The Las Vegas Raiders have made it as clear that they are done with quarterback Derek Carr and will look to trade him in the coming months. In turn, this perks the ears up of every NFL fanbase who doesn’t have a Josh Allen, Patricks Mahomes, Justin Herbert, etc. on their team—like the Atlanta Falcons.
Most of us have liked what we have seen from Desmond Ridder but there is no denying the fact that Derek Carr is more established. Should the Falcons pursue Carr?
The Falcons should only pursue Derek Carr if Davante Adams is included
There is only one scenario where the Falcons should contact the Raiders in an attempt to acquire QB Derek Carr, and that is if they would be willing to ship his buddy, Davante Adams, with him.
Adams last offseason wanted to reunite with his Fresno State quarterback—Derek Carr. The Raiders pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Packers to help facilitate that. However, here we are months later where Las Vegas has now ousted Carr.
There have been reports that wide receiver Davante Adams is fine staying in Vegas even without Carr, yet, how can you not assume that he would rather follow Carr to his new destination? Perhaps, if you offer the Raiders enough, they will be willing to trade both Pro Bowl players in another blockbuster trade.
That doesn’t mean would all be rainbows and butterflies for the Falcons, because it wouldn’t. You would be trading away a lot of draft capital for two players who are in their 30s and are signed to massive contracts (like two contracts that in the coming years will have cap hits in the $40 million range).
Still, I don’t think it would be the right move and it certainly wouldn’t sync up with what Terry Fontenot has been doing, but how can you ignore the temptation of adding Derek Carr and Davante Adams to an offense that already has Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tyler Allgeier, and a strong offensive line?