By Max Harper
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and his agent must be smiling this morning.
Hurts is due to get an extension this offseason off his MVP-like 2022 performance in which he led the Eagles to within a whisker of winning the Super Bowl.
Derek Carr, who was benched last season in Las Vegas, is signing with the Saints in a deal worth $150 million, including $100 million in total guarantees, according to NFL Media. Carr, who structured his deal to accommodate New Orleans’ cap situation, gets $60 million at signing.
The Raiders’ all-time career passing leader, Carr was a four-time Pro Bowl selection during his nine years with the franchise. A league MVP candidate prior to getting hurt late in the 2016 season, Carr led the Raiders to the franchise’s only two playoff appearances since 2002.
Carr was benched this past year after having one of his best seasons to date in 2021. Despite an in-season coaching change and the arrest of receiver Henry Ruggs III, Carr still managed to throw for over 4,800 yards while completing over 68% of his passes during the 2021 season. His play that season helped the Raiders make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The 2022 season, however, was one of Carr’s worst. The nine-year veteran completed just 60.8% of his passes, his lowest mark since his rookie season. He also threw 14 interceptions in just 15 starts as Las Vegas went 6-9 with Carr under center — despite the addition of All-Pro wideout Davante Adams. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels benched Carr in favor of Jarrett Stidham, who lost both of his starts as the Raiders finished the season with a 6-11 record.