Derek Carr’s days with the Las Vegas Raiders may be numbered, despite getting the team to the playoffs this season.
It seems that every NFL offseason, the same rumor appears in some way: Will the Las Vegas Raiders let go of quarterback Derek Carr?
This offseason, push may finally come to shove
Despite getting the Raiders to the playoffs under incredibly dire circumstances, the annual Derek Carr Rumors are popping up before he can even take the field in Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Bengals.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the future of Carr in Las Vega is entirely up in the air heading into an offseason of potential change. Schefter made the big announcement on NFL Countdown. This is ironically counting down until Carr takes the field with Raiders on Wild Card Sunday.
2022 is scheduled to be the final year of Carr’s contract, and there are expected to be contract discussions between Carr and the team this offseason. This was the plan from the beginning to address it during offseason. There have been many speculations about Vegas that have led to the resignation of quarterbacks. We heard of Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. Derek Carr made his first television appearance. [playoff]He can start now to make it a reality.
If the report seems a little unfair, that’s probably because it is. Schefter isn’t reporting anything incorrectly, rather it’s the fact that the team is willing to move on from Carr even though he’s shown up for the Raiders despite being consistently dealt a bad hand.
Derek Carr contract status after 2021 season
As mentioned in the report, Carr’s contract runs through the 2022 season which means he only has one year left after the Raiders season ends (possibly in the Super Bowl, which would gloriously complicate all of this).
Here’s what the rest of his deal looks like:
- 2022: $19,777.519 base salary and a $100,000 exercise bonus
- 2023: UFA
Carr’s cap hit is projected to be roughly $100,000 more than his base salary, however the Raiders wouldn’t incur any dead cap if they cut or trade Carr this offseason. Usually there’s a provision that requires a team to make such a decision before June 1st, otherwise dead cap starts to hit the books. This isn’t the case with Carr though, which means there’s no deadline to trade him before a certain offseason date.
To be fair, Schefter’s report is framed in a way that makes it sound as though it might be Carr’s decision to leave. Should that happen, there won’t be a shortage of teams looking to bring him in and embrace him in a way the Raiders have surprisingly been reluctant to for seemingly his entire career.
Sean Payton and his Saints team would make a great match, as would Mike Tomlin with the Steelers. Everything Carr has demonstrated in football grit matches perfectly the culture and approach of Tomlin and Payton.
Don’t overlook the Minnesota Vikings, either. Whoever the Wilf’s end up coupling atop the team’s power structure would likely love to replace Kirk Cousins with the next Pokémon evolution of himself. Carr is everything Vikings fans would like Cousins’ to be. Why not go out and find the Real McCoy!