The New York Jets are reportedly going all in on quarterback Derek Carr. The signal caller, who was recently released from the Raiders, is one of the most highly touted passers on the NFL market.
The Panthers, Bucs, and Saints were originally believed to be the most likely landing spots for Carr, but now, another organization is picking up momentum.
The Jets have not only increased the likelihood of signing the QB, but they’re apparently putting all of their eggs in the Derek Carr basket. They recently made their pitch to the free agent, predicting a Super Bowl championship and trip to the Hall of Fame should Carr make the right decision.
Dianna Russini of ESPN gave insight to the conversations that have taken place between the two parties.
“Derek Carr is certainly in the driver’s seat in this situation… In terms of that visit with the New York Jets, I heard it went really well for both sides. In terms of what New York was trying to sell him, because that’s what they’re doing at this point, they were pretty clear with him.
“They told him he’s a great quarterback. They believe that he’s got a legit surrounding cast of players… They ran through top to bottom of why Derek Carr can step in here, and take this team not just to the playoffs, but to the Super Bowl. They made it really personal, too. They said, ‘We believe if you come to New York and win, you could be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.'”
That’s quite the pitch to a player with a 63-79 career record and no playoff wins.
Fans were quick to respond to the report.
New York Jets: Just think Derek, if you come to New York and Win, you’re a first-ballot Hall of Famer!!
Derek Carr: pic.twitter.com/AvsvzQ9Jn6
— Michael Hauff (@TheFFRealist) February 22, 2023
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) February 22, 2023
The Jets: Derek Carr could be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) February 22, 2023
This news comes shortly after rumors broke saying the Jets were the favorites to land Aaron Rodgers. Of course, many New York fans ultimately believe the franchise will make the wrong decision in their QB pursuit.
Derek Carr has been a respectable passer throughout his career, posting a 217:99 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He’s thrown for more than 35,000 yards over his nine professional seasons.
Many doubt that he can live up to the lofty expectations pitched by the Jets, but it sure seems that a signing with New York is becoming more likely.