As we continue to approach the halfway point of the 2017 NFL season, it’s clear that some teams are probably already looking forward to 2018. While successful teams are rarely built completely through the free agent market, teams are always able to find stop-gap solutions on the free agent market to bolster depth, bring in competition during training camps, or fill in any roster holes that may exist. Below, is my 2018 free agency preview for quarterbacks.
Just a few things to keep in mind before you start reading:
- These are merely projections.
- There’s still a lot of moves to be made between contract extensions, trades, releases, and the NFL Draft. There is no guarantee that any of these players will be on the free agent market in 2018
With that in mind, let the previews begin!
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
- The 2017 season could spell the end of the road for Drew Brees. Brees will be thirty-nine years old in January and at that point, the Saints front office may decide to go in a different direction or decide to extend Brees for another season.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
- The Kirk Cousins saga in Washington has been odd over the last few seasons. Having been franchise tagged twice (2016 and 2017), Cousins and the Redskins have been unable to work on a contract extension. All throughout the 2017 offseason, Cousin’s name was also involved in trade rumors.
Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
- When healthy, Bradford has proven to be a solid NFL starter. Unfortunately, with Teddy Bridgewater coming back, the Vikings may decide to go back to their young signal caller. No matter what happens, Bradford will find a new home via the free-agent market in 2018.
Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins
- Probably going to get really criticized for putting Jay Cutler on this list. But there are a few teams who could decide to pursue Cutler in 2018, even with a quarterback-rich class. Cutler will likely be signed to a cheap one-year deal, which will allow for him to be a bridge quarterback for a young team looking to break in a new signal-caller in 2019.
Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings
- Yes, there are three Minnesota Vikings on this list. Keenum has proven to be a solid backup while filling in for Sam Bradford. Come 2018, Keenum will likely be a backup somewhere.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
- In 2018, Bridgewater will most likely decide to re-sign with Vikings. Unfortunately, Bridgewater has not played since the 2015 season and coming back from a gruesome knee injury hurts his stock., However, if the Vikings decide to resign Bridgewater, he will likely be signed to a long-term deal, or he could sign as a starter somewhere else.
Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots
- Garoppolo could be the heir to Tom Brady or he could hit the free agent market and be the hottest commodity on the free agent market. Garoppolo will likely sign elsewhere and become the starting quarterback.
Honorable Options: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tampa Bay), Mark Sanchez (Chicago Bears), Geno Smith (New York Giants), Brock Osweiler (Denver Broncos)
All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac
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