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What is this Eagles team going to do for a QB in 2022?

Alright Philly fans, this has been the question that we as a fan base and the Philadelphia Eagles as an organization have been trying to answer all season long. Exactly what will the Birds do at the quarterback position for 2022 and beyond?

This ultimately has been the major question through out the entire season. Regardless of wins and losses, the ultimate goal was to make a decision moving forward on who this team was going to have at the QB1 position. After the departure of Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts was given the reigns as QB1 for the 2021 season. Though there has been some conspiracy theories, this season was mainly about who Hurts is as a player and is he the answer of the future.

This has also been on the mind of many major media figures as well. Can Hurts be the guy? Just like Hurts' play through out this season, the choice has been pretty much split all around the topic. So far the second-year QB has played okay and honestly that was the concern heading into the 2021 season. Hurts has done some good and some bad which has pretty much evened him out. Jalen is has thrown for 2435 yards, 13 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, while completing 60.1% of his passes.

He also has rushed for 695 yards and has 8 rushing touchdowns on the year. Not terrible. So what choices do the Eagles have? Well let's take a look and breakdown what this team can do at the position. The way I see it, this team has three options sitting in front of them.

Option 1 - Keep, develop, and build around Hurts.

If Philly fans want to admit this or not, this would be the ultimate win for the Eagles and would actually be in their favor. Remember, they drafted Hurts because they saw a Russell Wilson type quality in him. We know Hurts is a competitor and has his locker room behind him. His teammates rave about his leadership ability and all appreciate his accountability. Several veterans and coaches have been often cited about the none need to talk to Hurts about what went wrong in his game, because he will be the first to tell them.

If they choose Hurts, this offseason has to be dedicated to his progression as a passer. Particularly his timing with receivers and his mechanics in the pocket. Pretty much put him through the "Josh Allen" training. If Hurts progressed even by 15% as a passer, he would be turning heads for this fanbase. Getting a veteran receiver is also a must (even if he is not the QB this should be done) to help balance Hurts' passing presence.

Option 2 - Pick up a QB in the 2022 draft.

The next option they have is to simply take a shot on a QB in this upcoming draft. This has become problematic for this organization simply because there is not even a QB prospect ranked in the top 15 players of this draft. A lot of fan favorites like Malik Willis, Matt Corral, and Kenny Pickett all have rather the same issues as Hurts did/does coming out of college or worse. Even a few of these names are not even projected to be a starting QB for at least a couple of seasons.

The other factor that has to be thought of is simply are any of these prospects going to out produce or perform Hurts? My guess is probably not. Hurts already has time invested into the team and a relationship with his offensive unit. That takes time that a rookie will not have. In all honesty, the best college QB's will more than likely not enter this years draft class. Next years class of Dillon Gabriel, Spencer Rattler, and JT Daniels already looks to be a major improvement over this years.

Option 3- Make a trade for a Veteran.

I think realistically this has become the most popular opinion outside of just riding with Hurts next year. There are a few names this team could target, but ultimately the prize would be getting a player like Russell Wilson pried away from the Seahawks. It had come before preseason that the Seahawks would be willing to listen to trade talks over their franchise QB and though the mended some fences, it seems this season so far has been rocky for their relationship.

Outside of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks offense lacks heavily, especially in pass protection. To boot, they also do not have first-round draft pick. They are going to have to make some tough decisions next year on a lot of players. Though they have over $50 million in cap space, they also only have 36 players signed to the roster in 2022. One or two solid free agent signings will chew a lot of that up and considering Metcalf is on his final year of his rookie deal, they do not have as much money as some think.

Ultimately it would be up to Wilson on if he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to come to Philly or not. There has been mixed reports if he would, but if they Eagles do not have to sell the farm to get him they will more than likely try, but that is a big IF that Wilson would even come to this team.

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