With Tremendous Bowl LVII within the rear-view mirror, the NFL enters everybody’s favourite a part of the season: The offseason. The NFL Scouting Mix is weeks away, as is the beginning of free company.

As famous by our personal James Dator a number of months in the past, the upcoming offseason could also be extra intriguing than ever. Why? As a result of we’d see unprecedented quarterback motion. A number of groups are available in the market for quarterback upgrades this yr, and quarterbacks reminiscent of Lamar Jackson, Daniel Jones, and Aaron Rodgers could be on the transfer.

Together with Derek Carr.

Previous to Tremendous Bowl LVII, reviews indicated {that a} deal was in place to commerce Carr from the Las Vegas Raiders to the New Orleans Saints. However Carr apparently didn’t waive his no-trade clause, and on condition that the group owes him a $40.4 million contract assure over the following two years if he’s nonetheless on the roster after Wednesday, that signifies that in a number of hours he’ll possible be launched by Las Vegas.

The place may he land? Let’s rank seven potential locations.

7. Carolina Panthers

Thanks partially to a weak NFC South this previous season, the Carolina Panthers made a shocking playoff push down the stretch with Sam Darnold on the helm. Since lacking out on the playoffs, the group has put collectively fairly a training employees. Carolina employed Frank Reich as their head coach, added former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero in the identical function in Carolina, introduced in Josh McCown as their quarterbacks coach — and you might make the case he served as a backup QB/QB Coach in New York with the Jets alongside Darnold — and simply added Jim Caldwell as a senior offensive assistant.

All of this screams, to me at the least, that the Panthers are going to draft a rookie, and use Darnold because the potential bridge. That, possible, takes Carr out of their plans.

6. Washington Commanders

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Judging by the conversations every morning among the many suburban Maryland dads on the college bus cease, the Washington Commanders have a prolonged to-do checklist. Discovering new possession is up there, as is deciding the place their subsequent stadium will probably be constructed.

Fixing the quarterback place is up there as effectively.

The Carson Wentz experiment appears to have ended poorly, with reporting in current days that Wentz and the Commanders will half methods, and indications are that the group is heading into 2023 with designs of Sam Howell as QB1. That, coupled with the truth that Washington doesn’t decide within the first spherical till the sixteenth choice, in all probability takes the Commanders out of the rookie quarterback market.

From Washington’s perspective, Carr would provide an improve over the present state of their quarterback room. Howell confirmed flashes in restricted motion on the finish of the season, sufficient to persuade the group that he deserved a shot. However that is the traditional Household Man thriller field dilemma.

Howell could possibly be good, he may even become Derek Carr!

The larger query is that this: Would Carr wish to head to Washington? It will appear that he has higher choices on the market.

5. Las Vegas Raiders

We now have seen this earlier than, most just lately final yr, when the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo had been reportedly headed for a divorce, earlier than Garoppolo returned with a brand new contract.

Given how this relationship ended, nevertheless, it appears unlikely. Let’s transfer on.

4. Houston Texans

Would Carr be curious about choosing up the place his brother David left off? And would the Houston Texans be curious about a veteran over a rookie?

Final fall it surfaced that Carr hoped the Texans would have drafted him. “After I was getting drafted, I wished to go there,” Carr stated again in October. “They didn’t decide me first [overall], however thirty third? I used to be like, ‘Perhaps thirty third?’ They didn’t need me so I used to be form of a bit of heartbroken over that. However it’s what it’s.”

Might this offseason present a chance for Carr to play for the Texans? There could possibly be some sticking factors, because the Texans are within the midst of a rebuild, and there are different groups which might be nearer to contending than Houston. However the Texans have cap area at their disposal, and with 5 picks within the high 75 of the draft, they may bolster the roster with a bunch of incoming expertise after including Carr at quarterback.

3. New Orleans Saints

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There’s a motive that the Saints had been first within the combine for Carr’s companies this offseason, and it’s head coach Dennis Allen. Allen was Carr’s first NFL coach, as he was the top coach of the Raiders when the group drafted Carr out of Fresno State. Earlier this yr, when the Raiders and the Saints squared off, Carr spoke at size about his relationship with the coach:

“DA [Dennis Allen] and I’ve an awesome relationship nonetheless to today, And I nonetheless speak to him and issues like that — clearly not this week and all these issues, however we’ve all the time saved in touch, we’ve all the time been shut. I really like him, I beloved having him. Clearly I didn’t know what had gone on earlier than I acquired right here, so abruptly, growth it’s 4 video games, growth, he’s gone. I’m like, ‘What the heck. Is that this the way it’s presupposed to go? Like what’s going on?’ And are available to seek out out all of the cap issues and this and that and all of the issues that he needed to attempt to work by, it’s powerful. And then you definately see him go away, and all of the success that he’s had as a defensive coordinator. So to see him get one other likelihood at being a head coach, I used to be so comfortable for him, as a result of I beloved him.

“He’s a superb thoughts, actually sensible, cerebral, can break down an offense, can actually put strain on quarterbacks, make it arduous on them. From a quarterback perspective as a defensive coach, I had an awesome relationship with him. We had open communication for the quick time that we had, and I’ll always remember it. I imply, he gave me my likelihood on this league, and I’ve informed him 100 occasions and I’ll inform him 100 extra occasions how grateful I’m for the possibility that he not solely drafted me, however to belief me when he requested me if I used to be prepared to start out. And clearly the remaining is historical past. So it’s loopy that it’s virtually been 10 years now, that it’s been that lengthy, however him and I, we’ve all the time stayed shut, once more clearly besides this week.”

Once more, the Saints and the Raiders reportedly had a deal in place to maneuver Carr previous to the upcoming deadline, however the quarterback declined to waive his no-trade clause. This might simply imply that Carr wished to take a while to evaluate his choices, however the relationship between Carr and Allen appears to be a card in New Orleans’ favor.

The cap area state of affairs would wish some work, although.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Tom Brady’s retirement, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a roster that simply made the playoffs — sure, due largely to the aforementioned down yr within the NFC South — and a gap on the quarterback place. The opposite two quarterbacks on the roster this season? Blaine Gabbert, who’s a free agent, and Kyle Trask, who Tampa Bay drafted within the second spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft.

So you might have a playoff roster and a division in the course of a down cycle, two components that could possibly be interesting for Carr. The unfavourable facet of the ledger? The Buccaneers have but to rent an offensive coordinator, and Tampa Bay has a tricky cap state of affairs to navigate as effectively. In reality, the strikes that the group may make to get beneath the cap may diminish that roster much more. And with Brady submitting retirement papers now, the Buccaneers are literally in a tougher place. Had he waited till June to file, the group may have unfold out his cap hit.

As a substitute, the invoice is coming due now, and the Buccaneers are on the hook for $35 million in useless cash:

The match is smart now, however will it nonetheless as soon as the Buccaneers are in compliance with the cap?

1. New York Jets

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This, at the least from my curious vantage level, makes essentially the most sense.

The Jets had been competent quarterback play from being a playoff group a season in the past. They landed each the Defensive Rookie of the Yr and the Offensive Rookie of the Yr in final years draft in Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson. Frankly, had Breece Corridor not been injured on the finish of October, he might need received Offensive Rookie of the Yr honors.

Carr is actually a polarizing quarterback, however he affords competent quarterback play.

Head coach Robert Saleh indicated just lately that the group goes down the veteran quarterback path. The Jets have been linked to Aaron Rodgers as a result of hiring of Nathaniel Hackett, in addition to Ryan Tannehill, given their current rent of Todd Dowling.

However I feel for those who’re Carr, you attempt to discover a strategy to New York.