4 NFL teams who should consider a surprising quarterback upgrade

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There are a ton of veteran quarterbacks who are expected to be on the move this NFL offseason, and I can’t imagine there being a single team who doesn’t have a talented starting quarterback. With that being said, the standard for all teams has raised to the level of their competition, meaning some teams will be in the market for a quarterback even if they have a solid guy at the helm already.

A lot of the average quarterbacks who were starting for some teams this past season will have to viciously compete for their jobs in 2021. Many players will be on the move and the quarterback market will be even more competitive.

Not only is one of the best NFL quarterback classes coming into the NFL, but the NFL has a lot of established veterans on the trade block and in free agency as well. Guys who have won MVP’s, Super Bowls, and have played in multiple Pro Bowls are all expected to be switching teams this offseason, and some surprising teams could be in the market.

Some fanbases may believe their favorite team has their future at the quarterback position, but this offseason will change a lot of things up. Here’s a look at four teams who should consider a surprising quarterback upgrade.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos are a team who should look towards bringing in a veteran quarterback to compete with the young Drew Lock for the starting job. Lock has been decent thus far in his NFL career, but decent isn’t going to cut it in 2021.

One of the guys the Broncos have ben rumored to be interested in is Detroit Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford, 32, is an established veteran who is going to be on his way out following a complete coaching change on the team he’s spent his entire career with. Stafford completed 64.2 percent of his passes in 2020 while tossing 4,084 yards through the air and logging a touchdown to interception ratio of 26 to 10.

Stafford would be the starting quarterback if he was dealt to Denver, but Lock could use it as a great learning experience. Lock is one of the most promising young players in the NFL, but a guy like Stafford coming to town could be what changes his career for the better.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders saw a solid season from their quarterback Derek Carr, but they could look to make a splash this offseason as well. Las Vegas hasn’t come out as a team in the mix for any of these guys on the move, but that doesn’t mean a move won’t happen.

Carr, in 2020, had one of the best years of his entire career, yet the team still went 8-8. Carr completed 67.3 percent of his passes, threw for 4,103 passing yards (career high), tossed 27 touchdowns, and recorded just nine interceptions. Carr had a solid season, but the Raiders could still look to be in the mix for a guy like Dak Prescott or Deshaun Watson.

Jon Gruden has built a lot of connections over the years and there have been reports that Gruden and Carr haven’t had the best relationship. Carr struggles with consistency at times, which is what could lead the Raiders to be inclined to switch things up. If the Raiders enter the sweepstakes for some of these guys as well, Carr could be on the move this offseason too.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have had the same quarterback under center, Matt Ryan, since they drafted him in 2008 with the number three overall pick. Ryan has been a great quarterback for the team as well, but there have been far too many years where the Falcons have missed out on a playoff appearance, which could lead the team to explore other options.

Some guys the Falcons could pursue include a pair of Georgia boys in Deshaun Watson and Matthew Stafford. Both of those players are likely going to be dealt at some point this NFL offseason and the Falcons could be a great fit for both players.

Ryan, in 2020, completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,581 passing yards and a touchdown to interception ratio of 26 to 11. He has been mentioned in trade rumors for some other teams as well, so the Falcons’ superstar could be on the move this offseason.

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Los Angeles Rams

The Rams could be one of the most surprising teams who could change up their quarterback this NFL offseason. There has been reported tension between quarterback Jared Goff and head coach Sean McVay, which could lead to a change of scenery for the two sides.

Goff has been disappointing for the Rams and has been rather inconsistent for his hefty price tag. The Rams have a ton of talent all through the team and Goff seems to be the guy who’s preventing the Rams from being a whole lot better.

If the Rams wanted to acquire a new signal caller, a guy like Aaron Rodgers would be a great fit. Rodgers has a house that he owns that is only a 20 minute drive from the Rams’ facility and he has been a California kid his entire life.

Rodgers and the Rams would be a lethal combination, as his powerful arm and mobility combined with the sure handed receivers would make them Super Bowl favorites every year.