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3 Most Likely Starting Quarterbacks for the Indianapolis Colts in 2021

Isaiah De Los Santos
Three likely starting quarterbacks for the Colts in 2021, including Matthew Stafford.
Three likely starting quarterbacks for the Colts in 2021, including Matthew Stafford. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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With the retirement of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, the Indianapolis Colts are faced with a major decision when it comes to their starting QB in 2021. The Colts are positioned to contend right now, meaning they likely won't look to the NFL Draft for their starter next year.

Instead, Indy will need to explore the free-agent market or make a trade for one of the NFL's possibly available QBs.

With that in mind, here are three likely starting quarterbacks for the Colts in 2021.

3. Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett would give the Colts a familiar face at QB In 2021.
Jacoby Brissett would give the Colts a familiar face at QB In 2021. / Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

First up is the most familiar option, current backup Jacoby Brissett. While Brissett is set to hit free agency, with Rivers gone, a reunion could make sense for both sides. Brissett already knows Frank Reich's system after being on the team for each of Reich's first three seasons. As the starter in 2019, Brissett put up a solid 2,942 yards, 18 TDs and just 6 INTs. Rather than gamble on an unknown in free agency or the draft, re-upping with Brissett wouldn't be the worst move for Indy.

2. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford could elevate the Colts' contender hopes if acquired through trade.
Matthew Stafford could elevate the Colts' contender hopes if acquired through trade. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

This is where things could get interesting. Matthew Stafford's days in Detroit may be numbered, opening the door for him to join a contender. If the Colts could pull off a trade for the almost 33-year-old, they'd be serious threats heading into the 2021 season. Stafford would give them a top talent at QB and be one of their best options to maximize the team's offensive weapons. Considering how well the Colts did with Rivers under center, Stafford would primed to do some serious damage while surrounded by Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor. Plus, Indianapolis is projected to have the third-most cap space this offseason, giving them plenty of cash to throw at a primary receiving target like Allen Robinson for their next QB.

1. Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston is available and looking for his next starting gig.
Jameis Winston is available and looking for his next starting gig. / Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The risk with Jameis Winston is certainly there, but so is the reward. Winston isn't lacking in talent, as evidenced by his league-leading 5,109 passing yards in 2019 along with 33 TDs. Winston will likely be on the search for his next chance at starting as a free agent, and Rivers' departure gives him a clear path with the Colts. Hopefully, in Reich's system and paired with the Colts' weapons, Winston would set up for success. If he clicks, Indianapolis will be reaping the benefits.


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