In the NFL, it’s a simple fact of life that quarterbacks come and go.
Whether it’s because of poor play, contract disputes, or for any number of other reasons, it seems like quarterbacks have shorter leashes than they used to.
At any rate, here are 3 quarterbacks who might be looking for a new job in 2022.
1. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
This one should come as no surprise.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, Deshawn Watson has been accused of 23 counts of sexual assault.
Nothing substantial has happened with the legal case, as of yet, but Watson is in need of a fresh start and is likely finished in Houston.
Watson is healthy but hasn’t taken a single snap for Houston this year, and they were reportedly trying to move him before the trade deadline.
Out of the three quarterbacks on this list, it’s all but a lock that Watson is finished as the quarterback of the Texans.
Watson’s contract has him locked up through 2023 with options for 2024 and 2025.
This means that Houston will have to trade Watson, which shouldn’t be difficult, but they likely won’t get full value for him because of his legal issues.
Luckily for Houston, there’s no shortage of teams in need of a solid starting quarterback.
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
The idea of Russell Wilson playing football in any uniform outside of one that says Seattle Seahawks on it used to be unfathomable.
However, the last decade of football has seen some of the most treasured franchise quarterbacks of all-time switch teams.
The Seahawks look like a shadow of the team that Wilson led to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014, and they haven’t been able to match that same level of success.
It might be time for a change of scenery for Wilson and the Seahawks alike.
Because Wilson isn’t set to become a free agent until 2024, a trade is the only way that Wilson and Seattle can part ways.
Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Miami are just a few of the many teams that would greatly benefit from adding a quarterback like Wilson to their teams.
There’s no doubt that he still has the ability to be an MVP caliber quarterback, but it simply isn’t happening for him in Seattle, anymore.
End of an era in Seattle?
➤ Russell Wilson has lost 4 straight starts for the first time in his career
➤ Seahawks have lost 8 games in a season for the first time since drafting him pic.twitter.com/fzhqE0jUWo
— ESPN (@espn) November 30, 2021
3. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
The ups and downs of Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns is the stuff that movies are made of.
He’s gone from the pride of Cleveland and the answer to the prayer for a franchise quarterback to yet another name that might get added to the list of Cleveland failures.
As a rookie, Mayfield showed moxy, determination, and the ability to make some big plays when needed.
The three years since then, however, have been a roller coaster for Browns fans.
There are times when Mayfield looks like the best quarterback in football, and there are times when you wonder how he ever made it to the NFL.
All in all, however, Cleveland is a team that’s built to win a championship and Mayfield is the only thing holding them back.
Don’t be surprised if they pursue other quarterback options like Wilson, Watson, or even Aaron Rodgers.
The Browns have made their decision on Baker Mayfield, according to @ColinCowherd:
"There's too much turmoil. There's too much ego, snark and agitation." pic.twitter.com/3bSvJyxkgw
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 29, 2021