It is becoming less and less certain who will take the first snapshot in the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium.
Raiders defeated reporter Vincent Bonsignore reports on Tuesday that there is a "growing sense in itself [the] League is there are NFL teams ready to inquire [the Raiders] about the opportunity to act for Derek Carr. "
Bonsignore went on to say he was "Not to report that means [the Raiders] actively buy Derek Carr. But between their promise not to miss anything to improve in every position – including QB – and interest in Carr in the league, some teams feel a chance to act on him. "
Dealing with her 28-year-old caller would make room for someone like Tom Brady, who is said to be a potential target for the Raiders' first Vegas season. A viral photo of Brady and Raiders owner Mark Davis on UFC 246 in January immediately sparked rumors that the Raiders could try to win the six-time Super Bowl champion. Adam Schefter of ESPN later reported that the team was "ready to pursue the 42-year-old" should he make the free choice on March 18.
"This was about Tom fighting [Manny] Pacquiao here to open the stadium, ”Davis said jokingly in a weak attempt to reject the idea he was trying to recruit the Patriots quarterback. The league's manipulation rules prohibit the teams from speaking to Brady about the terms of the contract until the free agency begins.
Carr wiped the photo and said to ESPN, "I'm looking forward to taking the first snapshot at this stadium, and I'm looking forward to taking every snapshot from here until I'm done." The Fresno State product was selected by the Raiders in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed a five-year $ 125 million contract renewal in 2017 with a signing bonus of $ 12.5 million and a $ 70.2 million guarantee.
Per Vic Tafur from The AthleticSo far, only $ 2.9 million was guaranteed by Carr's $ 18.9 million base salary in 2020, which, according to Tafur, "is a big part of the reason why there was so much speculation about Carr's future."
Carr's 2020 cap hit is $ 21.5 million, but his dead cap hit is $ 7.9 million, after $ 27.5 million in 2019, Spotrac said. This means the Raiders could free up $ 13.6 million in cap space if they move on from Carr this off-season. Prospective buyers would need a substantial amount of cap space to explain Carr's strong success this year.
Carr scored 21 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a career best of 4,054 yards in 16 games in 2019, as well as a completion rate of 70.4. Despite its solid year, the Raiders ended the record 7-9 and general manager Mike Mayock gave a lukewarm assessment of the quarterback's gloomy future in Sin City.
"I think he had a better second year with Jon than a first year," said Mayock of The Athletic. "As for the future, I'll tell you what I said to you last year. About every position. And that means my job is to evaluate every position and try to do better. And if I can , I will and if I can't I won't, and that applies to every position. "