Quarterback chaos could be coming

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Chaos is very good for this specific business. And quarterback chaos could be coming, very soon.

The 2020 offseason could consist of unprecedented movement when it comes quarterbacks, with a chain reaction of dominoes driven by where and how quickly the biggest rectangular double-squares land.

The biggest domino continues to be Tom Brady. Even as some of the smaller dominoes begin to fall (Eli Manning retires, Philip Rivers leaves the Chargers), Brady will influence the market more than anyone else, arguably in the history of free agency.

And teams will need to know whether they’re in play for Brady. If not, they’ll need to move on to other options, including the likes of Ryan Tannehill, Marcus Mariota, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, and/or Jameis Winston.

The franchise tag will keep Dak Prescott off the open market, but if the Cowboys make a run at Brady (and get him), Prescott would be in play, via tag and trade. Other quarterbacks who are under contract for 2020 but who could be in play include Josh Rosen, Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, Joe Flacco, Derek Carr, and Cam Newton.

And don’t forget Taysom Hill. The Saints backup, whom coach Sean Payton has compared to Steve Young, will be a restricted free agent. Payton expects another team to try to sign Hill to an offer sheet.

Then, once the carousel starts to spin, guys who are safe as of now (like Jacoby Brissett or Mitchell Trubisky) could slide into a different category. Within the next three months, the landscape of the league could dramatically change, via a game of musical chairs that could end up with more butts than seats, and it could end up with more seats than butts.

It’s a process that already has begun, and that will play out through the draft and possibly beyond. Especially if specific quarterbacks (Rivers) wait to see whether one or more teams are left high and dry in early May.

With so many tentacles tying players and teams and possible positions together, everyone needs to be ready for chaos. And the teams, players, and agents with the best plan for navigating it will be more likely to emerge in better position than they currently are.

61 responses to “Quarterback chaos could be coming

  1. I heard someone say on TV yesterday that whether or not Tom Brady is a good idea for your team comes down to which Brett Favre are you going to get- Jets Favre or Vikings Favre? What he meant by that is that it comes down to supporting cast. If you have a great O line and weapons, he could be Vikings Favre, a near MVP. Without those things, you get Jets Favre, who was terrible.

    I wouldn’t even consider Brady except as the last piece of a nearly completed puzzle.

  2. Sign Brady is you have the same weak division and a great defense year in and out.

    Without the cake walk thru division and defense he would be a run of the pack QB.

    His ego is gonna send him out to test what he really is. It is gonna be fun watching him crash.

  3. Taysom Hill would give the Bears offense instant credibility as he is much better at the position than Trubisky.getting him will be costly but they need an NFL calibre quarterback if they want to see the playoffs once again.

  4. Brady was 7th in the NFL in passing yards last year, with probably the worst collection of skill players in the league and an offensive line that didn’t play well. While he’s not an MVP candidate, like he was 2 yrs ago, reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated.

  5. I suspect that with any team but the Patriots, Brady will look very much what he is…a 42 year old quarterback on his last legs. He certainly doesn’t need the money, so the smart thing for him to do would be to finish his career in New England, with a chance of getting to another Super Bowl before he hangs them up.

  6. “I wouldn’t even consider Brady except as the last piece of a nearly completed puzzle.”
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    Adding to this, I think Rivers would be a much safer addition than Brady. He’s played for multiple coaches and coordinators on a far inferior team and consistently produced. And you could add Rivers to your team without near the scrutiny Brady would bring. It’ll be a challenge to keep whatever team Brady joins focused with all that extra attention. I think there are quite a few teams who would struggle to deal with that.

  7. Brady to the Vikings.

    They are not sold on Cousins in the clinch.

    They are one player away from a superbowl run.

  8. Sean Payton knows what he’s doing. Driving up Hill’s value. If Payton can get someone to sign Hill to a first round offer sheet, he would be absolutely delighted. Hill has 13 career pass attempts.

  9. Unless Kraft tells Brady he isnt wanted anymore he is going nowhere.why would he go elsewhere if he is offered a contract and starting job with the Pats which they surely will do.its virtually guaranteed Brady will be wearing the Minuteman decal on his helmet again next season.

  10. Brady was 7th in the NFL in passing yards last year, with probably the worst collection of skill players in the league and an offensive line that didn’t play well. While he’s not an MVP candidate, like he was 2 yrs ago, reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated.

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    Anybody who says the Patriots had “probably the worst collection of skill players in the league” last year hasn’t watched any team other than the Patriots for like 20 years. For once he didn’t have 6 different pro bowl level skill players, and he wasn’t good.

  11. Sean Payton knows what he’s doing. Driving up Hill’s value. If Payton can get someone to sign Hill to a first round offer sheet, he would be absolutely delighted. Hill has 13 career pass attempts.

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    Exactly – woah, this coach thinks his third string QB is a lot like Steve Young!! We better do whatever it takes to acquire him!

  12. Brady might be just what the Vikes need. But, Cousin’s money is guaranteed. Pats couldn’t even make a trade because of Brady’s dead money.

  13. It’s good to be in kc right now. Just won a super bowl and Patrick Mahomes is not even 25 yet already has league mvp, and super bowl mvp trophies. Now I know how those fans in New England have felt for 20 years.

  14. Brady is playing the prima donna role. Thing is teams really need to look at his last season and say what if, that is as good as he is? Rivers sucked this year. He struggled to throw the ball with accuracy and so did brady. Both need to retire IMO. Father time caught up to both of them.

  15. I could definitely see Brady to the Titans and Mariota to the Pats. McDaniel loved Mariota coming out of college. Tannehill is a mirage

  16. There are many questions around Brady aside from where he ends up.

    Was his drop-off in play due to weapons, age or both? Way less willing to take hits and extend plays, he seemed to give up on a ton of plays and throw the ball into the dirt, out of bounds or turtle up and take the sack…far more often than ever before.
    Is he not as sharp? No one getting open? Indecisive?
    Does NE really have another SB ring in the cards with him at the helm?

    Pates have to rip off the Brady band-aid fast at some point and if we could get a Dak Prescott in his place, I’d think long and hard about that, because it’s the NEXT Ring that is the Thing.

  17. bootguy says:
    February 11, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Case Keenum ??????

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    Yes. Case Keenum. Guy who was one game from the Superbowl a couple years ago.
    Guy who was the most prolific D1 passer in History.
    Guy who is probably better than any others on that list besides Brady and MAYBE Foles.
    Yes, THAT Case Keenum.

  18. KC fans are gonna feel like NE fans the last 20 yrs?? No way they duplicate that. How many 1 yr dynasties have their been during the Pats run. Wait till KC has to start paying everyone. Ask Seattle. What the Pats have done in the salary cap era will never be matched.

  19. joetoronto says
    …for once brady didn;t have 6 different pro-bowl level skill players?

    WHAAAA????? Brady has barely had 1 pro-bowl level skill player over much of his career.
    Aside from Welker/Moss and then Edelman/Gronk, there is no other definitive period he had high end skill players, unless you include Deion Branch

    What on earth are you talking about? No one has done more with less than Tom Brady, end of story

  20. hailtothenamechange says:
    February 11, 2020 at 11:45 am
    Sean Payton knows what he’s doing. Driving up Hill’s value. If Payton can get someone to sign Hill to a first round offer sheet, he would be absolutely delighted. Hill has 13 career pass attempts.
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    True Dat! That said, SP knows that Hill’s greatest value is that he can learn, and play, multiple positions very very well, is a quick study, and will be reasonably priced – even if he has to match an offer sheet. As the other poster noted, a first round pick is a nice consolation prize for losing a 30 year old (albeit with a lot of tread on the tire and one who has the ability to play multiple positions well

  21. Don’t get the thumbs down on Tampa. QB friendly HC, offensive weapons, defense, division ripe for the taking, etc

  22. Bogus pass interference calls from corrupt nfl officiating
    are/were tom brady’s bread and butter.

    Pass interference replay ruined it.

    Oh… well… he still has bogus offensive/defensive holding
    and a few other to help him.

  23. If Brady does leave NE I can see going to the Titans.
    Good young team on both sides of the ball and he knows the coach.
    If that happens I think they retain Marcus (on the super cheap) or if they can afford Ryan to learn behind Brady.
    Going to be strange this year if Brady does move and Brees retires.

  24. WHAAAA????? Brady has barely had 1 pro-bowl level skill player over much of his career.
    Aside from Welker/Moss and then Edelman/Gronk, there is no other definitive period he had high end skill players, unless you include Deion Branch

    What on earth are you talking about? No one has done more with less than Tom Brady, end of story

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    “Other than these two hall of famers and three other very good players, plus the likes of Hernandez, James White, Dion Lewis, Ben Watson, Josh Gordon, Mohamed Sanu, etc etc that I didn’t mention, Brady has NEVER had any good players!”

  25. tedmurph says:

    February 11, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    I could definitely see Brady to the Titans and Mariota to the Pats. McDaniel loved Mariota coming out of college. Tannehill is a mirage

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    McDaniels loved Tebow out of college too.

  26. Anybody who says the Patriots had “probably the worst collection of skill players in the league” last year hasn’t watched any team other than the Patriots for like 20 years. For once he didn’t have 6 different pro bowl level skill players, and he wasn’t good.
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    I wasn’t talking about 20 yrs, just last yr. Edelman was hurt, will need 2 surgeries in the offseason and was always double covered because they had nobody else. They had 2 rookies that barely knew where to line up. The useless PDorsett. No production out of the TE position. JGordon for a few games before he did his usual dixie. SMichel, who is a run of the mill back that is useless in the passing game. Guess who made Gronk and Jules Pro Bowl players. Someone isn’t watching, but that’s not me.

  27. says:
    February 11, 2020 at 1:33 pm
    WHAAAA????? Brady has barely had 1 pro-bowl level skill player over much of his career.
    Aside from Welker/Moss and then Edelman/Gronk, there is no other definitive period he had high end skill players, unless you include Deion Branch

    What on earth are you talking about? No one has done more with less than Tom Brady, end of story

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    “Other than these two hall of famers and three other very good players, plus the likes of Hernandez, James White, Dion Lewis, Ben Watson, Josh Gordon, Mohamed Sanu, etc etc that I didn’t mention, Brady has NEVER had any good players!”

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    To summarize, you typed “..6 different pro bowl level skill players…”

    Naming a significant time period Brady has had even 3 pro-bowlers it difficult.

    How many pro bowls do James White, Deon Lewis, Ben Watson, Josh Gordon, Mohammed Sanu have?

    Every player is better with better players around him, but lets not get carried away about the number of probowl skill players on Brady’s 20 rosters

  28. A lot of teams liked Tebow. A lot of teams liked JRussell, a lot of teams likes RLeaf. I could go on. HSchuler. RMirer. RG 3. Is there a point?

  29. I heard someone say on TV yesterday that whether or not Tom Brady is a good idea for your team comes down to which Brett Favre are you going to get- Jets Favre or Vikings Favre? What he meant by that is that it comes down to supporting cast. If you have a great O line and weapons, he could be Vikings Favre, a near MVP. Without those things, you get Jets Favre, who was terrible.

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    That supporting cast carried Mark Sanchez to the AFC championship the following two years. Favre playing with a torn bicep to keep the consecutive game streak going pretty much ended the 2008 season for the Jets.

  30. billh1947 says:
    February 11, 2020 at 11:12 am
    Taysom Hill would give the Bears offense instant credibility as he is much better at the position than Trubisky.getting him will be costly but they need an NFL calibre quarterback if they want to see the playoffs once again.
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    Seriously??? They guy is 7/13 in his career as a QB – we have no idea what he is besides a jack of a few trades. NFL caliber??? Not yet.

  31. The Patriots have a great roster, they should try to keep it as intact as possible. Their 2019 season was far from disastrous.
    As of Brady, a top tier receiver in free agency, and one other in the first 3 rounds should open up the passing game for him, providing he clear up his mind, and take a firm decision for a SB run in the next 2 years. His trowing magic is still there.

  32. I like Teddy Bridgewater the best out of this group for the value in FA you will get matched with the quality of play. Tom Brady is for a team that needs to sell tickets, or back with the team he has always known where the owner would be willing to pay him the $ to stay.

    It will be interesting to see if Kraft and Belechick are on the same page in regards to the QB position.

  33. Am I the only one thinking Jacoby Brissett is hoping and wishing to get traded out of Indianapolis? Luck retired because he was tired of getting hurt and not only did the injuries get passed down to Brissett but can that kid be anymore underappreciated for the miracles he pulled off on a Colts team with 0 receiving talent. His numbers were pretty impressive with his dollar store receivers dropping anything that came their way so I can only imagine how he’d do with a team that has a halfway decent GM.

  34. Pains me to say this as a Jags fan… but the tacks (titans for you non Jaguar speaking folks out there) would be a really good place for him, I think. Young top talent WR, solid TE play (and could easily make a move for a TE in draft or FA), stud RB (if they keep Henry via tag or extension) and very good D.
    I also think the Bolts would be a good destination as Rivers was very obviously holding them back in certain games and they have a decent D and some solid offensive pieces there.
    Anything else just doesn’t make sense, including taking a huge payday to stay in New England where I think they are closer to a rebuild than a resurgence.

  35. billh1947 says:

    February 11, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Taysom Hill would give the Bears offense instant credibility as he is much better at the position than Trubisky.getting him will be costly but they need an NFL calibre quarterback if they want to see the playoffs once again.
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    Lol. I’m guessing this was satire but…Dude has 13 pass attempts in his career…completed six…he’ll be 30 when next season starts. Payton compared him to Steve Young? Yeah, they both went to BYU. Other comparisons? No. What a sad state of affairs if this resume actually looks better for the Bears than Trubisky.

  36. tedmurph says:
    February 11, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Brady was 7th in the NFL in passing yards last year, with probably the worst collection of skill players in the league and an offensive line that didn’t play well. While he’s not an MVP candidate, like he was 2 yrs ago, reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated
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    EXCUSE ME?! Ryan Fitzpatrick says “hold my beer” and put up good numbers too. Brady is going no where. He will get paid a reasonable amount by NE, but deserves more. He will put up pedestrian numbers and Retire next year. Case Closed.

  37. Any team that wants Rosen is crazy! He is an entitled brat from a wealthy family–affluenza (except for the criminality). He’ll stick around in Miami for another year whether or not the draft a QB. Then in 2021 Fins will cut him and he’ll be lucky to get a third-string spot on a losing team. Nothing personal, but he sucks as a QB!

  38. Comparing Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brady. Good one! Not even worth addressing. The market for Brady will be huge, and he’ll move on.

  39. As much as I am annoyed with Brady skipping OTAs and acting like a baby this year, there likely won’t be any chaos under Center in NE.

    In fact, with all the obvious qb changes all over, this is a huge advantage for NE themselves heading into 2020.

    lol

  40. tedmurph says:
    February 11, 2020 at 5:38 pm
    Comparing Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brady. Good one! Not even worth addressing. The market for Brady will be huge, and he’ll move on.

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    move on where? You really are bad at reading things. The market will be thin because everyone knows he will be worse elsewhere. Even Brady knows this.

    If he did leave, will he skip otas with his new team?

    Because, the last 2 years he did, and he was very pedestrian in 2018 and 2019, which is not debatable.

  41. Brady was 7th in the NFL in passing yrds in 2018 and 2019. News flash: Pats won the Super Bowl in 2018,even though Brady skipped the OTAs, lol. To spend more time with his family. Hardley pedestrian. He’ll also sell tickets and bring a winning attitude wherever he goes. We shall see who reads things better. 5 teams minimum will be after Brady.

  42. tedmurph says:
    February 11, 2020 at 6:21 pm
    Brady was 7th in the NFL in passing yrds in 2018 and 2019. News flash: Pats won the Super Bowl in 2018,even though Brady skipped the OTAs, lol. To spend more time with his family. Hardley pedestrian. He’ll also sell tickets and bring a winning attitude wherever he goes. We shall see who reads things better. 5 teams minimum will be after Brady.

    5 2 Rate This

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    Brady was mediocre the last two seasons early on and in the middle of the season. It is ok to admit it.

    Next, the better question is, what franchise is better? Is there one on that list? Not for a 43 year old qb. Plenty of teams have money but are they in position to represent a better option?

  43. Kraft is willing to give him 30 mil a year . Stay where your at. Your not going to get much more then that stay retire a Patriot. All these big contract QB like R Wilson,Dak soon to be Mahomes there younger faster and haven’t hit there prime. Bradys prime has came and left. If he goes to any other team mark my words he will get hurt. Us older guys know that your body dont heal as good as it did. In new England he has earned his dews when yelling at players cause your the vet. But go to another team trying that they will flat out give up on you. But I am curious to see him play in a tougher division. Let’s see what hes got.

  44. Unfortunately Brees will likely make his decision based on the current situation involving the organization and the archdiasis. That situation could be the black cloud to cast over Brees’s stellar image, even if he had nothing to do with it. I personally can see him distancing himself from the Saints to avoid conflict.

  45. If Kirk Cousins doesn’t have that great game against the saints, the vikings would trade him (with a 1st rounder) to a team willing to take on his salary and Tom Brady would already be moved into a house in Orno or Lake Minnetonka. It’s what the vikings do, sign old, nearly retired quarterbacks. heck, they even came incredibly close to landing dan marino in the late 90s. you know spielman is atleast considering it…he would get rid of a huge salary cap hit with Cousins, sign Brady to a cheaper deal because brady is all about rings ( i don’t believe for a second he all of a sudden wants a huge contract, it goes against everything he’s ever done) he wants another ring. The extra cap space could allow the vikings to bring back Alexander and possibly Waynes.

    If I were Rick, I’d be tempted. The vikings roster as it is has 1 year left of potential. next year, it’s all gone and rebuild starts, so why not just take the risk?

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