The Raiders are without a clear answer at quarterback for the first time since Derek Carr took over the starting job in 2014, and in an ironic turn of events, Carr is the first quarterback to find a new home of the 2023 offseason and is signing with the New Orleans Saints, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Carr and the Saints have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal. Carr previously met with the Saints while still under contract with the Raiders.
Carr, who will soon turn 32, is the Raiders’ all-time leading passer and now has a chance to jump start his career with the Saints, who have been searching for an answer at quarterback themselves since the retirement of future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees. Carr reunites with head coach Dennis Allen, who was head coach of the Raiders when Carr was drafted.
The NFC South is notably heading for a complete overhaul at the quarterback position with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all in the market for new signal-callers.
As for the Saints, second-year WR Chris Olave nearly won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2022 and is primed to be Carr’s top option in the Saints offense. Former All-Pro WR Michael Thomas has struggled to stay healthy for multiple seasons in a row and may soon be cut, and Pro Bowl RB Alvin Kamara’s future is in question after he was recently indicted on battery charges. All in all, Carr and the Saints have work to do if they hope to compete for the playoffs and a Super Bowl in 2023.
As for the Raiders, rumors continue to swirl as to the team’s plans at quarterback. The team reportedly has interest in bringing back QB Jarrett Stidham to serve as the bridge quarterback for a first round rookie, and veteran options such as Jimmy Garoppolo are likely still on the table. One quarterback who turned heads at the NFL Combine is Anthony Richardson, who tested like a physical freak and has been consistently mocked inside the top 10, often to the Raiders.
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