The Las Vegas Raiders released quarterback Derek Carr when he refused to waive his no-trade clause last month. Now that he’s signed with the Saints, will Carr get a no-trade clause in New Orleans too?
According to NFL insider Mike Garafolo, Carr did receive a no-trade clause to go with his new contract.
The move will allow Carr to control his future and free agency when it comes up in about four years.
Carr’s deal is for four years and worth up to $150 million with around $100 million in guarantees. The Saints managed to keep the move under the cap by backloading it to the later years.
NFL fans are praising Carr for his hustle in being able to secure a very valuable no-trade clause, while some think the Saints got fleeced in the process:
“37 a year And a no trade clause Sheeesh!” one user replied.
“Smartest contract doer in the NFL. Give up some $ to control your destiny,” wrote another.
“Man, Carr finessing the saints. Props to Carr!” a third wrote.
Of course, if Derek Carr doesn’t meet expectations in New Orleans, the team will probably make head coach Dennis Allen suffer the consequences.
And if Allen gets the boot, it’s entirely possible that Carr goes looking for a new home somewhere down the line.
But for now, Carr has his new team, a new deal and a new chance to become a star.