It’s becoming less and less certain who’s going to take the first snap under center at the Las Vegas Raiders’ new stadium.

Raiders beat reporter Vincent Bonsignore reported on Tuesday that there is a “growing sense within [the] league is there are NFL teams prepared to inquire with [the Raiders] about the possibly of trading for Derek Carr.”

Bonsignore went on to say that he was “not reporting this to mean [the Raiders] are actively shopping Derek Carr. But between their pledge to leave no stone unturned to improve at every position – including QB – and the interest in Carr around the league, some teams sense an opportunity to trade him.”

Dealing their 28-year-old signal-caller would make room for someone like Tom Brady, who is rumored to be a potential target for the Raiders’ debut Vegas season. A viral photo of Brady and Raiders owner Mark Davis at UFC 246 in January immediately sparked rumors that the Raiders might try to pitch the six-time Super Bowl champion. ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that the team is “poised to pursue” the 42-year-old should he hit free agency come March 18.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr celebrates during a game against the Denver Broncos.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr celebrates during a game against the Denver Broncos.Getty Images

“That was about Tom was going to fight [Manny] Pacquiao here to open the stadium,” Davis said jokingly in a feeble attempt to dismiss the idea he had tried to woo the Patriots quarterback. League tampering rules prohibit teams from speaking with Brady regarding contract terms until free agency begins.

Carr brushed off the photo and told ESPN, “I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out, until I’m done.” The Fresno State product was selected by the Raiders in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He inked a five-year, $125 million contract extension in 2017 with a $12.5 million signing bonus and $70.2 million guaranteed.

Per Vic Tafur of The Athletic, just $2.9 million of Carr’s $18.9 million base salary in 2020 has been guaranteed so far, which Tafur says “is a large part of the reason why there has been so much speculation over Carr’s future.”

Carr’s 2020 cap hit is $21.5 million, but his dead cap hit is $7.9 million, down from $27.5 million in 2019, according to Spotrac. This means that the Raiders could free up $13.6 million in cap space if they move on from Carr this offseason. Interested parties would need a significant amount of cap space to account for Carr’s hefty hit this year.

Carr tallied 21 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a career-best 4,054 yards and 70.4 completion percentage in 16 games in 2019. But despite his solid year, the Raiders finished with a 7-9 record and general manager Mike Mayock gave a tepid assessment of the quarterback’s murky future in Sin City.

“I think he had a better second year under Jon than a first year,” Mayock said, via The Athletic. “As far as what the future holds, I’m gonna tell you the same thing I told you last year. About every position. And that is, my job is to evaluate every position and try and make us better. And if I can, I will, and if I can’t, I won’t. And that holds true at every position.”