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Around the NFL’s wild QB carousel: Projecting the starting quarterbacks for all 32 teams in 2021

The 2021 NFL offseason quarterback carousel might be the wildest journey but. It’s not a stretch to say that nearly half of the 32 groups within the NFL may have a distinct beginning quarterback subsequent season.  

Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to their second straight Tremendous Bowl look, is without doubt one of the few locks to return.  

Which future Corridor of Fame quarterbacks will retire? Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger are among the many massive names who may join Philip Rivers.  

Which star quarterbacks can be traded? Matthew Stafford is on the best way out in Detroit. The place will Deshaun Watson land? Would the Packers shake up the whole offseason and commerce Aaron Rodgers? How will the 2021 NFL Draft shake out? Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Zach Wilson are among the many quarterbacks who may begin immediately.  

These questions can be answered in an offseason crammed with extra drama than ever. Sporting Information sizes up the QB state of affairs for all 32 groups. 

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Arizona Cardinals 

Who began final yr? Kyler Murray began in 15 video games in his second season and inched the Cardinals nearer to the playoffs with coach Kliff Kingsbury. Murray handed for 3,971 yards, 26 TDs and 12 interceptions.  

Who begins in 2021? Murray. He is within the third yr of a four-year deal. Backup Chris Streveler performed in 5 video games.  

Atlanta Falcons  

Who began final yr? Matt Ryan handed for 4,581 yards, 26 TDs and 11 interceptions, however the Falcons completed 4-12 and had been haunted by shut losses. First-year coach Arthur Smith takes over this season. 

Who begins in 2021? Ryan will begin, however Atlanta is a powerful candidate to draft his successor within the 2021 NFL Draft. Zach Wilson is one candidate, however would that plan velocity up if Justin Fields – a Georgia native – is offered at No. 4?  

Baltimore Ravens  

Who began this yr? Lamar Jackson handed for two,757 yards, 26 TDs and 9 TDs and broke 1,000 yards dashing for the second straight season. He additionally gained his first playoff sport for the Ravens.  

Who begins in 2021? Jackson, after all. He’s within the last season of a four-year deal, so an extension might be coming quickly.  

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Buffalo Payments  

Who began this yr? Josh Allen led Buffalo to the AFC championship sport with 4,544 passing yards, 37 TDs and 10 interceptions. Together with playoffs, Allen is 25-10 the final two seasons.  

Who begins in 2021? Buffalo has their franchise quarterback. Allen is within the last season of his four-year deal.  

Carolina Panthers  

Who began this yr? Who begins in 2021? Teddy Bridgewater began in 15 video games in Matt Rhule’s first season, and the Panthers are tied to him for no less than one other yr. Carolina may simply draft a rookie within the first spherical similar to Wilson or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.  

Who begins in 2021? Bridgewater will begin in Week 1, but when the Panthers draft a first-round rookie it is solely a matter of time earlier than they wish to see that quarterback. Wilson and Lance are essentially the most viable candidates. 

Chicago Bears 

Who began this yr? Mitchell Trubisky began 9 video games this season and led the Bears to the NFC playoffs, however the limitations confirmed up in losses to Inexperienced Bay and New Orleans to finish the season. Veteran Nick Foles additionally began seven video games.  

Who begins in 2021? Did Trubisky do sufficient to get an extension? The Bears can discover different choices similar to Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford, or they might purchase low on Jameis Winston or Cam Newton. But an alternative choice is buying and selling for Kirk Cousins. The one different path is to draft the following quarterback within the first spherical. The Bears may need to go in a brand new course, however why can we nonetheless really feel like Trubisky would be the Week 1 starter?  

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Cincinnati Bengals 

Who began this yr? Joe Burrow, the No. 1 decide within the 2020 NFL Draft, began in 10 video games earlier than a season-ending knee damage. Brandon Allen and Ryan Finley closed out the following six video games.  

Who begins in 2021? Burrow, supplied he’s all the best way again from his rehab, will lead Cincinnati in a pivotal third season for coach Zac Taylor. It is on the Bengals to guard their funding by bolstering the offensive line this offseason.  

Cleveland Browns 

Who began this yr? Baker Mayfield turned the nook with first-year coach Kevin Stefanski and led the Browns to the AFC divisional playoffs. Mayfield had his finest season with 3,563 passing yards, 26 TDs and eight interceptions.  

Who begins in 2021? Mayfield. This would be the first time he has the identical coach/offensive coordinator combo in 4 seasons with the Browns. It is the ultimate season of his four-year rookie deal, too.  

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Dallas Cowboys 

Who began this yr? Dak Prescott began 5 video games earlier than struggling a compound fracture and dislocation of his proper ankle. Andy Dalton began 9 of the remaining 11 video games. That makes the query about whether or not Prescott is price a long-term deal that rather more fascinating.  

Who begins in 2021? Dallas proprietor Jerry Jones will most certainly signal Prescott to that deal, and he ought to be good to go in Week 1. The opposite choices could be to commerce for both Watson or Stafford, however these quarterbacks have not made the convention championship spherical both. Prescott would be the starter.   

Denver Broncos 

Who began this yr? Drew Lock began 13 video games for a 5-11 staff, however when he was injured Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien and observe squad receiver Kendall Hinton made begins for Denver. Lock is just not a assured starter for 2021.  

Who begins in 2021? Lock is the most suitable choice on the roster now, however the Broncos ought to discover a commerce to usher in yet one more quarterback. Sam Darnold could be an intriguing buy-low possibility if the Jets decide to draft a quarterback within the first spherical. If not Darnold, then why not beat the Colts to the punch for Matthew Stafford? A type of buy-low choices would be the starter.  

Detroit Lions 

Who began this yr? Former No. 1 decide Matthew Stafford began in 16 video games for the Lions. In 12 seasons with Detroit, Stafford completed with 45,109 passing yards, 282 TDs and 144 interceptions.  

Who begins in 2021? Given the Lions are moving on from Stafford, it appears nearly a lock that they will draft a quarterback within the first spherical with first-year coach Dan Campbell. Meaning Detroit is considering both shifting as much as get Justin Fields or taking its decide amongst Zach Wilson, Mac Jones or Trey Lance. If the Lions can transfer as much as get Fields, then that is one of the best play. 

MORE: Why the Packers won’t trade Aaron Rodgers — yet

Inexperienced Bay Packers 

Who began this yr? Aaron Rodgers is on observe to win his third MVP award after passing for 4,299 yards, 48 TDs and 5 interceptions, however his postgame feedback about “uncertainty” after the NFC championship have ramped up hypothesis about his future. He has three years left on his contract.  

Who begins in 2021? Rodgers would be the starter until he calls for a commerce this offseason, the place the 49ers, Rams and Broncos could be intriguing suitors. If Rodgers had been someway traded, the Packers would seemingly search a veteran quarterback whereas 2020 first-round decide Jordan Love continues to develop.  

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Houston Texans 

Who began this yr? Deshaun Watson handed for a league-best 4,823 yards with 33 TDs and 7 interceptions, however the Texans completed 4-12 and Watson has requested a commerce. Houston employed Ravens passing sport coordinator David Culley as its subsequent head coach.  

Who begins in 2021? A Watson commerce seemingly might want to include a quarterback in return. Meaning Miami must hand over Tua Tagovailoa. New York must get the No. 2 decide to get Justin Fields. San Francisco would come with Jimmy Garoppolo. These are the three most certainly beginning choices for the Texans.  

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Indianapolis Colts 

Who began this yr? Philip Rivers began 15 video games and led the Colts to the AFC wild card spherical. Rivers had 4,169 passing yards, 24 TDs and 11 interceptions, however he retired after the season.  

Who begins in 2021? That is the most-logical touchdown spot for Matthew Stafford. Frank Reich could be working with a veteran quarterback for the second straight season, however the Colts aren’t in place to seize a right away starter within the 2021 NFL Draft. If it isn’t Stafford, then would Reich search for a reunion with Carson Wentz?  

Jacksonville Jaguars 

Who began this yr? Gardner Minshew began eight video games, and Jake Luton and Mike Glennon mixed for the remainder of the begins in a 1-15 season that marked the tip of the Doug Marrone period. City Meyer was employed within the offseason, and the Jaguars have the No. 1 decide within the 2021 NFL Draft.  

Who begins in 2021? There can be a dialogue about whether or not Jacksonville ought to take Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields with the No. 1 decide, nevertheless it ought to be a brief dialog. Lawrence can be Jacksonville’s starter in Week 1.  

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Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 

Who began this yr? Patrick Mahomes II handed for 4,740 yards, 38 TDs and 6 interceptions and led the Chiefs to Tremendous Bowl 55. The Chiefs have an opportunity to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions. Together with playoffs, Mahomes is 30-4 as a starter the final two seasons.  

Who begins in 2021? Mahomes. Finish of story.  

Los Angeles Chargers 

Who began this yr? Justin Herbert began in 15 video games and set rookie data with 4,336 yards and 31 TDs. The Chargers first-year coach Brandon Staley to proceed to that growth with the brand new franchise quarterback.  

Who begins in 2021? Herbert. It is one other lock within the AFC West.  

Los Angeles Rams 

Who began this yr? Jared Goff began in 15 regular-season video games, and he completed with 3,952 yards, 20 TDs and 13 interceptions. The Rams and coach Sean McVay have been noncommittal about Goff’s future with the franchise, nevertheless, regardless that that may include a large cap hit.  

Who begins in 2021? John Wolford is the Rams’ backup, and it’s troublesome to examine him being the starter. Transferring away from Goff would come by way of commerce. Aaron Rodgers could be the most important splash, and Matthew Stafford is one other chance. Goff faces a prove-it season if the Rams keep on with him.  

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Miami Dolphins 

Who began this yr? Rookie Tua Tagovailoa made 9 begins, and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick made seven begins for a Dolphins’ staff that simply missed the playoffs at 10-6. The 2 quarterbacks mixed for twenty-four TDs and 13 interceptions, however there may be one other commerce speak to imagine that an improve could be on the best way.  

Who begins in 2021? If Miami can get Deshaun Watson, then that may be one of many largest storylines heading into 2021. It additionally would make the Dolphins an fascinating playoff contender given how shut they had been in 2020.  

Minnesota Vikings 

Who began this yr? Kirk Cousins is 25-21-1 in three years because the Vikings’ starter, and there are two years left on a monster contract. Cousins handed for 4,265 yards, 35 TDs and 13 interceptions final season, however Minnesota completed 7-8 and missed the playoffs.  

Who begins in 2021? If the Vikings wish to transfer on from Cousins, then they should discover a commerce accomplice. The 49ers and Colts might be prospects, and San Francisco makes essentially the most sense of the three groups. Minnesota is most certainly caught with Cousins in 2021.  

New England Patriots 

Who began this yr? Life after Tom Brady wasn’t simple. Cam Newton began 15 video games for the Patriots, and New England quarterbacks mixed for 12 TDs and 14 interceptions. It is anyone’s guess the place Invoice Belichick will flip subsequent, however there are a number of intriguing choices.  

Who begins in 2021? If the Pats transfer on from Newton, Jarrett Stidham could be one of the best in-house possibility. Which veteran quarterback can New England get with one of the best commerce worth? Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan are the 2 finest choices, until there’s a reunion with Jimmy Garoppolo by way of a trade-back with the 49ers.  

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New Orleans Saints 

Who began this yr? Drew Brees performed in 12 video games and led the Saints to the NFC divisional playoffs, however the sentiment is the long run Corridor of Fame quarterback will retire this offseason. He handed for two,942 yards, 24 TDs and 6 interceptions in 2020.  

Who begins in 2021? If Brees retires, then Sean Payton may construct the offense round Taysom Hill, and New Orleans may re-sign Jameis Winston as a backup. Sam Darnold could be a commerce possibility, however Hill might be the extra affordable resolution whereas the Saints go discover the following quarterback within the 2021 NFL Draft. Trey Lance could be an intriguing possibility in New Orleans.  

New York Giants 

Who began this yr? Daniel Jones began in 14 video games in his second season, however the offense struggled to take care of consistency beneath first-year coach Joe Decide. Jones completed with 2,943 passing yards, 11 TDs and 10 interceptions. Colt McCoy additionally made two begins.  

Who begins in 2021? Jones will get a 3rd make-or-break season with New York, who may go quarterback procuring within the 2021 NFL Draft or free company.  

New York Jets 

Who began this yr? Sam Darnold began in 12 video games and Joe Flacco made 4 begins in a 2-14 season that marked the tip of the Adam Gase regime. First-year coach Robert Saleh has choices to alter the quarterback state of affairs.  

Who begins in 2021? New York could make one of the best provide to get Deshaun Watson with the No. 2 decide within the 2021 NFL Draft, and that is what they need to do. Darnold additionally might be shipped to a different staff in search of a viable beginning possibility. The Jets did not win the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, however this could be an excellent higher state of affairs.  

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Oakland Raiders 

Who began this yr? Derek Carr handed for 4,103 yards, 27 TDs and 9 interception for Oakland, which completed 8-8 in Jon Gruden’s third season. Marcus Mariota is also beneath contract for one more season.  

Who begins in 2021? Carr performed properly final season, however is it sufficient to take the step to the postseason? The Raiders should reply that query earlier than contemplating commerce choices. Carr seemingly would be the starter once more in 2021.  

Philadelphia Eagles 

Who began this yr? The Eagles have a brand new coach in Nick Sirianni, who labored with Frank Reich in Indianapolis the final three season. Reich, after all, was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator and has expertise with Carson Wentz. The Eagles have Wentz and Jalen Hurts, and that guarantees to be an fascinating coaching camp battle.  

Who begins in 2021? It can both be Wentz or Hurts. Wentz is beneath contract by way of 2024, and the Eagles may store him round to open the door for Hurts, who confirmed flashes as a rookie however would want to show he is the long-term resolution. It is an fascinating dilemma for Sirianni.  

MORE: Can the Eagles trade Carson Wentz?

Pittsburgh Steelers 

Who began this yr? Ben Roethlisberger handed for 3,803 yards, 33 TDs and 10 interceptions, however a depressing efficiency within the AFC wild card loss to Cleveland ramped up hypothesis a couple of potential retirement.  

Who begins in 2021? The Steelers signed Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph continues to be on the roster. These aren’t official beginning choices for 2021. If Roethlisberger retires, then Pittsburgh might be lively in going after Sam Darnold or Matthew Stafford. Florida’s Kyle Trask might be an fascinating resolution within the first spherical, too.  

San Francisco 49ers 

Who began this yr? Jimmy Garoppolo began in six video games and missed many of the season with an ankle damage. Nick Mullens made eight begins, and C.J. Beathard additionally noticed time. The 49ers completed 6-10.  

Who begins in 2021? The 49ers are one of many groups out there to make a daring offseason commerce. Garoppolo has two years left on his contract, however the useless cap is manageable. Will San Francisco get Deshaun Watson? Will the smoke across the Aaron Rodgers’ rumors come true? Watson could be the extra logical goal, and it may occur.  

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Seattle Seahawks 

Who began this yr? Russell Wilson handed for 4,212 yards, 40 TDs and 13 interceptions for the Seahawks this season. The Seahawks have gained double-digit video games in eight of his 9 seasons as a starter.  

Who begins in 2021? Wilson, 32, has three years left on his contract. He is without doubt one of the few positive issues amongst NFC contenders in 2021.  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Who began this yr? Tom Brady handed for 4,633 yards, 40 TDs and 12 interceptions within the common season. He led the Buccaneers to a run from the wild card to Tremendous Bowl 55 with the trademark clutch play that has outlined his ageless profession.  

Who begins in 2021? Brady, who turns 44 within the offseason, has one yr left on his contract. The one approach he is not the starter is that if he retired after Super Bowl 55

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Tennessee Titans 

Who began this yr? Ryan Tannehill led the Titans to the playoffs for the second straight season, and he has 55 TDs and 13 interceptions in that stretch. Tannehill has three years left on his contract.  

Who begins in 2021? Together with playoffs, Tannehill is 20-10 as a starter for the Titans the final two seasons. He is entrenched because the starter for the foreseeable future.  

Washington Soccer Group  

Who began this yr? Dwayne Haskins was launched this season. Alex Smith and Brandon Allen mixed for 9 begins, nevertheless it was Taylor Heinicke who began within the NFC wild card matchup towards Tampa Bay. Washington quarterbacks mixed for 16 TDs and 16 interceptions.  

Who begins in 2021? SN’s latest mock draft has Washington choosing Mac Jones within the first spherical, and maybe Ron Rivera can reunite with Cam Newton as a backup possibility. Washington additionally could be out there for a commerce for Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan or Derek Carr.

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