Saints sign former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr

Jude Papillion, Editor-in-Chief

After lingering questions about who would lead New Orleans’ offense going forward following their 7-10 season under Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton, the Saints found their man with 4x Pro Bowl selection Derek Carr. (Jude Papillion)

The New Orleans Saints secured a long-term quarterback on Monday when Derek Carr agreed to a four-year deal worth $150 million. Carr’s $37.5 million-per-year deal with the Black and Gold includes $100 million in total guarantees, with a $60 million signing bonus and an additional $10 million bonus in year three according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. Similarly to his contract with the Raiders, Carr’s deal with New Orleans includes a no-trade clause, effectively allowing him to control his future with the team and his free-agent process. 

The 2014 second round draft selection out of Fresno State University averaged 3,913 yards and 24 touchdowns per season during his nine-year stint in Oakland and Las Vegas. The Raiders finished 6-11 in 2022, but Carr notched his fourth career Pro Bowl selection and likely would have thrown for over 4,000 yards for a fifth consecutive season had he played the last two games of this season. 

Nonetheless, New Orleans — who finished at 7-10 last season — finally has its starting quarterback and seems poised to improve in 2023 while the three other NFC South teams continue to search for their man at quarterback.

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