Washington Football Team: Growing buzz about rumored QB plan is terrifying
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Football Team figures to be in the mix for a new quarterback once the offseason rolls around.
Rumors leading up to the trade deadline hinted that Tua Tagovailoa would be on his way to Ashburn as part of a three-team blockbuster had the Texans and Dolphins consummated a trade involving Deshaun Watson.
When the dust settled, Watson wasn’t traded and a report from JP Finaly of NBC Sports vehemently suggested Washington was never really interested in Tagovailoa, whom Ron Rivera passed on in the 2020 draft.
Believe it or not, those weren’t the only rumors linking Washington to a quarterback before Tuesday’s deadline.
A scoop from Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports indicated Washington and Buffalo nearly completed a deal for Mitch Trubisky.
The rumor came out of nowhere, which prompted fans to dismiss it as a smokescreen or fallacious intel.
As it turns out, it might have some legs. On the latest episode of the “Washington Football Talk” podcast, Finlay doubled down on the franchise’s interest in Trubisky, saying he wouldn’t be surprised if Trubisky is “part of the plans.”
The Washington Football Team might actually be interested in signing Mitchell Trubisky in the offseason.
This … is pretty terrifying.
With all due respect to Trubisky, if Washington goes out and signs another run-of-the-mill quarterback — especially if they’re in position to draft one of the top prospects in next year’s class — fans might burn FedEx Field to the ground.
We’re obviously exaggerating, but given Washington’s failure to pay a premium price for a quarterback — remember Kirk Cousins’ contract saga? — there’s no telling how fans would react if the team signed Trubisky.
If there was ever a time to sign Trubisky, wouldn’t it have been this past offseason? With guys like Trubisky, a former starter for two different Bears playoff teams,Cam Newton and Jameis Winston available, Rivera signed a 38-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick, who’s played less than one half of football in the Burgundy and Gold.
Why sign Trubisky after you just spent all of 2021 with a placeholder under center? Don’t get us wrong, the former No. 2 overall pick wouldn’t be a terrible fall-back option. However, wouldn’t it be smarter to pursue a prospect in the draft or target a more established QB, like a Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson?
Getting back to the trade rumor, it’s nauseating to think that Washington even considered giving up assets for Trubisky when, one, he’s an impending free agent, and two, there wouldn’t even be enough time to evaluate him as next year’s potential starter (he’d be learning an entirely new season midseason!).
Then again, does anything really surprise with this team?
There’s no way to know for sure what Washington’s plans are. Some WFT reporters denied the franchise’s interest in trading for Trubisky altogether. As for the offseason, well, that’s an entirely different story.
What we do know, though, is that someone else will be quarterbacking Washington by Week 1 of next season. Only question is who?