The Jets were interested in veteran free agent quarterback Derek Carr. Carr visited the team facility a couple of weekends ago. He met with the Jets at the NFL Scouting Combine. Over the weekend there was buzz that the Jets had an edge.
It was not meant to be, however. The former Raiders quarterback is heading to New Orleans after reaching a deal to sign with the Saints.
BREAKING: Saints signing QB Derek Carr to 4-year deal. (via @MikeGarafolo, @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/40y5LWBFz8— NFL (@NFL) March 6, 2023
It sounds like the Jets’ focus was elsewhere, which led them to miss out on Carr.
The Saints made it clear Derek Carr was their No. 1 target.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) March 6, 2023
The Jets made it clear he wasn’t.
So this happened.
Derek Carr wanted to sign before free agency to help lure other FAs with him to his new team. He gets his wish. #Jets have always made it clear Aaron Rodgers was their 1, and weren’t moving forward with contingency plans until they knew what he wanted.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 6, 2023
This was risk of that.
A generous description of this strategy is “risky.” A less generous description would be “reckless.”
In any event, it sounds like the Jets are now full speed ahead in trying to land Aaron Rodgers. The timeframe for this is unclear, but the Jets seem ready to wait as long as it could potentially take. There are no secondary options as good as Carr out there. If the Jets were willing to let him go, it stands to reason they will be as patient as they need to be.