Franchise quarterbacks are hard to come by.
For some of the teams on this list that seems to be a constant. For other teams, it is just time to move on from their current QB, whether because of retirement or age is just making it that time.
1. Denver Broncos
The Broncos honestly should have drafted a QB last season. They instead chose a CB, Patrick Surtain II. Surtain was a productive rookie, but the lack of a productive signal-caller resulted in the team going 7-10 and firing their head coach.
While I am not a huge fan of Vic Fangio, the head coach hasn't been the problem in Denver. They need a starting-worthy QB, who is consistent. I am actually a fan of Teddy Bridgewater, but he just didn't prove he could be consistent last season. I don't think the Denver Broncos and Teddy Bridgewater are a good fit.
Personally, I think Denver should try and target Aaron Rodgers again. Now that Nathaniel Hackett, former Packers offensive coordinator, is the head coach, maybe they can get him there.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers probably should have moved on from Ben Roethlisberger already. Yes, he has been wildly successful. He and Mike Tomlin never endured a losing season.
However, the Steelers haven't been able to keep up with the true contenders recently because they lacked passing firepower. Over his last 5 games, Ben averaged a measly 4.6 yards per attempt and made 12 turnover-worthy plays.
It's time for the Steelers to move on. I believe they will make it a priority to draft Liberty QB Malik Willis. Or, we could see the Steelers look into trading for someone like Russell Wilson or Jimmy Garoppolo.
3. Carolina Panthers
The Sam Darnold experiment didn't work out for the Panthers. The results were bad. And Cam Newton is not the answer as a starting QB at this stage in his career.
The Panthers did pick up Darnold's 5th-year option. But I Imagine he isn't going to be there plan A at quarterback.
The Panthers were interested in Watson. Maybe that works out? Yes, with the 8th overall pick, the Panthers could look to the draft. But I could see them bringing in Marcus Mariota or a rookie to compete with Sam Darnold for the starting job next year.
4. New Orleans Saints
Come on, is Taysom Hill really a starting quarterback. I don't know and that remains to be seen. However, Jameis Winston is a free agent. So, unless they bring him back, Hill would be the starting qb on the roster.
The Saints could bring Winston back or be a wild card for trading for a veteran QB. Or maybe they bring in someone like Teddy Bridgewater and prioritize running the football and their strong defense. I mean, Bridgewater did have his best season with the Saints.
5. Washington Commanders
As usual, Washington needs a QB.
I think it's time we see Washington hit the draft again and see what happens. I could see them selecting Kenny Pickett. Maybe Heinicke starts the season and Pickett eventually takes over.
Or maybe we see the Commanders go after someone like Jimmy Garoppolo or Derek Carr in a trade.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
So, it appears that Tom Brady is actually retiring.
I think that the Bucs will target someone with some experience because they still have a pretty stacked roster (if they can keep most players).
I think we could see a trade for Jimmy G or a reunion with Jameis Winston. Winston played smarter and more patient football in his time with the Saints. They know he can throw the football in Tampa, but can he do it without the turnovers?
7. Houston Texans
What is going on with the Deshaun Watson situation?
Well, if the Texans move on from Watson, who is the quarterback?
Does Tyrod Taylor return or maybe they go with Davis Mills? Mills did play reasonably well in 11 starts with 2,664 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
However, with new head coach Lovie Smith at the helm, will the Texans bring in a new face at quarterback.
They brought in Tyrod Taylor last season knowing he could scramble... maybe we see the Texans call the Ravens about Tyler Huntley? Huntley is young and has room for improvement, but he did fill in admirably for Lamar Jackson at the end of the season for the Ravens.
8. Green Bay Packers
The Packers are only on this list if Rodgers is traded or retires.
Personally, I think Aaron Rodgers ends up in Denver and we see Jordan Love get a shot with someone like Andy Dalton or another veteran QB as a backup.
9. Seattle Seahawks
Will Russell Wilson leave?
If he does, I think we see a stop-gap type of situation in Seattle.
They would probably bring in someone like Jacoby Brissett, Gardner Minshew, or even Teddy Bridgewater for one season. Recovering from the loss of a quarterback at Russell Wilson's level would take longer than just one or two seasons.