The past year in the NFC North has been a wild mosey at the quarterback position.
The Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings all made major choices at the position.
– March 16, 2020: The Vikings agree to a two-year contract extension with Kirk Cousins.
– March 18, 2020: The Bears trade for Slice Foles.
– April 23, 2020: The Packers trade up in the first spherical to draft Jordan Fancy.
– May 2, 2020: The Bears decline the fifth-year option on Mitchell Trubisky.
– January 31, 2021: The Lions trade Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff.
– March 16, 2021: The Bears worth Andy Dalton.
That’s a lot of moving parts at the game’s most important position.
Another major match at quarterback in the NFC North: On February 6, Aaron Rodgers won his third NFL MVP after throwing for a career-high 48 touchdown passes during a resurgent 2020 season.
The Packers, enjoying a supreme advantage at the quarterback position, won 13 games and captured the NFC North title while winning five of six games inside the division.
So, where is the position headed inside the division? Real examine.
Cousins can be the starter in Minnesota for at least one extra season, nonetheless his cap hit balloons to $45 million in 2022, and the Vikings can save $35 million by releasing him after this year. So change can be on the horizon if the Vikings miss the playoffs again in 2021.
The Bears are moving on from Trubisky, the second overall spend in the 2017 draft, and starting over with Dalton, who was the backup quarterback in Dallas last season. Chicago tried to make a splash nonetheless barely made a ripple. Dalton can be a mid-tier starter nonetheless nothing extra. His career passer rating is 87.5. And he’s under contract for moral one year, so this is nothing if no longer a discontinue-gap solution.
The Lions are in a outlandish dwelling. They swapped Stafford for Goff, a clear downgrade in talent, nonetheless the franchise was spinning its wheels with Stafford under center. Goff is at risk of be the starter in 2021 and maybe even in 2022, based on his contract. The Lions may presumably aloof be a team that targets a quarterback early in the draft. As soon as again, this is a franchise in transition.
The Packers have the NFL’s MVP, nonetheless the presence of the team’s 2020 first-spherical spend clouds the position’s future outlook. Green Bay may presumably restructure or prolong Rodgers’ deal, which runs via 2023, and provide a solid financial commitment to him lengthy-time frame. Or they may presumably leave his contract alone and sustain the door open for transitioning to Fancy at some point, presumably even after the 2021 season. Rodgers turns 38 in December, nonetheless his 2020 season suggests he may presumably aloof play at a high level for several extra seasons.
A lot went down over the last year in the NFC North. The Vikings prolonged a quarterback that has led teams to a 51-51-2 document as a starter. The Bears made a series of desperate additions. The Lions traded away the most efficient passer in franchise historical past and added a declining quarterback that was benched late last season. The Packers shrinking the football world by trading up to draft the potential successor for the league’s eventual MVP.
What may presumably the next 365 days at the quarterback position in the NFC North have to present?