REVEALED: Superstar free agent QB Derek Carr is leaning toward signing with the New York Jets… after also meeting Carolina and New Orleans in the wake of his release from Raiders
Former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr “kinda prefers” joining the New York Jets to the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, according to reports.
Carr was released by the Raiders in February after he and the team agreed to part ways in the wake of a poor season, and he is now arguably the most coveted free agent in the quarterback market.
The 31-year-old veteran has had meetings with all three clubs vying for his signature and is expected to pick a new team ahead of the start of free agency on March 15.
But now ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that New York is the favorite, with Carr leaning toward the East Coast after they fell out of love with Zach Wilson.
It is believed that the Jets are still trying to wait for a decision from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on which team – if any – to join.
Derek Carr would lean towards a contract with the New York Jets after meeting teams
The Jets would also await a decision from Aaron Rodgers on his future in the league
Rodgers recently returned from the “darkness retreat” where he continued to think about his future. Most reports state that Rodgers is just as open to either stepping away from the game altogether or joining a new team, but all signs point to him being done playing for the Packers.
The Jets have taken steps to hire coaches who have a history with and success with both of their potential QBs of the future.
New York recently hired former Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator after being fired midway through his first season in Denver.
Hackett had built a strong relationship with Rodgers as the duo spent three years together in Green Bay while Hackett was OC and Rodgers had consecutive MVP seasons.
Jets new passing game coordinator Todd Downing was once Carr’s position coach and OC
The Jets also recently hired former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing as their new passing game coordinator.
Downing spent several seasons as Carr’s coach with the Raiders. He served as Raiders quarterbacks coach in 2015 and 2016, before serving as Raiders offensive coordinator in 2017. Carr made the Pro Bowl in all three of those seasons.
Carr clinched his fourth Pro Bowl this season despite missing the last two games of the season.
He threw for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Throughout his career, he has thrown for 35,222 yards, 217 touchdowns and 99 interceptions.