1. Gardner Minshew
If Washington wanted to sign a like-for-like replacement for Heinicke — or the closest thing to it — Gardner Minshew is that guy.
Minshew played good enough as a rookie to start another year for the Jaguars, but those dreams skidded to a halt after No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence was named the starter. In a move that punctuated Jacksonville’s commitment to Lawrence, they traded Minshew to the Eagles for a 2022 conditional sixth-rounder.
This was a perplexing landing spot for Minshew, as Philadelphia clearly views Jalen Hurts as its starter, at least for right now. Behind Hurts, however, the Eagles have Joe Flacco, so Minshew is currently stuck in quarterback limbo.
Given how little the Eagles gave up to acquire Minshew, Washington should absolutely view him as a potential trade target. Over 20 starts for the Jags, Minshew completed 62.9% of his passes for 5,530 yards and 37 TDs to just 11 INTs.
Those are starting-caliber numbers, folks. And pay no mind to his win-loss record. Very few QBs would’ve won games with those Jacksonville teams.
The bottom line is that a starting QB is wasting away as a third-stringer in Philadelphia. While a trade between division rivals is rare — especially since this would help Washington — the Eagles proved last year when they tanked a primetime game vs the WFT that integrity isn’t high on their priority list.i