Derek Carr to sign with the New Orleans Saints

The ex-Bulldog will head to the Saints after a lengthy tenure with the Raiders to begin his career.

After nine seasons with the Raiders, encompassing two homes in Oakland and Las Vegas, Derek Carr has a new home. 

The former Fresno State quarterback is headed to the New Orleans Saints on a four-year deal. 


The big picture: Carr’s free agency saga came to a close after weeks of him meeting with teams, which included the Jets, Colts and Panthers as well as a two-day visit to New Orleans in early February. 

  • According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapaport, Carr’s four-year contract totals $150 million, $100 million of which is guaranteed. His average annual salary comes in at $37.5 million per season, making him a top 10 paid quarterback in the league. 

State of play: Carr heads to a Saints team that has a familiar face: Head Coach Dennis Allen. 

  • Allen coached the Raiders from 2012-2014 and drafted Carr in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Raiders fired Allen just four games into the season as the Raiders got off to an 0-4 start. 
  • The Saints went 7-10 last year, which was Allen’s first season as a head coach since his time in Oakland. 
  • While Carr won’t have his former college teammate Davante to throw to, he’ll join an offense that has star receivers Michael Thomas and Chris Olave. 
  • The Saints also ranked as the ninth best defensive team in the NFL last season. The Raiders never ranked higher than 20th throughout Carr’s tenure. 

What they’re saying: Carr confirmed the signing on Twitter ahead of an official announcement from the Saints, which has not been made yet. 

Thomas, the Saints’s star receiver, also took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the signing. 

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