Raiders Fans Should Either Be Overjoyed or Heartbroken About the Latest Derek Carr News

If Deshaun Watson is the big fish this offseason, then that makes Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr the guppy in the big pond.

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, wants the Houston Texans to trade him. Elsewhere in the AFC, Carr and his backup, Marcus Mariota, have each been the subject of trade rumors.

Raiders fans should either be overjoyed or terrified by the latest update on Carr’s future in the silver and black. Given how divisive he is among the fanbase, the recent news will surely bring many different reactions.

Derek Carr is the subject of trade rumors

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Derek Carr is arguably the NFL’s most underrated quarterback, in large part because he played zero playoff games through his first seven seasons.

In 110 career games, Carr has completed 64.4% of his passes for 26,896 yards, 170 touchdowns, and 71 interceptions. Carr has only missed two regular-season games in his career and earned Pro Bowl honors every year from 2015-17.

That might not be enough for the Las Vegas Raiders, though. The Raiders have only reached the playoffs once in Carr’s seven seasons, and he missed that game — a wild-card round loss to Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans in January 2017 — with a broken fibula.

Like so many other starting quarterbacks, Carr has been linked to trade rumors in recent weeks. The same goes for his backup, Marcus Mariota.

Carr’s brother, David, threw fuel on the fire

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David Carr wants the world to know that as of now, the Las Vegas Raiders are sticking with his brother.

David, the former No. 1 overall pick, is now an analyst on the NFL Network. On Wednesday, February 10, the older Carr said that the Raiders are currently turning down trade offers for Derek Carr.

David said the Raiders have received four offers so far, including one during the 2020 season. The Raiders reportedly refused each proposal.

Derek completed 67.3% of his passes in 2020 for 4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. However, the Raiders collapsed after a 6-3 start and finished 8-8 — and, more importantly, out of the playoffs.

Should the Raiders change course and trade Derek Carr?

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If David Carr is correct, the Las Vegas Raiders don’t intend to part ways with Derek Carr anytime soon.

Is that the right move, though? Carr has given the Raiders stability at the quarterback position, and he’s been a reliable starter for nearly a decade.

But at some point, the Raiders have to ask if Carr is truly their best chance at winning a Super Bowl. Carr is a free agent after the 2022 season, and he turns 30 in March. 

Raiders coach Jon Gruden inherited Carr, and the duo is 19-29 in three seasons. The time may soon come where Gruden wants his own quarterback, whether it is a veteran or someone acquired through the draft.

Considering that Carr is a free agent in two years, Gruden and Mike Mayock may want to pursue his successor in the coming months. The best-case scenario might be similar to the Lions’ decision to trade Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff.

Detroit knew they had a competent and capable starter in Stafford, but the franchise also realized a divorce might be better off for both sides. In the end, Detroit added two first-round picks and a third-round pick, plus Goff, for a quarterback who will play the 2021 season at age 33.

Even with two years remaining on his contract, Carr could net the Raiders a considerable return. Carr and his family are familiar with how the NFL is a business, so they may not want to plant their flag in Nevada for too much longer.

All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.