“Not Coming Here to be Drew Brees”: Derek Carr’s Message to the Saints Fans After Trade Ignites Twitter Troll Fest

Shubham Bhargav
|Published 12/03/2023

4x Pro Bowler Derek Carr, who started his stint with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2014, is finally going to feature for a different franchise in the upcoming NFL season. After a forgettable 2022 season, when Carr declined to waive the no-trade clause in his contract, the Raiders decided to let him go.

Given his credentials, it was evident that in a QB hungry market, someone will definitely rope him in without wasting much time. After getting released on February 14, Carr signed a new 4-year deal on March 6 with the New Orleans Saints. Moreover, the star QB has already started reaching out to Saints fans.

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Derek Carr gets trolled for his ‘Drew Brees’ comment

In a recent press conference, Carr thanked Saints’ head coach Dennis Allen for valuing him as a quarterback. “The fact they(Saints) were even willing to trade for me, that meant something. That shows me that you are showing value without showing me value,” Derek stated as per NFL.com.

While these comments show that Derek felt a strong emotional connect with the Saints’ coach which ultimately made it easier for him to move on from the Raiders, his recent comment on Drew Brees in a possible quest to reach out to the New Orleans fan-base actually ended up sparking a troll fest on Twitter.

As reported by ESPN Saints reported Katherine Terrell, Derek recently claimed that he does not want to come to New Orleans trying to be like Drew Brees as all his focus is on establishing his own identity. “I’m not coming here trying to be Drew Brees. That man is a Hall of Fame quarterback. I’m coming here to be Derek Carr,” the QB stated. While his intentions were clearly not wrong, several fans saw this as an opportunity to mercilessly troll him.

Derek Carr’s NFL contracts through the years

Derek Carr, after being roped in by the Raiders in the second round of the 2014 draft, had signed a 4-year $5.3 million rookie deal. On the back of numerous impressive performances, Carr was given a $125 million 5-year extension by the franchise in 2017.

Moreover, in 2022, he signed another extension with the Raiders, this time worth $121.5 million for a three-year period. However, the Raiders decided to let him go after a below-par 2022 season after which, he signed a fresh $150 million 4-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

It will be interesting to see how the talented quarterback performs for his new team.

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Shubham Bhargav

Shubham Bhargav

Shubham is an NFL editor at the Sports Rush. He can write and talk about NFL all day without breaking a sweat. A Communications post-graduate, Shubham can be tough to stop once he starts talking about the nuances and the little details of his favorite sport. He also enjoys movies, likes trekking and absolutely loves to engage in a healthy debate on any subject.

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