Raiders bench Derek Carr for Jarrett Stidham: What’s next for QBs, plus reasonable 2023 landing spots

While it’s unlikely they’ll make it to 2022’s NFL losses, the Raiders aren’t mathematically eliminated from contention against the 49ers in Week 17. Even so, coach Josh McDaniel is making a change at quarterback, with Derek Carr on Wednesday being the backup to Jarrett Stidham for the rest of the year. McDaniels left the door open for a QB swap after a narrow loss to the Steelers in Week 16, and now it’s official: Carr is out as Las Vegas’ signal caller, and possibly for good.

“We think it’s an opportunity to evaluate a young player who hasn’t had much playing time,” McDaniel told reporters. “It’s been great talking to Derek. He understands the situation we’re in (and) very supportive. … There’s a lot of things that need to be addressed after the season is over.”

by NFL Media, Carr will sit out the final two games of the regular season to avoid distractions. He does not practice and is listed as “not injury related.”

A three-time Pro Bowler who threw for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this year, Carr started 91 game streak started. For the Raiders, the longest active streak by any QB in the NFL. The veteran signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension with Las Vegas this offseason through 2025. But during a 6-9 start, Las Vegas has been less efficient than usual under McDaniel, who has led and finished games.

Stidham, 26, was acquired this spring in a trade of draft picks with McDaniel’s former team, the Patriots. In the year A 2019 fourth-round pick of New England, he spent four of his NFL seasons under McDaniel, appearing in eight games with the Pats. While he doesn’t project as the Raiders’ QB after 2022, it’s fair to say the same about the former boss.

Carr, 31, is a lucrative rookie but can be released or traded without penalty after the season, saving the Raiders about $30M immediately. The safe bet, now that McDaniels has been pulled from the lineup after less than a year as QB1, Las Vegas will go with the former second-round pick this offseason. Carr was at least an average starter for most of his career, often hitting highs amid multiple regime changes at the helm, but he recorded just one game in nearly a decade in silver and black.

Where could Carr end up in 2023 with current Buccaneers QB and longtime McDaniels partner Tom Brady among the best options if the Raiders explore an upgrade? Given that the veteran doesn’t have a no-trade clause that would allow him to control his destiny, here are the early logical suitors:

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