NFL Rumors: Potential Trade Destinations For Derek Carr

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The Las Vegas Raiders were the most resilient team in the NFL this season, overcoming several major issues off the field to clinch a playoff berth against all odds.

A lot of that credit should go to Derek Carr, who's been deemed the MVP by his Raiders teammates and has earned a reputation of being a strong, fair leader in the locker room.

But as it usually happens in this business, no one's ever safe in the NFL, and Carr isn't the exception to that rule.

Carr May Request A Trade

Now, at the end of the season, the Raiders may be left with more questions than answers, as they have yet to make a decision on their new HC.

Moreover, Ian Rapoport recently claimed that Carr could request a trade if Ray Bisaccia doesn't get the job:

"My understanding is that [Carr’s] future is uncertain in Las Vegas. As it is explained to me, the Raiders and Derek Carr have a mutual decision to make this offseason." Rapoport said, per Sportscasting. "And the choice of head coach will, I’m told, be a factor. Derek Carr has said very publically and several times that his preference is to stay with the Raiders."

3. Carolina Panthers

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There are a lot of unanswered questions in Carolina and some believe that Matt Rhule wasn't the right choice for the Panthers.

But if the team decides to run it back and hires a competent offensive coordinator, then Carr might as well be the QB they've been looking for over the past couple of years.

The Panthers are already paying Cam Newton, Cam Newton's replacement, and Cam Newton replacement's replacement, so the setting may not be ideal.

Then again, they could be in the mix for a playoff spot if Christian McCaffrey manages to stay healthy.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Moving on from a Hall of Famer quarterback isn't an easy task, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will be in for a long season unless they make an aggressive move.

They might take a QB in the Draft but their defense is ready to compete right away and there's no point in wasting another year.

Carr would have some decent weapons at his disposal and one of the league's up-and-coming RBs in Najee Harris.

If the Steelers' line gave what was left of Ben Roethlisberger some time to operate, then Carr should excel as his replacement.

Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts tried their luck with Carson Wentz and we all saw how that went.

The Colts had a stout defense and one of the best running games in the league, yet their QB miserably failed to deliver over and over.

Wentz isn't likely to be a starter in the league anymore unless a desperate team falls in that trap again.

Carr would give the Colts a strong presence in the locker room while also being a massive upgrade over in nearly every aspect of the game in comparison to Wentz.