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4 most extreme NFL QB trades that could happen in 2021 offseason

Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL QB trades: We’ve already seen a blockbuster deal that sent Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, and now Carson Wentz has been traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Indianapolis Colts.

With so many seemingly disgruntled quarterbacks wanting out from their current situations and other signal-callers being the subject of trade rumors, it’s probably just the beginning of a wild 2021 NFL offseason.

Superstars like Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson have gone public with their displeasure at what’s happening on their current teams. The 2021 NFL Draft is heavy with possible franchise-changing players at the most important position. Other established veterans are free, and the tightened NFL salary cap is creating all kinds of drama as teams reshuffle their rosters and evaluate their outlook for next season and well into the future.

Here’s a look at the most bonkers trades that could definitely happen prior to Week 1 of the 2021 campaign.

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NFL QB trades: 4 most extreme scenarios for 2021 NFL offseason

Houston Texans trade Deshaun Watson to New York Jets

Extreme scenarios for NFL QB trades: Deshaun Watson to New York Jets?
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates after defeated the New York Jets 29-22 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
  • DESHAUN WATSON TRADE: Jets send 2nd overall pick, 23rd overall pick, 2022 1st- and 2nd-round picks, DL Quinnen Williams to Houston for QB Deshaun Watson

As he proved last season with the San Francisco 49ers, new Jets head coach Robert Saleh can make even a modest personnel group — which San Francisco was as it got slammed with injuries — among the best defenses in the league. That’s why trading away a high-upside talent like Williams makes sense in this scenario.

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Plus, the Texans have serious needs all over as they rebuild their roster. One of those is the defensive line, where they just lost their best player in franchise history, J.J. Watt, who was released. Williams address that in a massive way, making a big leap as an NFL sophomore in ranking 12th among all interior defenders, per Pro Football Focus.

Watson seems like the type of spotlight-embracing, stone-cold baller the Big Apple deserves. He’s a Broadway-style performer who’s trapped in an obviously toxic organization, and needs the opportunity to flourish elsewhere. While the Jets aren’t the paragon of stability and success, they’ve hired among the most credible head coaching candidates on the market this offseason in Saleh and are armed with serious salary cap cash to bring aboard more Pro Bowl-caliber players.

New York can offer such a big trade package and even throw in Sam Darnold if the Texans want him, and modify the terms of the deal in order to keep Williams. That all depends how much Houston would be keen on the idea of putting Darnold forward as the Texans’ new QB. More likely than not, though, they’d use the No. 2 overall pick in the draft to take someone like BYU’s Zach Wilson.

Read More: NFL rumors: Deshaun Watson trade would likely be to New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks trade Russell Wilson to Miami Dolphins

Extreme scenarios for NFL QB trades: Russell Wilson to Miami Dolphins?
Oct 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks over the offensive line of scrimmage against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
  • RUSSELL WILSON TRADE: Dolphins send 3rd overall pick, 18th overall pick, 2022 1st-rounder, QB Tua Tagovailoa, CB Xavien Howard to Seattle for QB Russell Wilson

How crazy would it be to see Watson and Wilson head out to potentially greener pastures, only to wind up in the same AFC East division? What would Bill Belichick be thinking, after all those two decades with the massive quarterback advantage in Tom Brady leading the New England Patriots to numerous division titles? More on that in a moment.

Indeed, seeing potentially three of the best five quarterbacks in all of football occupy the AFC East would be a massive setback for the Pats. The prime-time potential of seeing Watson, Wilson and Buffalo’s Josh Allen going at it for many years to come is staggering.

OK, beyond all that glitz, glamour and appeal, Wilson taking his talents to South Beach is a great career move. There’s no income tax in Florida, which is a big selling point. Warm weather. An elite defense to complement him. What’s not to like?

If Miami needs to part with this many assets to pull off a deal for the Seahawks’ Super Bowl champion, it’s probably worth it. Kicking in Tagovailoa and Howard — the NFL’s reigning NFL interceptions leader with 10 — as part of the trade is a big sell and helps the Dolphins conserve at least some assets they’d otherwise need to cough up.

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Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots pull off epic 3-team trade

Extreme scenarios for NFL QB trades: An epic 3-team deal
Sep 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
  • JIMMY GAROPPOLO, ADAM THIELEN TO PATRIOTS: New England sends 15th overall pick to Minnesota for Adam Thielen; Sends two 2nd-round picks to San Francisco for Jimmy Garoppolo
  • KIRK COUSINS TO 49ERS: 49ers send 12th overall pick, 2022 1st- and 2nd-rounder to Minnesota for QB Kirk Cousins
  • VIKINGS TRADE UP IN 2021 NFL DRAFT: Vikings send 49ers’ pick, Patriots’ pick and 49ers’ 2022 1st-round pick to Falcons for 4th pick to draft Ohio State QB Justin Fields

Things get absolutely nuts on or just before draft night. Just to recap what’s above before we dig into it.

The Patriots revitalize their offense with a Jimmy Garoppolo reunion, and parlay their first-round pick from the 2021 NFL Draft into Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan gets the guy he’s always wanted in Cousins, but it comes at a cost.

Read More: 49ers rumors: San Francisco interested in Kirk Cousins trade

Well, those first two bits of this craziness are easy enough to work out. What Minnesota does is a master stroke.

By splitting apart from Cousins, the Vikings fanbase is probably elated, and the team’s cap situation is in a much better place. Plus, now that they have three first-round picks they didn’t previously own. Minnesota traded away an expensive, overrated quarterback in the eyes of many and — due to the presence of Justin Jefferson — more of a luxury than necessary receiver in Thielen. New England badly needs a No. 1 wideout, and Thielen is a sure thing, as opposed to drafting a young player.

How brilliant would this be by Vikings GM in the front office to maneuver its way into an exciting new era with a fresh-faced franchise quarterback like North Dakota State’s Trey Lance — all the while keeping their original No. 14 overall pick in this year’s draft and saving lots of money in the meantime?

Whether it’d be Fields, or yet another trade inside the top five in order to land perhaps BYU’s Zach Wilson, Minnesota could really reboot its identity and get a more dynamic, modern, dual-threat player like Fields, Wilson or even North Dakota State’s Trey Lance to right the ship. Cousins wouldn’t have to start over with yet another offensive coordinator and would go to a system in Shanahan’s that he started his career in.

Speaking of starting one’s career, Garoppolo did just that in New England and was supposed to be the heir apparent to Tom Brady until he wasn’t. Two second-round picks seems like a fair price for the Patriots and Bill Belichick to do a little bit of a take-back trade here.

Everybody wins here. Whether the wild trades from the Dolphins or Jets come true or not, the Vikings should absolutely consider this, crazy as it sounds.

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Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Oct 22, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform in the fourth quarter in a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dec 23, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleader performs during a timeout from the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders

Sep 25, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cheerleaders during the second quarter between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team Cheerleaders

Dec 15, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; A Washington Football Team cheerleader dances on the field during a timeout against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders

Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; The Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders, The Roar perform before a game against the Chicago Bears at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Aug 8, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports.

Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders

Oct 15, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders perform during a football game against the Los Angeles Rams at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during the fourth quarter of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders

Oct 15, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders Cheerleaders

Sep 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Cheerleaders

Aug 16, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cheerleaders perform during the first quarter of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders

Oct 28, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders perform during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers Cheerleaders

Aug 20, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers cheerleaders perform during a NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders

Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders perform during the second half of a football game against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dec 18, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform a holiday show at halftime for the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Tampa 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders

Aug 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers Topcats Cheerleaders perform during the second quarter between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dec 9, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleader performs on the sidelines during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team Cheerleaders

Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Football Team cheerleaders dance on the field during a timeout against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. Washington won 15-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Cheerleaders

Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans cheerleader perform in the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game between the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sportsnn

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Oct 21, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cheerleader performs against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Nov 19, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A Minnesota Vikings cheerleader performs during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Cheerleaders

Oct. 9, 2011 – Foxboro, Massachusetts, U.S – New England Patriots cheerleaders perform. The New England Patriots defeat the New York Jets 30 – 21 during the AFC East matchup at Gillette Stadium. (Credit Image: u00a9 Geoff Bolte/Southcreek/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Los Angeles Chargers Cheerleaders

Aug 25, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers girls cheerleaders perform during a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Oct 22, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform in the fourth quarter in a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports