Derek Carr Confirms Interest In Chicago Bears
Derek Carr confirmed interest in the Chicago Bears this past week with an intriguing social media post to Khalil Mack.
Carr, 28, has been the subject of a lot of trade speculation recently.
Despite putting together a fairly solid campaign in 2019, the one-time briefly highest paid NFL player has had trouble establishing himself as a necessary piece for the Raiders’ future. The fact that he has made only one postseason appearance in six years as the team’s quarterback does not bode well for him.
Following the team’s 7-9 showing this past season, rumors began to emerge that Las Vegas would make a play for soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, Tom Brady.
As such, many teams around the league have begun to put out feelers to see how realistic it is that the newly relocated Raiders get rid off their three-time Pro Bowler quarterback.
This week, NFL insider Benjamin Allbright reported that Chicago is currently making contingency plans for the quarterback position, and one name they keep coming back to is Carr’s.
“Bears are quietly looking at QB options,” he tweeted out.
“Trubisky will still get the shot to be the guy, but much like Titans/Mariota last year, the leash is short. They’d prefer vet ready-to-play, options. If Raiders were to move on from Carr ($21.5m cap hit vs $7.9 dead) theyd be interested.”
Bears are quietly looking at QB options.
Trubisky will still get the shot to be the guy, but much like Titans/Mariota last year, the leash is short.
They’d prefer vet ready-to-play, options. If Raiders were to move on from Carr ($21.5m cap hit vs $7.9 dead) theyd be interested.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 20, 2020
Shortly after Allbright’s note about the Bears’ interest in Carr, he responded with a social media post on Instagram featuring himself and current Chicago linebacker Mack.
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Carr and Mack played together for the then-Oakland Raiders for two years. The latter player was famously traded away by team brass after holding out for a new contract.
Interestingly enough, if the Bears do decide to trade for Carr, they would likely end up using one of the second round picks the Raiders traded to them.
One way or another, it is increasingly beginning to look like Carr’s days with Las Vegas as a starter are numbered. He may end up going to Chicago, or he may end up landing somewhere else entirely, or he may just get benched.
Either way, though, it is increasingly difficult to see a scenario where Carr is the Raiders’ staring quarterback come the end of next season.