The quarterback position is the most important position in the NFL — and maybe even all of professional sports. Some teams are fortunate enough to have a long-term answer at the position; others are still searching. Brock Purdy and Mac Jones are still figuring out which side they fall on.
NFL Hot Takes: Brock Purdy, Mac Jones could lose starting jobs in 2023
Those teams’ quarterbacks might begin the season as starters, but they are not guaranteed anything. Whether it is due to poor play or the coaches just wanting to get a look at another option, they could be benched.
Here are five starting quarterbacks who could lose their jobs in 2023.
No. 1: Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baker Mayfield has pieced together an odd career, leading him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason. The former No. 1 overall pick was traded to the Panthers around this time last year and began the season as the starting quarterback. Unfortunately, he wound up being benched a few times.
In total, Mayfield started six games for the Panthers, passing for 1,313 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions. He was released later in the season and subsequently picked up by the Rams. With Los Angeles, the journeyman signal-caller made four starts at the end of 2022. Mayfield threw for 850 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions during this stretch with the Rams.
This was enough for the Buccaneers to take a flier on Mayfield with a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million. Similar to his time in Carolina, it feels like Mayfield will begin the season as the starting quarterback but will have a relatively short leash. The Buccaneers could want to see what they have in 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask.