Free Agency 2020 officially begins in barely over two weeks. This year, unlike many others, the market for a quarterback is extremely intriguing. For the first time in his career, six-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady is hitting the market. Former first overall and second overall picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are rumored to be testing the market and could be looking for a new home. All in all, a lot of teams can go from a losing record to playoff contenders next season just by adding one of these quarterbacks. Here are my 2020 NFL Free Agent Quarterback Predictions.
For over 15 years, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have terrorized teams by never once having a losing record while he’s been the starter. After being a Patriot since 2000, the 42-year-old quarterback has decided to test the market. There have been multiple rumors that Brady could go to the Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders, and even just back to New England. Some say old-man Brady wants to prove he can win without being with arguably the greatest coach of all time. Others say he wants to join his buddy Mike Vrabel in Tennessee and help that team take the next step to win a championship. Just as Brett Favre changed teams and went to an NFC Championship and as Peyton Manning changed teams and won a Super Bowl, it really looks like Brady may want to do the same.
Prediction: Tennessee Titans
Speaking of aging quarterbacks, Philip Rivers has decided to also leave his own team, the Los Angeles Chargers, after being drafted by them in 2004. The 38-year old quarterback is also looking for a new team to join in hopes of taking a team to a Super Bowl before he can hang up his cleats. There is a lot of interesting things Philip Rivers has done that could key into where he plans on going.
For starters, Rivers has reportedly moved his family “permanently” to Florida. Could this mean Rivers wants to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Also, apparently Rivers has connections to the Indianapolis Colts where their current Offensive Coordinator, Nick Sirianni, served as an offensive assistant for the Chargers for five seasons. It also doesn’t hurt that Melvin Gordon agreed in an interview that Rivers would likely go play for them. Lastly, Rivers said he will only play at the max two seasons. Some teams may not like this as they aren’t in a win-now mode. If a deal can’t be reached, Rivers may retire.
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts or Retirement
Dak Prescott was spectacular last season for the Dallas Cowboys. Sure, he did not have a great record to show for it, but there is more that goes to a teams’ record than just the quarterback position. Prescott threw for almost 5,000 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions boasting a 99.7 passer rating. It would be foolish for Dallas to let go of Prescott. With quarterbacks like Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins, and Jared Goff all earning massive contracts, it isn’t a doubt that Prescott deserves one too. I imagine that the Cowboys slap a franchise tag on Prescott while they figure out an extension before March 10th and retain their franchise quarterback.
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys
After proving himself in the absence of Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater is looking for a new home to be the starter for the 2020 season and maybe the future too. In place of Brees, Bridgewater completed 67.9% of his passes for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns, and only two interceptions while boasting a 99.1 passer rating. In those five games, the New Orlean Saints were undefeated as well. There are quite a few potential landing spots for the 27-year-old quarterback that could look to build around him, but the Indianapolis Colts (if they don’t spark a deal with Philip Rivers) and Los Angeles Chargers seem like good fits for him. If the Chargers pick him up, this gives them the ability to not draft a quarterback at the sixth overall pick and build their offensive line or trade back.
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts or Los Angeles Chargers
After fizzling out with known talent-killer Adam Gase in Miami, Ryan Tannehill went to the Tennessee Titans and balled out for them leading them to the AFC Championship game with wins over the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens. Tannehill posted an unbelievable 117.5 passer rating and 70.3% completion while throwing for 2,742 yards and 22 touchdowns while just starting 10 games. Unfortunately for Tannehill, that might not have been enough for Vrabel to not want Tom Brady more. My guess here is that the Patriots and the Titans simply swap quarterbacks. Bill Belichick may want Tannehill after he and the Titans beat him at his own game in Foxborough in the first round of the playoffs.
Prediction: New England Patriots
The former first overall pick struggled to limit his interceptions in 2019 under new head coach Bruce Arians. Yes, the interceptions are a problem, but Jameis Winston isn’t the only quarterback to struggle in his first year in Bruce Arians’s system with interceptions. Carson Palmer threw 22 interceptions in his first year with Arians, and then the next season he was on pace for only 8. He then threw 11 the next season. Now, it’s not guaranteed that Winston will throw under 15 interceptions next season, but I could see Tampa Bay giving Winston a team-friendly deal for two seasons to prove his worth to them.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The former second overall pick in the same draft as Jameis Winston also had his struggles with his own team. After completing under 60% of his passes and leading his team to a 2-4 record, Marcus Mariota took a backseat to the uprising of Ryan Tannehill. I believe the offense was just not rightly suited for Mariota and that a new home for him could help him out as a quarterback. One of those homes is Chicago where Mariota could be the Ryan Tannehill of the Chicago Bears. Mariota could come in as a backup to Mitchell Trubisky where he is on a tight leash. If Trubisky struggles, Mariota gets inserted into a Matt Nagy-Bill Lazor RPO style of offense that would suit him greatly. If anything, Trubisky hasn’t played all 16 games once in his career and Chicago could use a very serviceable and experienced backup.
Prediction: Chicago Bears
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