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Musical Chairs: Tracking Hottest QB Battles Post-Trade Frenzy

Weeks ago, we saw NFL football news about a handful of quarterbacks switching teams. From Russell Wilson to Kirk Cousins, notable QBs will lead new franchises. But more interesting than seeing these signal-callers in new jerseys is how the offseason will shape out. Starting jobs are far from guaranteed. Regardless of the names of these stars, there will be some interesting battles in the offseason. These are the most intriguing.


Musical Chairs: Tracking Hottest QB Battles Post-Trade Frenzy
Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos | Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/AFP

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Steelers – Wilson vs Fields

The Pittsburgh Steelers will command the lion’s share of offseason news due to their new high-profile quarterbacks. Will it be Russell Wilson or Justin Fields as QB1 by the start of the opening week? The NFL odds have Wilson favored at -350, with Fields at +225. This implies a 71.6% chance for the former Super Bowl champion.



Wilson has the edge because he’s proven to be a more reliable QB than Fields. He threw for 26 touchdowns against eight interceptions last season. However, his 3,070 passing yards are the fewest he’s thrown in a season, and he was benched in the final two games.

Fields is much younger than Wilson at just 25 years old. And while he only has a career passer rating of 82.3, he’s also rushed for 2,220 yards and 14 TDs. His versatility at QB makes him an enticing option even if he’s not expected to be the Week 1 starter.

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Seahawks – Smith vs Howell

Speaking of Wilson, his old team also has a quarterback controversy. Geno Smith, the 2022 Comeback Player of the Year, regressed last season. Seattle failed to make it back to the postseason. As a result, the franchise traded for Sam Howell. He led the NFL in passing attempts, interceptions, and sacks taken in 2023.

With the Seahawks now under new coaching, the starting job is up in the air. There are officially no online sports betting odds on who will start Week 1. But we’re guessing it will be much more competitive than the Steelers’ odds for Wilson against Fields.


Raiders – O’Connell vs Minshew

Another notable quarterback battle is in Las Vegas, where incumbent starter Aidan O’Connell must fend off newcomer Gardner Minshew. The former filled in for Jimmy Garoppolo and threw for 12 TDs versus seven interceptions while posting a 5-5 record. He’ll be more familiar with his teammates and offensive schemes. That gives him an edge over Minshew.

But the mustachoed one is notorious for taking over starters. Last season, he led Indianapolis with a career-best 3,305 passing yards and 18 total touchdowns. The Colts narrowly missed the playoffs, and he was named to his first Pro Bowl as an alternate. The Raiders made him their NFL pick as a reward.


Vikings – Four QBs

No quarterback room is as chaotic as Minnesota’s right now. After letting Cousins sign with Atlanta, the Vikings now have up to four potential starters. You have Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall, both of whom started games last season, along with new signee Sam Darnold and potentially the rookie the team drafts with the 11th overall pick.

Mullens started three games and threw seven TDs against eight picks. But he also failed to win a game, while Hall was credited with a victory despite throwing no TDs and posting a measly 70.4 passer rating. Neither seems like a solid NFL prediction to be the QB1 given their underwhelming stats.

Darnold, on the other hand, spent most of last season as a backup in San Francisco. But going back to 2022, he’s averaged a 90.8 passer rating and 13.1 yards gained per pass completion. He may be favored to win the starting job should Minnesota pass on a QB.

With the 11th pick, however, Minnesota may draft the likes of J.J. McCarthy or Michael Penix Jr. should they still be available. Given their pedigrees, they may just win the starting job.



Questions Of The Day

Which NFL futures bet is worth betting at underdog odds?

Depending on how training camp goes, Justin Fields to start in Week 1 at +225 may be worth a look. Keep an eye on NFL game updates.

Which quarterback is the most likely to lead the NFL in interceptions in 2024?

Of the quarterbacks mentioned here, Gardner Minshew is a sneaky good bet to lead the league in interceptions should he win the starting job.

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