The NFL is a humbling sport. Right now, there are quarterbacks on some of your favorite teams who will be looking for work this time next year. With the emergence of Dak Prescott in Dallas and the growth of Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, and Marcus Mariota, more GM’s will look toward the draft to find their next franchise player. These six will likely see their role and potentially jersey change in the off-season.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that the former Super Bowl starting quarterback was turning down a deal to sign with the Denver Broncos, because he didn’t want to restructure his contract. That was before the national anthem protests, and his career low 53.1 completion percentage. The market will be soft, and barring injury to a opening week starter, he could be on the sideline for a while.
Carson went from starting in the NFC Championship game to pondering retirement in a blink of an eye. The Arizona Cardinals have disappointed many, as they were the smart pick to take the next step this season and get to the SuperBowl. Statistically, Palmer isn’t having a “bad” year, but Arizona will likely ask him to be the backup/mentor to a new Quarterback they bring in, or suggest strongly he retire at seasons end. Larry Fitzgerald has gone on record to say when Carson goes, he will too. The Cardinals are built to win now, and could be a great landing spot for another “old guy”, Tony Romo.
The Rams starting quarterback for much of this year, Keenum has now been relegated to the bench as the Jared Goff era begins. The 4th year pro doesn’t have a lot of talent around him, however unless he is ok being the backup in LA or elsewhere, he will be on the couch.
The 2-8 Jaguars are trending down fast, and Blake Bortles is one of the biggest disappointments of the season. NFL.com ranked Bortles as the 56th best player in the league entering this season. The 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has thrown 13 interceptions this year through the 10 games. With Gus Bradley likely exiting, will Jacksonville decide to part ways with Blake and start over?
Robert Griffin III
RG3 is desperately trying to get back on the field this season to audition for his next NFL team. There is a possibility he gets retained by the Browns, as he was their starting quarterback before fracturing his shoulder in the 4th quarter of Week 1. There isn’t another team that would likely give Griffin a chance to start heading into next year.
Of all the guys on this list, Geno has the worst luck. He is currently in rehab for his Torn ACL which sidelined him for the rest of this season. Geno missed time last year after being sucker punched by a teammate in the locker room. On the field, his career numbers (28 TDs, 36 INT’s) are backup worthy. The question that looms is where?