How the Commanders should address the QB situation
By Jonathan Eig
Commanders QB Trade Targets
Two players seem to be getting the most traction: Las Vegas’ Derek Carr and Chicago’s Justin Fields.
Carr will almost certainly be traded this off-season. Don’t want him. I already spelled out why, here.
Fields is more intriguing because he is younger and has a higher upside than Carr. I still don’t want him. Here’s why…
Fields is an elite runner. Perhaps the best running quarterback in in the NFL. I maintained at the time and I still maintain that if Chicago had simply allowed Fields to run the ball on four straight plays at the end of the Bears/Commanders game back in October, there’s no way Washington would have prevented Fields from scoring. But they had him pass, and the Commanders won.
After two years, Justin Fields is still not a great passer. He may get there. The comparison (SPOILER ALERT – this same comparison will be coming back in a few minutes) is Josh Allen, who had the same knock. Great runner, great arm, not very accurate. It wasn’t until his third season that Allen answered that complaint, and now he is among the elites. If Fields can do that, he too will become one of the best QBs in the league. I just don’t know that he can, and I certainly don’t want to spend a lot in a trade to find out.
(And before you start touting Fields’ impressive college completion percentages, let me stop you. I don’t care. It was college.)
There may be others QBs available through trade, but as of now, those are the two potential upgrades that seem most likely to be on the block.