After the Buccaneers humbled the Chiefs, the NFL jumped feet-first into the offseason. With coaching hires before the game and quarterback speculation after, this serves to be one of the most active periods for teams desperate for signalcallers. Now, while rumors run rampant, and smokescreens cover the landscape, we can’t forget how real the interest remains. Who goes where?
Wentz to Chicago?
In an attempt to save his job, Matt Nagy hopes he can re-ignite the version of Carson Wentz that played at a near-MVP level. Before a playoff injury, Wentz appeared to justify the Eagles selection. Yet, returning after the Super Bowl saw injuries and uneven performances. Granted, the Eagles suffered through Nelson Agholor drops, and a porous offensive line. Yet, Wentz never took that long-awaited next step. If he ends up in Chicago, what awaits him? Allen Robinson will command a huge payday in free agency. The Bears won’t necessarily match or exceed that. David Montgomery tweeted his farewell to Chicago. The offense needs a building block at quarterback to match the assembled defensive talent. Wentz needs a fresh start. Similarly, the Bears need the exact same.
Leaving Las Vegas
Now, if many followers of the Las Vegas Raiders had their collective way, Derek Carr would leave on the first flight out of McCarron. Since we like to keep it real at FPC, allow me to pop that bubble. Jon Gruden, unless bowled with a mammoth trade deal will keep Derek Carr. For better or worse, Gruden tied his second tenure to Carr. Despite nothing to show that devotion warrants more time, here we are. Meanwhile, backup quarterback Marcus Mariota generates interest. Many surmise that Mariota could evolve into the new Ryan Tannehill, a washout thriving somewhere else. The Raiders need an infusion of defensive talent and draft capital. Sending the former first-rounder away for picks would allow them a chance at both. However, considering their horrendous recent draft history, would more draft picks help a team that botches them?
With the retirements of Andrew Luck and Phillip Rivers over the last few seasons, this team continues to search for a long-term solution. Stacked on offense and improving defensively, Indy looks like a prime landing spot for a veteran quarterback. Would they jump into the Mariota sweepstakes? Or, throw money at a recovering Dak Prescott? Invest in a one-year Cam Newton rental? Regardless of direction, the Colts can plug a quality quarterback in and challenge the Titans for the division.
Anyone with a scintilla of NFL common sense knows the Texans want a massive haul in return for Deshaun Watson. Under those circumstances, no one will send the necessary draft capital and defensive starter to procure him. By all indications, Watson wants out of Houston. Naturally, the Texans hold all the cards. Not-so-bold predictions? Watson stays in Houston for the foreseeable future.
The NFL, via draft interest and the 24-hour news cycle, is a year-round business. Additionally, the hunt for a quality quarterback remains an arduous one, loaded with intrigue. If you want to hoist the Lombardi, no matter how strong your defense plays, land a good quarterback.