NFL Rumors: Commanders, Colts, Bucs, Saints, Panthers, Steelers to pursue QB trades | Launderer’s report
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The trade market for NFL quarterbacks tends to be robust this offseason.
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Washington’s COs “have already researched every quarterback that might be available, according to one source. The early digging is a sign they plan to be aggressive in an attempt to improve the game. position.
“The Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers are also being diligent, sources say.”
So who might be available?
Aaron Rodgers’ future remains uncertain, with the two-time reigning MVP undecided over his future, although Howe reported that “several teams have expressed some interest in acquiring the reigning MVP this offseason if the 38-year-old prefer to leave Green Bay.”
He’s not the only veteran quarterback who could be in the market. Howe noted that teams “also continue to monitor Deshaun Watson’s legal situation, and sources have inferred they will be kicking the tires on Russell Wilson’s availability.”
The Seahawks, however, reportedly “have no intention of trading Wilson unless they see no other option – either by Wilson demanding a move or playing hardball with any future contract discussions.”
And then there’s Jimmy Garoppolo, with the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reporting over the weekend that the San Francisco 49ers will explore trade options to move from veteran quarterback as Trey Lance waits in the sidelines.
QB-needy teams will likely have to trade for one during an offseason when Jameis Winston is the best available option in free agency — which the New Orleans Saints “seem to be comfortable with the possibility of re-signing,” according to Howe – and the new class of rookie quarterbacks is not well liked.
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has released his list of the top 50 prospects for the 2022 draft, with just four quarterbacks — Kenny Pickett at No. 28, Malik Willis at No. 32, Matt Corral at No. No. 34 and Sam Howell at No. 28. 47—making the cut.
While quarterbacks are traditionally over-drafted and a few of those players will likely drop out of the board in the first round, there doesn’t appear to be a can’t-miss prospect in the field.
But a number of teams still need a quarterback upgrade:
- Washington got mediocre play from Taylor Heinicke (3,419 yards, 20 touchdowns, 15 interceptions) last season.
- ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported earlier in February that the Colts would likely trade or release Carson Wentz after a rocky 2021 season.
- The Bucs and Steelers are looking to replace retired quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, respectively.
- It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Panthers try to improve Sam Darnold or the Denver Broncos upgrade of Teddy Bridgewater, who is a free agent, or Drew Lock.
- Are the Philadelphia Eagles completely sold on Jalen Hurts as a long-term answer? An Eagles team that’s being built around young talent probably doesn’t have to answer that question yet, although if a talented veteran becomes available they have three first-round picks in the 2022 draft to build a trade package around. .
So it’s easy to see a scenario where multiple quarterbacks are on the move via the trade. If Rodgers and Wilson decide they’re happy to stay put, however, the potential trade market is more likely to focus on players like Garoppolo and Wentz.