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NFL free agency 2020: 5 predictions on the quarterbacks

This years’ NFL free agency sees a number of franchise quarterbacks in the pool. We look at how the NFL free agency situations could play out.

5. Marcus Mariota gets a fresh start as a backup

Mariota isn’t coming back to Nashville after being benched for Ryan Tannehill. With Tannehill bringing the Tennessee Titans to the brink of a Super Bowl, it appears Mariota will have to move on after spending five years with the team that picked him second-overall out of Oregon. However, all is not lost for the Heimsan Trophy winner. Mariota has a unique skill set that fits into today’s game, and should find a backup role with some competition for his services.


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4. Drew Brees back to Saints; Bridgewater leaves

While Brees is in his 40s, he’s still playing as one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. He’s due to hit unrestricted free agency in March, but provided he doesn’t retire, look for him to re-up with the New Orleans Saints. That said, his backups in Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are also hitting free agency and could very well leave. Bridgewater might be able to secure a starting job if the right situation presents itself after the job he did replacing an injured Brees this season. As for Hill, he’s incredibly unique. The Saints would love to have him back, but is another franchise willing to offer a bigger role? Tough to say.

3. Philip Rivers isn’t back with the Chargers

Short and to the point here. The Chargers are looking to get younger and cheaper at quarterback. Using the sixth-overall pick, look for them to replace Philip Rivers, whether it’s with Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa. It’s very difficult to see Rivers coming back to Los Angeles in 2020.


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2. Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill get tagged

This is one of the easier calls for NFL free agency at any position. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers watched Jameis Winston throw 30 interceptions this season, but he also led the league in passing with more than 5,000 yards. He’s a one-man circus under center, but the potential is there and head coach Bruce Arians is a great bet to knock it. As for Tannehill, the Titans and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith really found a great fit with him in the system. It’s impossible to believe both sides don’t sit down and find a way to reunite, and that probably starts with Tennessee using a tag.

1. Tom Brady returns to the Patriots

Brady is going to have speculation following him for the next few months, but the facts are clear. The New England Patriots are best with Brady, and Brady’s best chance to win another Super Bowl is with the Patriots. Case closed.

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