May 3, 2023 - Sports

Farewell to the era of long-tenured quarterbacks

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For much of this century, the NFL's best QBs were synonymous with a single team. Tom Brady and the Patriots. Drew Brees and the Saints. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Eli Manning and the Giants.

Newsflash: Those days are over. With Rodgers and Derek Carr departing their long-term homes this offseason, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott — drafted by Dallas just seven years ago — is now the NFL's longest-tenured QB.


  • NFC East: Prescott, Cowboys (since 2016); Daniel Jones, New York Giants (2019); Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (2020); Sam Howell, Washington Commanders (2022)
  • NFC North: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (2018); Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers (2020); Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (2021); Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (2021)
  • NFC South: Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (2020); Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021); Desmond Ridder, Atlanta Falcons (2022); Matt Corral, Carolina Panthers (2022)
  • NFC West: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (2019); Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (2019); Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (2021); Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (2021)


  • AFC East: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (2018); Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (2020); Mac Jones, New England Patriots (2021); Zach Wilson, New York Jets (2021)
  • AFC North: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (2018); Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (2020); Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns (2022); Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers (2022)
  • AFC South: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (2019); Sam Ehlinger, Indianapolis Colts (2021); Davis Mills, Houston Texans (2021); C.J. Beathard, Jacksonville Jaguars (2021)
  • AFC West: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (2017); Easton Stick, Los Angeles Chargers (2019); Chase Garbers, Las Vegas Raiders (2022); Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (2022)

Consider this: Just 10 QBs have been with their current team since before the pandemic began.

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