3. Las Vegas Raiders
Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz aren’t the only marquee quarterbacks that could change teams this offseason. Derek Carr could join the trade block, as it seems like there will be a market for him this offseason. Even if the Las Vegas Raiders keep the 2014 second-round pick, they may have a hard time keeping backup quarterback Marcus Mariota, which could incentivize him to look for a replacement.
Although the Raiders would rather move Mariota, a trade for Carr shouldn’t be ruled out. They are currently $18 million in the red, per Over the Cap, and moving on from either quarterback could help them free cap room. Mariota has a $10.7 million cap hit with no dead money while Carr is set to count $22.125 million against the cap, and the team could save $19 million with only $2.5 million in dead money if they release him or trade him.
Meanwhile, Minshew is still on his rookie deal and could become the Raiders’ backup quarterback regardless of whom they trade. Last season, Carr was heavily shopped at the NFL Scouting Combine and this may be the year Las Vegas finally pulls the trigger on a trade. If that’s the case, it would make sense for the Raiders to acquire Minshew.