him twice a year in the AFC West for the last six years. Depending in some part on how some free agency plans take shape, including retaining one or both of Melvin Gordon or Austin Ekeler at running back and if tight end Hunter Henry is re-signed, there will be plenty of talent around whoever the quarterback is (Keenan Allen, Mike Williams). The Chargers should be prioritizing the offensive line this offseason too.

As much as he has as say in the matter, and based on how openly offended he has been when the Raiders have seemed to entertain other quarterback options, Carr may relish the idea of facing his former team twice next season. The Chargers are the only team that can offer that promise, and the Raiders may not be afraid to trade Carr within the division if it comes to that.