Life is hard when you’re a quarterback, especially considering much of your success depends on how your team plays around you. Weak offensive lines, lack of a run game, receivers who can’t create separation, are all some of the things that would be why a quarterback would want to leave their team. Now, the quarterbacks on this list haven’t necessarily stated that they want out. But considering their situation, they should want out.
You lose money, a chance at success, and fame by playing with a team that can’t help you succeed. Truthfully, other teams may have a better situation for a quarterback. 10 quarterbacks are currently in a situation that doesn’t work the best for them.
Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that the teams they could go to need them. But, they would be good landing spots that would work well for them, and could be a solid backup plan. There’s so many different reasons why these quarterbacks would be better off elsewhere. Many times, front offices just don’t get it right. For this article, though, let’s switch things around, and get it right.
If these 10 quarterbacks played for the team selected, they would perform better and be in a better situation. Plus, the situation would be better for the team. It can’t just help out the quarterback, it needs to be a mutual thing. And who knows, the door isn’t shut on many of these possibilities. We have seen weird things happen in the NFL all the time, so we shouldn’t count out these things from happening.
20 Needs New Home: Jameis Winston
Things haven't exactly worked out so far for Winston in Tampa Bay. During his three-game suspension, we saw the Bucs rally around Ryan Fitzpatrick. Finally, their wide receiving corps got the attention they deserved, as Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson would be a receiving duo any team would love to have. Winston seemingly doesn't have the full support of his teammates and there have been whispers that the Bucs may be in the market for a new QB come draft time.
19 Where He Should Go: Denver Broncos
The Broncos have Case Keenum signed for the next couple of seasons, but no one is really buying him as the long-term answer in Denver. The Broncos have a very underwhelming group of QBs and having Winston, who still has plenty of upside under 25, would give them a possible long-term answer. Winston won't command too high of a raise when his rookie deal is up, and the Broncos could have him come in next offseason and try to beat out Keenum for the starting job.
18 Needs New Home: Teddy Bridgewater
The New Orleans Saints decided to look for Drew Brees’ eventual replacement this offseason by trading for Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater recently came off of a major injury and continues to fight to get better and better. Before his injury, Bridgewater was very accurate and was also able to make plays with his legs.
The problem is, that the Saints have worked with a big arm pocket passer for the past 13 seasons.
The Saints are a talented team, but the fit just doesn’t seem to be there. Bridgewater could be a solid starter, he just needs to find the right team.
17 Where He Should Go: Miami Dolphins
While watching the 2018 NFL Draft, most fans were expecting for the Miami Dolphins to select a quarterback. They never did. Instead, they selected Minkah Fitzpatrick to help improve their secondary. Ryan Tannehill is average at best, and the Dolphins may never compete in the Bill Belichick era until they find a new quarterback.
Teddy Bridgewater is similar to Tannehill, but with more upside. Bridgewater is more accurate, and also can use his legs to make plays. There’s a good framework on the offense already, so Bridgewater would walk into a pretty good situation. It should still be an option if the Dolphins are willing to give up draft picks.
16 Needs New Home: Josh Rosen
Josh Rosen only recently took the starting job in Arizona, but things already look bad for him. The Cardinals just don’t look as dominant in past years, and it won’t be a good situation for a rookie quarterback to walk in to. Going into this draft, many analysts believed that Rosen was most ready out of all the quarterbacks in the draft to play in the NFL. Now, it seems like he needs a change in scenery.
The Cardinals won’t move on yet, or while he’s in a rookie contract. But Rosen will hope so every day. Unless this team can put together a dominant defense, and get some more receivers, Rosen is set up for failure.
15 Where He Should Go: Chicago Bears
Is Mitchell Trubisky really the right fit for the Chicago Bears? With a much-improved offense, Trubisky still seems shaky. If things continue, the Bears may have to look at the future of the former first round quarterback.
Considering the Bears passed on Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson, they know they have to get it right.
If the Bears and Cardinals both looked to trade their quarterbacks, Rosen to the Bears would be a good fit. He comes on to a team loaded with talent, with a defense that can hold their ground. Everything needed to succeed would be there for him on that team.
14 Needs New Home: Lamar Jackson
Baltimore is a really tough spot for Lamar Jackson. With Joe Flacco playing much better, it’s going to be hard for the Ravens to actually move on from Flacco. Yes, he’s struggled in the past, but if he continues to prove he's still got it, how do you give him up? Plus, the Ravens staff would have to completely adjust this offense around Jackson.
Not that the Ravens are a bad team, it’s just not the best fit for Jackson long term. It’s better that Jackson works with a team that can utilize him on the ground, as well as his arm strength. That may be something they don’t do effectively in Baltimore.
13 Where He Should Go: New York Giants
Imagine the type of success Lamar Jackson could have in New York. Odell Beckham Jr, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard. That’s an extremely talented group to work with. A major problem for Eli Manning has been the offensive line, which can be worked around with a mobile quarterback.
No matter what, the offensive line will need to improve.
But Jackson’s ability to move around could make up for a weak offensive line. With all the talent the Giants have, they could get really creative. And with Eli nearing retirement, it would be the beginning of a new era.
12 Need New Home: Eli Manning
Seeing how poorly the New York Giants’ offensive line has played, proves why Eli Manning needs to get out of New York. At 37 years old, Manning is constantly under duress, and getting pressured all game. In order for the Giants to stay in games, Manning has to take a lot of physical risks on the field. At this point in his career, it’s just not worth it.
It seemed this offseason like the Giants finally got it right, but we may be wrong. The offensive line continues to struggle, giving no time for Manning to get the ball in his receivers’ hands.
11 Where He Should Go: Jacksonville Jaguars
Reunite with Tom Coughlin, Eli. Now, this only works if Blake Bortles begins to struggle again. So far, so good. Bortles is playing possibly the best football of his career, but we have seen that go south before. If Bortles begins to struggle, the Jaguars should look to trade for Manning. Bortles could sit and learn behind a quarterback who also has a history of turning the football over, while Manning could be an example of an experienced quarterback in a perfect situation.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the best situation any quarterback could ever ask for. Solid offensive line, quick receivers, big running back and best defense. Eli would be able to thrive quickly.
10 Needs New Home: Andrew Luck
It’s a shame that Andrew Luck was never given a team that he could truly win with. Obviously, the shoulder injury he dealt with kept him out of the game, but a player of his caliber should be competing for the playoffs.
The Colts just don’t seem to be in that position to give Luck a shot at a Super Bowl.
Luck may be one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL when healthy. Even if he’s playing at his best, this team struggles to make it very far. If the Colts want Luck to win, they need to surround him with more talent, especially after he just came off of an injury.
9 Where He Should Go: Baltimore Ravens
Instead of playing for the Colts, why not play in the hometown of the old Colts? A good landing spot for Luck would be the Baltimore Ravens. Everyone seems to overlook the Ravens in the AFC North, but maybe with a quarterback like Luck, they could be really good.
It will already help that on the opposite side of the field, Luck has a talented defense. When you look at the Ravens receivers, they’re an instant improvement from the Colts, with the exception of T.Y. Hilton. And of course, they have a decent run game. The Ravens could take it to the next level with an elite quarterback.
8 Needs New Home: Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers is the best quarterback in the NFL who has yet to win a Super Bowl. And to be honest, it doesn’t look like he ever will. Year after year, expectations are through the roof for the Chargers. The roster always looks great, but they always fall short. This season the team lost a few key players to injuries, to start a season of disappointment.
For a guy like Rivers, he should have left years ago. It just seems like the Chargers are an unlucky organization for him. You would expect Rivers to look elsewhere to play considering the type of competitor he is.
7 Where He Should Go: Washington Redskins
We’ve seen glimpses of how good the Washington Redskins can be, but also of how bad they can be. Bottom line is, they could use a legitimate quarterback. Alex Smith is like an Icy Hot. Sometimes he’s hot, sometimes he’s cold.
Rivers would really help keep this offense consistent, and keep them competitive in one of the toughest divisions in football.
Rivers to the Redskins would give them a much better shot to make it back to the playoffs then the team has now. If Rivers wants to win a Super Bowl in his career, he has no choice but to request to be traded.
6 Needs New Home: Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor lost his starting job in Week 3 after leaving a Thursday night game against the Jets with a concussion. At this point, there's really no going back to Taylor. Baker Mayfield has commanded this Browns team and Taylor will continue to be a backup if he stays in Cleveland beyond this season. The Browns can either look to trade him before the Week 9 deadline or can simply wait until the offseason and let Taylor walk in free agency. If Taylor goes to free agency, the market for him as a passer will be very lukewarm, so it'd be best to go back to a familiar situation.
5 Where He Should Go: Buffalo Bills
Why would Taylor to the Bills be a good fit? Well, besides Josh Allen the Bills don't have any QBs capable of starting a game and giving the team a chance to win. We all saw what Nathan Peterman could do (or not do) in a game, and if Allen ends up needing more time to sit on the bench and learn (like the original plan was), then the Bills could use a veteran that has shown the ability to win some games. That's where a reunion with Tyrod Taylor makes perfect sense. There may be some hard feelings for Taylor's previous exit from Buffalo, but it'd be best to put that aside.
4 Needs New Home: Russell Wilson
It’s sad to say, but the time for Russell Wilson in Seattle may be over. Not the Seahawks organization will want to get rid of him, but Wilson needs to force his way out.
This offseason, the Seahawks dismantled their whole team, getting rid of key players on both sides of the ball.
And with a weak offensive line, Wilson is running around looking for any possible way to succeed.
Wilson is a winner and one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. Wilson’s loyalty to Seattle will probably keep him there for the rest of his career, even though he deserves much better.
3 Where He Should Go: Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are beginning to see that Dak Prescott isn't going to be one of the game's elite QBs. Yes, Prescott is able to manage a game well and the Cowboys' offense is built around Zeke. Their young defense is also becoming one of the better units in the game. Hmm, good defense and dominant running game; where has Russell Wilson had that before? Ah yes, sounds very familiar to the Legion of Boom days in Seattle. Wilson is a perfect fit for this Dallas offense, although to upgrade at QB, the Cowboys would have to get awfully creative with their cap space.
2 Needs New Home: Deshaun Watson
Last season, Deshaun Watson looked like he would be able to take the Houston Texans to the next level. Fast forward to this season, and it doesn’t look that way anymore. Watson looks lost on who to throw it to, with a weak wide receiver core. The offensive line is constantly struggling, causing Watson to be under a lot of pressure.
If Watson wants to be the best version of him, he’s going to have to leave Houston eventually.
After his rookie contract, he will eventually be able to make that decision. The money may be there, but Watson is a winner and will want to play to win.
1 Where He Should Go: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven that the Buccaneers can have one of the most explosive offenses in the league. All it needs is the right quarterback. There’s only so long Fitzpatrick can dominate, and we have yet to see Jameis Winston take the Buccaneers to legit contender status. If the Buccaneers can find a quarterback that can stay consistent and be explosive, this is a potential Super Bowl team.
Watson can be that guy. Someone who can choose his fate in a view years, or force his way out. The Buccaneers have an incredible receiver corps and an improving young defense that should be set up for success.