An NFL executive thinks the Las Vegas Raiders will go after a veteran quarterback with a Super Bowl win on his resume for the 2024 season. The Raiders hired Antonio Pierce as their head coach for next season. Pierce needs to show he can make progress from the Josh McDaniels regime.
The Raiders quarterback situation was less than ideal in 2023. The Raiders signed Jimmy Garoppolo and drafted Aidan O’Connell. They also had Brian Hoyer on the roster. Neither quarterback seems to have enough firepower to make the Raiders a contender.
The Las Vegas Raiders are predicted to land a star QB
Unfortunately for the Raiders, they’re too far back in April’s draft to take a top quarterback prospect. According to Jeremy Fowler with ESPN, an NFL executive thinks the Raiders will try and acquire Russell Wilson for 2024:
After coach Sean Payton’s Week 17 benching of Wilson and because of the constraints of the quarterback’s contract, Wilson will most likely cook up deep balls for the third team of his NFL career. As we outlined previously, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Minnesota are among teams on the radar. But one NFC executive sees another outlet.
“[The Raiders] need a vet, and they are one of Wilson’s original teams he wanted to go to,” said the exec, referring to Wilson’s wish list in 2021. “He’d stay in the [AFC West], West Coast, and [Wilson’s wife] Ciara can do a [Las Vegas] residency [as a live performer].”
In fact, the Raiders are the only team from that wish list that has a quarterback need. Rookie Aidan O’Connell performed admirably, but coach Antonio Pierce will be in win-now mode after earning the job on the basis of a 5-4 interim stint.
Russell Wilson would be a great option for the Raiders
Wilson struggled in 2022 but had a much better season in 2023. Yes, the Broncos benched Wilson at the end of the regular season, but the reasons had more to do with Wilson’s contract than their performance. He was one of the top ten quarterbacks in the league statistically.
Watching Wilson pair up with Davante Adams would be fun to watch next season. So would watching Wilson play the Broncos twice in the highly competitive AFC West.
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