First it was the January 30th blockbuster swap between the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams – Matthew Stafford to the Jared Goff and draft picks. Then, on Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles traded former MVP candidate Carson Wentz for the Indianapolis Colts.
The quarterback carousel is sure to spin – the question is who’s next.
Several teams are on the market for a QB. Adam Schefter from ESPN Forecast last month that up to 18 NFL teams could have a new starter next season.
Let’s look at 10 alphabetically listed teams that are either looking to upgrade or find a new starter. The Jaguars are expected to address the number 1 quarterback in the 2021 draft and not be on the list.
AUTO | CHI | DEN | HOU | NE
NO | NYJ | PIT | SF | WSH
Starter 2020: Teddy Bridgewater
If other quarterbacks are not available through the free agency or retailers, the Panthers have two options after missing out on Stafford: You can hope the Texans grant them Deshaun WatsonThey want to be traded and make a suitable package, or they can make a QB, probably with the eighth choice.
The first option is preferable as Watson is a time-tested commodity and it fits in perfectly with Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady’s program. That Carolina Bridgewater offered the eighth overall and a fifth round pick for Stafford in Detroit shows that they are serious about improving the position.
Outside of Clemson Trevor LawrenceThe other top college QB prospects have shortcomings and probably wouldn’t elevate the team to playoff-level owner David Tepper right away. If none of these scenarios apply, the Panthers are ready to work with Bridgewater for another year and hone the talent around him – especially the offensive line and the close end. – – David Newton
Rob Ninkovich and Ryan Clark stand up for the bears that stalk Deshaun Watson.
Starter 2020: Mitchell Trubisky
This is likely GM Ryan Pace’s final shot to get into proper quarterback position. From Mike Glennon to Trubisky too Nick Folesthe search continues. Pace may not be able to find a surefire instant starter to peck on the first lap (# 20 overall). In fact, Mel Kiper Jr. projected five quarterbacks into the top 15. After the 15th election, he doesn’t have another quarterback in the first round.
In Todd McShay’s latest draft, he had the bears trade up to number 12 to take over Alabamas Mac Jones. But that’s only possible if the bears don’t land any of the starters who are either or want to be in the trading market.
If the Jets decide to switch from Sam Darnold, he might be intrigued by the bears because he has his rookie contract and they would have the choice to exercise his option for the fifth year for 2022. Or maybe Pace hopes the Texans will hollow out Watson and act. The bears seem to have Foles as an expensive backup, but Pace remains looking for a better solution. – – Rob Demovsky
Starter 2020: Drew Lock
The Broncos have a Plan A: Lock is the starter in 2021, and the team will have competitive support that can both push and help it. You could easily go to Plan B if you think you can do better than Lock. They dipped their toes into the Stafford trade discussion before being told that what they were offering was nowhere near what the Lions could get from the Rams.
They have done their due diligence on the quarterbacks that are available and / or being purchased by their current teams and will consider any moves. And that includes what you can do with number 9 in the draft. – Jeff Legwold
Damien Woody explains why he would like to see Deshaun Watson on the Broncos.
Starter 2020: Deshaun Watson
The Texans have said publicly and privately that they do not want to trade with Watson. However, according to a source, they had internal discussions about trading partners and what the position would be like without Watson. Regardless, Watson doesn’t take the team’s calls, so no progress has been made in repairing the relationship.
Houston has no incentive to swap the quarterback they signed for a four-year contract extension for $ 156 million in September that runs through the 2025 season. The big question is whether Watson will sit out if the team refuses to act on him. The cost would be high – he would be fined $ 95,877 for missing minicamp, $ 50,000 for every day of training camp he missed, and $ 620,000 for every game he missed, but it might be Watson’s only choice when he doesn’t want to play in Houston. – Sarah Barshop
Starter 2020: Cam Newton
The Patriots will continue to explore all of their options – free-hand, in draft (where they have the No. 15 selection), and in trading. There is currently no surefire answer. They didn’t have much interest in Wentz given the financial commitment and dipped their toes in Matthew Stafford’s waters but weren’t going to be players at the ultimate price.
One of the best things to do for them is to have a robust salary cap, so if an unexpected opportunity presents itself (ex. Jimmy Garoppolo, Watson etc.) they can pounce. What they won’t do is force it just to tick the QB box to meet an artificial deadline, even if some in the organization want clarity that in a potential competitive situation, a free agency will emerge to sign a recipient or close end.
You could represent the raiders Marcus Mariota would make sense as a bridge option in a modest trade. Newton’s return may also be difficult for fans, but the Patriots are currently unable to close any doors. – – Mike Reiss
Starter 2020: Drew Brees
The Saints will need a starting quarterback for the first time in 15 years once Brees announces his resignation. They made it clear that they want to re-sign free agent Jameis Winston to compete with other backups Taysom Hill for the appearance. And coach Sean Payton has repeatedly shown confidence in both competitors and insisted that New Orleans’ next starting QB is already “in the building”.
It remains to be seen whether Winston will generate more interest in the free market than last year. But he chose the Saints in part because he anticipated that opportunity, so a team had to make a rather tempting offer to lure him away. It is also possible for the Saints to consider other options via trade, free hand, or draft. But all of these avenues seem unlikely, considering they won’t be selected in the draft until the 28th and have strict salary restrictions. – – Mike triplet
Starter 2020: Sam Darnold
The jets are on hold as they continue to rate Darnold, the merchant market and the top quarterbacks on the draft.
The timing of a potential trade is a delicate balance. If they wait too long to make a decision on Darnold, they run the risk of losing applicants who may turn to another position. With Carson Wentz off the table, teams in need of quarterback wait for the Jets to decide. If offered a high second round or a low first round, the Jets would likely move Darnold and draw Zach Wilson with the second overall pick. – – Rich Cimini
Starter 2020: Ben Roethlisberger
The Steelers want to add another quarterback to the room – regardless of Roethlisberger’s 2021 status. The type of quarterback, however, depends on Roethlisberger’s future with the organization. If Roethlisberger returns with a reduced salary by 2021, the team can afford to take on another development quarterback to study behind them and round out a space with development players Mason Rudolph and former first round player Dwayne Haskins Jr.
The most likely route is to draft a quarterback in the third or fourth round of the 2021 draft, similar to taking over Rudolph in the third or fourth round of the 2017 draft Joshua Dobbs in the fourth year of 2016. However, when Roethlisberger retires, the need will become more urgent.
In this case, Rudolph becomes the front runner for the starting job, but the team could use part of the space freed up by a Roethlisberger exit to attract a medium-sized veteran like him Tyrod Taylor to Pittsburgh for a one-year contract to compete with Rudolph. Rudolph has shown progress under the direction of quarterbacks coach Matt Canada who became the offensive coordinator, and the organization believes he could run the franchise if he continues to show the development that comes from the week 17 loss to the Cleveland Browns . – – Brooke Pryor
Stephen A. Smith sees Jimmy Garoppolo start next season for the 49ers, but Max Kellerman makes a case for Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan.
Starter 2020: Jimmy Garoppolo
Despite ongoing speculation, the 49er Garoppolo stand by their side. It is increasingly unlikely that this position will change, apart from the potential for an important development. Trainer Kyle Shanahan has indicated that it will take an obvious upgrade to spend critical resources and move from Garoppolo. The Texans Deshaun Watson is the only potentially available quarterback who clearly meets these criteria, and the Niners are closely monitoring this situation as Houston attempts to reconcile with his estranged beeper.
But the comfort of the 49ers with Garoppolo is high enough that they can afford to be patient and wait. If the Texans give in and treat Watson, the Niners are likely involved. In short, the more realistic approach for San Francisco remains with Garoppolo, issuing a relatively early draft pick and / or signing a seasoned veteran free agent to bolster his quarterback depth in the event of another Garoppolo injury. – Nick Wagoner
Starter 2020: Alex Smith
Washington continues to investigate all quarterback options to upgrade. The team is confident Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke might help, but they are not seen as long-term solutions. For this reason, Washington has been investigating potentially available quarterbacks from Sam Darnold to Marcus Mariota.
A team source said there were five quarterbacks Washington wanted to investigate, even though they didn’t reveal those names. You don’t want to take out too much mortgage to get one – not with keyholes still on the offensive. It is also possible that they will bring back Alex Smith, who has not publicly stated that he would like to play again, but the signs point to that desire.
And a source said if Washington can’t upgrade, Smith, Allen and Heinicke could do it as they build talent around them – and then try to pursue that position again in the next off-season. With their defenses – and a few other offensive weapons – Washington believes this group could win them nine or ten games. But if the team goes in that direction, it’s hard to imagine they’d want to bring back Smith on his $ 24.4 million cap hit. It is also unknown whether Smith would like to continue playing in Washington. – – John Keim