3 Veteran Quarterbacks Washington Can Sign to Replace Alex Smith

Max Staley
Alex Smith could be replaced by one of these three options in 2021.
Alex Smith could be replaced by one of these three options in 2021. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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The Washington Football Team feels like it's just one piece away from being a legitimate contender in 2021. Unfortunately, that missing piece is quarterback, which is the hardest position to address and the costliest to be wrong about.

All due respect to Alex Smith, but he's just not the right guy to take this team over the top. With Washington likely searching for a new starter either via free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft, here are three veteran QBs the Football Team could sign this offseason.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick could be a great fit in Washington.
Ryan Fitzpatrick could be a great fit in Washington. / Harry How/Getty Images

Realistically, signing Ryan Fitzpatrick would make Washington the clear-cut favorites to win the NFC East. Though he's as hot and cold as ever, Fitzpatrick played some of his best football in 2020. His 7.5 yards per attempt tied him with the likes of Russell Wilson and Drew Brees, and he consistently outplayed his teammate Tua Tagovailoa. As a 38-year-old passer, Fitzmagic obviously wouldn't be the long-term answer for Washington. But he'd instantly make this offense a lot better than it was in 2020, and he's a famously great mentor to young QBs. Signing Fitzpatrick as a stopgap option and mentor to a young passer would be an excellent both long- and short-term move.

2. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

Jameis Winston could be a great fit in Washington.
Jameis Winston could be a great fit in Washington. / Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

On raw talent alone, Jameis Winston might be the most gifted quarterback Washington can add this offseason. A former No. 1 overall pick, Winston has looked like a future superstar at times in the NFL. But he's also looked like an unmitigated disaster just as often. Nothing showcases that better than his 2019 campaign, when he led the league with 5,109 passing yards and threw 33 touchdowns, but also tossed a whopping 30 picks. Still, at 27 years old, it's not crazy to think Winston can still turn it around. Just look at Ryan Tannehill, who revitalized his career in his 30's. Winston might be sticking around in New Orleans if he believes he has a chance to start in 2021, but if Washington can pry him from Sean Payton's clutches, he'd be a great low-risk, high-reward signing.

1. Cam Newton, New England Patriots

Cam Newton and the Washington Football Team are a perfect marriage.
Cam Newton and the Washington Football Team are a perfect marriage. / Billie Weiss/Getty Images

Cam Newton heading to Washington almost makes too much sense. From his perspective, this move would reunite him with the general manager who drafted him (Marty Hurney) and the coach who led him an MVP and a Super Bowl appearance (Ron Rivera). Plus, after Newton's abysmal 2020 campaign, there aren't many franchises that will give him a real shot at a starting gig. The QB-needy Football Team is likely to be one of those teams, however. With Newton, Washington could play a ball-control offense that's predicated on a dominant rushing attack, relying on the fearsome front seven to shutdown opponents and win low-scoring games. Plus, on the off chance that Washington gets a completely healthy season from Superman, he'd raise this team's ceiling in a way that no other free-agent QB can. Likely to come on a cheap deal, Newton would be an excellent gamble for Washington.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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