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Where Jimmy Garoppolo, Baker Mayfield, 2022 draft prospects could land as NFL QB landscape clears up

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

And then there were two.

Thirty NFL franchises have all but settled their starting quarterback jobs less than a week into the 2022 league year. That leaves the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks as the lone holdouts without obvious QB1s.

There are also only two starting-caliber veteran quarterbacks still available: the San Francisco 49ersJimmy Garoppolo and the Cleveland BrownsBaker Mayfield. It seems natural to pair one of those signal-callers each with the Panthers and Seahawks and put a bow on the quarterback landscape before the 2022 NFL Draft, right?

If only it were that easy.

NFL Team Projected Starting QB Offseason Move
Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray
Atlanta Falcons Marcus Mariota Signed as free agent; traded Matt Ryan
Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson
Buffalo Bills Josh Allen
Carolina Panthers Sam Darnold
Chicago Bears Justin Fields
Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow
Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson Acquired in trade; Baker Mayfield not yet traded
Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott
Denver Broncos Russell Wilson Acquired in trade
Detroit Lions Jared Goff
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers Signed to extension
Houston Texans Davis Mills Traded Watson
Indianapolis Colts Matt Ryan Acquired in trade; traded Carson Wentz
Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence
Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes
Las Vegas Raiders Derek Carr
Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert
Los Angeles Rams Matthew Stafford Signed to extension
Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa
Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins Signed to extension
New England Patriots Mac Jones
New Orleans Saints Jameis Winston Re-signed
New York Giants Daniel Jones
New York Jets Zach Wilson
Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Hurts
Pittsburgh Steelers Mitchell Trubisky Signed as free agent; Ben Roethlisberger retired
San Francisco 49ers Trey Lance Jimmy Garoppolo not yet traded
Seattle Seahawks Drew Lock Acquired in trade for Russell Wilson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom Brady Unretired
Tennessee Titans Ryan Tannehill
Washington Commanders Carson Wentz Acquired in trade

Garoppolo underwent shoulder surgery after the 2021 season concluded and might not be able to throw until training camp. That’s clearly affecting his trade value and why players like Mariota, Ryan, Winston, Trubisky and Wentz came off the board in signings and trades before him. Garoppolo is signed only through this season with a $24.2 million salary and might be just a one-year gap starter for a new team (or his current one, but we’ll get to that later). The fact that he cannot currently throw is not exactly a selling point.

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