There might be a a plethora of teams who think they have a quarterback solution this year, but could they be in the market for a QB next year? Already thinking one year in advance might be too premature, but I don’t think so.
There are some teams in the NFL right now who think or appear to have a quarterback situation in place, but might just be in the market for a quarterback in the 2024 offseason.
Which teams could be drafting a quarterback next year?
If the Falcons don’t make a play for Lamar Jackson, they’re likely going to be putting their hope in 2021 third round pick Desmond Ridder. Chances are Ridder isn’t the answer, and that’s not to say he can’t be, but entering a crucial third year in Atlanta, head coach Arthur Smith might go fishing for another QB in 2024.
Depending on what happens with Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, they might be in the market for a quarterback in 2024. They could also draft one this year depending on if Jackson does land with a different team or does get traded.
I’d say that the most likely scenario if Jackson leaves is that Baltimore inserts a stopgap for a year and chases someone in 2024.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders are a mess. They dumped Derek Carr for a lesser quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, which is certainly a choice. If they try to make it work for a year or two with Garoppolo, they may just pick a defensive player with their first pick in 2023.
2024 could be a much different story, though. Between injuries and inconsistent play, Garoppolo might not prove anything more than he has thus far–which is being a low-end starter with an occasionally high ceiling.
Another team that could draft a quarterback in 2024 is the Minnesota Vikings. Kirk Cousins is clearly entering his last year or two in Minnesota. He’s a fine quarterback but has a low ceiling and doesn’t appear to be good enough to lead a team to a Super Bowl.
He’s efficient, but that’s about it. It’s likely that the new regime in Minnesota takes a swing on a QB in the near future. Cousins can keep the team somewhat relevant in the meantime.