Happy new league year everyone! With so many transactions starting us off, we can look at the new quarterback landscape and a few situations that are being talked about right now. Fans will question the decisions made by some of these teams, and this is purely an opinion on how these players will match with the team that they signed with.
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
By bringing back Jameis Winston, the team is at least giving him a chance to win the starting job. The contract he has signed does not equate to a starting quarterback contract, although it contains a large number of incentives. One possibility is that the team will draft a rookie to either play behind Jameis Winston, or start in front of him. There is not enough of a commitment by the team to say he is their franchise quarterback. His performance this upcoming season will dictate if a long-term contract should be done.
Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans
This will be a very interesting scenario to watch this off-season. If the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback DeShaun Watson decides to sit out the season to force a trade (though his current legal situation could have ramifications for the season as well), Taylor may be thrust into a starting role. That is completely not the plan at the current time, but if the situation doesn’t improve by Watson playing for the team it may be a forced action. Taylor’s contract includes many incentives should he get the starting job. He will not be a long-term answer regardless of what happens.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington football team
Ryan Fitzpatrick will play for his eighth franchise in his career. This journeyman quarterback has the talent to be a starter, and this was proven last year. Though the team may draft a quarterback early, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be a great mentor and bridge to the rookie, if the team decides to draft one. The leadership qualities of this nearly 40-year-old quarterback are some of the main reasons the team named him their starter for the 2021 season.
Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears
With not many other options at the quarterback position, the Chicago Bears decided to sign Andy Dalton and name him the team starter for the 2021 season. This is another situation that will probably lead to a quarterback being drafted early in this year’s draft. This is not a long-term answer for the team, only one for this season.