Ron Rivera: If the right situation for a veteran QB is available, we want to get in on it

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The Commanders have a quarterback conundrum.

The franchise formerly known as the Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to be its QB1 last year after failing to trade for Matthew Stafford. But after Fitzpatrick suffered a hip injury in Week One, Taylor Heinicke served as the team’s primary starting quarterback in 2021.

He ended the year completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,419 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

But the Commanders aren’t content to just go into the 2022 season without exploring every opportunity for an upgrade. In an interview with PFT Live on Friday, head coach Ron Rivera said Washington is going through the process of evaluating the options for free agency, the draft, or a trade.

When it comes to that last option, Rivera noted veteran QB availability has become a major factor when it appears things have run their course for a player and team.

“I think what Detroit did [with Stafford] was masterful,” Rivera said. “Why? Because of the picks they’re going to have. They’re building for the future. They went out and they got a new head coach a year ago and said, ‘Hey, let’s see what we can build into.’ So they let Matthew go and gave him an opportunity. Now, look where he is.

“Matthew, a veteran guy, has gotten his opportunity and shown people what he’s capable of. Let’s see what happens the rest of the way. Would we love to have something like that? Yeah. If the right situation is available, we want to get in on it.”

San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo is one veteran option who is expected to be available with last year’s No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance waiting in the wings. With a new regime in Las Vegas and quarterback Derek Carr entering the last year of his contract, Carr is another possible trade target.

Regardless, the Commanders look like they’re going to explore all options to find a franchise quarterback this offseason.

33 responses to “Ron Rivera: If the right situation for a veteran QB is available, we want to get in on it

  1. Aaron Rodgers with DaVante Adams following in free agency. Super Bowl Contender if they can get the defense back where it was in 2020.

  2. I’m not a Garoppolo fan on any level, but if the defense can stay healthy, I could see them making the playoffs with him.

  3. Drewz Booze says:
    February 11, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Ring Ring “Hey Vikes here.. You want that overpaid qb back?

    Ring Ring, “Hey Packers here… You want an overpaid DIVA, Me-first MVP who can get you to the playoffs but will lose in the 1st or 2nd round every time, guaranteed?”

  4. I think I’d revel in the irony if they ended up sending draft capital to Minnesota for Cousins.

  5. We need to build a team, no more one year wonders please. Snyder can’t pick a ripe tomato let alone a QB. But he is going to do what he wants, oh for the days of the Squire he knew how to run a team let the football people run the operation you just give them the money.

  6. Could Jimmy Gee join the Raiders and reunite with McDaniels ? They could trade Carr or Mariota unless they like either as a backup.

  7. The Commanders will be gone as soon as Snyder is gone. He is in deeper trouble than is the football team. If the Wilkenson papers become public or Goodell starts a new investigation, the end result will be Snyder’s being told to sell the team. The new owner will go back to the Washington Football Team, which was much liked around here. And definitely liked better than the Commanders.

  8. No mention of wilson and here in Seattle today all the articles are on wilson to the other Washington. The price for Washington is pretty steep in my opinion 3 1’s and a good d-lineman. In my opinion to much for Washington.

  9. The problem is that nobody who wants to win will come to Washington. They will come for a payday, and then play well below that level. Good players will come here if they are forced to (draft). Thats the problem with running a dumpster fire of an organization.

  10. I would think that a lot of the quality players that may be available would not want to be associated with the S show now known as the Commanders.

  11. I will respond to some of the silliest statements:

    “how do you not trade for Carr”
    Because the Raiders are not trading Carr…that’s why. Do you believe the Redskins hold some magical power to just go QB shopping?

    “Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams following in free agency”.
    See my first answer regarding the Raiders and Carr.

    “Russell Wilson”
    See the 2 previous answers!

    “Kirk Cousins to Washington”
    See the previous 3 answers.

    Jimmy G , Mitch Trubisky, and Marcus Mariota are the only realistic options in addition to drafting a QB in the 1st or 2nd rd

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