Few NFL seasons have given us as much QB movement as the 2020 offseason is likely to yield. Philip Rivers has already left Los Angeles, Drew Brees is poised to oust at least one of his high-demand backups, and nobody has a clue what’s going to happen with Tom Brady.
Then we’ve got QBs who are simply on the outs with new regimes such as Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Derek Carr and Andy Dalton. All of those QBs could just as easily stay as go before, after, or even during the 2020 NFL Draft.
So what exactly is going to happen to some of the top free agent or declining QBs in the weeks and months to come?
Here we’re going to take a look at potential destinations for five of the biggest names on the market:
Tom Brady: New England Patriots
Unlike former legendary free agents like Peyton Manning, Reggie White, and Drew Brees, the six-time Super Bowl champion is not making the rounds and visiting with other teams. Despite what we’ve heard about his rocky relationship with the Patriots, Brady hasn’t given anyone the time of day. Not every argument between married couples ends in a divorce, and that won’t be the case with Tom Brady.
Philip Rivers: Indianapolis Colts
Next to Brady staying in New England, this feels like the biggest free agency no-brainer there is. 1) The Colts have a first-class offensive line that doesn’t require a quarterback with mobility to thrive. 2) Head coach Frank Reich worked with Rivers for several years during his run as a Chargers coach. 3) He’s probably an upgrade over Jacoby Brissett.
Cam Newton: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Carolina Panthers have been very aggressive with their front office hires, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see them trade their all-time leading passer inside the division in a year where they could land a rookie quarterback. New head coach Matt Rhule and OC Joe Brady will want to mold a young QB, so the brass won’t be too picky where they send him.
Derek Carr: Los Angeles Chargers
With Rivers off to Indianapolis, the starting job with the Chargers would be ripe for the taking. There isn’t much stopping the Chargers from drafting a rookie, but they could still sign Carr as a bridge to the future. And with a chance to face his soon-to-be-former team twice next year, Carr may even offer Anthony Lynn a discount for the privilege.
Jameis Winston: Las Vegas Raiders
A gunslinger with a big arm, a bit of an attitude issue and plenty of college accolades. Sounds like an Oakland Raiders QB if there ever was one. And if Jon Gruden can cut Winston’s turnover rate in half in year one, he’ll finally prove that he’s as good at developing NFL QBs as everyone says he is.
What do you think? Where will the top QBs of the 2020 offseason go?