Marcus Mariota, Raiders His lone look final season — when he accounted for 314 yards, together with 88 dashing, in the Raiders’ Week 15 loss to the Chargers — showcased the tantalizing expertise that prompted Tennessee to draft Mariota No. 2 over all in 2015. With an affordable $10.6 million cap hit subsequent season, Mariota might be able to parlay that single recreation, and a few untapped promise, into a greater alternative elsewhere.
Quarterbacks Who Are Unlikely to Move, however Who Knows?
Derek Carr, Raiders To be clear, the Raiders have proven no inclination to commerce Carr, who was the solely regular-season quarterback to outduel Patrick Mahomes (and practically did it twice). But in a division dominated by Mahomes, and with the rookie Justin Herbert of the Chargers ascending, the Raiders may be swayed to maneuver Carr offered they had been assured of a particular improve. Beyond probably Watson, there aren’t lots of these out there.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers The 49ers practically received a Super Bowl with Garoppolo and could also be fairly content material to attempt to attain one other once more with him. But he has missed 23 video games throughout the final three seasons, and in keeping with overthecap.com, San Francisco may save $23.6 million by releasing or buying and selling him. Could this be the low season Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch get youthful at the place?
Drew Lock, Broncos The Broncos’ battle to develop a successor to Peyton Manning led them most not too long ago to Lock. His uneven second season steered he continues to tilt on the workforce’s scale of tall, big-armed quarterbacks extra towards Brock Osweiler than John Elway, who picked Lock in the second spherical in 2019. Lock would determine to be concerned in any potential deal for Watson, who may be enticed by Denver’s receiving expertise.
Dak Prescott, Cowboys When wholesome, Prescott ranks amongst the league’s finest quarterbacks. So there’s a higher probability that Dallas lures Troy Aikman out of retirement than lets Prescott, recovering from a compound fracture and dislocation of his proper ankle, go away in free company. The Cowboys are nonetheless hoping to finish a long-term take care of him earlier than March 9, the deadline for making use of a franchise tag, and if the sides can’t agree, Prescott would play beneath the tag for a second consecutive season.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Roethlisberger, who turns 39 subsequent month, advised The Athletic that he could be glad to restructure a contract that subsequent season carries a $41.25 million cap cost. That may release cash to assist the Steelers retain a few of their 19 unrestricted free brokers, however the gesture is moot in the event that they determine the workforce’s long-term prospects are higher with out him.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins It’s doable that Miami, as an alternative of utilizing the third total choose to encompass Tagovailoa with extra offensive expertise, will select to draft his substitute as an alternative. But the solely believable situation by which Tagovailoa is traded this low season includes the Texans, who would virtually actually demand his inclusion as a part of any package deal for Watson.