AFC South: 4 Bold Predictions for the offseason
The AFC South was often overlooked during the 2019 season, but it was one of the better ones in football. The Tennesee Titans made the AFC Championship game, and the Houston Texans looked strong during the regular season. The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t quite live up to expectations, but they were both competitive at points during the season.
This division should be competitive during the 2020 season but who will come out on top comes down to the offseason moves. Let’s breakdown one bold prediction for each team’s offseason.
4. Jaguars name Gardner Minshew starting quarterback
The Jaguars invested a lot of money into Nick Foles, but after just one season it’s clear he isn’t the answer going forward at quarterback. Who knows, Gardner Minshew might not be either, but the team is going to give him every chance to succeed.
Instead of Minshew wondering if he is going to have to compete for the job, the Jaguars will give it to him early, so he can just focus on getting ready for the season.
That type of confidence the team shows in him is going to really help his confidence. Will it result in wins is still to be seen, but Minshew will be the starting quarterback of the Jaguars in the 2020 season.
3. Titans make Derrick Henry the highest-paid running back in football
Ezekiel Elliott is currently the highest-paid running back in the NFL with $50,052,137 guaranteed. Derrick Henry has made it clear he expects to be paid this offseason, and the Titans are going to make it happen.
During the 2019 season, Henry rushed 303 times for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Titans know how important he is to the team, and they are going to give him whatever they want. How much Henry will make is still to be seen, but $55 million guaranteed seems like the starting spot.
2. Texans sign Kareem Hunt
Kareem Hunt can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble but the Texans need a game-changer at running back so they will take their chances on him. Hunt only played in eight games during the 2019 season with the Cleveland Browns but he still found a lot of success.
He rushed 43 times for 179 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown. He split carries with Nick Chubb, so if he can be a lead back he can be one of the best backs in the league.
He just needs to stay out of trouble, which seems to be a big if.
1. Colts try to sign Tom Brady
The Colts don’t seem to think Jacoby Brissett is the long term option, but they have a talented roster so they don’t want to wait a couple of years to train a new one in.
Tom Brady is the perfect guy to fill in and lead this team back to the playoffs. Landing him is going to be tough, but the Colts aren’t going to let him get away easy.
Don’t be shocked if Brady is the starting quarterback for the Colts next season. It will be a bit odd after all the battles between Peyton Manning and Brady.