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Source – Raiders add Gardner Minshew to compete for QB job

HENDERSON, Nev. — The Las Vegas Raiders agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew on a two-year, $25 million free agent contract, including $15 million guaranteed to compete with the second-year quarterback Aidan O'Connella source confirmed to ESPN.

Adding Minshew appears to exclude Raiders from discussions to acquire quarterback Justin Fields of Chicago Bear, but not out of the running to move up from No. 13 in the draft to select one of the top quarterback prospects. While coach Antonio Pierce has been outspoken about wanting a franchise QB — “You don't want to put a Band-Aid on the position,” Pierce said at the NFL scouting combine — he has been linked to LSU's Jayden Daniels, who he originally recruited from Arizona State.

Some painful feelings may also need to be ironed out between Minshew and Raiders Pro Bowl rusher Max Crosbywho called the QB a “little boy” during a New Year's Eve game at Indianapolis Colts after Minshew failed to take Crosby's hand to help him after a play, Crosby said.

Minshew turned a one-year contract worth less than $3 million into a solid season for Indianapolis, starting 13 games in place of the injured starter. Anthony Richardson and threw for 15 touchdowns and a career-high 3,305 yards.

His performance helped the Colts make a late playoff push that ultimately failed, and allowed him to bank an additional $2 million in incentives for playing 60 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

Minshew, 27, also became a Pro Bowler for the first time, replacing the AFC.

The credibility Minshew provided as a backup was a key ingredient for the Colts, who rallied around him and improved by five wins from the previous season. Minshew's intelligence, according to coach Shane Steichen, was critical to his success because it allowed him to make good advance decisions that increased the chances of successful plays.

Minshew's next step was always uncertain, but it was no secret that he was looking for an opportunity with more playing time potential. He lost a position battle last summer and Richardson, the No. No. 4 in the 2023 draft, is expected to return to his starting role this fall after shoulder surgery.

Minshew started 37 games in his five seasons, including 20 with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2019-2020 seasons, and threw for 9,937 yards with 59 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

News of Minshew's deal was first reported by NFL Network.

ESPN's Stephen Holder contributed to this report.

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