NFL starting quarterbacks for the 2021 NFL season

Who are the 32 NFL starting quarterbacks, and which teams are still looking for their QB in 2021 (or further into the future)?

Ahead of the 2021 NFL season, who are the starting quarterbacks for all 32 teams? Now that we are in Week 3, have there been many changes? Let’s take a look at the full list and which NFL teams may still need a starting QB.

NFL starting quarterbacks in 2021 | AFC

  • Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson
  • Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen
  • Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow
  • Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield
  • Denver Broncos: Teddy Bridgewater
  • Houston Texans: Davis Mills (Tyrod Taylor out with an injury)
  • Indianapolis Colts: Carson Wentz
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence


  • Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes
  • Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr
  • Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert
  • Miami Dolphins: Jacoby Brissett (Tua Tagovailoa out with an injury)
  • New England Patriots: Mac Jones
  • New York Jets: Zach Wilson
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger
  • Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill

NFL starting quarterbacks in 2021 | NFC

  • Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan
  • Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray
  • Carolina Panthers: Sam Darnold
  • Chicago Bears: Justin Fields (Andy Dalton out with an injury)
  • Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott
  • Detroit Lions: Jared Goff
  • Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
  • Los Angeles Rams: Matthew Stafford


  • Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins
  • New Orleans Saints: Jameis Winston
  • New York Giants: Daniel Jones
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts
  • San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance (Jimmy Garoppolo out with an injury)
  • Seattle Seahawks: Geno Smith (Russell Wilson out with an injury)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady
  • Washington Football Team: Taylor Heinicke (Ryan Fitzpatrick out with an injury)

Teams that need a starter at QB

The majority of situations for the 2021 season are now settled. The biggest question mark arguably lies with San Francisco and Washington. San Francisco is likely to lean on Jimmy Garoppolo early with Trey Lance waiting in the wings. Washington tentatively had Ryan Fitzpatrick in place as their starter, but Taylor Heinicke is now in charge after Fitzpatrick’s injury.

Thinking more long-term, several NFL starting quarterback situations are still up in the air. Aaron Rodgers is supposedly out of Green Bay next year, so they could still be searching for their QB of the future.

There are also some unsettled situations with young QBs. The Browns have yet to lock up Baker Mayfield with a contract extension, while Sam Darnold is on a two-season trial in Carolina. In terms of veterans, Jameis Winston is on a short-term deal in New Orleans, and the Vikings are apparently looking to move on from Kirk Cousins when they can.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN.