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Carson Wentz trade: Zero first-round quarterbacks drafted from 2009-2016 are with their original team

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When you select a quarterback in the first round of the draft, it’s widely assumed and hoped that the player will be with the franchise for the foreseeable future. However, that’s not always the case and, in light of the Carson Wentz trade to Indianapolis, there appears to be a rather significant dead zone in franchise quarterbacks sticking with their first clubs in recent history. 

As Field Yates of ESPN highlighted in the aftermath of the Wentz trade, there are now zero quarterbacks taken in the first round between 2009 and 2016 that are still with their original teams. In all, there were 22 quarterbacks taken over that stretch and Wentz (No. 2 overall in 2016) was the final signal-caller standing with the club that brought him into the league. 

Here’s a look at all those quarterbacks and what their situation is currently: 

This primarily shows you that even when you do hit on a quarterback pick like the Lions did with Stafford, the Panthers did with Newton, or how Indianapolis did with Luck, that’s sometimes only half the equation. Teams also need to build a winning squad around them or — in the case of Stafford — they’ll eventually want to land with a winning organization or — like Luck — call it quits earlier than most expect. 

That trend looks like it’ll somewhat continue as we turn our attention to the 2017 draft class. Mitchell Trubisky (taken No. 2 overall by the Chicago Bears) is entering unrestricted free agency and Deshaun Watson (No. 12 overall by the Houston Texans) is asking for a trade. The only first-round QB from that class who seems solidified in his original situation is Patrick Mahomes, who signed a 10-year extension with the Chiefs last offseason. 




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