Derek Carr’s free agency is lingering a bit longer than maybe he expected it to, with the waiting game now at a complete standstill. The quarterback, though, may have a preferred landing spot.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Carr has a “slight lean” toward the Jets, with whom Carr has met multiple times over the last few weeks. The Jets are expected to add a veteran quarterback the coming weeks, and are presumably waiting for Aaron Rodgers to make a decision on his future before going all in on Carr.

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“While the #Panthers and #Saints remain in the conversation for Derek Carr, the former Pro Bowl quarterback has a slight lean toward the #Jets as his next home as of now, per source. Nothing is final, but Jets who are linked to Aaron Rodgers — have made an impression,” Fowler tweeted Sunday.

The Saints and Panthers both remain in the mix for Carr, which is why the 31-year-old’s supposed preference may exist to put pressure on both the Saints and Panthers to ramp up their pursuits of him — and to pony up the cash to get a deal done.

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On the surface, that’s not wholly unsurprising. All three teams are in a similar spot right now, with the talent between all three comparable and debatable. The Jets dealt with arguably the league’s worst quarterback situation in 2022, with Zach Wilson, Mike White and Joe Flacco all seeing starts throughout the year.

Carr is one of many notable free agent quarterbacks this offseason, joining a class that features Lamar Jackson, Daniel Jones, Baker Mayfield and others. Jackson and Jones figure to be back with the Ravens and Giants, respectively, on the franchise tag. That leaves Carr as the marquee free agent QB.

However it ends up, someone will have a shiny, new quarterback in their garage this offseason. 

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