NFL Trade Predictions 2011: 5 Quarterbacks Who Will Be on the Move Soon Enough
Before we can even dabble with the thought of an NFL season, a much anticipated pre-season awaits us all. Normally, a big part of the summer is always NFL players finding new homes in new roles.
QB's are unfortunately apart of circumstances constantly changing in the NFL and in this particular offseason, apart of something we're all freaking out about with the current NFL lockout.
Until the CBA is signed, here is a unique list of possible quarterbacks that could be on the move prior to next season.
5. Mark Brunell
Mark Brunell born in 1970, is heading for his 20th consecutive NFL season. Will it be with the New York Jets? Probably not.
Brunell's due $1.25 million dollars, and the Jets are trying to solidify a backup that is a little younger and more stable.
I bet a team like the Chicago Bears could benefit from someone older than Doug Collins on their roster next season (half kidding but not really).
4. Charlie Whitehurst
Charlie Whitehurst is due four million dollars in 2011, and may or may not get the promotion in Seattle he feels he deserves.
Whitehurst came in clutch for the Seattle Seahawks helping clinch the NFC West against the St. Louis Rams in week 17.
Unfortunately, the Hawks have several options at quarterback that could work for them. This may result in Whitehurst landing on a third NFL team in his short six year career.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a very productive 2010 season. He threw for exactly 3,000 yards, 23 touchdowns, and had a career high quarterback rating of 81.8. However, the Bills find themselves in another predicament at quarterback after a (4-12) losing season. With the third overall pick in this year's draft, the Bills might invest in a quarterback.
Blaine Gabbert, Cameron Newton, or even Jake Locker could certainly offer a fresh option at quarterback for a struggling Buffalo team that's willing to try anything new in return for a winning season.
At this point, the Bills have to live a little on the wild side. They could get something valuable in return by dishing the former Harvard quarterback to a team like Arizona, San Francisco, or even Minnesota.
Want to roll the dice?
2. Kevin Kolb
The Eagles need to do what they did for Donovan McNabb just shy of 365 days ago. Kevin Kolb's career as a starter is probably over in Philly thanks to Michael Vick. Kolb obviously wants to start if not in Philadelphia, than elsewhere.
Kolb had a 76.1 quarterback rating in 2010 for a total of 1,197 yards and seven touchdowns. It was an unpredictable ending for Kevin Kolb early in the Eagles season in 2010.
There are a ton of teams that will trade for Kevin Kolb. He's only due $1.392 in 2011. A high value for a low price.
Quick, we're in a recession somebody make a move!
1. Donovan McNabb
Donovan McNabb signed a six year close to $89 million dollar contract with the Redskins prior to the 2010 NFL season. After a couple weeks into the 2010 NFL season, it got extremely confusing with Donovan contractually over in Washington.
As of right now, he's still a Redskin.
In 2011 he's due $1.75 million dollars. However also in his 2011 contract, there's a ten million dollar option bonus for Donovan that includes up to 750 thousand in per-game roster bonuses.
That's a lot of money for the Redskins to pay a guy who they benched at 5-5 with a game on the line in Detroit.
Donovan believes he is still a starter in this league, and Donovan fans certainly feel the same way.
Multiple teams have their eye on Donovan, and I think whoever gives him a chance will reap the benefits of their goal firmly set on a Lombardi trophy.