The Las Vegas Raiders have officially released quarterback Derek Carr, who is now free to sign with any other NFL team. These are the 3 teams that should seriously consider signing him.
The Commanders finished the season in last place in the NFC South despite a decent record going 8-8-1. The roster is solid up and down, with the biggest question mark being the most important position. That’s why they should consider Derek Carr as a short term solution.
The team currently has 3 QBs under contract with Carson Wentz, Sam Howell and Jake Fromm. Former backup Taylor Heinicke is now an unrestricted free agent. However, there is a very real possibility that the Commanders move on from Wentz and cut him since there is not dead-cap hit associated with doing so. At which point they would financially be in a position to sign Derek Carr.
The Panthers season got off to a rough start at 1-4 when they decided to fire head coach Matt Rhule. The team showed signs of life and nearly made it to the playoffs, though this is mostly due to how bad the NFC South division was last season.
With that said, the roster is in decent shape featuring a few young studs. In addition to that the team acquired a few draft picks via trades. It would be an ideal scenario if the Panthers could add competent play at the quarterback position without having to use or give up any assets. Matt Corral is currently the only QB under contract with the Carolina Panthers, with both Sam Darnold and PJ Walker becoming unrestricted free agents.
New York Jets
Everyone and anyone that watched a New York Jets game last season had a front row seat to see exactly why the Jets should think about adding Carr. Zach Wilson is clearly not it, nor is Joe Flacco the future. With a rock solid defense and weapons on offense, the Jets should try to sign Carr as soon as possible.
The Jets are slotted to have the 13th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, which means any legitimate quarterback prospects will already be gone by then. They could take a chance on trading up or hoping someone falls to them. Or they could take action and sign Derek Carr as a stop-gap solution that requires no additional assets to acquire.