Madden 21: Best teams to rebuild in franchise mode

Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images)
Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images) /
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Madden 21 is almost upon us and we are taking a look at the best teams to rebuild in Madden 21 franchise mode.

It’s here — Madden season. Madden 21 is ready to make champions, break hearts, and create memorable moments, and no mode does that quite like franchise mode (Connected Franchise). With the backlash to the lack of franchise mode updates in Madden 21Madden developers promised some changes to the mode by launch. Though there are changes that can be made before launch, it is more likely the bulk of changes will come after launch and hopefully even more in Madden 22.

Still, that’s not stopping us from deciding which teams would be the best teams to rebuild in Madden 21 franchise mode.

Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Finish the job with the Dolphins

This sounds crazy to say, but the Dolphins front office has made smart decisions over the past 2 seasons. They’ve brought in some talented veterans to supplement the youth they’ve drafted. And despite big contracts to players like Byron Jones and Xavien Howard, they’re both 27 years old and create quite the CB tandem (Overalls at 88 and 82). They’ve shed most of their bad contracts, and you have room with the Dolphins to finish the rebuild they started.

There are a lot of players with upside to build around on the Dolphins in Madden 21 — the most obvious one being Tua Tagovailoa. His starting rating is a 73 overall (1 less than starter Ryan Fitzpatrick), and he features 81 speed, 88 throwing power with all other passing ratings (accuracy, throw on run, etc) in the 80s. There’s no Dolphins franchise taking place in Madden 21 where the player chooses to start Fitzpatrick over Tagovailoa. He’s your QB of the present and future, so that means you are free from having to draft a QB in your first offseason.

Since you don’t have to draft a QB, your entire rebuild will be consumed with building up the offense around Tua. There are some nice pieces already in place with 79 OVR Matt Breida at HB (95 speed), TE Mike Gesicki (79 OVR), and a trio of young WR in Devante Parker (84 OVR), Jakeem Grant (74 OVR 95 Speed) and Preston Williams (73 OVR). Where the bulk of your rebuild will be is on the offensive line, where the highest rated player is 73 OVR, and rookie Left Tackle Austin Jackson is rated 64 OVR. That first overall pick you’re not using on a QB can be used on an offensive lineman, adding another skill position player, or beefing up an already pretty good defense.

I already mentioned a pretty good defense with the cornerback tandem, but the dolphins also drafted and added some good defenders via free agency the last couple of off-seasons:

  • LOLB Kyle Van Noy – 86 OVR
  • DT Davon Godchaux – 76 OVR
  • MLB Raekwon McMillan – 76 OVR
  • LE Emmanuel Ogbah – 75 OVR
  • ROLB Shaq Lawson – 75 OVR
  • RE Christian Wilkins – 74 OVR

As you can see, the time if right to take another off-season and complete this rebuild. The joy of choosing the Dolphins is taking a team that’s almost there with a chosen QB of the future, and then building the offense you want to run with him. And finally winning the division instead of the Patriots.