From Baker Mayfield to bland: Ranking the NFL QBs we’d like to see as TV broadcasters after Tom Brady


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NFL quarterbacks are cashing in more than ever both on and off the field. As passers-by make record deals for their production in the field, the production trucks can value them a little more. Recent TV deals for color analysts prove it.

Troy Aikman and Tony Romo both struck gold with big deals for their respective networks, earning $18 million a year for their Sunday football news.

Tom Brady is next, apparently signing a whopping $375 million deal with Fox, to be paid over 10 years at the end of his career on the court.

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Brady, however, won’t be the last passer from the current generation of NFL quarterbacks to find himself in the broadcast booth. So, of the current 32 passers-by, here’s how we think they’d fare in front of a mic:

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While there’s a question about exactly how many eyeballs a color analyst brings to a show, these guys would be fine for good analysis, good quotes, or good entertainment.

Baker Mayfield, Browns (for now)

Passionate, fiery and charismatic. That, coupled with his loose cannon personality, would make for fun shows. Do you remember when he grabbed his crotch and exchanged “jokes” with the Kansas football team? Good time.

James Winston, Saints

Fan favorite passer. Former No. 1 overall. Guaranteed to be the first broadcaster to eat a W on live TV.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

If you want your partner to be more interested in football, ask him to take a long look at the jaw of the incredibly handsome Jimmy GQ. It also doesn’t hurt that Garoppolo is a laid-back dude with Super Bowl experience.

Russell Wilson, Broncos

Wilson seems to have come out of a test tube for a second television career. He’s already one of the friendliest players in the NFL, which would translate nicely to a broadcast booth. “Mr. Unliiiiimiiited”, indeed.

Joe Burrow, Bengals

Burrow exudes freshness and would instantly have the best nickname of any show in football history. Well, any of the 15 he has.

Dak Prescott, Cowboys

The 15 people who watched “Hard Knocks” last year know that Prescott has a lot of personality, at least more than what you see in press conferences. Plus, the whole Dallas connection would attract eyeballs.

Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Rookie of the year, MVP and future highest paid QB in the league? Not bad for one to come back color commentator.

Matthew Stafford, Rams

I mean, how many times does Matthew Stafford have to prove people wrong? Being in Los Angeles has already brought out the best in Stafford. It would also be a great addition to the stand.

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These guys would probably play the straight game, but they would also feel like the mayonnaise is too spicy for them.

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Derek Carr, Raiders

Carr is a super passionate guy and has more than enough football savvy to help see the game differently than most. Does he have the personality to keep viewers engaged, though?

“Derek, what did you see on that coin?”


Josh Allen, Bills

At least it would be fun to see the height difference between Allen and whoever his play-by-play partner is. Prepare the milk crate.

Jared Goff, Lions

Ryan Gosling’s long-lost twin would likely have the networks salivating. As far as Goff is torn by the reviews, however, he was a No. 1 pick for a reason. Guy knows the ball.

Matt Ryan, Colts

Sticking Matt Ryan in a lower tier than some of the elite QBs seems a bit too much on the nose, but he still has more than enough personality and football IQ to put on a show.

Marcus Mariota, Falcons

Ryan’s Falcons replacement would bring a unique perspective to the stand, given his unique NFL background. From the No. 2 pick overall to the franchise starter to the gimmick backup, he would provide a look that the other QBs in this spot couldn’t.

Drew Lock, Seahawks

Lock is an entertaining guy, if nothing else. He knows Young Jeezy, which should help attract young people.

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins

Tua is a lovely guy with a face made for TV…but imagine dealing with Dolphins fans every week, saying he’s the best color commentator in the business.

Potential for expansion or recession

These guys will have you logging in or out on the couch:

Aaron Rodgers, packers

Rodgers would likely bring a Mr. Rogers-like influence to the broadcast booth, in that you’d immediately want to take a nap after hearing him break through a Cover 3 Cloud defense. It’s all fun and games until Rodgers brings up panchakarma cleanses in the third quarter.

Tom Brady, Buccaneers

There’s something terribly mechanical about Brady, even his post-Patriots years “trying to be more human.” We’ll see how Fox’s high-paying experience plays out at the end of his career. You know when it does.

Jalen Hurts, Eagles

Hurts has all the intangibles that make up a locker room manager, but how that would translate to the broadcast booth is a mystery. But, hey, if we can get some good quotes like this, then it might be awesome in the booth:

Kyler Murray, Cardinals

A quarterback built for the modern NFL would have plenty of modern NFL catches. Murray’s demeanor, however, might not be suitable for a national broadcast. He’s pretty good in commercials, though.

Zach Wilson, Jets

Perfectly in tune with his stock project, Wilson is a boom-or-bust TV guy. There’s no denying he’s got the teeth and face for TV, but it looks more like he’d be on MTV’s “Real World” than an NFL show.

Patrick Mahomes, chefs

Mahomes’ talent is undeniable. He is already one of the best passers the league has ever seen. There’s no denying that he would break down a match in depth. But imagine having to listen to Mahomes’ “frog” voice for three hours. ‘Nuff said.

Justin Herbert, Chargers

Herbert is one of the NFL’s top passers and entering his third year, but his reserved personality might be better suited to audiobooks and podcasts dealing with maritime law.

Jaguars vs Lions likely call at 1 p.m.

There’s no denying that the least talented broadcast teams get the least desirable matches. Here are the guys who will likely end up on Channel 3 broadcast crews:

Sam Darnold, Panthers

If Darnold doesn’t beat Matt Corral for the Panthers’ QB1 job this offseason, he may need to start honing his broadcast skills for his post-NFL career.

Mac Jones, Patriots

Jones has more personality than some realize — as evidenced by his Griddy in the 2022 Pro Bowl — but the “Aw, shucks” stuff only goes so far. However, it might be fun to hear some telltale stories about Bill Belichick and Nick Saban.

Davis Mills, Texas

Mills surprised a lot of people with his rookie season. A Stanford graduate would probably speak well on a show. Unfortunately, people would be more interested in the length of his neck than his analysis.

Mitchell Trubisky, Steelers

Mitchell Trubisky would be the second valuable Nickelodeon player to make a pit jump, behind Tom Brady. (Man, this guy really does it all.)

Kirk Cousins, Vikings

A network would endlessly connect the famous “Do you like that? by Cousins. every week. The Kirk Cousins ​​”I like it” game play. The Kirk Cousins ​​”They Like It” Game Keys. Spare Us. Please. I feel guilty for putting that in the ether.

The game is better in mute mode

If you get on TV on a Sunday afternoon, open a beer and see one of these guys on the call, maybe it’s time to turn on Netflix and spend your afternoon watching “Ozark” in place.


Daniel Jones, Giants

The Giants passer is entering a breakthrough year for the Giants. If that doesn’t work out, he might be able to play Eli Manning in the “ManningCast” documentary (coming 2040 on ESPN Super Secret Plus, the paid streaming app within the paid streaming app).

Ryan TannehillTitans

Tannehill might not be the worst on the list – none of these guys probably are – but Tannehill is as milquetoast as it gets. It’s not his fault.

Carson Wentz, Commanders

There’s a good chance Wentz will be traded from Fox to CBS after a mediocre comeback season.

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

Remember when Trevor Lawrence admitted football wasn’t his life? Imagine him in the broadcast booth. We want gamers, damn it!


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