Washington Commanders’ head coach Ron Rivera has made it clear that the team is in the market for a “big ticket” quarterback. After a subpar year from Taylor Heineke and the team as a whole, the Commanders are looking to move on and re-establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the NFC East.
There are several likely candidates to take over the job, but none will come without costing the Commanders on the trade block.
The 30 year old is likely to be traded from the San Francisco 49ers after having played under center there since 2017. If traded to Washington, Garoppolo would be bringing with him a lot of experience, a 33-14 record as a starter and now, the most Super Bowl rings of an active quarterback.
While he got both wins with the Patriots, Garoppolo also has Super Bowl experience of his own, taking the Niners to Super Bowl LIV where he and San Francisco came up short to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Garoppolo knows how to perform in the playoffs and brings a lot of experience with him, both on his own and in addition to having worked with Tom Brady during his time with the Patriots.
For the Niners, it also seems like the right time to move on at the quarterback position as Trey Lance has yet to be truly battle tested. After a season where the Niners exceeded expectations but again came up short after a deep playoff run, it seems like the right time for Garoppolo and the Niners to part ways.
Washington would likely have to give up a defensive piece on the secondary or possibly a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
The Texans and Deshaun Watson’s time together is over. It’s been a terrible ending to what was an incredibly promising start to his time in Houston.
Here’s where the Commanders come in. Watson needs a fresh start and the Commanders need talent and experience at quarterback. This seems like it could be a really good fit, but there’s a lot of moving parts.
Anyone who knows about Watson knows the controversy that surrounds him. He missed all of the 2021 season and most of the news around him over the past year has been unrelated to football which is never a good sign. However, the last season he took the field back in 2020, he was the NFL’s passing leader, so clearly whatever team lands him will be getting an extraordinary talent.
If that team is Washington, they’re going to have to give up a lot. That likely means Chase Young and a couple first round picks. If Ron Rivera is really committed to improving his offense and go after a winning quarterback, he’ll try and get Watson as the time couldn’t be better to pounce on this opportunity.
This is much less likely but Wilson still fits into the “big ticket” mold that Rivera described. The longtime Seattle Seahawk is coming off an extremely disappointing season where he was sidelined for most of it with an injury and his team finished with a losing record for the first time in his career.
The 33 year old has had growing tensions with Seahawks coaching and ownership and it seems like his best days in Seattle are behind him. Wilson is always an elite threat in and out of the pocket and is one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the league.
His issue in Seattle the last few years was the deterioration of the defense. If traded to the Commanders, they would still have to give up Chase Young, but that’s still an elite defensive front in Washington that could help Wilson win football games and get back to the playoffs.
A Wilson-Terry McLaurin connection would also be awesome to watch.
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