Damian Lillard posts photo of Russell Wilson in Raiders jersey
The Las Vegas Raiders could still make the playoffs this year, but that doesn’t mean there are serious questions about their future. While deciding who will be the next head coach will be at the top of the list, but they also have to decide the future of quarterback Derek Carr. He will be in the final year of his contract next season and there hasn’t been much movement on a possible overtime.
Carr has played well this season and will likely end up getting a new contract unless a better option is presented to the Raiders. This offseason could have an unprecedented amount of quarterback movement. Big names like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson could all be on the move. Carr is good but he is not on the same level as these three.
Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard is a huge Raiders fan and frequently tweets about the team. Recently, he tweeted a photo of Wilson in a Raiders jersey and asked what fans thought of the possibility.
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Wilson has a low season
Last offseason, Wilson was a very attractive market target for just about any team. He had just finished a 12-4 season with the Seattle Seahawks and threw 40 touchdowns. This year hasn’t been so good for the star quarterback. The Seahawks are 5-8 in the games he’s started and he’s missed three games with a hand injury.
Wilson’s touchdowns fell to just 22 and he threw just 2,875 yards. It was his least impressive season since 2016. Not all the difficulties are his fault. The offensive line continues to be a mess and Seattle doesn’t have the best offensive staff. Pete Carroll is a defensive-minded head coach so he pays more attention to that. It might be time for Wilson and Carroll to finally go their separate ways. Despite the quarterback’s bad year, he should still be very popular if he becomes available.
Should the Raiders target Wilson?
Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and already has a Super Bowl under his belt. At 33, he should still be in the elite for at least a few more years. With how long quarterbacks have been playing lately, Wilson could be a top quarterback for another decade. Previously, he had shown some interest in the Raiders, but that was when Jon Gruden was still the head coach. He might still have an interest in Las Vegas, but that would depend on who they hire as a full-time head coach during the offseason.
In the end, the Raiders will likely hold on with Carr. What he’s done this season might not look great on the stats sheet, but he’s helping this team win. He deserves a ton of credit for keeping them afloat. Plus, the Raiders don’t have to trade multiple first-round picks to keep him, and Carr’s contract won’t come close to the amount Wilson will be paid in his next deal. Las Vegas can win with him. Wilson is an exciting player, but the Raiders don’t need him right now.
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