The lone name that makes sense, and I mean it’s the only one that makes sense for this off-season is the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler, who’s only gotten better since his Pro Bowl seasons. He’s only 30-years-old, has a history of leading his team to wins and if you learned anything about Carr in 2021, it’s that he’s resilient.
His team is in trouble financially; as they’ve apparently got themselves in some serious tax issues. His owner is a bit of a problem. His head coach was fired for being a pretty awful person, who also constantly did everything he could to cut Carr’s confidence out from under him with his perpetual inability to commit to him.
His young star wide receiver got drunk and killed a woman this year, and then another one of his teammates went out and got a DUI just weeks later.
All the while Carr never wavered, never broke, never stuttered. He gave a compassionate speech about his ex-teammate, rallied his teammates who had been through hell this year and then in the last week of the regular season put together a drive that won them a game and got them into the playoffs.
Not bad for a team that was at one point 6-7 and was all but out of the playoff race. Carr helped rally four straight wins to get his team in the playoffs and while he won’t win it, should be the MVP of the league for dragging that team to the postseason.
Don’t forget that the Raiders’ offense wasn’t that good, to begin with, and Carr still dragged them to playoffs. He’s not a perfect candidate but Carr checks off all the boxes needed in my opinion. He’s tested, he’s a leader, he can carry a team on his back to win a game and he’s young enough you can get five or six years out of him.