Derek Carr is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. However, his time in Las Vegas may be coming to an end:
While Jarrett Stidham as the Raiders’ new starting QB, his backup now will be QB Chase Garbers, leaving Derek Carr to be inactive Sunday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2022
The Falcons make a lot of sense as a destination for Carr. They have the need, the cap space, and the picks to pull something off. The question begs to be asked — are the Falcons truly a quarterback away? Regardless, Carr would greatly improve this team. Josh Kendall of the Athletic made a hypothetical offer for Carr:
Could the Falcons be in the Derek Carr conversation?https://t.co/hxKuUqfACa
— Josh Kendall (@JoshTheAthletic) December 29, 2022
Personally, I think this is a really solid return for both sides. I don’t know what the Raiders are doing, but we’re talking about a franchise that hasn’t hit on a first round pick since I was in high school. Here’s Kendall’s offer:
Atlanta won’t overpay for Carr, but it can afford to give up some draft capital because it will have a lot of free agent flexibility as soon as $70 million worth of dead money (most of it from the Matt Ryan and Julio Jones deals) comes off the books at the end of the season. If the Falcons could convince Carr they have a bright future under Smith and get the Raiders interested with say their 2023 and 2024 second-round picks, they could be dark horses in this conversation.
With Derek Carr in the fold, the Falcons can afford to trade a few picks and build around him in free agency. Atlanta has some solid pieces on both sides of the ball, but they can plug some holes at wide receiver and on the offensive line with their cap space. That could allow them to draft young, talented defenders while still spending on the pass rush and the secondary. Also, who knows, maybe Derek Carr’s buddy Davante Adams will want to tag along…
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