Las Vegas may look to raid the QB market in a big way.
The Raiders have moved on from quarterback Derek Carr, but the succession plan is anything but clear. According to reports, they are zeroing in on three quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppolo and Mac Jones
All are at or near the top of the Raiders’ wish list, per a report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Vegas coach Josh McDaniels has “long been an admirer” of Rodgers, and Vegas is a team to watch in the Rodgers chase.
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Should Rodgers not be an option, then free agent Jimmy Garoppolo — who has long been rumored as a name heading to Sin City — is another.
A surprising option, one who likely will be unavailable, is Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Graziano reports that “chatter” during the 2023 NFL Combine indicated McDaniels may make a push for Jones, but his trade availability may be unclear. Jones was stuck in a bit of a quarterback conundrum alongside Bailey Zappe in New England in 2022.
All three of the passers have some kind of ties to the Raiders and Josh McDaniels in some way:
— Should Rodgers decide to play in 2023 — and land with the Raiders — then he would be reunited with former No. 1 target Davante Adams. The receiver has lobbied for Rodgers to make his way to the Raiders, too. Rodgers is well aware of the pleas.
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— If the Raiders zero in on Garoppolo, then McDaniels would be reunited with the passer from their New England days. Garoppolo’s small sample size with McDaniels was pretty positive: He threw two touchdowns in five starts, with 650 yards and no turnovers.
— Jones’ rookie season in New England coincided with McDaniels’ last year as OC of the Patriots in 2021. Jones, the surest thing from that quarterback class, looked to be his best under McDaniels. He regressed in 2022 under Matt Patricia.
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Heading into 2023, the Raiders have quarterback Jarrett Stidham under contract, who started the last two games of the season for Vegas. The team wanted to “evaluate” Stidham, benching Carr in the process.
Apparently, that evaluation wasn’t satisfactory, and the Raiders are looking to upgrade in a meaningful way.