the quarterback carousel is almost over – USA

Turn your heads, dear readers.
In two weeks we were forced to process an avalanche of moves in the most important position in the game and, unlike other years, this time the protagonists of these transactions were not members of the proletariat like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Dalton, but members of the upper middle class like Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson -although…- and Matt Ryan.
Then Rodgers renewed by launching his candidacy for billionaire status, then Brady came out of the most pathetic and adolescent retirement in history, then Cousins ​​added another inordinate number of millions to his checking account: well, so much has happened that in a In a certain sense I am forced to give you a summary.

I’ve already talked about Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, and Russell Wilson at length in other places, so grant me the right to skip this part after a very quick condensed.
Rodgers has re-signed with the Packers despite rumors of the last dance, Wilson has migrated to Colorado giving the Denver Broncos their first real franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning in the first half of 2014 and, in the face of ethics and moral values, the Cleveland Browns packed up and shipped their soul and draft future to the Houston Texans in exchange for Deshaun Watson.

The play that amused me the most, if you can put it that way, was that of the Washington Commanders – the name is what it is, face it – who, immediately after the Denver Broncos secured Russell Wilson, pressed the red button on the hastily panic. they put together a trade that brought Carson Wentz to the capital: yes, after months of hype about the imminent arrival of an individual who would have allowed them to turn the page definitively as a franchise, here is Carson Wentz.
In hindsight, they could and should have waited.

The Indianapolis Colts, for example, managed to turn Carson Wentz into Matt Ryan and into a sizable third-round pick in 2023 who could become a second-round pick if Wentz played at least 70% of the snaps, not bad, TRUE? ?
I can’t say if Matt Ryan could be the answer this franchise is desperately looking for since Andrew Luck’s retirement, but I feel comfortable saying that Matty Ice can already be seen as their best quarterback spot on August 24, 2019, who you know, you know

Properly supported Ryan is highly unlikely to cost games in Indianapolis like Carson Wentz is an ultra-reliable veteran who will theoretically lead an efficient, balanced attack, though I like to think the front office will do what they can to provide him with some receivers more quality.
The fact that Ryan’s contract does not include guaranteed money will allow Indianapolis, in the event of a major bankruptcy, to immediately sever relations without encountering dead money: Obviously his hope is that Ryan doesn’t turn into another case of one and donebut having flexibility in this league is now more important than ever.

This, all in all, is a move that I liked, Indy has secured the best possible option – excluding Wilson and Watson, of course – and may even decide to select a quarterback from the draft to give a free internship behind the back of a veteran who knows only a thing or two about this league.
Again, this is and remains a patch, I have no idea how much he wants to play yet, but let me say I’ve seen much worse.

One of the most surprising moves in history, when it comes to quarterbacks, concerns the Pittsburgh Steelers who, surprising just about everyone, have decided to trust the good old Mitch Trubisky for the post-Roethlisberger.
Also in this case I do not rule out that the front office opts for the incorporation of a quarterback to the draft, but ultimately, betting on Trubisky places us before a typical case of low risk, high reward: The $14 million over two years — which, depending on performance, could nearly double — in no way compromises Pittsburgh’s future, which is absolutely in a position to abort the experiment with no repercussions as early as next offseason.

I don’t want to mock Steelers fans and compare Trubisky’s potential impact to Brees’ impact on the New Orleans Saints, but I also think that having nothing to lose, Pittsburgh was right to give what it doesn’t a chance. many years. He was considered a prospect capable of revolutionizing a franchise: it would have been difficult for anyone to stand out in the dysfunctional Chicago Bears.
To give him a legitimate chance, the front office will have a duty to put him behind an at least competent offensive line since, despite the atrophy of Roethlisberger’s right arm, no quarterback in 2021 could have done it behind that line of attack. stroke.

I figured they were on Mariota’s trail, but I can easily understand why they went with Trubisky.
It will be interesting to see if his past year on the Buffalo Bills behind Josh Allen has, in any way, helped rehabilitate him, especially mentally.

The aforementioned Mariota, a few hours after the Ryan trade, was signed by the Atlanta Falcons: for the former Titans we are talking about a two-year contract worth about 19 million dollars that, in reality, is nothing more than an annual. worth less than 7 million.
Poor Mariota’s position is far from enviable as he will once again be the starting quarterback in the NFL on a team in total rebuilding: at the moment the Falcons’ attack is made up of Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson and no receivers.
Seriously, I’m not kidding, at the moment the receivers on the roster go by the names of Olamide Zaccheaus, Frank Darby and Chad Hansen, or if you prefer 81 receptions in total in the NFL.

Mariota should be seen as the classic example of a bridge quarterback, a sacrificial victim who will have the thankless task of dragging his team to the finish line in a season where victories will almost certainly count on the fingers of one hand: I don’t feel like I can rule out quality games, but I feel humanly for him, this could be his last audition for a starting jersey in the NFL and the fact that he’s forced to play it in that context is far from ideal.
In any case, you can only wish him as much good as possible.

Among the ramifications of the Ryan trade were also the “forced” confirmation of Jameis Winston, who was put back under contract by the New Orleans Saints on a nice two-year deal worth $28 million, of which $21 million is guaranteed.
In the games played before the injury, the former starter was not bad at all, he kept the number of interceptions atypically low despite the low percentage of completions spoiled also by the total absence of level receivers: in an attack poor in talent Winston played good football and this is not trivial.

By asking him to do less, Winston paradoxically did more and I think the idea of ​​giving him another chance is correct, although dictated more by necessity than will: make no mistake, the New Orleans Saints goal was Deshaun Watson, Winston was not. it’s more of a consolation prize that hopefully sooner or later will find a way to capitalize on its enormous potential.

Obviously with Watson below center New Orleans should be among the favorites for the NFC throne, but at least, unlike the Browns, they haven’t traded their integrity for the sake of a win — sure, if Watson decided to bring his talents to Louisiana, I highly recommend him. I doubt these will object, but let me find one. silver liningwe go!

Almost all the pieces of this perverse domino have already hugged the ground, only two remain standing, those that represent the shields of the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers, poor them, are ontologically incapable of finding a franchise quarterback: regardless of the offers, the goodness of the purpose and the desperation of the board, they for one reason or another fail to seduce the professional ball-throwers of the higher. level.
Removing the draft from the equation – not considered during the writing of this article – the only two likely names left on the market are Baker Mayfield and, perhaps, Jimmy Garoppolo: Garoppolo, I repeat, is comparable to a gigantic “maybe” since at the moment it is not yet clear what the 49ers want to do.

The addition of Watson has effectively marked the end of Mayfield’s epic in Ohio who, having reached his fifth year among the pros, is at a crossroads: 2022 will tell us much, if not all, of his future in this league. as will be the last season he plays under contract as a rookie.
It would make sense for the Carolina Panthers to try to give him a shot, though I highly doubt he’ll succeed on such a team and, based on various reports, there seems to be a bit of encouraging mutual disinterest.

The speech of the Seahawks is something strange, I can’t understand what their goals are for 2022, the only thing I can assure you is that showing up at the starting line with owner Drew Lock is too much even for a rebuilding team: Mayfield?
I can’t tell you, it’s very likely that they use the air current to fill a chasm that Lock can only truly look at. Umarel.
Regardless, I’m inclined to think Baker Mayfield’s next team will be one of these two, though as mentioned it can’t be ruled out that both would spend a first-round pick on a quarterback.

Garoppolo’s speech, before concluding, is different.
At the moment San Francisco does not seem to be in a hurry to get him out of the way, their priority is – rightly so – to understand if Trey Lance is ready or not and they will proceed exclusively according to this variable: right now yes. I don’t want to rule out the hypothesis that in September, once again, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers could be handsome Jimmy.
Given the experience, Garoppolo could become a valuable trade pawn in August during training camp should any owners get hurt in the league: His technical limits are out in the open, but if a contender loses his quarterback starting field, trusting a veteran like him certainly wouldn’t be the worst of ideas.

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