La Canfora says team sources are sensing a growing frustration with Carr and how much potential there is for growth for the 28-year-old veteran.
While Carr and Raiders HC Jon Gruden have a solid relationship, there are concerns with Carr’s lack of mobility and his timidity at times of pushing the ball downfield.
“I don’t believe Jon sees enough high-end upside there, and at this point you would have to think Carr is what he is,” said one source familiar with Gruden.
Sources tell La Canfora that the Raiders will do heavy due diligence on the 2020 class of quarterbacks. La Canfora points out that many of the qualities Gruden loves in his quarterbacks — mobility, playmaking and a gunslinger mentality — are embodied by Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
The Raiders have two first-round picks this year and could be candidates to move up for Tagovailoa depending on what happens with his draft decision and recovery from his hip injury.
Carr, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Raiders back in 2014. He is was in the final year of his contract when the Raiders signed him to a five-year, $125 million extension that included $70 million guaranteed in 2017.
Carr stands to make base salaries of $18.9 million and $19.52 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2019, Carr has appeared in 14 games for the Raiders and completed 70 percent of his passes for 3,372 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He’s also rushed 25 times for 79 yards and a touchdown.
We’ll have more on Carr as the news is available.