Derek Carr has his name buzzing during Pro Bowl weekend. Could the veteran quarterback soon be with the Indianapolis Colts?
Even after the retirement of Tom Brady, the 2023 veteran quarterback market promises to be as strong as it has been in years. The Indianapolis Colts will likely have their eye on a half-dozen potential difference-makers, including Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
While Carr did throw 14 interceptions and was the only quarterback to lose to Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday, Carr optimists will point to the constant turmoil around him and the failures of head coach Josh McDaniels to put a quality product on the field as reasons for his recent downturn.
Due to some injuries and declined invitations from the rest of the loaded AFC quarterback field, Carr was named a Pro Bowler for the fourth time in his career. Colts fans eyeing that level of high-end quarterback play were treated to a delightful exhibition of his talent last night in Las Vegas.
Carr helped the AFC, supported by the deserving Trevor Lawrence and the shocking Tyler Huntley, win the Precision Passing skill competition, showing some impressive downfield accuracy along the way. It may be a fun competition while wearing gym shorts, but Carr’s deadeye accuracy also translates to the field.
Can the Indianapolis Colts land Derek Carr?
Prior to this season, Carr had thrown for at least 3,900 yards in seven consecutive years. Carr’s explosive arm and accuracy on deep passes are two of the main reasons he’s amassed more career touchdown passes than Terry Bradshaw despite often lacking tremendous offensive lines.
The Colts are expected by many to take a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Alabama’s Bryce Young, and Kentucky’s Will Levis are generally regarded as the top three prospects at the position. However, Carr could come into focus if Indy isn’t sold on these three.
The Colts would need to trade for Carr before February 15, lest he is released and subjected to a free agent bidding way. In a weak division, getting Carr could be enough of a difference-maker to put the Colts right back up there with the reigning winners in Jacksonville.
While teams like the New York Jets, who need a quarterback as badly as any team in the league, and the New Orleans Saints, coached by the guy who helped draft Carr in Dennis Allen, will be in on No. 4 this offseason, an aggressive Chris Ballard might be able to push all the right buttons and get him and blue and white.