Posted by: dvolpe | January 26, 2010

The NFL Quarterback Carousel Where Will This Year’s QBs be Playing Next Year?

Where will some of the league's elite QBs land this year?

  

Several big name quarterbacks in the NFL may be moving this offseason, either to another team or into their retirement years. So today, I want to talk about where these prime time players might end up next year.  

Kurt Warner:  Warner can still play, make no mistake about that, but can he still take the beating? Does he want to? The Cardinals surprised everyone last year by making it all the way to the Superbowl, though they lost to Pittsburgh. Then they surprised many again this year by making the playoffs. But I believe that the combined effects of diminishing returns in terms of how deep they went into the playoffs, the toll the game takes on the body, and other factors like family will lead Warner to hang ’em up this year. 

Brett Favre: I think that Brett Favre returns. In spite of the fact that its a long season, in spite of the fact that it was a very disappointing ending to this season, and perhaps a little because of that fact, I expect Brett Favre to do his little song and dance, miss training camp, and yes… return to play for the Vikings once again next season. The Vikings are just a few moves, or even a lucky bounce or two away from playing and possibly even winning the Superbowl. So why not take one more stab at going out on top? That being said, if I work in the Vikings front office, I look to pick up a quarterback in the draft this year. That way you get a healthy competition between the new kid and the other QBs on the roster if Favre doesn’t return and you have time to develop the rookie if he does. 

Michael Vick: Vick is perhaps the hardest of all to guess at. First of all there were numerous teams that went on record as saying they did, or did  not have an interest in Vick the first time he became available, fresh out of jail. One of the teams that did NOT express any interest was Philadelphia, who eventually did sign him. So right out of the gate this thing is unpredictable. Add to that the fact that rumors are now swirling of McNabb being traded. If McNabb is traded does that make Vick more or less likely to stay in Philadelphia? Add to that the fact that presumably Vick would like to start next season and things get even more confusing. If a team with no current solution at quarterback offers him a starting position, Vick will likely take that job, but I’m not sure if such an offer will be forthcoming. Take the Carolina Panthers for instance. They did not rule out signing Michael Vick before the eagles signed him, but said they were happy at the quarterback position. But after the giant egg that Delhomme laid last seaons are they still happy? The Vikings could also sign Vick as Favre-insurance, providing Vick was willing to gamble with probably not knowing for sure if he was the starter until after training camp. The scenarios are endless. But I’ll take my shot. I’m gonig to say that Vick ends up with the Ravens. They have admitted to having several conversations about him, and shown intereset in the past. Vick has to some extent proven himself, not being hugely successful but at least making things interesting this season. And he fits into the Ravens defensive scheme in that they don’t have a lot of money to spend on offensive players. He wouldn’t start, but if he’s wiling to accept a part time role, Vick could allow th Ravens to throw a wrinkle in on 3rd and long plays and get the defense a little extra rest, while doubling as a quality back up to Joe Flacco. The Ravens are my pick but if last season has taught me anything, its that there’s no telling where this guy will end up. 

Donovan McNabb: Rumors are now swirling that if either Warner or
Favre retires than that team will go after McNabb. As quality a team as the Vikings is, I actually find Arizona more intriguing. McNabb has had some quality receivers in his day, but he’s never had the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston. I would be intrigued to see what McNabb would do with wide receivers like that and I wonder if McNabb wouldn’t be eqaully intrigued. It seems that the Eagles really are interested in moving McNabb in favor of Kevin Kolb their QB of the future, so I’m going to go on record as saying that McNabb ends up an Arizona Cardinal, pending Warner’s retirment. 

So there you have it, my take on where these NFL quarterbacks will end up next season.

Quick Bits:

Green Bay Fans Cheer Favre:  It is my understanding that Green Bay fans cheered when Favre threw a season ending interception in the conference championship game against the Saints. He used to be their qaurterback and now he plays for their rival, I get that. But I really don’t understand the Green Bay faithful’s problem. They had a quality quarterback for 15 seasons, who took them to 2 Superbowls and won 1. They now have another quality quarterback who they hope will take them to another Superbowl, and by the way, who was chosen over Brett Favre by the Packers front office, to be the starting quarterback prior to Favre’s leaving.  Speaking as a Lions fan, who hasn’t seen a good QB play for his squad in 50 years, I think Green Bay fans should count their lucky stars and shut their ungrateful mouths.

Congrats to the Saints: On a more positive note, congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for making it to the Superbowl. Theirs is one of the best stories in the history of the NFL. When Drew Brees arrived in New Orleans, both the man and the city were broken. New Orleans had been ravaged by hurrican Katrina and Drew Brees was coming off a shoulder injury that many believed could be career ending. Drew Brees now looks better than ever. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future we’ll be able to say the same thing about the city of New Orleans.

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