After rumors that Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will get a new deal, the team is still being linked to Russell Wilson.
The news has been swirling regarding a possible extension for the franchise stalwart, as Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is entering the final year of his current contract. Carr led the Raiders back to the playoffs this past season, the first time since 2016.
While the team did come up short, it appears that the Raiders’ new brass believes they can win with No. 4 right now. Although Carr and Raiders management seem interested in extending their future, Russell Wilson is still mentioned as a target for the Silver and Black.
Pro Football Focus recently shared some gambling odds via their betting page on Twitter. They state that the odds of Russell joining the Raiders currently stand at +800. The notion that Russell and his wife, Ciara, want to relocate to Sin City has been the subject of speculation.
A lot of that stems from Russell’s wife, possibly one day getting a residency there, or quite simply, looking for a fresh start.
Should the Raiders actually pursue Russell Wilson?
It’s unlikely that Las Vegas would cough up the coin and resources needed to acquire Wilson. The fact that both general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels come from the New England Patriots suggests their philosophy would be opposed to that. Why break the bank for Wilson when you can extend your current quarterback while you rebuild your roster to fit your vision?
It would appear to many in Raider Nation that going after Wilson doesn’t make sense. However, if you take a closer look, Wilson could make just as much sense as Carr, if not more. Wilson is expected to make around $37 million next year. As for Carr, if rumors are true, his extension could have him making up to $40 million each season.
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If you’re concerned about age, the two signal-callers are only separated by two years. When it comes to Wilson, the main question is whether McDaniels believes he can work with the former Super Bowl champion. At the end of the day, this will likely be just another offseason rumor, despite Wilson’s constantly being linked to the Raiders.