David White

October 8, 2013

David White: David Carr as a Raider to back up Pryor? It'd be Week 7 at the earliest

NFL veteran David Carr had a "solid workout" with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, according to a team source, and he is considered a frontrunner if the NFL team decides to sign a third quarterback.

The Raiders don’t expect to sign anyone this week, though, as they prepare for Sunday’s game at undefeated Kansas City. If they decide to add a veteran backup, it will be most likely be during next week’s bye at the earliest.

The Raiders released veteran Matt Flynn on Monday, cutting their losses on the preseason’s presumed starter after just one start and $6.5 million in guaranteed salary. First-year starter Terrelle Pryor will be backed up by undrafted rookie Matt McGloin against the Chiefs.

The Raiders are interested in adding a veteran who is willing to be the backup -- important, given Pryor has already missed one start due to a concussion -- and double as a mentor to Pryor and McGloin. They arranged Carr’s tryout last week when they demoted Flynn to third-string duty days after his sack- and turnover-heavy start against the Redskins, a 24-14 home loss.

Carr was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 draft after a standout career at Fresno State, and started the next four seasons in Houston and one in Carolina. He spent five of the past six seasons as a Giants backup, sandwiching a 2011 stay in San Francisco between two Super Bowl-winning seasons in New York.

He spent the summer in Giants’ training camp before being released on the final roster cut day. He tried out with the Titans last week, and has recently been contacted by the Bills and Buccaneers, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

In a July precamp interview, Carr said he embraced the mentoring role after 11 years in the league, and welcomed the opportunity to help younger quarterbacks get better.

“You reflect back and see guys at different stages. ... I remember when I was there, I didn’t know what to do, and I had to figure it out for myself,” Carr told The Bee. “Those are the guys you try to help with your experience and all that you’ve learned.”

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David White is a former sportswriter for The Fresno Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is pastor of the Porterville Church of God.

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