The Las Vegas Raiders have certainly faced some adversity at the quarterback position as of late. After deciding to move on from Derek Carr, it has been a bit of a quarterback carousel in Las Vegas. When you have a star wide receiver in Davante Adams (coupled with Super Bowl aspirations just a few seasons ago), that can be extremely frustrating.
However, multiple reports are surfacing as of late that indicate the Raiders could get a pleasant surprise under center in the near future.
The Las Vegas Raiders Are One Of The Favorites To Land MVP Quarterback Russell Wilson
Staff at The Athletic highlighted how this move could change the direction of the Raiders’ franchise:
The only way this would make any sense for the Raiders is if Wilson is released. They have to find a way to move on from their own expensive backup quarterback — Jimmy Garoppolo — this offseason, they will incur a sizable dead money hit as a result and won’t have any interest in taking on Wilson’s salary.
With that being said, Wilson has been solid this year: He’s 10th in completion percentage, 16th in passing yards, tied for sixth in passing touchdowns and has thrown just eight interceptions in 15 games. He’s no longer a Pro Bowl-level player, but he’s still a starting-caliber quarterback.
If he’s willing to sign for cheap and the Raiders aren’t able to draft their quarterback of the future, perhaps signing him to compete with Aidan O’Connell for the starting job could make sense.
What Would This Do For The Raiders?
Aidan O’Connell, the Raiders’ rookie fourth-round pick, has shown some potential this season, but he is unlikely to start next year. This offseason, the Raiders’ top priority will be finding a quarterback.
Until a general manager is named, it’s hard to guess what the Raiders will do at quarterback in 2024. It appears that interim general manager Champ Kelly will be the favorite to take over the job, and he understands how important it is to find a quarterback.
It’s highly unlikely the Raiders headseason with the same quarterback room Aidan O’Connell, Jimmy Garoppolo and Brian Hoyer. Their mobility is limited and their upside is even more limited.
Bringing in Wilson could give them the best chance to win now with multiple key veterans heading into the final stage of their career.
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