NFL Free Agency 2021: Top 10 Quarterbacks & Their Landing Spots

By Alex Kurpeski

Though it’s extremely rare for a team to find a franchise-caliber quarterback via free agency nowadays, this year’s class of free agents is shaping up to be one of the most notable groups in the last decade. Led by Dak Prescott, the 2021 free-agent class is filled with passers who have proven themselves capable of starting for a variety of NFL teams. While much has been made of this year’s draft class, there’s a good chance that most of the passers selected in 2021 will be learning behind a few of the QBs on this list. 

 

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

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Prescott was on pace for a record-setting campaign before his season was cut short due to a compound fracture of his ankle. Something tells me he’ll remember Jerry Jones not paying him before this career-altering injury, making a dash to an organization that is run better than Dallas. The Colts seem to be a quarterback away from being that team, so don’t be surprised if they make Prescott an offer he can’t refuse. 

Best Fit: Dallas

Most Likely Landing Spot: Indianapolis

 

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

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Winston is a dangerous weapon when he’s rolling, to both his opponent and his teammates. Make all of the “30 for 30” jokes you want, but remember that it’s not easy to throw for 5,000 yards at the NFL level. I think Winston would be a great fit for the Bengals offense, where he could keep the team competitive while Joe Burrow recovers from his ACL injury. 

Best Fit: Cincinnati

Most Likely Landing Spot: New Orleans

 

Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers

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Mullens isn’t the most physically gifted passer you’ll see, but he’s smart and he’s got a lot of guts. For a team like the Bears, Washington, or Denver, Mullens is a guy who could be a capable “band-aid” at a low price. He’s an RFA so the 49ers could match any offer he receives. 

Best Fit: San Francisco

Most Likely Landing Spot: Chicago

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins

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FitzMagic has been arguably a top-ten quarterback this season, having led the Dolphins to a winning record as the starter. Though he runs hot and cold, a team like the Jaguars could look to scoop him up as a bridge quarterback to teach a rookie the ropes — as Miami did with Tua Tagovailoa. 

Best Fit: Miami

Most Likely Landing Spot: Jacksonville

 

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts

Rivers’ first year as a Colt has been so-so. While his team is likely set to make the playoffs, it’s not exactly thanks to Rivers’ play. While I’m sure the Colts would love to upgrade from the veteran gunslinger, it’s possible that they re-up with him at a discounted price. That is, of course, if he doesn’t retire. However, the Cowboys could look to add a big name if they lose Dak Prescott in free agency. 

Best Fit: Indianapolis

Most Likely Landing Spot: Dallas

 

Cam Newton, New England Patriots

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Newton has not been very sharp this season, but a lot of the blame can be attributed to the lack of talent around him. He’s looked re-invigorated as a runner, so I expect the Patriots to bring him back on a short-term deal, even if he’s a backup. 

Best Fit: New England

Most Likely Landing Spot: New England

 

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Trubisky has the best chance to be the Ryan Tannehill of this class. Latch on as a backup with a team that has a starter on the hot seat and then takeover midseason and earn himself the starting job and an extension. Will that happen? Probably not. But he’s an intriguing buy-low candidate nonetheless. 

Best Fit: San Francisco

Most Likely Landing Spot: Los Angeles Rams

 

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

Brissett is an interesting player. He’s got great physical tools but tends to be a bit too conservative as a passer. I think he could be a good bridge starter for a team like Washington or Denver. 

Best Fit: New England

Most Likely Landing Spot: Denver

 

Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys

What to do with the Red Rifle? While Dalton’s run as a Cowboy has been underwhelming, he’s a guy who could be a fine starter for a team in need of a “band-aid”. Like, say…Washington? 

Best Fit: Jacksonville

Most Likely Landing Spot: Washington

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