The Denver Broncos made the biggest trade in recent NFL history by trading for future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, Russell Wilson. Just when the LA Chargers thought they were getting a break with Aaron Rodgers staying in Green Bay they now have to cope with the fact that they will play Patrick Mahomes and Wilson four times a year.
The AFC is loaded with the best quarterbacks in the league (besides Rodgers) and the AFC West has undoubtedly become the best division in football with this trade. It is going to be a tough road for the Chargers but we know that Brandon Staley and co. would not have it any other way.
There is a legitimate conversation to have about the pecking order of the AFC West quarterbacks. That is what we are here to settle.
Ranking the AFC West quarterbacks after the Russell Wilson trade:
4. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr is not part of the conversation. It is actually nothing against Carr and I am someone who has argued multiple times in the past that Carr is one of the most undervalued players in the entire NFL. He is a lot better than a lot of people give him credit for.
However, there are levels of quarterback play and Carr is just on a lower level. He is not on the elite quarterback level that the other three guys are on and if he was in any other division that would be fine. If he was in the NFC South he would be the best quarterback in the division. If he was in the NFC at all he would be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Instead, he is playing fourth fiddle behind an elite trio of quarterbacks who are going to dominate the division.