Las Vegas Raiders Considering Derek Carr’s Value

The Las Vegas Raiders are considering Derek Carr‘s value.

Time to trade in, or treasure what you have?

That’s the question many teams in the NFL are asking themselves.

Recently quarterbacks have become incredibly valuable following the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. In that trade, the Lions sent former Detroit QB Matthew Stafford for Los Angeles’ first-round draft picks, in 2022 and 2023, a third-round pick in 2021, and quarterback Jared Goff.

Both teams and quarterbacks around the league are pondering their franchise QB’s worth.

Carr will turn 30 in March. He has amassed 26,896 passing yards in seven seasons with 170 TDs to 71 interceptions. He has a career record of 47-63 with 21 comebacks and 24 game-winning drives. The Raiders QB averages nearly 19 TDs a year.

He Throws the Ball, a Lot — Deep

If you’re a passing offense perhaps look no further than Carr. The shortest deep ball he’s thrown in his career was 66 yards in 2018. For his career, his average long ball is 87 yards. His yards per completion is an impressive 10.9, thus giving teams the ability to move the chains. Carr, like every QB, has different sides to games. There’s the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

He has three seasons in the top 10 of pass completion, attempting nearly 35 passes a game. He has more than 500 attempts every season in his career. Carr‘s thrown more than 3,100 yards his entire career. In the past three seasons, he’s thrown for more than 4,000 yards. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times and has an active passer rating of 92.1

The Bad

In six of seven seasons, the Raiders have only had one winning season (2016) including last year’s 8-8 finish. The ability to move outside the pocket has never been a strength of Derek Carr’s. He has six career rushing TDs, averaging three yards a carry.

The Ugly

Four times in seven seasons he’s thrown at least 10 interceptions. Four seasons he’s been in the top 10 for pick-sixes, and he gets sacked often. Six out of seven seasons he’s been sacked at least 20 times or more. His worst season came in 2018 when he was grounded 51 times. Fumbles have also been a problem. He has put the ball on the ground 63 times in seven seasons, only recovering 14.

What Do I Get if I Win Carr?

The reward for any team willing to take a chance on Carr is they get a relatively young QB with the aim to take them to the playoffs. It has been said the Raiders got a relative bargain on their investment compared to looking at the veteran market.

According to sportrac.com, Las Vegas can trade or release Carr when the new league starts in March for a cap savings of $19.625 million and have to take on $2.5 million in dead money.

A Look at His Contract

The Raiders signed Carr to a five-year, $125 million contract extension on June 22, 2017. That was, at the time, the highest-paid QB in the league in terms of annual salary ($25 million).

According to spotrac.com, his base salary dropped to $18.9 million last season. He stands to make $19.525 million this upcoming season and $19.77 million in 2022. He will become an unrestricted free agent in 2023.

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