The Raiders might have a big opportunity to make some big moves in free agency this offseason.
Here are a few reasons to think the Raiders might be in the market for a QB. 1.
The Raiders need a quarterback.
There are two quarterbacks that could be the biggest pieces to the Raiders rebuild this offseason: Derek Carr and Derek Carr Jr. Both quarterbacks are extremely young.
Carr was a fourth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2014 NFL Draft and has shown the ability to develop into a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
Carr Jr., meanwhile, is coming off a season in which he had his best statistical season in NFL history, completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 2,028 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Carr is the clear leader in the Raiders offense and could provide a major upgrade over the aging Carr.
That said, Carr is entering the final year of his contract, and he is the only one of the three QBs that is under contract for the foreseeable future.
If the Raiders could trade for Carr and give him a big pay cut, the Raiders would be able to retain a franchise QB and add a solid piece to the roster.
Carr can help the Raiders in the NFC West.
After finishing in the bottom three in the AFC West in points scored last season, the Rams were among the teams that made Carr the target of their pursuit, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Rams are expected to be among the favorites to make a push for the NFC East crown next season.
If Carr can contribute at a high level and the Raiders can find a trade partner for the franchise QB, the team should be in position to make another deep playoff run.
Carr could help the Rams win the NFC South.
Last season, Carr led the Raiders to the NFC Championship Game with a passer rating of 105.7, which was a career-best.
Carr has a long way to go to reach that level of play, but if he can stay healthy and improve his accuracy, the quarterback could be a valuable asset for the Rams next season, especially if the team decides to target a QB in the draft.
Carr will help the Falcons.
The Falcons have a plethora of talent on their roster, and Carr is expected to help the team in a big way.
He has completed 60.5 percent of the passes thrown his way and has thrown for over 1,000 yards in his career.
Carr’s ability to throw deep and make big plays on offense should be very valuable to the Falcons in the upcoming NFL season.
The addition of Carr would give the Falcons a significant upgrade to the offensive line and could also help the defense.
Carr would be a nice fit for the Seahawks.
While the Raiders are expected be looking to trade for a quarterback this offseason, Seattle will likely be a huge beneficiary of a trade involving Carr.
The Seahawks will need a QB to replace Russell Wilson in Seattle’s offense and Carr has experience throwing the football as a quarterback and running the ball.
Carr, who will turn 26 in April, is one of a handful of QBs in the league who have shown the potential to be an NFL star.
If he is able to improve his passing accuracy and develop his accuracy and arm strength, he could help Seattle win the Super Bowl and help the franchise in the long term.
Carr might be a good fit for Dallas.
If there is one QB that the Cowboys could use as their starting quarterback, it is Derek Carr.
Carr led them to the playoffs last season and finished second in the playoffs with a quarterback rating of 97.4.
The Cowboys, however, have some issues on defense and don’t have much talent at receiver, so they could use the opportunity to upgrade their defense.
Carr fits perfectly into Dallas’ offense and would give them a veteran quarterback to run their offense.
The organization would likely prefer to keep Carr in the Bay Area, but the Cowboys may be able find a way to trade him to Dallas for a draft pick or two.
The Ravens could use a quarterback in free-agency.
The Baltimore Ravens are known for their wide receiver corps and could use another quarterback to help them in the future.
Joe Flacco is the reigning MVP, but he has struggled with consistency and has struggled to find the right rhythm to get the ball to his receivers in the passing game.
The team has some depth at receiver and could be interested in adding a veteran player who could give Flacco some help.
A potential trade partner would be the Ravens.
The Bengals could use an upgrade at quarterback.
The Cincinnati Bengals are one of many teams that could use some help at quarterback next season and have some depth in the receiving corps.
The offense struggled last season with a turnover rate of 31.3 percent, which is the second-highest rate in the National Football League behind only the Dallas Cowboys.
The offensive line was a major problem last season as well.
If Flacco can improve his