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ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said Sunday on SportsCenter that Las Vegas could be a destination for the disgruntled league MVP:
“[Aaron Rodgers] is reportedly intrigued by the Raiders as well, so they have to be on this list. They’re happy with Derek Carr; nothing’s going on right now, and they very well could extend Derek Carr sometime soon. But the Raiders look into every single quarterback situation. … They looked at past free agents or trade options. So, Jon Gruden is sort of always lurking. You can’t discount them.”
“I was asking around about Trey Lance before the draft, and I was told the Raiders were one of the teams that looked most closely at Lance—did a ton of research on all the quarterbacks.”
Carr has been the Raiders starting quarterback for the last seven seasons. The Raiders have a 47-63 record with Carr as their starter over that timeframe, though he’s rarely at fault. Carr threw for 4,103 yards and 27 touchdowns against nine interceptions last season, providing a steady hand under center while also taking more chances down the field.
That said, the Raiders have long been tempted by higher-end talent under center. There has been a near-constant stream of speculation about Carr’s status with the franchise since Jon Gruden returned as coach, though the team has never made any serious moves to usurp him as starter.
Rodgers is the type of quarterback the Raiders would have to jump at the chance to acquire. With the Packers already having Jordan Love in the fold as their long-term solution, the Raiders could hold onto Carr initially before flipping him to recoup some of the draft compensation lost by trading for Rodgers. It’s almost certain the Raiders could get one, if not two, first-round picks for Carr