Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr could be on the move this offseason, the NFL world learned on Wednesday.
The Raiders will sit the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the final two weeks of the season. On Wednesday, head coach Josh McDaniels announced that backup Jarrett Stidham will replace Carr. The coach claimed they want to get a look at the youngster, so he will head to the bench for Weeks 17 and 18.
But shortly after McDaniels’ and the Raiders’ announcement, news trickled in that told a different story. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported the Raiders and Carr essentially are looking to “protect” the QB in case they trade him this offseason.
Carr has thrown for over 35,000 passing yards and over 200 touchdowns in his nine-year NFL career. He’s spent his entire career with the Raiders, so a trade would mean that he’d play for a new squad for the first time ever.
As you might anticipate, after news broke of the trade, reactions trickled out.
Packers reporter Daire Carragher came on strong with a hilarious response to the news. “Derek Carr must now complete his obligatory washed QB 1-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts,” tweeted Carragher.
Derek Carr must now complete his obligatory washed QB 1-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts.
— Daire Carragher (@DaireCarragher) December 28, 2022
Patrick Dougherty of Rotoworld also said, “Derek Carr is Derek Carr, but this is the most hysterical scapegoating I’ve seen from an overwhelmed coach since at least Jeff Fisher roamed the land.” Doesn’t sound like Dougherty is very convinced.
Derek Carr is Derek Carr, but this is the most hysterical scapegoating I’ve seen from an overwhelmed coach since at least Jeff Fisher roamed the land
— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) December 28, 2022
Seahawks reporter Michael-Shawn Dugar chimed in, as he said, “Benching Derek Carr before you’re even officially eliminated from playoff contention just shows how nasty the NFL business can be.”
Benching Derek Carr before you’re even officially eliminated from playoff contention just shows how nasty the NFL business can be. https://t.co/VlcPTZ4jQb
— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) December 28, 2022
ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky later offered context for Carr’s situation and also praised the QB. Orlovsky said, “Someone next year is going to get a top 12 player at the position man!!!!”
The Raiders have the 32nd-ranked defense since Carr entered the league. Has never played on a team that ranked better than 20th on defense.
Someone next year is going to get a top 12 player at the position man!!!! https://t.co/GpqDfcUEJz
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) December 28, 2022
Former Tennessee Titans star running back Chris Johnson chimed in, as he tweeted, “We need Carr in Tennessee next year,” Johnson tweeted.
We need carr in Tennessee next year
— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) December 28, 2022
WDSU6 reporter Farrah Yvette, from New Orleans, provided a funny conversation tidbit about the Saints possibly acquiring Carr.
Me: Do you think the #Saints will bring in Derek Carr?
My dad: I hope not. That boy is trash.
— Farrah Yvette (@farrah_yvette) December 28, 2022