It took less than a full season for Mark Davis to start hedging his bets on Josh McDaniels. The former Patriots offensive coordinator was brought in to fix the Raiders and lead them to the next level in an ultra-competitive AFC after a terrible stint as head coach in Denver.
So far, that hasn’t happened, and all Davis has shown for his bets is a bunch of lost leads and a A thrilling — though ultimately pointless — victory over the Patriots.
Derek Carr is either the first domino to fall or the first scapegoat depending on how you look at it , but he is no longer the quarterback for the Raiders. Las Vegas benched him Wednesday and began leading McDaniels’ offense along with others. not sure yet. Raiders fans are now more concerned about what the team will get in return in the eventual trade.
Derek Carr rumors: What can the Raiders expect in a trade package?
Matt Verderame of FanSided talks to a senior NFL executive who believes A trade for Derek Carr could give Vegas what the Eagles get from the Indianapolis Colts in 2021.
“Talking to a senior NFL personnel executive who thinks trading Derek Carr could pay off similarly to Eagles getting Carson Wentz,” Verderame reported Wednesday. “As a reminder, Wentz brings back Philly’s third conditional No. 1.”
Not exactly the sexiest trade ever scheme, but it’s a lot better than what the Raiders think they’re getting from Cal right now. This side of Rich Gannon — that was 20 years ago. Giving up on him is understandable, but the consequences are dire. Las Vegas can’t afford to lose to the bookmakers on a bet with Carr, which means getting a payoff package for him feels less like waving a white flag and more like chipping away at a successful future.
Getting a third round pick and a conditional first round pick seems solid middle ground, but won’t give fans too much great hope. Vegas is looking for a top 10 pick this year and could end up being a top 5 pick based on poor performances in the last two games. That allows them to take Bryce Young or CJ Stroud — or another quarterback who inevitably hits the draft board — and secures a future franchise quarterback.
The Raiders could pack a third-rounder for a promotion if needed, or trade back to the first-rounder for another future a young player. It’s also possible that none of that happened, and McDaniels was instead tempted to land the holy grail of Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, believing the Raiders were only one step away from toppling the Chiefs, Tigers and Bills in the AFC West. One step away from meetings and Super Bowl glory. The future they want to see if the gamble pays off.