Derek Carr closely monitoring Raiders’ free agency plans

Article Highlights:

  • Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has high hopes for the 2022 offseason
  • The three-time Pro Bowl selection told reporters he was already considering signing a contract extension and the Silver and Black could add in free agency.
  • If the Raiders are wise, they will extend Carr and ensure they have the opportunity to sign Green Bay Packers star receiver Davante Adams.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will have a constant smile on his face throughout the 2022 NFL offseason. Not only does he have to sign a new contract, but the Silver and Black are expected to pursue several high-profile free agents when the league’s new year kicks off in March.

Although Carr has been in the NFL long enough to temper his expectations, especially when the Raiders are involved, the veteran shooter tries to stay optimistic ahead of free agency.

Derek Carr said he’s watching what the Raiders do in free agency closely

As of February 26, 2022, Spotrac predicted the Raiders would enter the league’s new year with $19.7 million available in cap space. New head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler can create more space via cap reductions and potential trades in the coming weeks.

All bodes well for Carr, who turns 31 on March 28 and enters the final year of his contract. The Raiders seem determined to extend their franchise quarterback and keep him in Sin City for the foreseeable future.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Carr told reporters on Friday, Feb. 25 that he was already thinking a lot about the offseason. Theoretically, the Raiders could expand the Fresno State product and sign several experienced starters in free agency.

“Obviously it’s on my mind when I think of [an extension]said Carr, who is expected to earn $19.8 million next season. “But there are also football players I want to play with, so I keep that in mind too.”

NFL teams can officially begin trading with unrestricted free agents on Monday, March 14. The league’s new year begins two days later.

Carr likely still hopes Raiders chase former college teammate Davante Adams

Will the Las Vegas Raiders reunite former Fresno State teammates Davante Adams and Derek Carr? | Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Officially, Carr has to be careful what he says before unrestricted free will. Unofficially, the three-time Pro Bowl selection is almost certainly hoping the Raiders will bust out the big bucks for Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams.

Adams had 233 catches, 3,031 yards and 38 touchdowns at Fresno State from 2012-13, when Carr was his starting quarterback. The two built on their success together to become second-round selections in the 2014 draft.

Nearly a decade later, the wide veteran remains among the best in the NFL and had a career-high 123 catches and 1,553 yards in 2021. He also added 11 touchdowns en route to earning All-Pro honors. of the first team for the second consecutive season.

Although Adams is eligible to receive the franchise tag, the Packers have serious cap issues and the lingering question regarding Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay. Conversely, Raiders have ceiling space and a franchise quarterback who knows the five-time Pro Bowl receiver all too well.

During a 2021 appearance on The Cris Collinsworth Podcast, Carr said he hopes to recruit Adams “to the dark side” if given the chance. That chance could be approaching quickly and the veteran quarterback will likely want to take full advantage of it.

Everything so far indicates that Silver and Black will retain Carr, at least for the 2022 campaign

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in 2022.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has high hopes for what lies ahead | Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Life is good for Carr right now. He’s the starting quarterback for a team that overcame plenty of off-field drama and heartbreaking tragedy to reach the 2021 NFL Playoffs, and he nearly led the Raiders to a road win over the Cincinnati Bengals. during the AFC Wild Card round.

When the Raiders’ 2021 season ended in mid-January, questions remained about Carr’s future in Nevada. Would the Raiders extend it or try to find a suitor, especially if the three-time Super Bowl champions could acquire Packers star Aaron Rodgers? A third possibility, that involving Carr do not re-signing this summer and choosing instead to enter the market as a free agent in 2023 also existed.

For now, it looks like the Raiders are intent on maintaining the status quo. Although there have been no reliable reports of an extension as of press time, Carr seems determined to stay in Las Vegas. The Raiders also haven’t been credibly linked to acquiring Rodgers or Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson if either is looking for a trade.

If the Raiders theoretically explored a trade, they should ask how many potential replacements will be as good or better than Carr in 2022. That alone is reason enough to extend Carr and do whatever it takes to make sure Adams carries the money and the black next season.

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