Why Packers should be thrilled with Derek Carr joining Saints

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

If the Green Bay Packers plan to trade Aaron Rodgers, they will be delighted to see Derek Carr sign with the New Orleans Saints.

For a while, it looked like Carr could sign with the New York Jets. Instead, the former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback has signed a deal with the Saints.

That leaves the Jets, a team with a Super Bowl roster in desperate need of a quarterback, still searching for the answer.

Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters in January that quarterback is the “missing piece” they need.

So, what better quarterback to bring in than four-time MVP and future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers?

For now, we don’t know Rodgers’ plans for the 2023 season. He may decide to retire. If not, will he return to Green Bay? But if he wishes for a trade or the Packers decide to move on, Rodgers may not find a better landing spot than New York.

The Jets desperately need a quarterback. With the right addition, they can compete in the AFC.

But with veteran Derek Carr no longer available, the Packers are big winners should they discuss a trade with the Jets.

No longer can New York push the price down by saying it’s willing to sign Carr. Instead, the Jets would have to be willing to walk away from a potential Rodgers deal, and where would that leave them at quarterback?

Picking 13th in the first round, it would cost a lot to move up into the top five. Instead, they may have to try to bring in a veteran like Jimmy Garoppolo.

If I were Packers GM Brian Gutekunst, I’d be increasing the asking price in any trade for Rodgers now that Carr has signed with the Saints.

Everyone knows how talented the Jets’ roster is. But unfortunately for the Jets, they need a quarterback to become contenders.

If the Packers and Jets discuss a trade, Carr no longer being available only helps Green Bay in negotiations.