NFL Offseason 2020 Already The Year of The QB With Brees, Brady, Burrow, Dak and Tua

The National Football League still has three more weekends of meaningful playoff football, yet the hottest topic of the next offseason is already taking shape. This offseason looks to be the year of the quarterback.

This NFL offseason could mirror a baseball or basketball season that sees a record number of stars moving from one team to another.

As many teams look to fill their quarterback spots—both as starters and on the depth chart—there looks to be a full buffet to choose from between big-name NFL stars who are free agents and a slew of solid college quarterbacks entering the 2020 NFL Draft.

Here are the top 10 NFL quarterbacks who are now free agents (in alphabetical order):

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Brady said Tuesday he feels like he has more to prove in his career that includes six Super Bowl titles, three Super Bowl runner-up finishes, a spot on the NFL's all-time team and his name among the top five of most all-time NFL passing records.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

The NFL's leader in career passing yards, career touchdown passes and many other categories will likely remain in New Orleans with coach Sean Payton. It might only be for a year or two, but the two are a perfect concoction on the bayou.

Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints

He was a former starter who was fine taking a demotion to sit behind Drew Brees in 2019. But when Brees got hurt, Bridgewater went 5-0 in his five starts, elevating his stock as a free agent.

Case Keenum, Washington Redskins
Keenum has become a journeyman much like Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Redskins' front office appears to have its chips all-in with 2019 draft choice Dwayne Haskins.

Eli Manning, New York Giants

Manning will get a Hall of Fame induction one day for his career, and his two Super Bowl titles over the Patriots. However, he said that he will not play another year as a backup.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

The Heisman Trophy winner from 2014 at Oregon looked promising at times in Nashville, but dismal in others. Ryan Tannehill looked like a good fit while Mariota watched from the sidelines in 2019. A change of scenery might be good for Mariota in 2020.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

The Louisiana native fell a screen pass short of breaking Tony Romo's single-season passing record for the Cowboys. Then again, the Cowboys finished just 8-8 and missed the playoffs, and Prescott has no contract. Most teams would love him, but would the Cowboys' new coaching regime prefer Tom Brady for a chance at a Super Bowl?

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Rivers has endured a long career in the league, showing toughness but driving his team to couches during the playoffs instead of stadiums lately. He probably still has more left in the tank, but do the Chargers go in a different direction? Will other teams who need quarterbacks take the bait for a season?

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Tannehill was given a 1-year contract to back up Mariota and not much of a chance to lead this team to the playoffs. Yet, he guided this team to a late wild card spot, then went on the road to beat the defending-Super Bowl champion Patriots in the wild card round.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State led the league with 5,019 passing yards in 2019, but he also became the founding member of the NFL's unheard-of 30-30 club—that's 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in one season. He's been either really good, or really bad.

Here are the college quarterbacks who are either seniors or who have already declared for the 2020 NFL Draft (ranking by CBS Sports):

  1. Joe Burrow, LSU — 2019 Heisman Trophy winner
  2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama — 2018 Heisman runner-up
  3. Jacob Eason, Washington
  4. Justin Herbert, Oregon
  5. Jake Fromm, Georgia
  6. Jordan Love, Utah State
  7. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma — 2019 Heisman runner-up
Tom Brady
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after being defeated by the Tennessee Titans 20-13 in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images