This is going to be another wacky offseason in the quarterback movement. You can already see it. Change is already in the air. It seems more and more inevitable in more organizations than you might think, given all the upheavals of the past few years.
More than half of the league could be in line for a QB change by 2022. Yes, crazy but true.
There are already a slew of Band-Aid QB moves for 2021 that are proving to be ill-suited. There are a bunch of clubs where the coach and GM are already in the hot seat, which could very well lead to a change in quarterback as well in a few months. It’s not very pretty under the center in far too many places, and considering the recent turmoil over future Hall of Fame members like Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, it’s not difficult to everything to imagine a 2022 scenario in which there are teams clamoring for a new call signal, in a draft year unlikely to be as robust at that position as more recent years.
Buckle up. It’s gonna be wild. Again.
Sure, we’re about a third of the way from the regular season, but follow me here. It’s becoming apparent that a wide range of teams don’t have their 2022 QB on the roster, let alone a future QB. And the competition to get to the top of the draft, or to land someone like Wilson or Rodgers or Deshaun Watson, seems to be pretty intense. Here are the teams most likely to look to move to QB in 2022:
Sam Darnold is not the answer. The last three games have been brutal and it was never the owner of the QB solution, David Tepper, who was sold in the first place. Too many turnovers. Too few large pieces. Not enough finishes. Without RUN CMC, it’s particularly ugly. Tepper has long wanted Watson. At some point, he can have it. But after going through Teddy Bridgewater and now Darnold, the Panthers are causing a stir in QB next year.
Jared Goff was a dump of high-priced wages. He is functional at best, and with this coaching staff in attack (less than innovative) and with this cast around him, you have no chance of winning. It was never going to be more than just a look, and he could end up on the bench ASAP. No one will be hotter to write a QB than the Lions.
Big Ben is finished. This year is like last year in the passing game, he took the pay cut to come back for one more shotâ¦ But that’s it. The next guy is probably not on the list. Rodgers gave them wide eyes. It may be logical. I would say a reboot with a lively young QB makes more sense. But Mason Rudolph is not it.
Washington football team
Ryan Fitzpatrick is at the end of the line and injuries are a reality for him. Just a matter of how long it takes for them to settle down. I couldn’t get through week 1 this year. Taylor Heinicke is a running guy but not a real starter. He is Gardner Minshew Lite. They haven’t had a long-term QB since Dan Snyder bought the team. Maybe they never will. But something must give way in 2022.
It was always silly to advance more money with Matt Ryan. They should have drafted his replacement with the fourth pick last year. But Arthur Smith is limited by the still QB, which is in constant decline, and they better find the next guy next year, even if he stays seated for a bit. It’s time to turn the page.
Davis Mills is going to have every chance to play a group. And he might have a future in the league. But gaining the spot to be the starter in 2022 seems like a stretch. Maybe they have someone like Tua in an exchange (more in a minute), but Watson won’t be in Houston by week 1 next year, and someone else will be. at the bar.
Coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier could be on borrowed time. It’s pretty ugly in Miami and the turmoil is crazy. Passing on Justin Herbert to take Tua could be a problem, Flores has never kissed Tua outwardly like he should have, and whether he stays or leaves I find it hard to see Miami remaining the status quo in 2022.
Ditto for New York. Coach and GM have one foot outside. Maybe a foot and three toes. Will the next guys think Daniel Jones is the answer? He’s been better this year despite weak staff, but there’s reason to believe he was heavily drafted. This franchise needs another total reboot, and at the very least, there will be a QB competition in town next year.
Jalen Hurts received a raw hand. Beginner Head Coach. Total contempt for the racing game. But a lot of easy passes are missing and Philly isn’t the most patient place and who knows how long Nick Sirianni’s run is. They could end up with three first-round picks in the first half of the first round, and while management would like to see Hurts take the reins and solidify his status, that’s far from a sure thing. It seems a little unlikely right now, frankly.
Jameis Winston is doing great things and New Orleans can finally push the ball down again. But is it enough to satisfy Sean Payton? There were some rumblings among NFL GMs that the Saints might sniff Watson, and given the overall strength of the roster, adding an elite QB veteran might be the way to go. They won’t sweat parting with a bunch of future picks, and Rodgers, Wilson, and Watson all make a lot of sense.
If they bite the bullet and assess the myriad of holes in the roster and embrace some sort of rebuild, trading Wilson is the only way to go. He’s not going to extend his two-year contract, and 2022 would be the time to deal with it. They might end up getting the next guy in that business, and general manager John Schneider has a strong connection to the Packers and Rodgers, FWIW. My gut tells me Wilson is somewhere else in 2022.
I think Tom Brady is more likely to play until he is 50 than he retires at 44, but if they win two back-to-back Super Bowls you have to at least answer the question. that he may be leaving the game. Doubtful, by any means at this point, but, again, the dude is 44.