Is Derek Carr a top tier QB?





Per reports from Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review Journal, Derek Carr is looking to seek a new raise from the Las Vegas Raiders. It is being reported that he could be asking for around $35 million to $40 million per year.


In 2021-2022, Carr helped his team to a 10-7 season, and a wildcard playoff game where they came up short against the Cincinnati Bengals losing 26-19. With Carr under center the team offense ranked 18th overall in scoring in the NFL. Carr finished the season with a 68.4% completion rating (428/626), 23 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, with a 94 quarterback rating.


Carr has just finished his 8th season with the Raiders organization. He was selected to the pro bowl 3 times (2015, 2016, 2017), was 3rd in the MVP running in 2016, and was 6th ranking for Offensive player of the year that same season. In his eight seasons in the league, Derek Carr has only played in one playoff game.


So is Derek Carr worthy of $35million-$40million a year? Well lets take a look around the league. So as of right now the QB's in the NFL that are making more than $35 million a year are, Russell Wilson ($35mil), Deshaun Watson ($39mil), Dak Prescott ($40mil), Josh Allen ($43mil), and Patrick Mahomes ($45mil).


The Las Vegas Raiders parted ways with General Manager, Mike Mayock and then released head coach Jon Gruden in the middle of the 2021 season due to some controversial issues involving the coach. It was rumored that ever since Jon Gruden came into the organization that he was "not impressed" with Derek Carr. With a new GM and head coach in Josh McDaniels, will the Raiders be looking for a new quarterback to lead the organization going forward? Is Derek Carr worthy of that type of contract with just one playoff game under his belt?


It's obvious to me that the talent is there. Carr has gone through a carousel of coaches since being drafted by the Raiders organization, now with 7 different coaches. Carr definitely needs stability to be able to take the steps to the next level. We have seen in the past what that has done for players, more recently Matthew Stafford.

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