Potential Jets trade target Derek Carr says goodbye to Raiders fans

Dec 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) drops back to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at SoFi Stadium.
Dec 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) drops back to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at SoFi Stadium. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to the Jets offseason, all eyes are focused on what direction the team goes in at the quarterback position. With Zach Wilson’s future as the team’s starter uncertain and Mike White a free agent, the Jets will likely turn to either the trade or free agent market to find their starting quarterback for the 2023 season.

Derek Carr is one of the most notable veteran quarterbacks who will be on the move this offseason, and a trade could come sooner rather than later.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Las Vegas Raiders have begun the process of evaluating the trade market for Carr, who holds a no-trade clause.

Rapoport also notes that $40.4 million of Carr’s salary over the next two seasons will become fully guaranteed on Feb. 15, meaning any trade would happen before that point.

Carr said his goodbyes to Raiders fans on Thursday morning, signaling the end of his tenure with the team.

“I once said that if I’m not a Raider I would rather be at home and I meant that, but I never envisioned it ending this way,” he wrote. “That fire burning inside of me to win a championship still rages. … So I look forward to a new city and a new team who, no matter the circumstance, will get everything I have. Winning a championship is what I’ve always wanted and what I will continue to work towards.

The 31-year-old Fresno State product has put up strong numbers over the course of his nine-year career, throwing for 35,222 yards with 217 touchdowns and 99 interceptions to go along with a 64.6 career completion percentage.

The three-time Pro-Bowler was benched for the Raiders’ final two games of the regular season, with the team not wanting to risk an injury that would guarantee his contract.