David Carr wants to play with his brother Derek, and according to Derek, the one who is projected to be a potential first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL teams have told him that they would be willing to sign his journeyman brother to back him up at quarterback.
QB Derek Carr just told us that NFL teams have talked about signing his brother David as a backup if they draft him— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) April 4, 2014
David Carr is known for being a bust as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft for the expansion Houston Texans. Carr posted impressive numbers for Fresno State during his final season in college, much like brother Derek this past season, and had earned Heisman hype as well as considerable praise in the lead-up to the draft. Five seasons later he was out of Houston, and on his way to Carolina and then New York, where he backed up Eli Manning for four out his next five seasons, with a one-year turn with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010. He was not on an NFL roster in 2013.
Carr would presumably be brought in to be a familiar face in a new environment for his brother. The wisdom of such a move might be a little questionable, however. The Carr family is notably close, so much so that Carr's father Rodger was barred from watching his son practice in 2005 by Dom Capers. The elder Carr had watched nearly every one of his son's NFL practices up to that point. Capers, in the midst of an 0-5 start, apparently saw Carr's father as a distraction.
David Carr has said that he would be happy to be his baby brother's backup, though presumably he would be happy with any job at the moment. Whether Derek Carr needs familial support is another question. Presumably he can handle himself okay on his own if he's being considered a first-round pick, enough so that teams shouldn't feel compelled to use roster space and money on an ineffective backup.