Option Three for the Buccaneers: Derek Carr
What about Geno Smith? Jared Goff? Ryan Tannehill? Jacoby Brisett? Taylor Heinicke? All potentially good options.
Tannehill is the oldest at 34, Smith is 32, Goff may be intriguing as well, the same age as Mayfield, 28, and maybe worth looking at if the Lions let him walk. Brissett and Heinicke are 29, have also proven they can play, and could be nice options or even backups to whomever the Bucs end up going with.
Derek Carr is going to be 32 in March, is seasoned, accurate, and fairly mobile as well. A 3-time pro-bowler, he can be a long or short term solution as well for Tampa post TB12. His knowledge of the game and ability to read defenses, allows him to make good things happen in broken down situations.
Carr is intriguing as he’s pretty consistent and hasn’t had very many ‘bad’ games. He has about a double TD to interception ratio, 20-10, in 2022 so far, not the best, but pretty good, before last night’s game, and has thrown 213 TD’s and almost 35,000 yards in 9 years.
Carr could be that long term face of the franchise with good name recognition as well as stats to back that up. He’d certainly be able to pick right up where Tom Brady leaves off.
Any of these quarterback options, even the list I didn’t go in depth with, would be able to steer this ship into the future and battle for dominance in the NFC South for years to come. Unless of course we end up drafting the next Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen.
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