After benching Derek Carr, the Raiders are presumably in the hunt for a franchise quarterback. If Lamar Jackson is available, Las Vegas must acquire him.
Since being drafted in 2014, Derek Carr has been the Raiders’ franchise quarterback. The holder of nearly every passing record in the team’s history, he will go down as one of the greatest players in Raiders history. Alas, after nine seasons, he has been benched as the Raiders look to move in another direction.
Quickly, many began to wonder who would replace Carr in silver and black as a long-term option does not currently present itself on the roster. Former Patriots such as Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo were quickly tossed about due to the connection with head coach Josh McDaniels.
Of course, these names make sense as does using their top ten draft pick to select a young passer of their own.
However, across the country in Baltimore, a top-ten quarterback is currently slated to be a free agent. A rarity in the NFL as talented young quarterbacks are the most prized commodity available. Alas, with no extension in place, Lamar Jackson is on pace to be the hottest name available this spring.
While Jackson is almost guaranteed to be franchise tagged at the very least, the potential exists for him to be available via trade. Regardless of what method it takes to obtain his services, the Raiders must be involved this off-season.