The primary goal for any NFL franchise is to make sure that a franchise quarterback is firmly in place. But for a variety of reasons, it may be time to move on from a player who was once believed to be the man for the job.
Here are five teams that should take a look at trading their QB before next week's Nov. 1 deadline, and yes, the Cowboys made the list.
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Ryan Tannehill has started every game for the Dolphins since being selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2012 draft, yet the results have been underwhelming at best.
Tannehill boasts a career record of just 32-39, including a 3-4 mark this season with seven touchdowns against seven interceptions. After four-and-a-half years, it's time to move on.
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It's been well-documented how Brock Osweiler is off to a disastrous start in his first season as Texans QB. His most recent outing was a 22-of-41 passing performance for just 131 yards in a 27-9 loss to his former Broncos team, and while Houston is currently 4-3, no one is exactly afraid of the Texans' offense as long as Osweiler is under center.
If Houston could find a taker for Osweiler's contract, which began the season with $37 million guaranteed over the first two years, now might be a good time for the team to cut its losses.
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New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees has been phenomenal this season, racking up a league-best 350 yards per game while throwing 17 touchdowns against 5 INTs. But the Saints are 2-4, and are going nowhere fast.
New Orleans has so many holes to fill on the roster that trading Brees might make some long-term sense, especially now that the 37-year-old is playing in his 16th NFL season, and probably can't keep playing at such a high level for much longer.
Brees had a no-trade clause negotiated into his most recent contract, but if the right team came calling, it wouldn't be difficult to see him waive that in order to play for a winner as he closes his career out.
Blake Bortles is in the middle of his third season as the starting QB in Jacksonville, but the Jags are off to a 2-4 start, and Bortles, with nine touchdowns and nine INTs, seems to be regressing.
It isn't easy to move on from a third overall pick so quickly, but the Jaguars haven't been to the playoffs in eight straight seasons, and this is about to be the ninth. Patience is a luxury the franchise can no longer afford.
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We all know a big decision is coming in Big D. Tony Romo is back at practice, which means his return from injury is only a few weeks away. But with rookie Dak Prescott looking fantastic in leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 start, there's a real question of whether Romo will immediately regain his place in the starting lineup.
Dallas could easily solve the issue by dealing Romo before next week, and embracing Prescott as the team's unequivocal quarterback of the future.