The Las Vegas Raiders have been under the watchful eye of many fans across the league after they released Derek Carr from the roster.
Rumors have connected the franchise with Jimmy Garoppolo over recent weeks and now, it sounds like they’re bringing in the veteran quarterback.
According to Mike Garafolo, the Raiders are signing Garoppolo to be their new starting quarterback.
The #Raiders are closing in on a deal with QB Jimmy Garoppolo, sources say. After six seasons and a Super Bowl appearance with the #49ers, Jimmy G is on his way to Vegas, the site of this season’s Super Bowl, to reunite with Josh McDaniels. pic.twitter.com/R4dSLyj5SX
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2023
However, many fans are pointing out that the franchise was wanting to acquire an upgrade to Derek Carr. After signing Jimmy Garoppolo, everybody is kind of pointing out the obvious.
— Gridiron (@Gridiron) March 13, 2023
They’re basically the same guy, as both Carr and Garoppolo are in that good but not great range of quarterbacks in the NFL.
— Price Carter (@ArrowheadPrice) March 13, 2023
Before and after photos of the Raiders quarterback room.
Raiders going from Carr to Jimmy G pic.twitter.com/PxdYSyYGIp
— 🗣Hello I’m Rich💰💵 (@TheRichman87) March 13, 2023
At the same time, signing Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t completely shut the door on Las Vegas drafting a quarterback in April.
If anything, this sets the Raiders up perfectly to select a rookie to sit and learn for a year or two behind Garoppolo until he’s ready.
So, although Jimmy Garoppolo technically isn’t an upgrade over Derek Carr, the front office could still be monitoring the quarterback position for the NFL Draft.