Derek Carr is going to be hitting NFL free agency for the first time in his professional career.
While explored the notion of being dealt, Derek Carr will not be waiving his no-trade clause.
The team that had been tied to Carr the most in the so-called trade process were the New Orleans Saints. They are led by his former head coach Dennis Allen, but the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback still would not waive his trade clause. Frankly, he could still end up there, but the Saints have the worst cap situation in the league. For that reason, they may be out of the mix.
Here are a few teams who stand a real shot at landing Carr now that he will be hitting free agency.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Let’s find out who the next offensive coordinator is before replacing a legend.
- Page 2: I mean, why not make it four retread quarterbacks in a row then? This is fine.
- Page 3: Going to a losing franchise actually gives him his best chance to win right away.
Derek Carr to hit free agency: 3 teams to be in on former Las Vegas Raiders QB
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to replace Tom Brady one way or another
Frankly, any and all NFC South teams could use a bridge quarterback like Carr. Although the Atlanta Falcons have the most cap space of any team in the division, they feel like the least likely to sign Carr. While the Saints have been connected to him, one would think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be in on him as well. Of course, they need to get their salary cap in order first.
A smaller market team in a mild climate would be right up Carr’s alley. He has already played for one NFL pirate franchise, so why not collect the booty, argh?! Overall, Tampa Bay is not a bad port city for Carr to wash up to. However, there are two other issues the Buccaneers need to navigate before bringing Carr aboard. They will have to replace Byron Leftwich before replacing Tom Brady.
Not until the Buccaneers figure out what they are doing at offensive coordinator can they go about replacing the greatest quarterback of all time. The wind went out of Leftwich’s sails faster than Bruce Arians sprinting to happy hour. All the while, the Buccaneers are left with a soft-spoken Todd Bowles, a bad salary cap situation and very little hope before sinking into the dark abyss.
Carr would keep the Buccaneers competitive, but this ship is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico fast.