It was not that long ago that the quarterback drama in the NFL reached its peak as several high-profile names were reportedly were on the market.
The Los Angeles Rams kicked things off when they traded for Matthew Stafford in a blockbuster deal that sent Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions, while the situation with Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans continued to deteriorate. There were rumblings of Russell Wilson being disgruntled with the Seattle Seahawks, while Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are currently in a staring match.
The Las Vegas Raiders were linked to several of these quarterbacks as a potential landing destination, and it made sense as the team has yet to win in the postseason under Derek Carr. The veteran quarterback has looked more and more comfortable playing under head coach Jon Gruden and had a solid 2020 campaign where he recorded 4,103 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
Carr is on a team-friendly contract and while it appeared his future with the Raiders was murky, he and his camp are reportedly in talks on an extension, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN via Bobby Thompson of Full Press Patriots:
— G.T Bobby Thompson (@BThomps81) July 3, 2021
The signal-caller is entering his eighth year with Las Vegas, and although the team’s record has been poor, he is not completely responsible for it. The defense has been a major letdown for the Raiders in previous seasons, but the organization tried to rectify that in free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.
The quarterback market has been reset several times, with players like Patrick Mahomes and Watson demanding exorbitant amounts of money. Fortunately for the Silver and Black, they should not have to pay up to that level to retain Carr, who is more than serviceable.