NFL QB Free Agency Carousel
S.K. Patrick | Analyzed Sports
The trade market in the NBA was crazy! After player movement in that league let’s turn our attention to the NFL, especially at quarterback. Free agency at the quarterback position figures to be more active than ever in a league where fewer teams have real salary-cap issues. After the Eagles won the SuperBowl with a “back up” in Nick Foles some teams will be chasing to trade for him but others will have to sign a QB. As in every year, there will be a few surprise names added to the free-agent pool when teams begin to make roster cuts before the start of the new league year on March 14.
1. Drew Brees is a future Hall of Famer. He may no longer be the quarterback he once was but even with slight regression, almost every team would give everything to get him. He completed 72 percent of his passes in 2017. Brees should be able to have one or two more exceptional seasons at the very least. He’s a living legend in New Orleans and let’s be honest; he’ll be a Saint next year.
2. Kirk Cousins over the past three years has thrown for 81 touchdowns and just 36 interceptions, completing 67 percent of his passes. However, Cousins play has always been up and down and only got the Redskins into the playoffs once. In particular, he seems to meltdown at the worst times possible. Still, Cousins has played like a top 10 Quarterback. The Redskins traded for Kansas City’s Alex Smith, so he won’t be back.
3. Case Keenum Is he just a 1-year wonder? The journeyman puts together a dream season. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes, throwing 22 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. The Vikings have seen nothing from Keenum to make them believe that he can’t be their quarterback going forward, but no one should be surprised if he regresses either. Was this a year that all the stars aligned or does the Vikings have their quarterback for the next five years.
4. Teddy Bridgewater finally took the field late in the year. Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury two years ago. When he was healthy he helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs. It’s unclear if he’ll ever be the same quarterback he once was, a signal-caller with a career completion percentage of 65 and a total touchdown-to-interception ratio of 32:21. It’s going to be hard to gage Teddy free agency options. If he plays like the Teddy of two years ago then he will be a starter getting a nice payday.
5. A.J.McCarron was almost a Brown before the NFL trade deadline, but the Browns front office screwed up the paperwork. Cleveland could make another attempt to acquire him this offseason. If so, the Browns are getting a quarterback who can probably be an average starter in the NFL. In extensive action in 2015, McCarron threw six touchdowns to two interceptions, with a 66.4 completion percentage and a 7.2 YPA. He’s solid but not a game changer.