With the recent news that the Las Vegas Raiders would be benching Derek Carr, the Patriots should try and swing a massive trade. Stay with me here because I might lose some people. As we know, Josh McDaniels, the long-time Patriots’ offensive coordinator left his post in New England to go and be the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
That has not gone to plan, and the rumors that owner Mark Davis does not have the cash on hand to fire McDaniels in his contract seem to be legitimate, and more or less guarantee that he will return as the head coach in 2023.
This also may allow McDaniels and his staff to try and bring in a new quarterback. I say that because the Raiders’ recently announced that not only have they benched Derek Carr, but that they’ve essentially made him inactive.
Jarrett Stidham, a former Patriot, will start the last two games, and this has gone as far as Carr removing himself from the team to not be a distraction. After nine seasons as the Raiders’ starter, his time in the silver and black seem to be coming to an end.
Given that Derek Carr’s contract is extremely moveable, and given that McDaniels is not going anywhere, the Raiders may want to try and trade him and bring in a bridge QB/rookie type solution.
Furthermore, his former college teammate and now Raider teammate Davante Adams was well documented in saying that he and Carr are buddies and that he came to the Raiders to play with Carr. Now that Carr’s future in Las Vegas is in doubt, why would Adams want to stay on a team that would then have a murky quarterback situation?
Also, which quarterback seemed to work super well with Josh McDaniels in 2021 and may want to work with him further?
Whether Mac Jones would be the Raiders’ long-term solution or simply a bridge is unknown at this point, but could the Patriots and Raiders do each other a huge favor?
Patriots get: Derek Carr, Davante Adams
Raiders get: Mac Jones and a bunch of draft picks.
Please, tell me why this trade can’t happen. I think it can and I think it gives each team a solution. The Patriots get their game-changing receiver and a consistent quarterback, and the Raiders rid themselves of two massive contracts and get to move on from the Derek Carr era.
This is a match made in heaven.