Las Vegas Raiders: What is Derek Carr’s current trade value?
Derek Carr is once again the focus of the Raiders offseason, so with that said, what is Carr’s trade value if the they decide to move on?
With multiple reports surfacing, regarding the current status of Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr and his future in Las Vegas, another huge question presents itself: What is Carr’s trade value if the Raiders decide to move on?
Throughout Jon Gruden’s tenure with the Raiders, he’s been peppered with questions whether or not Derek Carr is suited to be the quarterback of the Raiders organization for years to come. Once again, another offseason presents itself, and once again the Carr rumors have come in heavy doses. This time they’ve begun circulating before the end of the 2019 season.
On the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders would entertain the idea of signing Tom Brady if he hits the free-agent market.
Carr’s coming off a season in which he threw for 4,054 yards, 21 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. The six-year quarterback eclipsed career-highs in passing yards, completion percentage, yards per attempt, and quarterback rating in 2019.
Although Carr improved in many passing statistics, it still wasn’t enough to lead the Raiders to a playoff berth as they finished the season with a record of 7-9. Gruden is considered a superior offensive-mind and Carr’s being paid as a top 10 quarterback among average annual value, according to Spotrac.com, so with that comes big expectations. At the end of the day, Carr has played adequate football, but not to the extent that his contract or expectations have alluded too.
It’s all speculation at this point, as Gruden hasn’t spoken publicly or tipped his hand about Carr’s future. Nonetheless, his value in potential trades this offseason could draw serious interest from teams lacking in just minimal areas.
Carr’s value will attract more steam with rosters containing foundational pieces in place, such as the Tennessee Titans or Indianapolis Colts. Carr showed in 2016 that he can win games at a high rate, but in order to do so, the situation must be right.
His highs and lows throughout his career have been very drastic but Carr still serves as a quality passer who can win games in the proper system — letting him thrive in areas that his game complies with the most.
If Gruden and Mike Mayock come to a consensus settlement on their quarterback position and ultimately part ways with their three-time pro-bowl passer, proper compensation suggests that Carr would likely be swapped for a second-round pick.
If the Raiders were to acquire an additional second-rounder, they would then hold picks six picks inside the first 100 selections. Currently, they are set to have two first-rounders (No.12 and No.19) while holding three third-rounders (No. 80, No.81, and No.91) throughout the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.