Franchise QBs on their way out? The quarterback carousel begins early.

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

We are at the mid-season mark and already we have teams talking about moving on from their supposed franchise quarterbacks.

Let’s take a look at who may be leaving their quarterbacks behind.

Carolina Panthers placed Cam Newton on season-ending injured reserve this week, leaving many to question if we will ever see Newton in a Panthers uniform again., especially since they have quarterback Kyle Allen, an undrafted free agent who has played well for Carolina in relief of Newton. He has completed 60.7 % of his passes for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions in six games.

The Panthers have gone 5-1 in the games in which Allen has started.

According to USA Today sports, if the Panthers trade or release Newton, they would generate a salary cap savings of $19.1 million while taking a dead-money hit of just $2 million.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in year five with QB Jameis Winston and still many aren’t completely sure if he is the answer at quarterback. Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said he remains committed to Winston through the 2019 season. Following last Sunday’s loss in overtime to the Seattle Seahawks, Arians was asked about Winston.

“Jameis played as good as he’s played all year,” Arians said.

Winston’s numbers were good. He completed 29 of 44 passes for 335 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He did lose a fumble, but Arians said that Winston showed a good ability to read the Seahawks’ defense. According to several sources within the Bucs organization, Winston will no doubt need a strong finish to the season to keep his job.

While the Bucs and Panthers will have some decisions to make, three other teams have seemingly already made theirs.

The Tennessee Titans will move on from their former first-round pick Marcus Mariota. Head coach Mike Vrable benched Mariota in favor of back-up QB Ryan Tannehill. Mariota seemed to take his benching in stride. That could mean a fresh start in 2020 for the former Heisman Trophy winner, but with a new team.

“This is an opportunity for me to learn. I’m going to make the most of it…” – Marcus Mariota

The Cincinnati Bengals have moved on from their “Red-rifle” slinger Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley. Bengals need to see if Ryan Finley is their quarterback of the future. With wide receiver A.J. Green probably returning this week, they should get a good idea if FInley can be the guy.

“We need to see what Ryan Finley can do, what he can provide for us. Until you see him live against starters, you really don’t know what you’ve got.” – first-year head coach Zac Taylor,

While the New York Giants didn’t wait too long to see what their rookie quarterback can do. Head coach Pat Shurmur benched Eli Manning in week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. They knew Manning was at the end of his career and knew they had something with Jones. It made sense to let him play.

Early debates have already begun on where these three veteran quarterbacks will play in 2020. Bringing a whole new meaning to “out with the old, in with the new.”.


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