The Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints will each enter the 2020 season with high-level backups.
Dallas signed a one-year, $ 7 million contract with Andy Dalton on Saturday, former Cincinnati Bengal following Jameis Winston to find a new home.
Winston signed with the New Orleans Saints on a deal worth only $ 1.1 million, a meager sum for the 2019 NFL passing leader.
These are great options to have in reserve and are on our list of the best backups in the league.
Mullens could not save the 2018 San Francisco season, which collapsed when Jimmy Garoppolo tore his LCA in week 3. However, after replacing an injured CJBeathard in week 9, he kept their original job for the rest of the campaign.
He impressed with his balance and ability to manage Kyle Shanahan’s attack, keeping the Niners competitive in the final stretch and winning three of his eight starts. Mullens was arguably the league’s first replacement for the 2019 season, but was not required to intervene as Garoppolo helped the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
The Colts starter last season after Andrew Luck’s shock retirement Brissett looks set to take over for the replacement for the last year of his contract.
Indianapolis signs one-year off-season contract with Philip Rivers, Colts deciding to upgrade after Brissett fails to raise team that has struggled to injure itself in the season’s playoffs last.
Brissett, however, has an extremely strong arm, can play moving games, and took care of football in 2019. His 12-20 starter record should not deter teams from trying to sign the next offseason. or acquire it in a trade before the 2020 campaign.
Mariota declined in 2019 and abandoned her starting role with the Tennessee Titans to Ryan Tannehill, who led them to the AFC championship game.
Second choice in the 2015 overall draft ranking, Mariota has undoubtedly the right pedigree, having guided the Titans to a playoff victory during the 2017 season.
He has the skills as a pitcher and runner to push starter Derek Carr and it would not be surprising if the Raiders’ first season in Las Vegas was marked by quarterback controversy.
The Cowboys’ decision to invest in another quarterback may raise eyebrows as they have yet to sign starter Dak Prescott for a new deal.
However, it is expected that Dallas will eventually come to an agreement with its franchise quarterback, and Dalton will give them an insurance policy that is worthy of starting employment.
Dalton played at an MVP level in 2015, when a broken thumb derailed his aspirations for the Super Bowl and the Bengals. He never resumed that form in Cincinnati, but his availability to serve as a replacement for the Cowboys is indicative of the quarterback talent surplus in the league.
Winston was once believed to be looking for a contract in the region of $ 30 million a year as his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to an end.
However, his propensity to return the ball – he threw 30 interceptions in 2019 – was no doubt a factor in his having to settle for a much less lucrative deal in New Orleans after the Bucs chose to sign Tom Brady.
First choice in the general classification in 2015, Winston has a considerable advantage as a field passer and is the most talented reserve in the NFL.
He hasn’t channeled that talent into consistency yet, but, with Drew Brees perhaps approaching the last season of his decorated career, Winston has the perfect opportunity to transform his fortune under head coach Sean Payton.