This week signaled the end of an era for the Las Vegas Raiders. Long-time starting quarterback, Derek Carr, has been benched and won’t be playing for the remainder of the season. Jarrett Stidham, a fourth-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2019, will be making his first career start.
Carr won’t even be his backup, as the veteran is now away from the team to avoid being a distraction. The backup to Stidham will be undrafted rookie Chase Garbers, who has been on the practice squad the entire season but will be called up to the active roster.
Given the circumstances, Carr has probably played his final game as a Raider. He will more than likely be traded or released during the offseason, leaving a sizable void in the lineup. Smart money would be on saying the starting quarterback for the 2023 Raiders is not currently on the roster.
Who could the franchise target to replace Carr? Someone familiar with head coach Josh McDaniels would be a good place to start. There are a few free agents that fit that bill, including none other than future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady.
Brady is set to be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason and he has not indicated what his plans are. He will be 46 when the 2023 season begins, but he looks like he can still get the job done if he wishes to continue playing.
As Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk mentioned, if Brady wants to be a Raider, he can be one. Before Brady chose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent in 2020, UFC president Dana White has laid claim to brokering a deal that would have landed Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Las Vegas, but then-head coach Jon Gruden called it off at the last minute.
With McDaniels at the helm, the Raiders could be an attractive landing spot for Brady as he wouldn’t have to learn a new scheme after spending so much time together with the New England Patriots. The pieces are also in place for Brady to come in and succeed right away as Davante Adams remains one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and Darren Waller is a game-changer at tight end when healthy.
There is a lot to like about calling Las Vegas home for Brady. If he committed to going there, other players would assuredly follow in hopes of winning a Super Bowl.