Quarterback is arguably the hardest position in all of sports. In today’s NFL, it is crucial to have a top-tier player under center. Without it, your season is all but doomed. Teams must think long and hard about their current situation and what’s best for their future.
Who could be in the market for a new quarterback come 2023?
Teams for sure in the market in 2023
Atlanta has drafted in the top 10 in back to back seasons, taking offensive skill players with both picks. After trading Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts, Arthur Smith and company will rely on either Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder to lead the Falcons from out of the bottom pit.
Most NFL analysts, and many fans alike, see the Falcons as one of the worst rosters in the league. There’s a strong chance that they could be drafting in the top 10 again, and maybe even inside the top five. And there’s no doubt that they’d look for a quarterback to rebuild their franchise.
Possible fits: CJ Stroud, Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson, Spencer Rattler
Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, PJ Walker, Matt Corral. Who survives roster cuts and earns a spot on the 53-man roster is yet to be seen. But just from the looks, not a single one of these quarterbacks scares opposing defenses.
Mayfield will most likely start the majority of games in 2022, but looking at his former play, reported locker room troubles, and immaturity could stall any resuscitation of his career. There is a chance that he plays well enough to earn a contract extension in Carolina, but the odds aren’t exactly in his favor.
Unless Carolina stumbles its way into the playoffs, Matt Rhule will be on his way out. And a new regime will want their own prospect under center.
Possible fits: C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, Tyler Van Dyke, Jeff Sims
Dan Campbell has built a solid roster in Detroit. But their biggest downfall in 2022 could be at quarterback. Jared Goff is signed through 2024, but if the Lions choose to move on next offseason, they could save $20 million in cap space with only $10 million in dead cap.
With the 28th hardest strength of schedule, the Lions could make some noise in the NFC. But that’ll all depend on how Goff performs down the stretch. It’s hard to imagine a situation where the Lions don’t at least attempt to move on from the former Rams quarterback.
Possible fits: CJ Stroud, Bryce Young, Will Levis, Tyler Van Dyke
New York Giants
A new regime is officially in control in the meadowlands, one with a history of developing quarterbacks at a rapid pace (i.e. Josh Allen). But can they work their magic with Daniel Jones? Jones has yet to show any true promise in New York, even with an above average supporting cast.
Brian Daboll will hope to see improvement in his first year with Jones, but even as the year unfolds, the New York front office will certainly have their eyes on top talent in the 2023 draft class, especially one from the University of Kentucky.
Possible fits: Will Levis, Tyler Van Dyke
Seattle seems to be halfway on the tank. They traded star quarterback Russell Wilson but kept key weapons on offense like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Their defensive line could use a boost but it’s a decent roster top to bottom.
The Seahawks will start either Geno Smith or Drew Lock in 2022. Neither option are quarterbacks you win because of, they’re simply quarterbacks you may keep you afloat in some games. And they’re certainly not quarterbacks that you plan on keeping around for the foreseeable future. The Seahawks will undoubtedly by in the mix for some of the top quarterback talent in next April’s draft.
Possible fits: Bryce Young, Jaren Hall, Jeff Sims, Will Levis, Spencer Rattler
The Washington Commanders jumped the gun on the quarterback market early in 2022 by trading for Carson Wentz for two third-round picks. But with no guaranteed money after this year, the Commanders can cut ties if things go south quickly.
Washington hasn’t had a stable quarterback situation since the Kirk “You Like That” Cousins era. It’s time for Ron Rivera to give Terry McLaurin a real quarterback, one that can convince him to stay past his recent three-year extension.
Possible fits: Tyler Van Dyke, Jeff Sims, Hendon Hooker