By Alex Kurpeski
It’s that time of year again. As the necessity of our rebuilds in dynasty leagues become more apparent, it’s time to assess which players we may need to move on from. This article will be the first of many catered to those of you in need of rebuild advice. Today we’re going to get started by talking about the quarterbacks who could be cut or traded this offseason and who I think will be taking over for them.
Out: Cam Newton, New England Patriots
Newton’s first season in New England has been rough, to say the least. Though the team has done Newton very few favors, failing to surround him with viable pass-catchers outside of Jakobi Meyers, Newton’s turnover issues haven’t helped him either. Newton could be retained as a bridge QB, however, he’s clearly not the long-term answer for the Patriots. If there was a year for the Patriots to move up in the draft, it’s this one.
In: Zach Wilson, BYU
Though they may not be drafting in Trevor Lawrence range, the Pats should have the ammo to move up for a player like Wilson. At 6’3, 210 lbs, Wilson is a very mobile passer with great arm strength and even better accuracy. I’d compare the BYU standout to an optimized Jimmy Garoppolo, as their strengths are very similar while Wilson has displayed fewer weaknesses. This feels like a great fit for both player and team.
Out: Sam Darnold, New York Jets
Poor Sam Darnold never stood a chance. The Jets have failed to build a viable roster around the 2018 first-round pick while throwing blame on him for their woes at every turn. From Adam Gase’s nonsensical approach to leadership to the disorganization of the front office, nothing has gone right for Darnold during his tenure in New York. It’s best for the Jets to use their first overall pick on a generational talent and send Darnold somewhere he can grow as a passer.
In: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Need I say more?
Out: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Something tells me this is Drew Brees’ last rodeo. If 11 broken ribs aren’t convincing enough for Brees to retire, then the performance of the Saints offense with Taysom Hill under-center should be. At this stage in his career, Brees detracts more from the offense than he adds. New Orleans seems to love Hill, too.
In: Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
Though he’s not nearly as skilled as Breese, Hill brought an element to the Saints offense that we haven’t seen since the days of Aaron Brooks. Check out my breakdown of Hill’s first start here.
Out: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew Mania is dead and buried. Neither Minshew nor Jake Luton are the answer for the Jags at the QB position and they should target a better player with their first-round pick this spring.
In: Justin Fields, Ohio State
If Fields declares he’s all but certain to be the Jaguars first-round pick. A great athlete with excellent instincts, Fields is a plug-and-play starter with Pro Bowl potential.
Out: Alex Smith, Washington Football Team
Smith’s return to the NFL has been a great story but he simply is not the long-term answer in Washington. A limited passer who no longer possesses the athleticism that made him so dangerous, Smith is best suited to be a backup after 2020.
In: Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
Winston is going to get another shot to be a starter somewhere. After watching Smith, Kyle Allen, and Dwayne Haskins fail to stimulate the passing game this season Washington should kick the tires on Winston, who led the NFL in passing yardage in 2019.