NFL Rumors: 3 Potential Landing Spots For QB Derek Carr

After the Las Vegas Raiders benched quarterback Derek Carr last week for the two remaining games of the year, it has been widely reported that the two parties will be looking to part-ways permanently after the conclusion of this season. 

Carr, who has been the leader of the Raiders organization for nearly a decade and signed a three-year extension last April, will now have his eyes set on potential suitors this upcoming offseason after a regrettable campaign in 2022-23.

Here are three possible destinations for the three-time pro bowler in 2023. 

1. Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers (6-10) failed to clinch a playoff spot after their 30-24 defeat from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. However, Carolina showed resiliency this year after starting their season 1-4, which led to the firing of now former head coach Matt Rhule earlier in October, and after trading away their franchise player Christian McCaffrey midseason to the 49ers for draft compensation. 

The Panthers could look to acquire Derek Carr this offseason, to potentially link him up with their talented wide receiver D.J. Moore and bring a sense of long term stability to a Carolina club, who have gone through five different starting quarterbacks in the past four seasons. The Panthers have not played with a Pro-Bowl level quarterback since Cam Newton's 2015 MVP season. 

2. Tennessee Titans

Although the Titans have played in the last three postseasons, their quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown inconsistencies throughout his tenure since 2019, and after an injury riddled season in 2022-23, the Titans could look to part-ways for another signal-caller like Derek Carr, who could bring forth a possible needed change in Tennessee. 

In recent times, Tannehill was most notable for his three regrettable interceptions last postseason against the Cincinnati Bengals, which ultimately led to the end of the Titan's postseason. Carr, who has played for six different head coaches and four offensive coordinators since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, could spark a potential connection in Tennessee led by Mike Vrabel. 

3. New York Jets

After the Jets benched quarterback Zach Wilson after Week 11 this season following his poor-play and lack of accountability, the future of the former No.2 overall pick from just a year ago seems to be in question. The New York club has been looking for a stability behind center for years and could look to trade with the Raiders to find their missing piece in Derek Carr this offseason. 

The Jets have all the necessary ingredients for playoff contention with their top tier defense, offensive weapons, and a competent coaching staff led by Robert Saleh. New York fell out of the playoff race Sunday after their 23-6 loss against the Seahawks, which marked their fifth straight loss and arguably a preventable losing skid with better play at the quarterback position this season. 

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