1. The NY Jets could trade for Derek Carr
If the Jets are going to trade for any quarterback this offseason, Derek Carr makes the most sense. In fact, if you were placing bets on who the Jets' 2023 quarterback would be, Carr should probably be at the top of the list.
Carr's nine-year career with the Raiders is set to come to an end this offseason. The Raiders are tied into the Josh McDaniels contract, and McDaniels is determined to get "his guy" in Las Vegas. Keep an eye on Jimmy Garoppolo and the Raiders.
As for Carr, he's somewhat being made the scapegoat for the Raiders' lack of success over the better part of the last decade. The former Pro Bowl quarterback has quite literally never had a top-20 (!) defense in his NFL career. That's a truly remarkable level of organizational ineptitude.
Carr has also dealt with shoddy offensive lines and disastrous coaching staffs, all the while proving to be a top-15 quarterback in the league for the vast majority of his career.
To put things in perspective, an average Derek Carr season would be one of the best seasons by a quarterback in Jets' history. Is he Patrick Mahomes? Of course not. But he is a league-average quarterback who can win you games, especially if he isn't saddled with the worst defense in football.
On top of that, trading for Carr won't be nearly as costly as a Lamar Jackson swap would be. Everyone in the NFL knows the Raiders have to move on from Carr by Feb. 15 which significantly curbs his trade value.
General manager Joe Douglas knows that his job security is at stake. If the Jets don't make the playoffs in 2023, it's very possible that the organization decides to clean house. Douglas needs a competent quarterback who can take this roster to the postseason.
Carr fits that criteria. He's attainable, affordable, and most importantly a good quarterback. If the Jets are trading for a quarterback this offseason, put your money on it being Derek Carr.