All three of Florida’s NFL teams have one huge glaring need staring them in the faces, and everyone knows it: They each need a freakin’ quarterback.
Tampa is home to the turnover king in Jameis Winston. Ryan Tannehill is rarely on the field in Miami. And Blake Bortles…well, he tries. Fans’ patience is growing thinner by the game, and it’s time for these franchises to make moves. Without further ado, here’s one move each team should make to fix their quarterback problems.
Buccaneers: Trade Jameis Winston, Draft Drew Lock
If I told you Jameis Winston has more career turnovers than touchdowns, would you believe me? It’s true. Eighty-nine turnovers to 84 touchdowns. The Jameis Winston era needs to come to an end, even if it means swallowing a wasted No. 1 overall pick.
The good news is many teams need quarterbacks and someone would prefer Winston over a guy like Case Keenum. But which teams make sense? The Giants certainly need to supplant Eli Manning, but they’re likely to draft someone like Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Winston winds up on the Cowboys, where he and a struggling Dak Prescott can battle for the starting gig in ‘19.
Drew Lock has had his ups and downs at Missouri, but still has all the makings of a starting NFL quarterback. He’s 6-foot-4 and has a cannon. If he can finish this season strong, this pick will only make more sense. Besides, Ryan Fitz-magic can man the offense until Lock is ready.
Jaguars: Keep Blake Bortles, Draft Will Grier
At some point, the Jaguars need to face the facts: Blake Bortles isn’t good. Hiding him behind Leonard Fournette and Jacksonville’s elite defense could only get them so far in 2017, but this year it’s been apparent just how bad Bortles has been. He ranks dead last in passer rating among QBs with at least 40 games started since his first year in 2014, and they still made the playoffs despite that.
The Jaguars signed Bortles to a three-year extension following the team’s playoff run last season, but clearly they need talent and a proven winner. Enter Will Grier. I’m not sure that he’s ready on day one, but the kid is a gamer and has proven he can win anywhere. He was 6-0 as a starter at Florida before testing positive for PEDs and transferring to West Virginia, where he’s 14-5 over the last two years.
Jacksonville can probably grab Grier in the second or third round while still fulfilling other needs before that.
Dolphins: Trade Ryan Tannehill to Saints for Teddy Bridgewater
Ryan Tannehill has a losing career record and has played in just 18 of Miami’s last 41 games thanks to a knee injury and now a shoulder issue that might hold him out until December. The Dolphins need to part ways with the former first-rounder, and I think he still has value if he can show he’s healthy.
This trade gives Bridgewater a new beginning as a starter while also taking pressure off Tannehill by placing him behind the 39-year-old Drew Brees, who is showing no signs of slowing down. Plus Bridgewater is a Miami native and is still just 26.