While the Oakland Raiders mull over the option of signing recently-released Josh Freeman to be their backup quarterback, GM Reggie McKenzie has begun looking at other options to take over the No. 2 job. One of those options is veteran David Carr, who is scheduled to work out for the Raiders on Monday.
The Raiders are looking for an experienced quarterback to backup starter Terrelle Pryor. Oakland demoted former No. 2 Matt Flynn after a horrendous showing in Week 4.
Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin is currently slated as the backup quarterback, due in large part to his strong showing during training camp and the preseason. However, considering that he has zero NFL experience and raw passing abilities, the Raiders apparently aren’t comfortable with him being the No. 2 at this time.
Since tanking as the first overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, Carr has been bouncing around the league as a semi-capable veteran backup. He last spent time with the New York Giants in 2012, serving as the backup to Eli Manning. The Giants handed him his papers during final cuts back in August.
While Carr wouldn’t exactly be the most exciting free agent acquisition the Raiders could make, he’s a solid backup option who can step in if Pryor goes down. He was a reliable clipboard holder for the Giants for four years, and has more experience than most passers in the free agency pool.
Throughout his 12-year NFL career, Carr has completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 14,452 yards, 65 touchdowns and 71 interceptions, earning him a 74.9 passer rating. He’s also taken 267 career sacks, including an NFL-record 76 during his rookie season with the Houston Texans.
At this point, a signing isn’t imminent. Carr simply has a tryout with the Raiders and must also pass a physical. An impressive workout isn’t guaranteed, and Oakland could simply be updating their emergency list.
We’ll see what happens on Monday, but chances are Carr could soon be playing for his fifth NFL team.