Raiders: Derek Carr trade scenarios abound amid extension rumors

Las Vegas Raiders, QB, Derek Carr (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
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Rumors and speculation currently surround Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, despite the belief that the organization will extend his contract.

New Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels has made it clear he believes he can win right now with Carr. Extending him for another two years makes sense, as the team can build around him without having to necessarily rebuild. The offense has several noteworthy weapons, and while the offensive line needs retooling, the Raiders aren’t too far off from returning to the postseason.

All of that aside, the rumor mill continues to churn for Carr. Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson apparently went as far as to say he believes Carr will be in New Orleans next season with Jimmy Garoppolo replacing him in Sin City.

Of course, such a notion is laughable, as Garoppolo would not upgrade the position for the Raiders. In fact, the team would regress. Did Keyshawn not see how “Jimmy G” performed in the postseason? Regardless, another scenario that’s often shared by fans regarding Carr involves the Houston Texans.

Deshaun Watson, who’s still a member of the Texans, will make upwards of nearly $40 million next season. Perhaps, trading Carr to the Texans and allowing them to work out a long-term commitment (more than two years) while acquiring Watson’s services might be feasible. Carr would be able to get rid of some of the family’s bad memories in Houston after his brother had a disastrous tenure there.