While unlikely to make it to the 2022 NFL playoffs, the Raiders aren’t mathematically out of contention entering Week 17 with the 49ers. Still, coach Josh McDaniels is making changes to quarterback, and announced Wednesday that Derek Carr has been benched for backup Jarrett Stidham for the rest of the year. He left the QB swap door open after a narrow loss to the Steelers in Week 16.
“I think it’s an opportunity to evaluate young players who don’t have a lot of time to play,” McDaniels told reporters. It’s a big deal…. There’s a lot to sort out once the season is over.”
Kerr, a three-time Pro Bowler who threw for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this year, 91 consecutive appearances For the Raiders, it’s the longest active streak by a QB in the NFL. The veteran just signed his three-year, $121.5 million extension this offseason that ties him to Las Vegas through 2025, triggering the team to score wide receiver D’Avante his Adams in a big hit. I was. But he’s less efficient than usual under McDaniels, ramping up a freakish offense and struggling to end a game in which Las Vegas is leading with his 6-9 start.
The 26-year-old Stidham was acquired in a draft pick exchange with McDaniels’ former team, the Patriots, this spring. He spent time under McDaniels and appeared in eight games for the Pats. The same could be said of his predecessor, though he’s not guaranteed to be the Raiders’ quarterback in 2022 and beyond.
Despite a lucrative new deal, the 31-year-old Kerr can be released or traded after the season with no financial penalties, saving the Raiders about $30 million immediately. Now that he’s been plucked from the lineup after less than a year as McDaniels’ QB1, the safe bet is, in fact, Las Vegas parting with the previous second-round pick this offseason. has been at least an average starter for much of his career, often credited for his leadership during multiple regime transitions, but has only made the playoffs once in nearly a decade for silver and black. only.
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Given that current Buccaneers QB and McDaniels’ longtime partner Tom Brady has the flashiest potential if the Raiders are looking to upgrade, where will Kerr end up in 2023? Bearing in mind that the veteran has a no-trade clause that allows him to control his destiny, here’s an early rundown of a logical suitor.