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NFL QB Carousel 2021

By: Rohan Bommaraju — Sports Editor

The 2021 NFL offseason is turning out to be crazier than any in recent memory. There are potentially three or four franchise Quarterbacks on the move and many other starting-caliber quarterbacks who have signed or are still in the free-agent market. 

New England Patriots Quarterback Cam Newton re-signed with the Patriots after a Covid battered season where he threw 8 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. After a bad 2020 campaign, sophomore Adam Lessard says Cam will be the day one starter in 2021. “[Bill] Belichick and Josh Mcdaniels see something in [Cam] that the rest of us don’t,” said Lessard.

Junior Jacob Bleecker says that Cam Newton re-signed with the Patriots as he knows how good of a coach Bill Belichick is and how he would be able to give him weapons. “Cam re-signed in New England because of the coaching pedigree of Bill Belichick and because he trusted the front office to go out and make moves. They did that, giving Cam the best chance he would have in the NFL if he went elsewhere,” said Bleecker.

Junior Amrik Eadara says that Cam re-signed as he took last year to get used to the Pats offensive system. “Both parties believe in each other and are ready to prove the doubters wrong. Cam will certainly be the Day 1 Patriots starter,” said Eadara.

“The Patriots released the statement of not definitively naming a starter in order to create additional motivation within the locker room; however, I believe that Cam will start over any Quarterbacks they bring into the quarterback room,” Eadara added.

Prior to the new NFL league year turning over, it was widely known that Carson Wentz would be traded out of the Philadelphia Eagles club as he was uninterested in playing for them anymore. On February 18th, the deal was announced that Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Eadara says that Carson just needed a fresh start. “His offensive line became depleted and the depth of his receivers has been atrocious. He essentially single-handedly carried the Eagles offense two years ago to the playoffs,” added Eadara.

”Now in Indy Carson will have a great offensive line to work with as well as promising young talent that will elevate his game back to his former MVP year. Carson Wentz will be something special to watch in the year 2021,” Eadara added.

In early February it was announced that the Rams were trading their former first overall pick Jarred Goff to the Detroit Lions for their former first overall pick of Matthew Stafford. This was the first time that two former first overall picks were traded for each other, however, Bleecker says that Stafford will have more success in his new home of LA than Goff does in the motor city. “Goff is a temporary solution and I don’t expect his tenure in Detroit to be for very long. Stafford has more around him with all the fire to win. Every star in the universe would have to align for Goff to succeed in Detroit before Stafford does in LA,” Bleecker said.

Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback Russel Wilson has voiced his dismay about never having an elite offensive line and had reportedly wanted out of Seattle if they don’t provide him an offensive line. Junior Jacob Spodek says that Russel Wilson will stay in Seattle and not leave. “Seattle will try to succumb to his demands for the better o line, as he is their best option and they turned down the Bears trade for him. And as well as Russel Wilson recruited Chris Carson to return to the team instead of going elsewhere. And is recruiting Antonio Brown again,” added Spodek.

The final Quarterback is the Houston Texans young franchise cornerstone Deshaun Watson who has voiced his dismay for the franchise. However, as of late, Watson had been getting into some legal trouble.  Bleecker says that Watson will not be traded out of Houston. “I genuinely believe come Week 1, [Watson] will be on the roster. By the end of the season, different story, as I expect a holdout of sorts. Nevertheless, he’ll stay for now because Houston’s new management wants him there, and with the sexual assault cases and Watson’s shortlist of successes this far, he doesn’t have the leverage to force a trade,” said Bleecker.

Recently the 2020 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is dismayed about his current situation in Green Bay and wants to be traded from the club according to a report by NFL insider Adam Schefter. In the 2020 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers Traded up to acquire quarterback Jordan Love out of Utah State to be Rodgers successor. And according to NFL Network insider Ian Rappaport, Wide Receiver Jake Kumerow’s release ahead of the 2020 season fractured Rodgers relationship with the club even more to the point of no return. 

Former Packers quarterback and Rodger’s mentor Brett Favre says in an appearance on ESPN Wisconsin radio’s Wilde & Tausch that he doesn’t think Rodgers will “bury the hatchet” and play for Green Bay next year. “I think I know Aaron fairly well, and honestly I just don’t see him coming back and just saying, ‘All right, let’s just bury the hatchet, whatever caused the rift, and I’m just going to come back and play because I love the guys, I love the Green Bay fans,’” said Favre.

image from patriots.com

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