4 reasons Steelers should trade for Raiders QB Derek Carr

Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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The Raiders could be looking to trade Derek Carr. Here are four reasons why the Steelers should answer the call. 

This offseason has been met with a whirlwind of emotions from Steelers fans. Though Pittsburgh doesn’t haven’t a lot of money to work within 2021, big changes are coming soon (most of them may not be for the better).

One thing we still have yet to figure out completely is who will be leading the charge at quarterback this year for the Black and Gold. While it originally sounded like a Ben Roethlisberger return was a guarantee, recent reports from Ed Bouchette of The Athletic suggest that this may no longer be the case.

While Roethlisberger’s return still seems like a fairly safe bet at this point, Pittsburgh needs to start preparing for the future, and the two parties may decide retirement is the best option at this point. One quarterback who could be on the market is Derek Carr. The Raiders signal-caller has been better than anyone has given him credit for over the past two years, and he could be a legitimate franchise passer on the Steelers. Though the price of acquiring these starting quarterbacks apparently isn’t cheap, here are four reasons why Pittsburgh should trade for Derek Carr if Ben does not return:

Carr has been extremely efficient

Derek Carr had three impressive seasons to begin his career, but he soon received the dreaded ‘game-manager label. In 2017 and 2018, Carr was less than impressive and started to look like a quarterback who needed to be replaced. However, he quickly turned things around.

Over the past two seasons, Carr has averaged an impressive 7.9 yards per attempt in both seasons – a higher mark than Ben Roethlisberger has seen in his 17-year NFL career. In addition, he has thrown for over 4,000 yards in both 2019 and 2020 and has 48 touchdowns and 17 interceptions over this span. Carr may not be Deshaun Watson, but he’s been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league over the past two years.