It’s going to happen. At some point this offseason, a single move at the quarterback position by one NFL franchise will be the beginning of one giant domino effect throughout the league. Let’s say it all starts with the Baltimore Ravens.
Lamar Jackson went 6-1 as the Ravens starter in the final seven games of the regular season. Baltimore decides they are prepared to hand over the keys of the offense to Jackson. Let the quarterback carousel begin.
Flacco to Denver Now that 11-year veteran Joe Flacco is expendable, the former Super Bowl winner is signed to a three-year deal in Denver. Broncos GM John Elway likes tall quarterbacks (6-7 Paxton Lynch and 6-8 Brock Osweiler) and Flacco would play for Rich Scangarello, Denver’s new offensive coordinator. Scangarello’s scheme is similar to that used by former Flacco coach Gary Kubiak.
With Flacco in Denver, the Eagles work a trade for newly franchised Nick Foles. Philadelphia trades Foles to Oakland where head coach Jon Gruden keeps both Foles and incumbent starter, Derek Carr. The competition might make Carr return to the guy who threw for 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2015. Or Foles becomes the Raiders starter and Gruden has a quality backup in Carr.
Flacco to Washington Instead of Denver, Flacco becomes the new guy in Washington taking over for Smith. That would open the door for Elway to sign another Manning, Eli. The Giants are tiring of Manning and will likely let him walk. With Manning in Denver, the Giants reach out to Philadelphia to trade for Foles. Foles is reunited with Pat Shurmur who was his offensive coordinator when he threw for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 2013.
Tannehill stays in state and ends up in Jacksonville which wants to move on from Blake Bortles. With Tannehill gone, Miami signs Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year deal.
Flacco to Oakland There is some chatter in Oakland about how Gruden is not convinced that Carr is his guy. Let’s say Gruden takes a shot at Flacco signing him to a two-year deal, which would give Gruden time to find and draft a quarterback of the future. With Carr expendable, Gruden trades him to Miami for WR DeVante Parker for a win-win. The Dolphins get a quarterback to replace Tannehill.
With Carr in Miami, Tannehill gets traded to Cincinnati. This would reunite Tannehill with new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. Taylor was once Tannehill’s quarterback coach in Miami. The trade gives Cincinnati a new starter. Wait? What?
Yes, Taylor and Cincinnati trade starter Andy Dalton to Washington. Remember, the Redskins are likely going to need a new starting quarterback. Dalton has played for Redskins head coach Jay Gruden before. Tannehill takes over in Cincy and Dalton in Washington.
That leaves Elway still in need of a quarterback. In this scenario, he trades for Foles, who becomes the team’s starter. Could it happen? We will find out. All it takes is one single move to create a ripple effect throughout the league.