Taylor Heinicke is back, but Washington's QB rumors aren't going anywhere

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QB rumors aren't going anywhere even with Taylor Heinicke back originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Taylor Heinicke, the pylon-diving, heart-capturing quarterback who nearly upset Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Wild Card weekend, signed a two-year extension with the Washington Football Team on Wednesday.

That agreement is worth up to $8.75 million, per the NFL Network, and it's a significant achievement for someone who was just about ready to stop playing quarterback and focus more on his insane-sounding math classes at Old Dominion.

Yet it also won't do much in terms of quieting the QB rumors that have enveloped the franchise since that January loss to Tampa Bay.

The value of Heinicke's contract matches up to the sort of deals that are given to those passers who are respected backups and fringe starters. 

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According to the reports about it, it suggests that Washington could give him a chance to compete for the top job in camp this summer if they aren't able to land someone who's clearly more established than him.

Or, if the organization does acquire a more legitimate signal-caller, Heinicke would slide in as a promising No. 2 option. 

Ultimately, Ron Rivera would surely prefer to enter Week 1 of the 2021 season with Heinicke and Kyle Allen, should he re-sign, behind someone with a more consistent track record of production as a pro.

After all, as fun as Heinicke's night versus the Bucs was, it was by far his most impressive NFL outing. Therefore, it's fair to wonder if that was more of a blip than a sign of things to come.

Regardless, securing Heinicke's services for the next couple of seasons was a no-brainer for both sides. Just don't expect it to be the club's final move at the position this offseason.