Since last season, there have been speculations that the Las Vegas Raiders will move on from quarterback Derek Carr and trade him during the offseason. Carr did lead the Raiders to a 7-9 record and the Raiders were not eliminated from playoff contention until week 16. For some people, the Carr era in Las Vegas will end before it gets the chance to start. Here are 5 teams that could look to trade for Carr during the off-season.
The Detroit Lions lost their starting quarterback Mathew Stafford after a nondisplaced fracture in his upper thoracic spine that would hold him out for the rest of the season. Many people would say Stafford still has a few years left in the tank, but a spine injury isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Stafford may not come back as the same player he once was. The Lions could look to trade for Carr to serve as a backup to Stafford until he hangs it up, or the two quarterbacks could battle it out for the starting spot.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers just parted ways with long time quarterback Philip Rivers and are looking for a fresh start at quarterback. There have been reports that the Chargers are looking at Teddy Bridgewater but with Bridgewater coming off an impressive season serving as the Saints starter while Brees was out with a thumb injury, he won’t be cheap. The Chargers have 8 picks in this year’s NFL Draft. They could look to work something out with the Raiders and package a 3rd rounder and 5th rounder for Carr. Many sources have the Chargers selecting Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert with the 6th overall pick but well see what choosing a young, yet established quarterback could be the better way to go.
The Indianapolis Colts lost their young star quarterback Andrew Luck before the start of the 2019 season in a completely unexpected retirement and left the Colts in quite a pickle at the quarterback spot. The Colts currently have Jacoby Brissett who led the Colts to a 7-9 record much like Carr. Carr beat Brissett in nearly every statistical category this past season and has overall proven to be a much more reliable starter in this league. The Colts could look to trade a 3rd rounder and a 6th round pick for Carr to bring themselves to the next level, and potentially make a playoff push.
The Chicago Bears did have a .500 record going 8-8 with Mitchell Trubisky at Quarterback. The Bear could take the team to the next level with Carr’s veteran skills. Carr would be reunited with former teammate and star outside linebacker Khalil Mack. Carr beat Trubisky in every major statistic for a quarterback by a good margin. The only concerning thing about Carr going to Chicago is he is 2-9 in games where the weather is under 50 degrees and 0-4 in games where the weather is under 40 degrees.
Despite the negatives, Carr could really bring some experience to the young Bears roster. The Bears have been looking for an upgrade at the quarterback spot since mid-season, and Carr would be perfect for that spot.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could look to move on from quarterback Jameis Winston who just had one of the strangest seasons a quarterback has ever had. Winston didn’t play terrible but he also did not play well. Throwing for 33 touchdowns and throwing for 5,109 yards isn’t so bad, but when you also have 30 interceptions with 7 of those interceptions resulting in a pick-sick. Winston’S rookie contract has expired and there is speculation that the Buccaneers are not planning to bring him back. Winston’s lack of ball skills, overall IQ, and poor ability to extend plays hurt him this past season. Carr put up a good number this past season without a true #1 wide receiver. The Buccaneers would be better of with Carr at quarterback and if you give Carr a true #1 wide receiver in Mike Evans along with Chris Goodwin he can truly do great things.