Colts: 3 potential cap casualties Indy should target this offseason

Raiders HC Jon Gruden and QB Derek Carr (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Derek Carr, Raiders
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 26: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

1. Derek Carr

It’s unclear if the Raiders will trade or cut Derek Carr, but the Colts should be paying attention.

The Las Vegas Raiders are in a tough spot. They can keep Derek Carr and continue on their trajectory towards contention. They can maybe trade him and get some assets to figure out their next steps. Or they can cut him and save nearly $20 million in cap space. Honestly, it’s hard to fault them for any decision.

But if they take the latter route, Ballard needs to get Carr on the phone the very moment it happens and sign him to a four-year contract. We continue to talk about the Colts roster and how it’s built for a deep playoff run, but it won’t last forever. They need to act now and act fast, especially if a prime opportunity like this arises.

The three-time Pro Bowler is about to turn 30 years old and has only gotten better each and every year. Plus, he doesn’t turn the ball over much. He’s thrown just 71 picks across seven seasons compared to 170 touchdowns. Given his age and experience, he’d fit perfectly with the Colts’ current window.

Think of all the lackluster Raiders teams he’s been on. Now he’ll have a stout offensive line (assuming the left tackle position is resolved), a dynamic running game, and a deep wide receiving corps. That’s a dream for any quarterback.

Carr also loves to throw the ball deep, which is something that this offense desperately needs after being held back (in a sense) by Jacoby Brissett and Philip Rivers the last few years.

The best part of all is that he won’t cost any assets in this scenario. Look at how dragged on the Carson Wentz conversations are going because the Colts don’t want to surrender more than they have to. If Carr falls into the Colts’ lap, then the Eagles can keep their QB and get nothing. We’d like that better anyway.