Raiders bench Derek Carr for Jarrett Stidham: What’s next for QB, plus logical landing spots of 2023

While unlikely to make the NFL playoffs in 2022, the Raiders are not mathematically eliminated from competition entering Week 17 against the 49ers. Even so, coach Josh McDaniels is making a change at quarterback, announcing Wednesday that Derek Carr has been benched for replacement Jarrett Stidham for the remainder of the year. McDaniels left the door open for a QB trade after the narrow Week 16 loss to the Steelers, and now it’s official: Carr is out as a Las Vegas signalman, and maybe for good.

“We think this is an opportunity to assess a young player who hasn’t had a lot of time to play,” McDaniels told reporters. “Talking to Derek, who was brilliant, he understands the scenario we find ourselves in (and is) very supportive. … There are a lot of things to sort out once the season is over.”

By NFL Media, Carr will step away for the last two games of the regular season to avoid distractions. He will not train and will be listed as ‘not injury related’.

A three-time Pro Bowler who threw for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this year, Carr had started started 91 consecutive games for the Raiders, the longest active streak of any NFL QB. The veteran just this offseason signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension tying him to Las Vegas through 2025, and was a catalyst for the team’s blockbuster acquisition of wide receiver Davante Adams. But he was less effective than usual under McDaniels, struggling to raise a mercurial offense and finish games that Las Vegas led in a 6-9 start.

Stidham, 26, was acquired in a draft pick trade with the Patriots, McDaniels’ former team, this spring. A fourth-round pick from New England in 2019, he spent his four seasons in the NFL under McDaniels, playing eight games for the Pats. While he doesn’t necessarily project himself as the Raiders’ QB beyond 2022, it’s fair to say the same of his predecessor.

Despite his lucrative new contract, the 31-year-old Carr can be released or traded without financial penalty after the season, saving the Raiders an estimated $30 million instantly. The safe bet, now that he’s been dropped from roster after less than a year as McDaniels’ QB1, is that Las Vegas will actually part ways with the former second-round pick this offseason. Carr has been at least an average starter for much of his career, often getting high marks for his leadership amid multiple regime changes, but he’s also only recorded one playoff appearance in nearly ten years. a decade in silver and black.

In the event the Raiders explore an upgrade, with current Buccaneers QB and longtime McDaniels partner Tom Brady among the brightest possibilities, where could Carr end up in 2023? Bearing in mind that the veteran has a no-trade clause which could allow him to control his destiny, here’s a first look at the logical suitors:

Shots from afar

Main contenders

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