Report: Carr heads to New Orleans for official visit

The Saints are emerging as a team that could pull the trigger for the ex-Raider.

Could Derek Carr find his next home in The Big Easy?

The soon-to-be former Las Vegas Raider and Fresno State star quarterback was granted permission from the Raiders to visit the New Orleans Saints, which was reportedly taking place Wednesday. 


The backstory: Carr, who spent nine years with the Raiders, is not part of the future plans for Head Coach Josh McDaniels, who benched the quarterback with two weeks remaining in the season. 

  • Carr penned a heartfelt message to Raider Nation after the season, thanking the fans for their support and quashing any rumors about a possible retirement. 

State of play: Last week proved to be slightly awkward. Carr returned to Las Vegas for the Pro Bowl last weekend in what was his final act affiliated with the Silver and Black. But he wore NFL paraphernalia with the famed league shield on his hat, instead of the classic Raiders pirate logo. 

What we’re watching: With Carr visiting New Orleans to see if he could be the successor to Saints legend Drew Brees, the Saints could enter negotiations with the Raiders to acquire the quarterback. 

  • ESPN reported that the Raiders’ asking price is moderate, with the belief that a third round draft pick could be enough to seal the deal. 
  • If New Orleans or another franchise cannot work out a trade with the Raiders by Fe. 15 – the day $40.4 million of his salary becomes guaranteed – Las Vegas would be forced to release Carr, which would only incur a $5.6 million salary cap hit next year.
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