You can’t please everyone in Raider Nation
The fact is that there are parts of Raider Nation that don’t want anyone under center for the Raiders but Carr. Their loyalty is admirable, however flawed it may be. If you look at the Raiders’ final stretch of games, you can see that the defense and run game carried much of the weight. Yes, Carr made some key throws.
There’s no denying that. However, it could be argued that many other quarterbacks could’ve done the same. Perhaps Wilson would be among those.
Fanaticism aside, the Raiders are going to do what they think will get them to the Super Bowl, fan opinions be damned. If the Raiders’ new brass feels they can win now with Wilson, they’ll pull the trigger. Nevertheless, that does require some reflection for everyone. That aforementioned trade would require Las Vegas to fork over some serious draft capital.
As everyone knows, the Raiders’ previous management would’ve never traded two first-round picks and a second-round choice for another quarterback. By all accounts, Jon Gruden believed in Carr and wouldn’t have entertained such a deal. Neither would have Mike Mayock, draft picks were not an expendable asset in their view, at least the last couple of years.
Fast forward to January 2022 and both of those gentlemen are long gone. A new day will soon come for the Silver and Black, and with that, perhaps, a change in philosophy and how the team will be shaped this season.
There’s a major flaw with such a deal right now, and that’s the money involved. The cap implications of absorbing Wilson’s contract would hinder the Raiders’ financial situation. Such a blockbuster deal would require some clever cap maneuvering.