Speculation about Derek Carr’s future with the Las Vegas Raiders has been a talking point all offseason. With rumors swirling about the team being interested in quarterback Tom Brady, Carr added some fuel to the fire with some recent posts to his Instagram.
First, Carr posted a picture of him looking up at some of the Raider faithful. If you read into it, it does seem like a potential ‘farewell’ post to his fans. It was posted without a caption so it’s unclear if there’s any sort of meaning behind it.
Then the following day, Carr posted a picture of himself embracing his former teammate and current Chicago Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack. Again, the picture was posted without a caption.
Now, reading into these posts as anything significant could be a bit far fetched. But given the circumstance surrounding both Derek Carr and the Chicago Bears quarterback situation, we can’t rule out the possibility of this coming to fruition.
The only thing that may be holding the Bears back from getting on the phone with the Raiders is the money. Chicago currently only has about $18 million in cap space to work with, and Carr has a base salary of $18.9 million this season.
The team would need to clear up some cap space to even make the trade feasible. A couple players who could be cap casualties for the Bears are corner back Prince Amukamara and linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Cutting Amukamara would save the team $9 million in cap. Floyd is due $13.2 million next season, but cutting him before March 18 means Chicago wouldn’t have to pay it.
Some fans may still believe in Mitchell Trubisky as the long-term answer for the Bears at quarterback, but it’s starting to become very clear that the organization’s loyalty and faith in the young quarterback is starting to diminish.
Carr would be an instant upgrade at the position and give Chicago a serious chance to get back into the playoff next season.