Top free agent quarterback Derek Carr and the New York Jets have already become acquainted this offseason as the now-former Las Vegas Raiders are looking for a new NFL home.
Carr was recently seen with head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas at an Italian restaurant near their Florham Park, NJ, facility. The Jets have made it known that they are in the market for a quarterback even though they still have the second overall pick from two years ago, Zach Wilson, still on the roster.
If Carr does sign to be the Jets’ new starter, he’d probably want to wear No. 4, which he’s been doing since the Raiders drafted him 36th overall in 2014.
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There’s just one catch: Cornerback DJ Reed already has the number.
Reed may give him up, but he took to social media to imply that Carr would have to trade him for something if that was the case.
«We can always negotiate,» he said.
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Reed has worn multiple numbers in his five years in the NFL, including numbers 29, 2 and 9 with the Seattle Seahawks in just two seasons. He also wore number 32 with the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he spent his first two seasons.
But Carr is expected to make a fair amount of money on his next deal, so maybe Reed is looking at a piece of that for the number.
Reed completed his first season with the Jets last year and contributed to a very solid defense for Saleh. He had 80 combined tackles, one interception and 12 passes defensed. He also forced a fumble.
Of course, the Jets will want to do whatever makes Carr happy if he’s their top target among free-agent quarterbacks. Willow Gardner, a secondary teammate of Reed’s and the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, already hinted that Carr seemed interested in the Jets when they were talking at the Pro Bowl.
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«Yes @derekcarrqb do you remember your last words before I left the ProBowl? No need for an answer just asking,» he wrote.
In addition to the Jets, the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and others are expected to be interested in Carr’s services this season and beyond.
Carr was released by the Raiders after he told them he wouldn’t approve of any trade they made this offseason (he had a no-trade clause in his contract).
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It will be the first time the 31-year-old has worn a uniform other than black and silver in nine NFL seasons. And if he’s green and white, Carr knows who to call if he wants the number 4 under his name on the back.