NFL QBS on the move in a soon to be crazy offseason. Where do they land?

NFL QBS on the move in a soon to be crazy offseason. Where do they land?  Derek Carr, Tua Tagovaiola, Lamar Jackson, Zack Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is a free agent at the end of the season, and it doesn’t look like he is going to return to Tampa Bay. In his third year as a Buccaneer, things have fallen off the rails as his team has struggled heavily despite winning the division. It’s been a historically bad season for Brady as this will be his first ever season with a losing record, but to be fair to him, the team has had a ton of devastating injuries.  Perhaps Tom Brady wants to continue his career, and if he does, he’d surely want to go to a team that has most of its pieces in place. Two possible destinations that are believed to have peaked his interest if chooses to continue his historical career are Miami and San Francisco. If he indeed wants to continue playing, he surely can’t play for more than a couple of years, right?  Right?  Right????????????????

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is playing on his fifth-year option and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Since the two sides could not agree to a contract extension, he had decided he would no longer discuss the extension since the season began. So it looks like Jackson and the Ravens will either revisit his contract after the season or agree to some sort of other deal.  Perhaps the Ravens put the franchise tag on Jackson, or maybe the signal caller decides to take his talents elsewhere. It’s unknown what his true intentions are, but it’s clear that he wants to be paid, and whether it be the Ravens or some other team doing it, he’ll sign and get his money.  Lamar Jackson is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the entire NFL. He is a good passer and excels as a runner.  In fact, he could probably etch out a nice career as a running back if he really wanted.  Jackson is a true dual threat quarterback and should be paid like it.

Derek Carr

Derek Carr will most certainly have a new home to start next season. During his tenure as the Raiders’ signal caller, which is in its ninth year, the team has only made the playoffs two times and has only had a winning record in those two seasons. Carr is an average quarterback.  He doesn’t pass for a ton of touchdowns and has done a reasonably good job of not turning it over a bunch.  He’s got a losing record over his career, but part of that can be due to the absolute dysfunction that the Raiders constantly show. 2022 has been no different than most of their seasons, and the recent contract extension he signed is one of the richest among quarterbacks, but it’s also extremely moveable financially. Looks like the Raiders have all but made it official to cut ties with Carr.  Things did not go well for Las Vegas, and while Josh McDaniels is part of the issue, Carr also has to take some of the blame.  Since the beginning of the 2021 season, he has thrown 32 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Derek Carr might have a better go at it on a team that has a decent enough roster on both sides of the ball.  I keep thinking of the New York Jets as a team who will take looks at different quarterbacks.

Zach Wilson

Zach Wilsons’ time in the league has been anything from normal. The former New York Jets’ starter has had a sophomore season to forget in the Big Apple, and it looks like he’s fighting for his NFL career. Wilson had atrocious stats all season long, he was never on the same wavelength as his receivers, and it seemed that the Jets were winning despite him rather than because of him. As such, don’t be surprised if you see Wilson on the trade block this off-season. Maybe a change of scenery is all the former second-overall pick needs to show his undeniable talents. The market for a failed second-overall pick in a two-year youth draft class is virtually unheard of, so it’s hard to predict a side that will take a chance on Wilson.

Aaron Rodgers

Similar to Brett Favre’s final years in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers recent offseasons have been fueled by questions regarding his future with the storied franchise. That will again be the case this offseason for Rodgers. Rodgers was non commital on his plans for next season shortly following Green Bay’s season-ending loss to the Lions last Sunday night. Rightfully so Rodgers is going to take some time as he ponders his future. Packers GM Gutekunst has said that he had really good conversations with Rodgers prior to the Packers breaking rank for the offseason. Rodgers recent extension puts him under contract through the 2026 season, when he would be 43 years old. But during Sunday’s postgame press conference, Rodgers made it clear that his contract specifically the money he would earn during the remaining four years of the deal wouldn’t play into his decision regarding his future. “It’s a little raw right now,” Rodgers said following Green Bay’s loss to Detroit. Seems like he wants to take the emotion out of it and have conversations and see where the organization is, and see how he feels after some time has passed.

Tua Tagovaiola

As he remains in concussion protocol, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will not suit up for, what would have been, the first playoff game of his career this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. It’s unclear whether the third-year quarterback would be able to return if the Miami Dolphins advance to the AFC Divisional Round, but given the Bills are now 13 point favorites this weekend, it will likely be a moot point. What happens from there is unclear. Presumably although nothing should be taken for granted with Stephen Ross as owner, general manager Chris Grier and head coach Mike McDaniel will return after helping the Dolphins to reach the postseason for the first time since 2016. But what about Tagovailoa? This offseason, the Dolphins will have to decide whether or not to keep the former No. 5 overall pick. There very well may be a collective or coincidental decision made by all of the teams that we can’t have this guy in the NFL anymore. Because when he plays, we all hold our breath and sit on the edge of our seat wondering when he’s going to have another concussion, and that’s going lead the morning shows the next day. I don’t believe the NFL wants that kind of attention on the sport, and they don’t want parents out there fretting about not letting their kids play. As this plays out I believe it is highly unlikely he will be with the Dolphins next season and a very good chance he’s not in the NFL at all.