Albuquerque Journal

Saints hoping Carr is the vehicle they need

New Orleans signs veteran quarterbac­k


NEW ORLEANS — Derek Carr has proved repeatedly that he can produce as a passer.

What the former Raiders quarterbac­k hasn’t done is win in the playoffs, something he aims to change in New Orleans, where he’ll be reunited with Dennis Allen — his first NFL coach.

Carr has agreed to a four-year contract with the Saints, and a person familiar with the situation said the deal could be worth up to $150 million.

The person spoke to The Associated Press about the contract’s value on condition of anonymity Monday because financial terms were not released when the Saints announced their agreement with Carr, a four-time Pro Bowler who ranks fourth in the NFL in yards passing since entering the league.

“Derek’s experience, leadership and skill set will be an asset to our offense,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said.

Carr played nine seasons for the Raiders and holds club records for yards passing (35,222) and touchdown passes (217). But after struggling late last season, he was benched with two games remaining.

Carr, who turns 32 on March 28, was released by Las Vegas on Feb. 14 after he declined to waive the no-trade clause in his contract. Las Vegas needed to trade or release him by that date or $40.4 million of his contract over the next two years would have become fully guaranteed.

The knock on Carr was that his tenure as the Raiders’ starting QB produced just two playoff appearance­s and no postseason victories. Now he will have an opportunit­y in New Orleans to demonstrat­e that he can get better results with a different organizati­on.

Allen, meanwhile, urgently needs to win. He went 8-28 in his first head coaching job with the Raiders, but he got a second chance in New Orleans in 2022 after overseeing one of the NFL’s best defenses during more than a half-decade as a coordinato­r under Sean Payton.

While New Orleans again fielded an elite defense last season, the Saints finished 7-10 and out of the playoffs because of an inconsiste­nt and turnover-prone offense.

Allen was the Raiders’ coach when the club selected Carr in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Fresno State. Four games into that season, Allen was fired. But he had positive early impression­s of Carr that have been largely validated since.

“In addition to his talent, I admired his approach to the game, work ethic and commitment to get better every day in what were the formative stages of his career,” Allen said. “From afar and when we played him as an opponent, I saw Derek’s developmen­t into one of the most productive quarterbac­ks in the National Football League.”

RAIDERS: Josh Jacobs, who led the NFL in rushing last season, has received the franchise tag from the Las Vegas Raiders, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move hadn’t been announced. An announceme­nt was coming later Monday, the person said.

NFL Network first reported the Raiders’ decision.

Jacobs would make $10.1 million next season under the franchise tag. The sides have been negotiatin­g a long-term deal, and if they reach an agreement by July 15, the Raiders would remove the tag.

Jacobs said the week of the Pro Bowl he had no interest in playing under the franchise tag, saying he would be a “hero turned villain.”

COWBOYS: Dallas has placed its franchise tag on Tony Pollard and still hope to work out a longterm deal with the running back coming off a breakout season.

If Pollard signs it, the one-year contract would be worth about $10.1 million. The Cowboys and the running back, who was at the end of the four-year deal he got as a rookie, then would have until July 15 to come to terms on a longer contract. The tag Monday came a day before the deadline for such a move.

Pollard became a top playmaker on offense for the Cowboys and was selected to the Pro Bowl last season. He rushed for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns, and caught 39 passes for 371 yards and another three scores during the regular season.

He broke his left fibula and sustained a high ankle sprain when he was tackled in the first half of a 19-12 loss at San Francisco in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. He had surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

PANTHERS: The NFL has suspended Carolina eserve safety Sean Chandler without pay for the first two games of the 2023 regular season for violating the league’s policy on performanc­e-enhancing substances.

He is eligible to participat­e in all preseason practices and games this year.

JAGUARS: The NFL reinstated suspended receiver Calvin Ridley on Monday, clearing the way for him to join his new team in Jacksonvil­le.

The league said Ridley, who had been suspended indefinite­ly since March 2022 for violating the NFL’s gambling policy, is eligible to participat­e in all team activities beginning immediatel­y. He is expected to join the Jaguars for offseason workouts beginning April 17.

Also, the Jaguars placed the franchise tag on veteran tight end Evan Engram, guaranteei­ng him a one-year, $11.345 million contract in 2023. Engram and the team have until July 17 to negotiate a long-term deal.

 ?? DON WRIGHT/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Quarterbac­k Derek Carr, shown here at a news conference while with the Las Vegas Raiders, is headed for New Orleans after agreeing to a four-year contract believed to be worth up to $150 million.
DON WRIGHT/ASSOCIATED PRESS Quarterbac­k Derek Carr, shown here at a news conference while with the Las Vegas Raiders, is headed for New Orleans after agreeing to a four-year contract believed to be worth up to $150 million.

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