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The New Orleans Saints have made the first big move of free agency.
Even though the free agency period doesn’t open until March 15th, one player was already free to be signed.
That was former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who will now join the Saints.
This move makes plenty of sense for both sides.
New Orleans was in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, and Carr got a massive contract to go with it.
Carr and the Saints agreed to a four-year, $150 million contract, that includes $100 million in guarantees.
According to Aaron Wilson, Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis commented on his team acquiring Carr.
“Derek’s experience, leadership and skillset will be an asset to our offense,” Loomis said.
#Saints make it official, announcing their four-year deal with Derek Carr. GM Mickey Loomis: ‘Derek’s experience, leadership and skillset will be an asset to our offense.’
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 6, 2023
After watching the Saints last season many people could argue that they were a quarterback away from competing.
Now we will get to see if that is true in 2023.
Another reason why this move makes a ton of sense for Carr is that the NFC South is a bad division.
Carr will be going from the toughest division in football (AFC West) to the easiest (NFC South).
The Saints should be the heavy favorites in the division next year, simply based on quarterback play.
Carr is the only one with a resume of NFL success, and he should be able to add to that next year.
Plus, Carr has only ever played in warm-weather cities, so a dome in New Orleans is an ideal spot.
For his career, Carr is 5-4 against NFC South teams.
He will be hoping for much more success as long as he is in New Orleans.
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