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Derek Carr Gives You ‘Five Year Window’ – Frank Reich

Frank Reich thinks the best is yet to come from Derek Carr, despite the fact he just had his worst season since 2017.

Derek Carr completed 60.8% of his passes for 3,522 yards and a 24-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2022. He was eventually benched for Jarrett Stidham by Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels as his relationship with the team deteriorated. 

Nonetheless, the Jets and the Colts have already publicly confirmed they’ve met with Derek Carr, with more sure to follow. Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich sounds like he thinks the free agent signal-caller is a win now option.


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“Derek is an excellent leader. He’s an excellent passer,” Frank Reich said.

“He’s very accomplished. You look at the fit, how does he fit with our team and our locker room? He checks a lot of boxes, no question. That’s why he is where he is at this point in his career and the opportunity, it’s a unique opportunity to talk to someone of that caliber as a player and a person. So we didn’t take that for granted.”

Reich has inherited a Carolina quarterback room occupied only by Matt Corral, who was injured all of last season. Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and P.J Walker all saw time under center last year.


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“Whatever decision we make is what is best, not just for this year, but you’re looking on the horizon,” Reich said. “Obviously, if you draft a guy, you’re looking on a very long-term horizon. If you go free agent, if you go Derek Carr, the nice thing with Derek, he’s going to be 32 years old. It’s kind of prime quarterback years. There’s still a good five-year window there.

“Sure, we’re like every team: We want to win the division next year. But you really have to look beyond that as well.”

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