In a bold move to kick off the 2023 free agency, the New Orleans Saints have taken decisive action to bolster their roster by securing a deal with former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr. With a keen focus on addressing their most pressing need, the Saints have set their sights on Carr to fortify their lineup and position themselves for a successful season ahead.

Saints coach Dennis Allen is set to make a significant move as he heads into Year 2, reuniting with quarterback Derek Carr whom he previously drafted in 2014 during his time with the Raiders organization.

Saints struggled with offense after Brees' retirement, plummeting from top-five to 19th in scoring. With no long-term answer in sight, they signed Derek Carr for stability. Carr's rapport with coach Allen made him the top choice. The Saints can now focus on adding more offensive talent in the draft.

In the NFC South last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a mediocre division at 8-9. With Tom Brady's retirement, the Saints have a chance to take control of the division. The Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers are sorting out their quarterback situations, with the latter also having a new head coach. If the defense can replicate its form from the latter half of last season, the Saints could reclaim their 2017-2020 glory days.

Despite his initial reluctance to play for a team other than the Raiders, Derek Carr's fate was sealed when he was benched for the final two games of the season. The Raiders wanted to avoid a hefty $40 million-plus injury payout for 2023. Carr also wanted to leave on his own terms. He has struggled in his first year with a new offensive system, and his 60.8 completion percentage in 2022 was his lowest since his rookie season.

The Saints are likely to backload Derek Carr's four-year deal. They often give players low first-year salary-cap hits that increase in the following years, then restructure the contract later. This strategy allows them to stay competitive while working within the salary cap. Carr's signing is part of a value signing class, similar to last year's. The Saints may sign more receivers, especially if Michael Thomas leaves.