The Las Vegas Raiders’ quarterback situation continues to be a huge question mark going into this offseason. The team is working on trading Derek Carr, but who will replace him remains unclear and perhaps the person whom this affects most is Raiders star wide receiver, Davante Adams.
Adams had an excellent first season with the Raiders and it is well-known that he and Carr are close friends. The way the franchise has handled this Derek Carr situation has not sat well with some and Hall of Famer Tim Brown believes Adams may not be happy with it either.
While Brown made it clear that this is simply his belief and not something he was told, the Raiders legend made it clear that someone like Adams did not come to the Raiders to play with a young, developing quarterback, via The Maggie and Perloff Show:
“I’m for sure that Davante is not too happy with this situation, and that’s just me believing that. So, I probably shouldn’t say that I’m for sure about it. I’ll just say it this way: if I [were] in his position, I would not be happy about what’s happening right now. That being said, it may never make the front pages, but I just got to figure he’s talking to them, going, ‘Hey, you guys got to do something here. I didn’t come here to play the next 5-7 years to play with some young kid.’ McDaniels has put himself into a tough position.”
Of course, most of the rumors about the future of the Raiders’ quarterback position have been focused on Tom Brady. While that is certainly a possibility, it is far from a guarantee and there will be other teams fighting for his services as well, should he choose to continue his playing career. If the Raiders don’t bring Brady on board, however, things get a bit more questionable.
Lamar Jackson is a possibility, though the Ravens are likely to use the franchise tag on him. After that, the free agent possibilities shift to the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo and Geno Smith. Exactly how much of an upgrade they would be over Carr is unclear.
The Raiders do have a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft and could conceivably trade up to nab one of the top signal-callers in what could be a star-studded class. But as Brown said, Adams likely wouldn’t look forward to playing with a developing rookie, regardless of how talented he is. One thing that is for sure is that Dave Ziegler and Josh McDaniels must make the right moves this offseason.