Carr feels valued after Saints move: 'They were very honest and clear'
Quarterback Derek Carr expressed gratitude toward the New Orleans Saints, insisting their willingness to trade for him ultimately influenced his decision to come to the Big Easy in free agency.
"Showed me how they felt about me from the beginning. They were very honest and clear," Carr said.
He added: "The fact that they were willing to even trade for me - that meant something. You're showing me value without showing me value. You're valuing me as a quarterback and me as a human without even having to say anything."
The Las Vegas Raiders granted Carr permission to seek a trade before releasing him. Carr visited with the Saints but ultimately decided to test the free-agent market.
Carr spoke with the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers but landed on New Orleans as his new home, signing a four-year, $150-million deal that includes $100 million in total guarantees. The four-time Pro Bowler is expected to become the third Saints opening-game starter under center in as many seasons.
New Orleans' offense finished 22nd in points per game last season and struggled to get competent quarterback play. Andy Dalton started 14 games, while Jameis Winston started three.
The 31-year-old Carr is excited to get to work with his offense.
"Very explosive," Carr said of his new offensive weapons, adding, "I'm really excited to have all those guys run down the field and check one down to Alvin (Kamara) just to see what he can do. ... I'm excited to watch Taysom (Hill) run the football and have the ball in his hands."
The Saints are currently $25 million over the cap and hold three selections in the top 100 picks of the upcoming NFL draft.