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Should Texans Sign QB Derek Carr And Mend Broken Heart?

With Derek Carr hitting the market as a free agent, should the Houston Texans mend a broken heart by signing the Pro Bowl quarterback this off-season?

HOUSTON — Derek Carr's days with the Las Vegas Raiders are officially over. After failing to find a trade partner - and then after being muscled by their QB with the no-trade clause - the Raiders released Carr Tuesday afternoon, making their former franchise quarterback one of the top free agents on the market.

Carr ends his tenure in Las Vegas after eight seasons. 

The Houston Texans are entering the offseason with a need for a quarterback following an underwhelming year from Davis Mills. The signing of Carr would guarantee improved play under center for the 2023 campaign. But signing the veteran quarterback would give the Texans a chance to mend a broken heart from 2014.

"When I was getting drafted, I wanted to go there [Houston]," Carr said. "They didn’t pick me first [overall], but 33rd? I was like, 'Maybe 33rd?' They didn’t want me, so I was kind of a little heartbroken over that."

The Texans passed on the opportunity to draft Carr on two occasions during the 2014 NFL Draft. Houston selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick and offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo with the top overall selection in the second round (no. 33 overall).

The Raiders drafted Carr four spots later and established himself as a four-time Pro Bowler. Despite Las Vegas falling short of expectations in 2022, Carr proved he can still be a quality quarterback

He finished the 2022 campaign throwing for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for the 6-11 Raiders. 

"Nine years down the road, some of those feelings have gone away, you know?" Carr said. "I have the utmost respect for that organization just because of the way they treated my family."

Carr finishes his career in Las Vegas as the franchise's all-time leader in yards (35,222), completions (64.6 percent) and touchdowns (217).

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