The New Orleans Saints made a splash in the NFL free agency market, signing former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to a massive four-year, $150 million deal. The contract includes $100 million in total guarantees, according to sources.
The move comes as a surprise, as many predicted that Carr would sign with the Minnesota Vikings, who were in desperate need of a quarterback after Kirk Cousins’ departure.
However, Carr’s decision to sign with the Saints could have significant implications for Cousins’ future. With the Saints out of the quarterback market, the Vikings may need to look elsewhere for a signal-caller, potentially creating a domino effect in the free agency market.
Sources close to the deal say that Carr chose the Saints over other potential suitors because of their strong offensive line and the opportunity to play with star wide receiver Michael Thomas.
The Jets were also in the mix for Carr’s services, but ultimately lost out to the Saints. With their top quarterback option now off the board, the Jets will need to explore other options as they look to improve on their disappointing 2022 campaign.
The signing of Derek Carr is a major coup for the Saints, who are looking to reload after a disappointing end to their 2021 season. Carr’s arrival should provide a major boost to their offense, and could make them a contender in the tough NFC South.