The Oakland Raiders are actively looking for a new backup quarterback to unquestioned starter Terrelle Pryor, and their search has most notably focused on recently released Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who also has interest from the Minnesota Vikings. However, if the Raiders want to go for a cheaper option, then it looks like veteran passer David Carr would get the call. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Oakland Raiders will work out David Carr tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see if the Raiders decide Carr is the answer to their backup QB problem.
Carr, 34, has just been a veteran backup ever since playing for the Houston Texans, which means that he has barely thrown passes in a game for the past 5+ years. You know what you get with a veteran journeyman like Carr, and the Oakland Raiders wouldn’t be getting an awful QB. Maybe he is better than Flynn, but that’s not very hard to do.
What stands out to me is the fact that the Raiders seem unwilling to have Matt McGloin as their main backup. The UDFA out of Penn State looked really good in the offseason, and he has plenty of upside. It seems like the Raiders don’t trust him yet, and that’s a valid concern. I think McGloin needs to get some looks if Terrelle Pryor goes down with another injury, but nobody is taking Pryor’s job at this point. McGloin also has a shot at being the Oakland Raiders QB of the future if he can really impress, but the ball is certainly on Pryor’s court at this point. But because McGloin offers upside, saving money by signing a veteran like Carr and released Flynn would make sense for the Raiders, provided Carr can actually play. If he can’t and has a poor work out, then there is no sense in signing him in the hopes that he’s a better player/value than Flynn.