NFL 2021 The changes that are coming for the next season
In 2020, the NFL experienced the largest quarterback market of all time, with Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Philip Rivers topping the list of quarterbacks who switched teams to start. That largest market distinction lasted only one year, because the 2021 market looks to be even bigger.
It is easier to mention teams that will NOT change quarterbacks than those that will. There are a dozen that point to no change: Bills (Josh Allen), Brown (Baker Mayfield), Bengals (Joe Burrow), Crows (Lamar Jackson), Titans (Ryan Tannehill), Chargers (Justin Herbert), Bosses (Patrick Mahomes), Packers (Aaron Rodgers), Buccaneers (Tom Brady) and Cardinals (Kyler Murray). And surely Russell wilson and Kirk Cousins won’t get out of Seattle and Minnesota, Although the rumors have grown.
The machinery of the changes under center already began to roll before even reaching the Super Bowl, with the Rams and Lions trading Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff and multiple picks.
Dak Prescott, Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston
Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett, Tyrod Taylor, Joe Flacco, Brian Hoyer and Kyle Allen
Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Zach Wilson, Kyle Trask, and Mac Jones.
Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Sam Darnold
Jaguars: Gardner Minshew was its starter. He was injured, making Jake Luton and Mike Glennon starters before the return of the ‘Mustache’ en route to finishing 1-15. They will choose # 1 and go for Trevor Lawrence except for one major surprise
Jets: They have Sam Darnold under contract. They have to define between now and March 3 to decide if they choose their fifth year option. Doing so could mean he will be kept as a starter, seeking to rehabilitate him without the stigma of Adam Gase. If they don’t take it, it could be a sign that they’ll pick QB with the # 2 draft pick.
Jeans: Deshaun Watson does not want to return. Will your wish be granted? And will they find a change that the QB approves, who has to approve any change for a clause in their contract? Either way, Houston is in organizational chaos and the future doesn’t look too promising after finishing 4-12 in a season that Watson had MVP-caliber numbers.
Dolphins: They have to decide if Tua Tagovailoa is the option, because they have the # 3 pick of the Draft to choose another rookie QB or use it as a bargaining chip in a trade. There are also rumors that Fitzmagic would return to mentor Tua.
Patriots: Cam Newton’s experiment and his 8 touchdown passes was a failure. They have to find Brady’s successor. With the 15th pick, they’d pick a rookie second-line QB, so they might have to explore free agency.
Steelers: The owners have said that Big Ben would return only if he restructures his contract, giving relief against the salary cap to the team. The QB seems to be ok with this, because he said he would ‘play for free’. Roethlisberger is likely to return, but at 38, the end is near and they need a succession plan.
Colts: Rivers’ retirement and Brissett’s free agency leaves them searching for QB. Carson Wentz sounds like a trade because of his history with Frank Reich, but they may not want to pay as high a price as LA paid for Stafford. The thing is, with the 21st pick, the draft will hardly be the way.
Cowboys: Dak Prescott is a free agent. They could apply the franchise player tag again. There will hardly be another QB in Dallas other than Dak.
Eagles: Carson Wentz’s days are numbered. Jalen Hurts looks to be the quarterback for at least 2021, but the team is in chaos.
Washington: Alex Smith is not the long-term option. They gave an extension to the ‘hero’ of the Playoffs, Taylor Heinicke, but it is not a proven option.
Bears: Trubisky is a free agent and has not proven to be the option. Nick Foles was even less so.
Lions: Jared Goff will be their QB at least in 2021, because cutting him would cost them $ 43.3 million. They could cut it in 2022 and the bill would only be 15 million.
Saints: Drew Brees aims for retirement. Jameis Winston is a free agent. Due to their salary cap problems, they have few options to sign someone and the 28th pick of the Draft is too late to choose one.
Panthers: Teddy Bridgewater was a season at the helm and was not entirely convinced. They could look for a prospect at position 8
Hawks: a big unknown, because cutting Matt Ryan would cost them $ 49.9 million. They would have to seek a similar trade to the Rams and Stafford to get out of the contract.
Rams: They already have Matthew Stafford for the short term future.
AssailantsDerek Carr has never been a saint of Jon Gruden’s devotion and cutting him only costs them 2.5 million. They choose # 17.
49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo has a contract and has won 22 of 30 games with San Francisco when healthy, which is the big question mark. Cutting ‘Jimmy G’ costs just $ 2.8 million or could be included in some trade if Kyle Shanahan thinks there is a better option.
Broncos: Drew Lock got worse in 2020 despite all the talent around. They should continue the search for the successor to Peyton Manning that John Elway has failed almost a dozen times. Pick 9 may be too late.
Giants: Daniel Jones has done nothing to show that he is the team’s choice. Via Draft looks complicated because they choose # 11 and several up front will choose QB. A free agent may not be
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