The NFL’s quarterback carousel will be wild this offseason. The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have to worry about finding their signal-caller this year.
Dan Salem of NFL Spin Zone nailed it in his recent story regarding NFL free agency. This is going to be a year to remember with all of the quarterback movement that is about to happen. Luckily, however, the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be part of the shenanigans that are about to take place
"“Every year there are a number of great players looking for new teams, but the 2020 NFL offseason is on another level,” he writes. “This is the best quarterback carousel ever and when it stops spinning the NFL may be unrecognizable.”"
Regardless of who the Jaguars coaching staff decides will be under center in 2020 – whether Nick Foles can regain some of the form he showed in training camp this past season, or Gardner Minshew continues to perform magic in and out of the pocket – the need for the Jaguars to add a veteran is slim.
Only if a trade or injury, which is the worst thing that could happen to this roster – occurs would there be a reason for any additional arm to the team.
The Jaguars also have Josh Dobbs on the roster, who is holding a clipboard right now, but the organization feels good about having him there to compete.
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It’s hard to look at the NFL and believe 2020 could start with Tom Brady and Philip Rivers wearing other uniforms and Drew Brees is contemplating retirement. The shape of the NFL changed the day Peyton Manning hung up his cleats and the moment Andrew Luck walked away from the Colts last season because of injuries, the state of the game got a sudden jolt.
The Jaguars, with two players who can start in this league, have an advantage they shouldn’t be willing to let go of for at least one more season. For a franchise that has been perceived as a misdirected, poorly run outfit, it’s good to know they can hold their heads high with this one key component to their roster.
And that’s only part of what could take place as Salem explains.
"“For a quick run-through: Andy Dalton may be on the outs in Cincinnati, Cam Newton could be done in Carolina… Ryan Tannehill is a free agent after a huge season with Tennessee, Jameis Winston, and Marcus Mariota need new contracts…. This is the best set of quarterbacks on the market ever,” he adds."
Everyone take a breath and take a moment to let all that sink in.
There could be a few teams that call the Jaguars front office to test the waters on a potential deal involving Foles, but I would be shocked if the team even listens to noise about a trade regarding Minshew.
The idea of another veteran coming into North Florida and supplanting both signal-callers is a notion that should not be considered until it is Rivers and Brady and then it would take a miracle to bring either here.
It could be a matter of watching it all play out and being appreciative of what this franchise has, not what it could lose. Even what Salem and his brother Todd consider “sideways moves” to give a team a different voice in the huddle, will have an impact on teams in the NFL.
"“We don’t see the lateral move happen very often because we aren’t paying attention. If Andy Dalton joins the Chicago Bears, it will be as their backup initially,” he writes. [Mitchell] Trubisky is the current starter. Dalton won’t be coming in as the new starter, but as the backup who will certainly challenge and likely win the job from Trubisky in July.”"
If that were to happen, any discussion that has been posted on the Internet about Foles moving to Chicago to be reunited with John DeFilippo gets thrown at the window. Besides, it’s a long shot at best. For now, the Jaguars still have one of the better quarterback situations in the NFL. The organization should bask in it rather than trying to jump into the deep end with all the potential moves this offseason.