Every team needs a competent backup signal caller - preferably one who knows the system, and can step in if necessary to the point where you don’t see much drop-off in the offense; and more importantly, how it’s run.
That is exactly what I believe Washington is getting with Taylor Heinicke.
When Heinicke’s contract was first reported, many assumed that was a pretty decent chunk of change to give to a player who was sitting on his couch for the majority of the 2020 season. Of course, it led to speculation that he was being brought back to compete for a starting job next season.
Now, I’m not saying there won’t be a competition this summer, and that Heinicke doesn’t have a shot in that competition, but make no mistake about it - his contract does not even guarantee he’s on the team in 2021 and 2022(although I think he certainly will be). What it is, is a very solid, reasonable NFL backup quarterback deal, and one that could cost the team less that the tender that could have been placed on him for the 2021 season.
Nicki Jhabvala does a great job breaking down Taylor’s new contract below.
Taylor Heinicke's 2-year contract includes salaries of $1 million and $1.5 million in 2021 and 2022, respectively.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) February 11, 2021
The rest can be earned in bonuses/incentives, for a max value of $8.75 million. pic.twitter.com/Fy6rFnGJL7
With Alex Smith likely gone sometime this offseason, and the uncertainty surrounding Kyle Allen and his recovery from season ending ankle surgery, the focus should now become who will be the present and future signal caller for The Washington Football Team.
Heinicke’s contract does absolutely nothing in terms of the big picture here at quarterback. As I said in a tweet yesterday...
well, I think we can all ascertain that RR wouldn’t go that hard after Stafford and after he missed out just say, oh well, Heinicke it is!— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) February 10, 2021
My Tweet from yesterday stands true - probably even more so now that we’ve seen the actual numbers behind the contract, and know that this deal has been in the works for some time now - even while the pursuit of Matt Stafford was hot and heavy.
The Washington Football Team WILL add another quarterback this offseason not named Kyle Allen - that I am 99.9% sure of. Just who that signal caller will be, and how they will be acquired, is all up for debate.
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