NFL starting quarterback rankings: Where do the 2020 free agents rank?
NFL starting quarterback rankings: Where do the 2020 free agents rank?
Tom Brady, Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston headline the list of starting quarterbacks who could change teams this offseason.
Across the NFL last season, 57 quarterbacks started a game. Of the signal-callers that are currently viable starting options, where do those free agents rank among the league's quarterbacks that teams would want to have at the start of the 2020 season? These are where the quarterbacks across the league stand right now.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
2019 stats: 14 games, 4,031 passing yards, 26 TDs, five INTs.
Mahomes followed up his 2018 MVP season with a run that ended in hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as a Super Bowl champion and MVP. He's young, proven and supremely gifted, and that's why he's the quarterback that teams would covet most. But for the foreseeable future, they'll have to watch the Chiefs in envy.
2. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
2019 stats: 15 games, 3,127 passing yards, 36 passing TDs, six INTs 1,206 rushing yards, seven rushing TDs.
After making marked improvements throwing the ball, Jackson became a true dual-threat quarterback, which was the driving force behind his MVP season. At just 23 years old, Jackson is poised to continue perplexing opposing defenses for years to come.
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2019 stats: 16 games, 4,110 passing yards, 31 passing TDs, five INTs.
Wilson has evolved into a perennial MVP candidate and has the Seahawks in contention each and every year. The former third-round pick has gone from a quarterback that teams passed on to one of the top players that teams wish they had behind center.
4. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
2019 stats: 15 games, 3,852 passing yards, 26 passing TDs, 12 INTs, 413 rushing yards, seven rushing TDs
Watson has had back-to-back years where he's stayed healthy — only sitting out Week 17 in 2019 for rest. In the last two years, the former Clemson star has risen the ranks of quarterbacks, and he can only keep prospering if the protection in front of him improves.
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2019 stats: 16 games, 4002 passing yards, 26 TDs, four INTs
Rodgers continued to prove he's one of the league's best quarterbacks, even in his 15th season in the NFL. He can throw any route with his arm talent, and he simply doesn't make many mistakes — the last time he threw double-digit interceptions was 2010.
6. Drew Brees, Free Agent
2019 stats: 11 games, 2,979 passing yards, 27 TDs, four INTs
Brees is technically a free agent this offseason, but he's already made it clear that he will return to the Saints. When the two sides do agree to a deal, New Orleans will be retaining one of the best to ever do it, and a guy that continues to put up great numbers into his 40s.
7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
2019 stats: Eight games, 2,499 passing yards, 19 TDs, five INTs
Stafford may not have the playoff pedigree to his name, but his numbers stack up with almost anyone. Even on bad teams, like the Detroit squad last year, Stafford produces. Consider that his eight-game sample was on pace for a season of nearly 5,000 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. Not many teams would pass on that.
8. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
2019 stats: 16 games, 4,039 passing yards, 27 TDs, seven INTs
What Wentz did last season with a supporting cast of mostly backups was remarkable. Wentz has already proven he's capable of putting up MVP-type numbers, looking like the front-runner in 2017 before suffering a knee injury. The Eagles signal-caller stayed healthy in 2019, and now the team will hope he gets all the way back to that form.
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
2019 stats: 15 games, 3,603 passing yards, 26 TDs, six INTs
By now, the league knows that Cousins is a maestro in the play-action and rollout passing game. Cousins silenced some of his critics in 2019, winning big games to help lead his team to the playoffs. He had a chance at throwing for 4,000 yards for the fifth consecutive season, but the Vikings opted to rest him for the final game of the season.
10. Dak Prescott, Free Agent
2019 stats: 16 games, 4,902 passing yards, 30 TDs, 11 INTs
People scoffed when there were reports last offseason that Prescott was seeking $40 million a year. Is he worth that record-breaking amount? Probably not. But is he a top-10 quarterback in this league? It's hard to look at the production and says he's not. But we'll all see how the Cowboys view Prescott this offseason.
11. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
2019 stats: 15 games, 4,466 passing yards, 26 TDs, 14 INTs
Ryan is another player who has proven he can be one of the best passers in the league. He and the entire Falcons team have fallen off a bit after the infamous Super Bowl collapse, but Ryan continues to be one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
12. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
2019 stats: 16 games, 3,722 passing yards, 20 passing TDs, 12 INTs, 544 rushing yards, four rushing TDs
Murray had his ups and downs in his rookie season, but it was an overall promising start to his career, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. With the way offenses are operating in the league today, Murray's throwing and running ability make him a quarterback teams would love to have.
13. Tom Brady, Free Agent
2019 stats: 16 games, 4,057 passing yards, 24 TDs, eight INTs
It almost feels strange that Brady could leave New England this offseason after watching him lead a dynasty. At age 42 in 2019, Brady didn't dominate like the league is accustomed to seeing. Teams now have to figure out if that dip in production was a byproduct of age or a lack of weapons around him.
14. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
2019 stats: 16 games, 3,978 passing yards, 27 TDs, 13 INTs
Garoppolo was the quarterback in a Super Bowl so 14th feels a little low. But when you consider that defense and the running game were the two catalysts for that run, it makes sense. Garoppolo is, however, an ideal fit for Kyle Shannahan's offense with his play-action passing ability.
15. Ryan Tannehill, Free Agent
2019 stats: 12 games, 2,742 passing yards, 22 TDs, six INTs
A year ago at this time, almost nobody would have expected Tannehill to be anywhere close to the top half of the league in quarterback rankings. The Dolphins certainly didn't, shipping Tannehill to Tennessee for two late-round picks. Now, Tannehill could get paid handsomely this offseason after a breakout year with the Titans.
16. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
2019 stats: 16 games, 4,638 passing yards, 22 TDs, 16 INTs
Without consistent production from Todd Gurley or the offensive line, Goff struggled with his play overall. His ranking took a big hit during the 2019 season, and he, along with the Rams as a whole, will look to bounce back in 2020.
17, Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
2019 stats: 16 games, 4,054 passing yards, 21 TDs, eight INTs
Carr had the best season of his career in terms of completion percentage (70.4%), passing yards (4,054) and passer rating (100.8). He's right on the cusp of the top half of the league's quarterbacks, and it looks like he still has room to grow.
18. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
2019 stats: 16 games, 3,089 passing yards, 20 passing TDs, nine INTs, 510 rushing yards, nine rushing TDs
Allen led the Bills to the postseason and possesses a unique combination of arm talent and running ability. At just 23 years old, he has the tools to build upon an already solid foundation he's set early in his career.
19. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 stats: Two games, 351 passing yards, 0 TDs, one INT
Roethlisberger will be 38 years old when the 2020 season begins and is coming off a season-ending elbow injury he suffered in 2019. He already announced he's returning, but can he return to the Big Ben the league has come to expect? The 2020 season will be telling for Roethlisberger's and the Steelers' futures.
20. Jameis Winston, Free Agent
2019 stats: 16 games, 5,109 passing yards, 33 TDs, 30 INTs
When Winston was throwing to the correct team, he excelled. But the issue is that he threw to the wrong team on 30 occasions, making Winston the first player in NFL history with at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season. His free-agent value will be interesting to watch.
21. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
2019 stats: 16 games, 3,827 passing yards, 22 TDs, 21 INTs
Mayfield regressed from his rookie season and the Browns failed to meet the lofty expectations fans and pundits had for them. Mayfield is still young, though, and perhaps a system change under a new coaching regime will pay dividends.
22. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
2019 stats: 13 games, 3,027 passing yards, 24 TDs, 12 INTs
When the Giants selected Jones with the sixth pick in 2019, many scratched their heads, if not emphatically voiced their disapproval. Jones silenced those doubters, though, putting together a solid rookie season in his 13 outings.
23. Sam Darnold, New York Jets
2019 stats: 13 games, 3,024 passing yards, 19 TDs, 13 INTs
Jets fans hoped Darnold would make a big second-year leap in 2019, but mononucleosis delayed that. Once Darnold got back in the fold and shook off the rust, he started to show flashes. Over the Jets' last eight games, he threw 13 touchdowns against just four interceptions.
24. Teddy Bridgewater, Free Agent
2019 stats: Nine games, 1,384 passing yards, nine TDs, two INTs
Bridgewater's gamble to sign as a backup with the Saints could soon be rewarded with a contract and a starting job. When Drew Brees went down with an injury, Bridgewater went 5-0 and put up good numbers in the process.
25. Philip Rivers, Free Agent
2019 stats: 16 games, 4,165 passing yards, 23 TDs, 20 INTs
The Los Angeles Chargers already announced their intentions to go in a different direction at quarterback. That leaves Rivers searching for a team. His numbers look solid, but the 38-year-old oftentimes threw back-breaking interceptions in key moments, and he looked to lack arm strength pushing the ball down the field.
26. Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins
2019 stats: Nine games, 1,365 passing yards, seven TDs, seven INTs
Haskins' rookie campaign got off to a rocky start, throwing seven interceptions in his first seven appearances. But the young signal-caller showed glimpses as the season went on. In his last six quarters, Haskins completed 72% of his passes for 399 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
2019 stats: 15 games, 3,529 passing yards, 20 TDs, 13 INTs
Fitzpatrick continues to bounce around the league with Miami being his eighth team. But the 37-year-old quarterback is still providing solid results. He could give the Dolphins another stop-gap year if they need it.
28. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
2019 stats: 14 games, 3,271 passing yards, 21 TDs, six INTs
"Minshew Mania" took the league by storm this year as the sixth-round pick fr exceeded expectations when Nick Foles went down with an injury. Minshew seized the opportunity and proved he can be a starter in the league.
29. Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars
2019 stats: Four games, 736 passing yards, three TDs, two INTs
Nick Foles was barely into his first regular-season game as a Jacksonville Jaguar before a broken clavicle forced him to miss 10 weeks. In that time, Foles saw Garnder Minshew take advantage of his opportunity. Jacksonville now has an interesting situation at quarterback with Foles' big contract and the younger Minshew.
30. Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
2019 stats: 15 games, 3,138 passing yards, 17 TDs, 10 INTs
Trubisky will always be compared to Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson because the Bears selected him with the first-overall pick instead of those two superstars. Forget those comparisons for a minute, though. Trubisky is running out of time to prove if he's even worthy of a starting job.
31. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
2019 stats: 15 games, 2,942 passing yards, 18 TDs, six INTs
Brissett faced an unenviable position of following up Andrew Luck after his abrupt retirement. He performed well out of the gate before struggling down the stretch of the season. Indianapolis suddenly has even bigger questions at quarterback this offseason.
32. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
2019 stats: Five games, 1,020 passing yards, seven TDs, three INTs
Drew Lock missed the early part of his rookie season due to a thumb injury he suffered in the preseason. When he returned and got his chance to start, Lock showed promising glimpses that he could be the future in Denver.
33. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
2019 stats: Two games, 572 passing yards, 0 TDs, one INT
Newton is far from the same player he was during his 2015 MVP season, and he will be coming off a foot injury that kept him out the majority of the 2019 season. Now that he's entered his 30s, Newton will need to show improvements as a passer. It remains to be seen whether his career will continue in Carolina or somewhere else.
34. Matt Moore, Free Agent
2019 stats: Six games, 659 passing yards, four TDs, 0 INTs
Moore made six appearances, but he only saw significant time in three of those — entering in relief after Patrick Mahomes suffered an injury, then starting the two following games. In those outings, Moore proved he could still perform after he came out of retirement to serve as the Chiefs' backup.
35. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
2019 stats: 13 games, 3,494 passing yards, 16 TDs, 14 INTs
Dalton isn't a free agent yet, but he's almost guaranteed to hit the open market with the Bengals expected to take Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick. Dalton is an interesting case of a quarterback who has produced but hasn't had much high-end success.
36. Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos
2019 stats: Eight games, 1,822 passing yards, six TDs, five INTs
Flacco's first season in Denver ended after eight games when a neck injury forced him to the sidelines. He was largely underwhelming in that time, and Drew Lock seems to be the next man up for the Broncos.
37. Case Keenum, Free Agent
2019 stats: 10 games, 1,707 passing yards, 10 TDs, five INTs
Keenum started 10 games in Washington, serving as a placeholder and veteran mentor for Dwayne Haskins. Eventually, Haskins got the starting job and Keenum was relegated to the sideline. If a team is looking for another one-year placeholder for a young quarterback, Keenum could be an option.
38. Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers
2019 stats: 13 games, 3,322 passing yards, 17 TDs, 16 INTs
Allen started in place of the injured Cam Newton and saw mixed results. Allen went 4-0 in his first four starts, but his run as the starter ended with a 1-8 stretch before being benched.
39. Marcus Mariota, Free Agent
2019 stats: Seven games, 1,203 passing yards, seven TDs, two INTs
Mariota's 2019 season landed him on the bench, and it also landed him very low on the quarterback rankings. Ryan Tannehill took over for the Titans and led them to the AFC championship game. This offseason, Mariota is likely to move to a new team, ending his run with Tennessee after the team selected him with the No. 2 pick in 2015.
40. Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 stats: 10 games, 1,765 passing yards, 13 TDs, nine INTs
Rudolph had a prime opportunity to prove himself after Ben Roethlisberger went out with an injury. Injury problems limited Rudolph at times, too, but when he was available, he didn't do much to cement himself as a definitive NFL starter.
41. Josh Rosen, Miami Dolphins
2019 stats: Six games, 567 passing yards, one TD, five INTs
Arizona selected Rosen with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Since then, the Cardinals took Kyler Murray a year later and traded him to the Dolphins. Even on a rebuilding Miami team, the coaching staff went with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. That decision speaks volumes.
42. Ryan Finley, Cincinnatti Bengals
2019 stats: Three games, 474 passing yards, two TDs, two INTs
An opportunity to prove yourself as an NFL starter is sometimes fleeting. For proof, look no further than Ryan Finley. The fifth-round pick received the keys to the offense for three games in the middle of the season, but poor play led to a spot right back on the bench. Now, his team will likely take Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.