Taylor Heinicke impressed the football world with his performance against Tampa in a Wild Card loss, and for Washington Football team legend Joe Theismann, he's seen enough.
"I'm good with Taylor Heinicke coming in and having the job right from the get go," Theismann said this week.
Theismann's comments came via Doug Flutie’s SiriusXM podcast Flutie Flakescast, and the former Super Bowl winner explained that Washington needs to make the expected move to release Alex Smith for salary cap reasons. The team stands to shave nearly $15 million off its salary cap by releasing the veteran Smith.
Earlier this offseason, Washington signed Heinicke to a two-year deal with $1 million guaranteed. Kyle Allen isn't under contract yet but seems likely to return, as his free agent options are limited.
Washington has been rumored with almost every QB on the market, but there's been little actual movement, and with the 19th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the top rookie passer options could be gone before Ron Rivera gets to make a pick.
Add all of that up -- and the heavy cost to acquire a top flight passing option via trade -- and Theismann doesn't believe Washington should make a big move.
From the podcast:
Despite his comfort level with Heinicke, Theismann does want more weapons added to Washington's offense.
Theismann knows quarterbacks, and it sure seems he likes Heinicke's chances.