Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is either an optimist or an idiot. After seven full seasons in the NFL, it may even be possible that he’s both.
Carr has spent recent weeks trying to woo Packers receiver Davante Adams, his former college teammate, to join the Raiders in 2022. Instead of going with a box of chocolates or a handwritten poem, the veteran quarterback has a new strategy.
Carr wants to beat Adams and the Packers in Super Bowl 56
Forget jumping over a shark to impress people. Carr is ready to do something even more challenging if it means throwing touchdowns to Adams again.
In a recent appearance on The Cris Collinsworth Podcast, Carr touched on his relationship with Adams and the quarterback’s attempts of recruiting his former Fresno State teammate to Las Vegas. Adams, the Packers’ Pro Bowl wideout, is set to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2021 season.
Although Carr told Collinsworth that Adams is “focused on being a Packer,” the veteran quarterback opened up on how he hopes he’ll woo Adams to the Raiders.
“I know how he works, and I know how much it means to him. He’s focused on that, and I’m focused on trying to get to the Super Bowl, win the Super Bowl; hopefully, he’s in it so I can beat his butt too. That’s the plan, then recruit him over to the dark side.”Derek Carr
The Raiders? Making the Super Bowl? In February 2022? After checking the tapes and using advanced technology known as comprehensive reading, we can confirm that is indeed what Carr said.
Carr needs to really re-assess the Raiders’ chances of contending
Well, we give Carr credit for being bold enough to suggest the Raiders will even make the playoffs this season. This is the same franchise with a single postseason game (and loss) to its name since the 2003 NFL season began.
Stranger things have happened, sure. But it’s worth noting that as of July 2021, Odds Shark gave the Raiders +7500 odds (bet $100 and win $7,600) of winning Super Bowl 56. Only nine teams have worse odds.
The Raiders have talent, and it helps that Carr returns for his eighth season as the team’s starting quarterback. Because he’s never appeared in a playoff game, it becomes extremely easy to forget how capable he is as a starting quarterback. Remember, this is someone who completed 68.8% of his passes for 8,157 yards, 48 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions in 32 starts over the last two seasons.
But with that said, the Raiders went 15-17 in that span. Despite a 6-3 start, the Raiders collapsed down the stretch and finished 8-8 last season. At best, this is a team that will spend most of the 2021 season listed on the “in the hurt” section of the postseason chase. There is nothing from Jon Gruden’s first three seasons back with the Raiders to indicate this is a Super Bowl-contending team.
But Carr has high goals for himself and his teammates, so we can’t fault him there. It’s better than simply taking the $20 million he’s owed this season and giving 70% each Sunday.
Will Adams seriously consider signing with Carr and the Raiders?
The Aaron Rodgers situation is easily the most important saga in Green Bay right now. However, Adams’ future in a Packers uniform is quickly becoming more fascinating by the day.
The odds are against the Packers trading Adams in the coming months unless the team is dreadful before the deadline and another team is willing to give up a high draft pick. But if Adams doesn’t re-sign with the Packers before hitting free agency, three types of teams make the most sense for his next stop.
- Re-sign with the Packers or whoever offers the most money. Simple enough.
- Follow Rodgers to wherever Rodgers is playing if the Packers traded their star quarterback.
- Join the Raiders and reunite with Derek Carr.
The answer to that scenario could very well come down to where Rodgers is playing — and that’s if he’s even still active. If Rodgers is retired and hosting Jeopardy!, we shouldn’t be surprised to see Adams trade the Lambeau Leap for hugging Raider Nation, especially if Carr and teammates miss the playoffs yet again.
The 2022 season will be the Raiders’ third season at Allegiant Stadium, and they’ll need to show the fanbase in Las Vegas they’re committed to winning. Teaming Adams and Carr up again would certainly go a long way in that regard.
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