Predicting 32 Starting QBs in NFL in 2020

My best guess on who the 32 primary starting quarterbacks will be in the NFL in 2020, as of February 9th. Free agency opens in March, trades can be agreed upon before that and the draft is end of April.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots – Tom Brady

I can’t take these rumors seriously. The best chance Brady has to win a 7th Super Bowl ring before retirement is staying with the Patriots. If he wants better weapons, I’m sure they can go out and get some shiny new WRs and OL for him. I also would expect them to draft a QB with a high pick too.

Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen

NY Jets – Sam Darnold

These are both easy. Top 10 picks from the 2018 NFL Draft. These guys are going nowhere.

Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa

I think there is a decent chance Ryan Fitzpatrick will open the 2020 season as starter, ahead of Tua Tagovailoa, but he won’t be far along. Miami could potentially move up from #5 in the draft to guarantee they get Tua.

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson

Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield

Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger

Status quo for these 3 teams. Nothing new here.

Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow

Are people really making up rumors about Burrow and his dad’s unhappiness? He’s an Ohio kid. He will be a Bengal. He will smile and be happy and play in multiple playoff games with Cincinnati.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans – Deshaun Watson

Status quo here.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Andy Dalton

This is outside the box. Yes, they paid Nick Foles a lot of money in 2019 and they have Gardner Minshew, but you know who else they have? Jay Gruden is their offensive coordinator. Gruden coordinated the Bengals offense from 2011-2013, during Dalton’s first three seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and the Bengals made the playoffs all three of those years. Who knows if the Jaguars are going to be in the market, but this is their best hope for a win-now QB in 2020. And it’s likely to best spot for Dalton if he wants to be a starter and not a backup.

Indianapolis Colts – Jameis Winston

I like Brissett. I stuck with my Colts making the playoffs prediction even after Andrew Luck’s retirement announcement, so I was disappointed how the latter half of the season went for Indy. There is a good chance they draft a QB, but thinking outside the box, they have a ton of cap space and could certainly afford to sign Winston to a short term, high paying deal. Winston’s 2019 season was insane, throwing for 5,000 yards, 30 TD and 30 INTs. Frank Reich is a former QB in the league and was the mastermind behind Nick Foles’ Super Bowl success in 2017. Perhaps Reich is the guy to maximize Winston’s potential and limit those turnovers.

Tennessee Titans – Ryan Tannehill

After going 7-3 as a starter and helping the Titans reach the AFC Championship Game, it makes sense that they keep Tannehill on a short term deal, maybe even the franchise tag.

AFC WEST

Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes

That should say Super Bow MVP Patrick Mahomes

Denver Broncos – Drew Lock

Pat Shumur might stink as a head coach, but as offensive coordinator, he can really benefit Lock’s development.

Las Vegas Raiders – Cam Newton

Derek Carr is a good QB. I’ve always liked him. In 2019, he threw 21 TD and 8 INT. But the Raiders are now playing in Las Vegas! One of the flashiest cities in the world. You know whose one of the flashiest QBs and a high profile name to help sell tickets and merchandise? Former league MVP Cam Newton.

Los Angeles Chargers – Teddy Bridgewater, Justin Herbert

Chargers could be a spot for Justin Herbert in the draft, but they will likely sign a free agent prior to that and Bridgewater is one of the top (most realistic options) available in the QB market.

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott

Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz

Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins

New York Giants – Daniel Jones

Status quo in the NFC East. All 4 QBs have been drafted since 2016, and 3 of the 4 in round 1. Cowboys will keep Dak at all costs. All 4 teams need upgrades at backup QB.

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears – Mitchell Trubisky

Bears must add a veteran backup (Marcus Mariota and Andy Dalton come to mind). But Trubisky is locked in as the starter.

Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford

Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers

Minnesota Vikings – Kirk Cousins

Like the NFC East, the North is also status quo with all 4 QBs returning. Although some people still don’t think Cousins is good and some people want to see the Lions draft Tua 3rd overall. All 4 will be back in their current roles.

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan

Falcons are the only team guaranteed to return their starting QB in 2020.

Carolina Panthers – Derek Carr

How about, in an effort to acquire Newton, the Raiders send Carr to the Panthers. Rarely, do we see QB for QB trades like this in the NFL, but hey, why not start now. Carolina can draft someone as insurance, behind Carr who has proven to be a solid, reliable QB in the league.

New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees

One last hurrah. I sadly think they let Teddy Bridgewater walk, due to money, but bring back Taysom Hill for insurance. They may also draft a QB on day 2 or 3.

Tampa Bay Bucanneers – Philip Rivers

Rivers leaves the only franchise he’s ever known to finish his career for Bruce Arians. Winston led the league in pass attempts. Rivers will love it. He just feels like a protypical Arians QB and feels like a perfect fit in Tampa. Whether it actually works or not is another story, but the fit seems great.

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray

Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff

San Francisco 49ers – Jimmy Garoppolo

Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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