Derek Carr spurns Jets, expects to sign free agent deal with Saints

Jets championship aspirations change with an upgrade at QB
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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The New York Jets had worked for weeks to sell the top available free-agent quarterback that he could be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer if he chose to play in New Jersey. 

In the end, it was their indecision that could have cost them a true chance at an upgrade. 

According to Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints have become the favorite to sign free-agent quarterback Derek Carr after reports as early as yesterday believed the Jets were front-runners. A deal could be agreed upon as early as today. 

Carr was released by the Las Vegas Raiders after nine seasons and setting franchise records in most passing categories. He originally met with the Saints before New York while also feeling other calls with the Carolina Panthers. 

While Ian Rappaport confirmed that Carr’s deal will be a four-year contract, the specific cap numbers have not been made official.  

The Jets have reportedly been in the mix for both Carr, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After meeting with Carr multiple times, it appeared the Jets were willing to wait for Aaron Rodgers to make his decision about his playing status. Now after being spurned by Carr before free agency, Gang Green will expect to pivot and try to land the four-time NFL MVP. Rodgers though has not made a decision regarding his future playing status. 

After finishing 7-10 last season, New York remained committed to upgrading the quarterback position with a veteran signal-caller. The best one available has apparently come off the market which leaves the Jets in a very difficult position. 

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