NFL Analyst Ian Rapoport Reports Washington Football Team Still Looking for a Starting Quarterback after Taylor Heinicke Deal

Published 02/11/2021, 11:41 AM EST


The Washington Football team has already begun preparing for the new season. Yesterday, news broke that Washington re-signed Taylor Heinicke, the back-up quarterback for the franchise for a new contract. However, it appears as though they are looking forward to making more acquisitions – especially at the quarterback position.

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NFL analyst Ian Rapoport spoke today about the Taylor Heinicke deal. He revealed the details of the contract. It appears as though Heinicke has the potential to earn more money than dictated on the value of his contract. There are several incentives and bonus clauses that will allow him to pick up more money if fulfilled.

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“A very interesting signing for the Washington Football Team – Taylor Heinicke, who came on late in the season and ended up playing really well in that playoff loss. He agreed to a two-year, $8.75 million contract that includes incentives almost $5 million over two years at its base, can earn about $4 million in incentives, playtimes, and wins.” 

Washington Football Team still looking for a new quarterback

He noted that Taylor Heinicke re-signing for Washington allows him to secure his role as the back-up quarterback for the team. But Washington is still focused on signing a starting quarterback for next season. While they do have Alex Smith on contract, they want to bolster their position as best possible.

He said, “For Taylor Heinicke, it really does secure his spot as the back-up for the Washington Football Team. Of course, we do know that, as of right now, Washington Football Team does have Alex Smith under contract. They are looking at some other quarterbacks.” 

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Rapoport revealed that Washington was in talks with the LA Rams and the Detroit Pistons over the trades of Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford before it got finalized. “They were in on the Jared Goff-Matthew Stafford trade. So I would expect Washington to keep searching for their starting quarterback, whoever that ends up being. But at least their back-up is locked in”

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Will Washington sign a new quarterback before the next season? It appears as though they are the latest team to acknowledge their lack of depth at the position. And this will only drive up the value of available quarterbacks in the market. But Washington will rest easy knowing they have their second option secured.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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