Derek Carr Lands In New Orleans

March 6th, 2023

“If you want to play for Dennis Allen, I can’t help you, man.”

The slimy Saints soon will be the new betting favorites to dethrone the Bucs as NFC South champions.

NFL Network is reporting that three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr is about to sign with New Orleans. Carr was a true free agent because he was cut by the Raiders with years remaining on his contract last month, so he got to negotiate with teams prior to next Monday’s kickoff of free agency.

As usual, the Saints began this offseason tens of millions over the 2023 salary cap, but they’ve made various accounting moves and more are to come.

Joe doesn’t see the Saints as a great team, but they now possess the best quarterback in the division. That’s a key ingredient to opening the playoffs with a home game.

New Orleans recently restructured the contract of backup/gimmick quarterback Taysom Hill, who also plays tight end and receiver. So expect Jameis Winston to be cut soon. Jameis was the Saints opening day starting quarterback last season, but he got hurt and then was benched for Andy Dalton, who started their final 14 games.

68 Responses to “Derek Carr Lands In New Orleans”

  1. Bucs56 Says:

    Carr is terrible. 1 playoff appearance in 9 year career and bombed this year with expectations and new coach. Carr is terrible with pressure up the middle. Just panics and tosses ball away. Let the saints enjoy his cap hit. Huge money for average Joe. And don’t just give him best QB I division. Wasn’t clear he was much better then stidham

  2. SKBucsFan Says:

    Thank goodness. That’s one less waste of money QB Joe needs to mention as our potential starter.

  3. HC Grover Says:

    No. No to Winston here. I would burn my Buc T-shirt.

  4. Tye Says:

    ‘{the Saints} now possess the best quarterback in the division.’

    Yep… That blows!
    NOW whoever the Bucs sign will likely pale in comparison BUT with Bowles being a detriment to the team, who really believes a quality vet. qb lands here…

  5. Mike C Says:

    Jameis just didn’t get a fair shot!….. lol

  6. Richard Says:

    How is it that the Aints always manipulate the cap to their advantage and we seldom….ah, very seldom do? If they want a player they always manage to get him. Is our cap management incapable? It just makes me uncomfortable being out maneuvered by other teams….as # 55 has always said ” if a team really wants a player they will get him”

  7. Marine Buc Says:

    Good – let the New Orleans Taints overpay a mediocre QB $35M per season and totally screw their already screwed salary cap just to win 6-7 games in 2023…

  8. YucsBall Says:

    More reason to draft heavy on Defense

  9. bucsfaninOregon Says:

    And to think that Jamis was the #1 pick. I would hesitate to draft a QB from either UF, UM, or FSU for fear of homer bias. That is evidenced today by the desire of many here for Trask to be the QB despite a total lack of evidence that he would be successful. Putting the season, whatever it turns out to be, on Trask’s shoulders is a recipe for disaster.

  10. Joe Says:

    How is it that the Aints always manipulate the cap to their advantage and we seldom….ah, very seldom do?

    Ta da!

    Bucs cry about the salary cap. Slimy Saints just find answers.

  11. ElioT Says:


    NOLA might have a decent year and get bounced from the playoffs. All while creating even more cap hell for them down the road.

    I like this move, for the Bucs.

  12. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    F Cam Jordan

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    OK, so technically on paper, the Saints have the best QB in the division. That it’s Carr should tell you about the QBs in our division…they’re BAD!

    Carr doesn’t scare me and Sean Payton is no longer the HC. Carr is an “upgrade” over Winston, but he’s a TO machine too.

  14. Tye Says:

    ‘So expect Jameis Winston to be cut soon. ‘

    I hear the Jets are desperate and prone to making BAD decisions!

  15. DmanTX Says:

    Given our cap woes, I’m glad he is off the table for Bucs consideration. Sure it may mean Saints will win the division this year but we need to be thinking about being competitive in 2024 and the years beyond. If we need to take lumps in 2023, so be it.

  16. Buc4evr Says:

    Bucs will now probably sign Jameis to a multi year contract. OMG. Lol.

  17. NYbucsfan Says:

    I think we should sell the Farm and go get CJ.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe America’s QB will continue to make a NFC South tour and end up in Carolina or Atlanta

    We couldn’t afford Carr…..and neither can the Saints… will cost them some players.

    Stay the course……win or lose with Trask…..get our house in order.

  19. Bucs56 Says:

    Folks. Carr had all pro players at WR, TE and RB. They stunk and he got benched. He had a coach that realized he couldn’t make pre and post snap reads. Relax. Let the saints hitch their wagon to him.

  20. Jeff Says:

    Wow! Saints back on top. Saints 11-6 Bucs 4-13. If Bucs had Carr they would win 8 games. Folks, the Bucs are a below average team right now. It could be that way for a few years.

  21. Joe Swanson Says:

    Make way for the return of Jaymiss!

  22. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Trask will be better than Carr.

    Carr got arguably the best receiver in football and then promptly lost his job.

  23. gotbbucs Says:

    Is Dennis Allen still the coach? Yes? Okay, then my concern is minimal.

  24. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Saints going to have a really good offense but still have a crappy HC; if the aints RB gets out of trouble and gets that out of his system mentally then they will be back on top with a pretty easy schedule

  25. Stevek Says:

    Going to be fun to watch the Bucs make Carr big mad. Maybe Cam Jordan can bicker about his new QB having a meltdown.

  26. Stevek Says:

    Now let’s go draft a pass rusher that can put Mr. Carr on his rear end for a lot of sacks in the coming years. Go Bucs!

  27. gofortheface30 Says:

    “Bucs cry about salary cap – Saints just find answers.” A+ comment, and true if we’re being objective.

    I’ll counter with this (and its picking nits maybe) – The saints methodologies would make more sense if they had/have a top 5 roster. They don’t, and they’re under the illusion (DELUSION) that theyre just a player or 2 away year OVER year. Annnnd what has it got them besides either getting bounced out of the first round or going 8-9? At some point, its not a bad thing to clear the books. Eagles did it the right way following their superbowl win in 2018 and their situations is much MUCH more tenable than the Saints yearly house of cards act

  28. Buc4evr Says:

    I wouldn’t count Jaymiss out. I would not be surprised if Jason signs him to a one year cheap prove contract with the idea that Trask starts. Should be interesting to see what happens. I would prefer Brissett or Geno, but they might be available at the price the Bucs want to pay.

  29. Mike Johnson Says:

    Licht might give Jameis a prove it deal. Don’t say he will not. But Carr man, he is below 500. Not a great move for them Saints. If Jameis is better than Trask, Play him. But I do think our safe bet is Brissett.

  30. R.O. Says:

    Everyone pumping up the Saints and complaining about the Bucs. Up until 2017 the Saints were the Kings of 7-9. If the Bucs did that 4 Years in a row there would have been screaming for the Bucs to fire their Coach. Everyone on here was screaming to get Payton (as ridiculous as those comments were). Stop looking at the Bucs in a Vacuum. Bucs have 2 SBs Saints have 1. Im always of the thought that you either win the SB or you dont. 31 losers every year.

  31. Steven007 Says:

    Saints just find answers? Answers to what? In the last 20 years they have only had good teams with Brees at quarterback and Peyton as coach. And even some of those teams were middling. I remember a run of seven and nine seasons not that long ago. Those two very important variables are now gone. Does anyone really think the Saints are a Derek Carr away from being a championship team? No way. We have a great cap guy. I’m sure we could manipulate the cap the way they do if we wanted to bring in a c+ quarterback. Instead we did it when we had an A quarterback as we’ve done the last few years with Brady. Nothing spectacular was done here by the Saints. They arguably overpaid for a quarterback that probably ranks in the 15 to 20 range out of all 32 starters. Congratulations.

  32. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Richard/JOE

    “How is it that the Aints always manipulate the cap to their advantage and we seldom….ah, very seldom do?”

    The real answer is:

    It depends on the number of contracts a team is able to restructure in a given off season.

    The Saints have @ 12-13 contracts they are able to restructure in order to gain needed cap space…

    The Bucs only have 5-6 contracts they are able to restructure.

    It isn’t “rocket science”. The most cap space the Bucs will have this off season after restructuring several contracts and making several cuts will be @ $35M tops…

    It isn’t “just finding a way to get it done” – that is a silly answer Joe.

  33. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Now some of you are just on such and extreme side of the spectrum it’s hard to even entertain any level of nuance.poking at it as simply “you either with the Super Bowl or you don’t” sooo dense frankly. Being competitive and relevant (key word RELEVANT) yr over yr and going in to most yrs knowing you have a chance is far more impressive than finding lightening in a bottle once every 20yrs. Two things can be true, yes the Bucs have 2 superbowls. Great, awesome. But the saints business practice is different, and they DO find answers . Yeah we got a Super Bowl, but at what cost. Are you willing to have another lost decade? That’s some real loser shi. Being relevant yr over yr is how you REALLY gain respectability as an organization and becoming a household name.

  34. mark2001 Says:

    Jameis Winston.

    Fool me once Jameis, shame on you. Fool me twice Jameis, no F’ing way.

  35. mark2001 Says:

    About time for Carolina to sign AR. Then we can play for third place in the division. It is, a Bucs life.

  36. mark2001 Says:

    Frankly, to me this just ups the ante in Carolina. We know they already contacted GB about AR. So now do they step up to compete with this Saints move, or do they step up? Vegas, Carolina, the Jets? I still think the Jet’s or Vegas. But I’m an optimist.

  37. mark2001 Says:

    correction…Or do they step away and probably compete with the Bucs for second place in the division?

  38. Redeemer Says:

    Cap jail isnt real. Not anymore anyway. It’s entirely dependent on what the owner wants to do. Throwing good money after bad, isn’t how many of these owners operate. It’s always doable to get under the cap. The real question is real money in and out. If you know you can’t win, why spend in that year.

  39. SB Says:

    I guess there is no more “America’s Quarterback”
    It is now officially “Jameis WinsDone”

  40. rsjcheapseats Says:

    Carr is getting $11 million more than Winston was, though the deal will be structured to fit the salary cap.

    The Saints are the second team to give up on Winson (Mariotta has had 3 give up on him).

  41. Buc king Says:

    I would be okay with Winston coming back to compete for the job against Trask.
    I think he’s familiar with the organization and players like Mike n Chris.
    In a weak division he could be a issue the nfc south.
    Definitely would be a great back up for the kid.

  42. Who Says Says Can't Say Says:

    Yeah they need to tell me again how Kyle Trask is the best quarterback in the division. Oops!

  43. Dlavid Says:

    Bring back America’s quarterback, please !! let’s do it again !!

  44. Dlavid Says:

    Lee ( Joe ) get your pen out and tell us all how much we need to re-sign Jameis!

  45. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I’d rather take any of the other 60+ rostered quarterbacks over Winston again.

  46. Joe Says:

    Joe get your pen out and tell us all how much we need to re-sign Jameis!

    Sure wish! Bowles would never sign him though. 🙁

  47. MadMax Says:

    Offer jaymiss a platter of 🦀 🦵 to be our 3rd stringer….sorry, couldn’t help myself…

  48. gotbbucs Says:

    This OC wants to protect the football. That eliminates Jameis Winston 1,000,000%.

  49. BarnacleBoy Says:

    Is it possible that Jameis has matured? Is he capable of relaxing? Could he even act like a professional during pre-game hype?

  50. Winny Testaverde Says:

    This is outstanding…The Taints just got a Used Carr Lemon…un-clutch and annoyingly “rah rah” when getting the job done would do.

    As the Bucs #1 hated rival…this bodes well for the future. He’ll get even worse and cost a lot of money while doing so.

    Any comeback “but…he was a pro bowler!” simply means the top 4-5 other AFC QB’s were either deep into the playoffs or opted out.

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    Remarkable how they’re $50m over the cap and still got this done. I hope his deal bankrupts their cap for the next half-decade. As for Carr, I didn’t want him, but he’s not bad – he’s just not good, and cares first and foremost about his stats, which is why so many casual low IQ football fans think he’s good, because they just look at the stat sheet and nothing else.

    As for Carr, currently, he’s the best QB in the NFC South, which is a sad state of affairs for the division.

  52. Duane Says:

    This organization is not interested in competing or winning this season. They are going to let the cupboard clear of talent and go back to selling hope to our fan base. We will be back to being competitive in just a couple short decades. Licht’s seat is likely just as hot as Bowles this season. Bad move. If I was the front office people I would not be looking to save cap space, because it is understood that I will not be around to take advantage of those cap savings the next season. Wondering if this franchise is being postured for sale once they clean house next season.

  53. SlyPirate Says:


    Carr will cost the Saints a lot of $$$. They’re $50M over the cap. They’ll need to cut talent and they haven’t solved their coaching problem.

    This is a setback.

  54. Jerry Says:

    So all the genius sports writers and commentators in the Tampa market spent last two months screaming at Bucs fans to be realistic because “we can’t afford a good QB!” But the Saints who are in even worse cap hell than the Bucs just signed a QB for $150 million.

  55. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Because the Bucs do want to be competitive…they didn’t load up on a Used Carr with many o’ recalls. There’s a reason The Raiders pulled the plug on him. They know. Dutch Boy Davis probably still mad Chunky nixed the Brady signing.

  56. Rod Munch Says:

    Jerry Says … the Saints who are in even worse cap hell than the Bucs just signed a QB for $150 million.


    Actually the Bucs are literally the one team in the NFL in worse cap space than the Bucs.

  57. Bucfan94 Says:

    “the Saints always find answers”

    No they just keep pushing their cap issues into future years and consistently have to do maneuvering like what the Bucs did the last few years. The bucs can fix all their cap issues this season by not getting guys like Carr. I’d rather fix the cap issue this year and Build on what we have.

  58. EEK Says:

    beat out by J Stidham
    that is a lot of money to pay for Carr

  59. Patrickbucs Says:

    Well said Steven007.

    Even my good Saints friends aren’t jumping up and down. Division favorites for sure, about it.

  60. BucaneroJim Says:

    Please, move on from Whoopsie Daisy Jameis… if we are searching back in Bucs history, I’d rather have FitzMagic hired to push Trask.

  61. mark2001 Says:

    If you brought back Winston, you might as well trade Trask. It would be nothing but a QB controversy in the making. UF fans Vs. FSU fans. Just what the Bucs need.

  62. Ed Says:

    Bucs are doing the right thing going young. You never know, there may be an athletic QB that drops and the Bucs get one of the top 5 QB’s.

    No more “has-been’s” or “never been” like Winston. He is jumpy and very easy for defensive players to anticipate where he is going with the ball. No thanks, first time was enough with him. He will no longer be a starter in the NFL. I’m not sure he makes a roster with all his injuries.

    Licht is going to have to do some dealing to get some more draft picks. He shouldn’t do anything stupid like trade a premium player for 3rd and 4th round picks but if there are any offers for 1st or 2nd’s he has to be open to listening.

  63. Oneilbuc Says:

    Derrick Carr will make the saints the 8th or 9th seed for a playoff run . Wich means the saints ain’t going to the playoffs. And the reason why is they are going to make him throw 40 times a game!!

  64. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    That one is going to bite us in the butts. He’s better than people around here give him credit for.

    That said…it all depends on their coaching I suppose at this point.

  65. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    On the other hand…they’ll have to release someone who might be worth going after.

  66. Kgh4life Says:

    The Saints don’t manipulate the cap to their advantage. What have they gotten out of it? Last I checked, it was the Bucs who beat the Saints on their way to win the superbowl. Saints have been pushing money into the future for years without any results.

  67. steele Says:

    Go ahead and celebrate. Carr is a loser. A perennial loser despite being given countless resources and time, from surrounding talent to coaches.

    This puts the Saints on the highway to long-term mediocrity. Joe is sad about this, for no good reason.

  68. Buddha Says:

    Career Record 63-79. Enough said. You don’t bankrupt your team for a QB with one winning season. New Orleans will not win the Division. 86 QB rating. You know what you’re getting with Carr. Meh!