Raiders news: Derek Carr rumors, Maxx Crosby talks expansion
Until Derek Carr signs a contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders, expect his name to be tied to needy NFL teams. Do not worry. That’s how it’s gonna be until pen comes to paper on a new contract.
So, it’s no surprise to read or hear Carr’s name thrown around these days.
FYI: As teams continue to search for QBs, several teams have expressed interest in @Raiders QB Derek Carr. No surprise at all, it’s that time of year. Expect interest to continue to heat up as long as Carr’s contract situation remains as it is.
—Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) March 4, 2022
The new commanders in Washington, for example, are taking a effortless approach at quarterback. There are even wild insinuations that commanders offered an unholy package of first-round picks to land Seattle Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson. If Washington were to look in the wilderness, they would find a quarterback in a very manageable final year of a five-year, $125 million deal.
But then again, there is a very large cloud of uncertainty surrounding any team looking to acquire Carr. The Raiders franchise quarterback made it known he would rather not retire than wear another uniform in the NFL. This makes any business DOA perhaps.
Flip it over to the Raiders side and you’ll see why the team is in no rush to make an expansion as soon as possible. Carr’s final cap number in 2022 isn’t of the crippling variety ($19.877 million and up) and he’s within the team’s control this season — extension or not. While this piece isn’t top echelon quarterback money (this cap number ranks 15th among signal callers for 2022), it’s a decent amount nonetheless. With that in mind, Vegas head coach Josh McDaniels didn’t lie when he said Carr would undoubtedly be the Week 1 starter this coming season. It’s not like Carr is the recalcitrant type if he doesn’t get a contract extension.
I wrote recently that the Raiders’ best move is to extend Carr to a short-term extension, whether that happens this season, in-season or after the 2022 campaign.
Let’s move on to Quick Slants:
- It looks like Vegas is going to expand a key roster before giving the quarterback additional years. The Raiders are in contract talks with defensive end Maxx Crosby and a source has told The Athletic’s Vic Tafur that the rusher’s new deal could come before Carr’s extension. Crosby played in all 49 games in his first three NFL seasons and racked up 25 career sacks as he became a go-to pass thrower since being taken in the fourth round of 2019. NFL Draft. It looks like $20 million per season could be the going rate, as that mark would put Crosby just below Frank Clark in the top six on average per year.
- Las Vegas general manager Dave Zielger and his staff likely won’t get much rest as we head into free agency (the legal tampering period begins next week) and the draft. Ziegler and his team need to learn about the Raiders’ roster up and down, then sift through free agents and college prospects.
“There’s not a lot of sleep, that’s for sure,” Ziegler told the Combine NFL Last week. “Learning (our) list is the centerpiece of Scouting. So it took a lot of time and effort. When you rate every guy under contract and every free agent, there are a lot of players to rate as well as all the new things you face when you take one of those positions…so it’s a ton of time management.”
- the New England Patriots removed Kyle Van Noy on Monday to create $5 million in cap space. If Vegas were to find his way, the veteran linebacker could provide system knowledge, depth and more pass juice.
- Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku and Cincinnati Bengals Safety Jessie Bates III was the first two players to get slapped with the franchise tag on Monday. Tags give both teams more time to negotiate long-term deals.
- Eliminate Calvin Ridley from the NFL this upcoming season. the Atlanta Falcons the wide receiver left the team to deal with his mental health and a league investigation found he bet on NFL games for a five-day period in November. As such, he has been suspended indefinitely for the 2022 campaign.
- With the Browns turning down the option for Andy Janovich, he and Patrick Ricard are the two best unrestricted free agent options on the market. The Raider are likely to revamp their own with Alec Ingold, however, Ricard and Janovich should be worth a look for Vegas – one of the few teams that deploy a proper fullback.
- The 40-yard rush times at the combine were a telltale sign of who the Raiders would draft when legendary owner Al Davis captained the ship. Watching last week’s moments in the interest of Indy and Davis would surely have been piqued. Baylor cornerback Kaylon Barnes had the fastest run at 4.23 seconds, with 14 of the best times being defensive backs or wide receivers. Then there is Amare Barno at 15 with a run of 4.36. By the way, he is a 6-foot-5, 246-pound defensive end.
- Social media was abuzz with the combined performance of Georgian defensive tackle Jordan Davis. his 4.78 40 was telling as the Prospects are 6-foot-6 and weigh 341 pounds. He’s being compared to Ted Washington, but I doubt Big Ted would have beaten Davis’ 40-yard sprint time.