Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders were one of the surprising entrants into the postseason this season. After going 3-0 to start the season, they fell into a 3-7 tailspin as they faced a ton of adversity. Similarly to the Raiders, the Seattle Seahawks started rough, but they did not rebound.
Head coach Jon Gruden resigned and both of their 2020 first-round draft picks, wide receiver Henry Ruggs III and cornerback Damon Arnette, were released following separate incidents. Despite that, the team ended the season winning four games in a row and landing the No. 6 seed in the playoffs.
While the outcome in the postseason wasn’t what they had hoped for, as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated them 26-19. With the 2021 season officially over, the Raiders will now be turning their attention to 2022, when they could look a lot different.
General manager Mike Mayock was fired following the postseason loss, meaning Las Vegas will have a new person leading the front office and possibly a new head coach as well. While the players love Rich Bisaccia, he remained in the interim tag for the duration of the season and may not get the job full-time.
With so much up in the air, the Raiders could opt for a truly clean slate. That would mean a new general manager, head coach and quarterback. Derek Carr has been an above-average option for the team and should be commended for everything he has dealt with. But with his contract expiring following the 2022 season, they could opt to move on from him this offseason.
Should the Raiders make Carr available, numerous teams would be interested in acquiring him. Could the Seattle Seahawks be a potential landing spot?
In a piece over at ESPN, Bill Barnwell has made some predictions for quarterbacks around the league heading into 2022. One of them involves the Seahawks trading away Russell Wilson to the New Orleans Saints. Replacing him would be Carr.
After flirting with the idea of requesting a trade last season, Barnwell believes Wilson will do it again and this time he would be moved. That would leave Seattle with a huge hole at quarterback. Given the fact that Pete Carroll is 70-years old, it is hard to imagine the Seahawks would rebuild.
So, they go out on the trade market and land Carr with some of the draft capital that they received from the Saints in exchange for Wilson. This would enable the Seahawks to remain competitive while they restock and rebuild the rest of the roster.
With the cap space they open up from moving Wilson, Seattle could make some big additions to the roster and be right back in the playoff picture next season after finishing 2021 with a 7-10 record.