Recent years have seen plenty of big-name quarterback movement across the NFL, with Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff among Pro Bowl signal-callers to swap teams just since 2020. A lot can change between now and the end of the 2021 campaign, but the 2022 offseason is shaping up to offer just as much, if not more, QB relocation.
Here’s an early look at 15 different veteran QBs, including nine current starters, who could conceivably change scenery for a variety of reasons:
*Note: All projected cap savings listed are pre-June 1 totals courtesy of Over the Cap.
Aaron Rodgers | Packers
Packers’ savings if traded: $19.3 million
Potential suitors: Dolphins, Steelers, Broncos, Browns, Washington, Raiders, Eagles
He responded to the Packers’ first-round investment of Jordan Love with literally two straight MVP-caliber seasons and, potentially, a third straight 13-win season. In other words, he’s taken ownership of the franchise and its direction. And chances are he won’t find a better setup than in Green Bay. But let’s say 2021 ends on an unexpectedly sour note; a couple of AFC contenders would surely come calling with lucrative offers.
Russell Wilson | Seahawks
Seahawks’ savings if traded: $11 million
Potential suitors: Saints, Raiders, Eagles, Dolphins, Broncos, Steelers
Of the top-tier options, Wilson feels most likely to move. For one, his agent publicly entertained a trade prior to 2021, even listing preferred destinations — the Saints and Raiders among them. And then there’s Seattle’s collapse this year, with a rebuild potentially on the horizon. It’s fair to wonder if Russ has taken a step back, especially after finger surgery affected him this year, but plenty would pay for his poise.
Kirk Cousins | Vikings
Vikings’ savings if traded: $35 million
Potential suitors: Browns, Broncos, Panthers
Cousins doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his efficiency and…