Rumors are swirling among the Arizona Cardinals and other non-playoff teams. One rumor that holds water is the likelihood the team signs Derek Carr.
Per a report from Jeremy Cluff at AZ Central, the Arizona Cardinals, according to OddsChecker, are tied for the 11th highest odds to sign Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr this offseason. And as farfetched as this seems with a former number one overall pick in Kyler Murray slated to play sometime next season for the Redbirds, it should surprise no one if the Cardinals signed the veteran.
For one, we have no idea when Murray will be back to take the reins for the Cardinals offense. While he had a clean ACL tear, which is often associated with less recovery time needed, head coach Kliff Kingsbury did warn us that Murray may not be ready for Week 1.
A few weeks back, Carson Palmer even stated Murray could miss up to 12 months, but those statements came around the same time we learned Murray’s tear was clean. Either way, a minor setback would delay Murray’s return.
Derek Carr could continue a trend for the Arizona Cardinals
Carr will be 32 in 2023, and he could continue a trend of quarterbacks who resurrected a career that looked over in the desert should the Cardinals a) sign him, and b) Kyler Murray isn’t ready when the regular season rolls around. Flash back to the 2010s, we saw this occur with Palmer, and in the 2000s, Kurt Warner.
While Carr suffered through his worst season in years, he has also shown numerous times that he can be a Pro Bowl-caliber player. This is a quarterback who threw for over 4,000 yards in four straight seasons (2018 to 2021), and nearly hit 5,000 last year.
In those four seasons, he also posted a completion percentage of 67.3 or better, and averaged no less than 7.3 yards per pass attempt. Carr also recorded a passer rating of 93.9 or better.
The guy can play, no doubt about it. Sure, it would cost the Cardinals some money, but if Murray’s progress looks slower than anticipated when the new league year begins, don’t be surprised if they pick up someone like Derek Carr, who would immediately give fans more hope than Colt McCoy or David Blough.
(Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference)
(Odds update periodically and are subject to change)
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