Could the Las Vegas Raiders and Derek Carr be one step closer to finalizing a trade involving running back Derek Carr?
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the New Orleans Saints invited Carr to visit on Wednesday as the running back reaches his Feb. 15 deadline with the Raiders.
“Sources: The #Saints invited QB Derek Carr to visit and #Strikers gave permission for this to happen. The plan is to visit tomorrow. Carr, who has a no-trade clause, is doing due diligence and no trade is imminent.”
This is the first known team that is interested in acquiring Carr. He has a no-trade clause, so he could turn down any business for him. But with him visiting New Orleans on Wednesday, there seems to be mutual interest.
The Saints recently acquired a late first round pick from the Denver Broncos via the Miami Dolphins. With the added upside of two first-round picks, that could cause some other teams interested in Carr to act faster, as the Raiders hope to move Carr before Feb. 15.
Can Derek Carr take over as New Orleans’ franchise quarterback?
Longtime New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees retired after the 2020 season.
The team has had Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton, Trevor Siemian, Ian Book and Taysom Hill play at quarterback since Brees retired, and none of the five seem to be their franchise guy.
Between the five of them, they finished 16-18 over the last two seasons and haven’t made the playoffs since Brees has been there. Carr finished 16-16 overall the last two seasons with a playoff appearance in 2021.
Dalton and Winston have largely split the starting job, with Winston making 10 starts over the past two seasons and Dalton making 14.
At this point in their careers, Carr could be a slight upgrade on what the Saints currently have. It is unclear what the compensation will be and whether the Saints and Carr will restructure his contract.
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