Teams may be very thankful for the 2017 quarterback market

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Every year, a cluster of NFL teams tries in vain to upgrade at the quarterback position. In many cases, they’re required to roll the dice on a draft pick. This year, an unprecedented glut of quarterbacks with NFL experience may arise.

Here’s a full list of all veteran quarterbacks who may be available, with a quick explanation as to why they could be available.

And, yes, there are 20 of them.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills: The contract he signed earlier this year gave him a significant raise for 2016. It also gave the team an easy exit for 2017. If the Bills change coaches, will the successor to Rex Ryan want to commit $27.5 million to Taylor? Maybe, maybe not. If not, he’ll be released.

Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots: The Pats will face the Chandler Jones/Jamie Collins conundrum with Garoppolo in 2017. Do they keep him for the final year of his deal and allow his departure to factor in to the compensatory draft picks for 2019, or do they trade him for whatever they could get one or two years sooner? With Jacoby Brissett looking the part, don’t be shocked if the Pats part ways with Garoppolo.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets: No one may want him (especially not as a starter), but he’ll be available. For obvious reasons.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins: The Dolphins have a $14.475 million decision to make on Tannehill in March. Earlier this year, it was a toss-up. Now, barring a meltdown, it’s a no-brainer. He’ll be a Dolphin.

A.J. McCarron, Bengals: Signed through 2017, the Bengals have to decide (like the Patriots do) whether to trade McCarron in 2017 or keep him for another year, let him walk in free agency, and get a compensatory pick in 2019.

Robert Griffin III, Browns: The perpetually injured, but now healthy, Griffin may get a chance to audition for his next job before the season ends. With supply matching demand (for a change), Griffin may have to accept a backup role in order to continue his career.

Josh McCown, Browns: He’s under contract for another year, but the Browns may decide there’s no spot for him on a potentially revamped depth chart. He has nevertheless proven to be a steadying presence for a team that needs a positive influence, and his staying power in pro football has been remarkable.

Landry Jones, Steelers: The looming free agent has some starting experience, and he has shown some flashes of ability.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars: The slumping would-be franchise quarterback could be looking for a new franchise if the next coaching staff in Jacksonville decides to look elsewhere. The real question is whether the Jaguars will sign him to a long-term deal after the season or, if not, whether they’ll pick up what would be a very sizable option for 2018. Absent either, a trade could be on the horizon — if anyone want to trade for him at this point.

Alex Smith, Chiefs: Will the Chiefs decide, given the various options on the market, to move on from Smith? Plenty of Kansas City fans will wish they would, given the perception that he has taken the team as far as he can.

Nick Foles, Chiefs: Technically signed through 2017, his contract balloons to eight figures next year. Which means that he’ll likely be cut, if his deal isn’t renegotiated. His best bet could be to stick around in Kansas City with the man who drafted him back when they both were with the Eagles in 2012.

Trevor Siemian, Broncos: If the Broncos decide either to give the job to Paxton Lynch or to sign or trade for someone else, they’d have to decide whether to bench Siemian for the third year of his four-year rookie deal or move on. They’d likely keep him, unless someone else makes the Broncos an offer they can’t refuse.

Tony Romo, Cowboys: If it wasn’t clear when he publicly surrendered the job to Dak Prescott 10 days ago, the last two games should make it obvious that Dak is the guy, indefinitely. Which means Romo will definitely be out. At $14 million for 2017, his contract is easily tradeable. The challenge will be setting the right compensation so that the team that trades for Romo is protected against another serious injury, and so that the Cowboys are protected against Romo playing 16 regular-season games.

Kirk Cousins, Washington: The team has three choices for Cousins, none of which are good. They can tag him at $23.94 million for 2017, sign him to a long-term deal with the tag amount for 2017 as the starting point, or let the market set his value. The problem with letting the market set his value is that he could then choose to sign with a new team on the open market, Brock Osweiler style.

Jay Cutler, Bears: Due to make only $12.5 million next year, Cutler becomes a bargain in 2017. Which means that the Bears should consider keeping him, unless they have an alternative that would represent a clear upgrade. Also, what if John Fox is fired and, say, Kyle Shanahan get the job? Kyle’s father drafted Cutler nearly 11 years ago.

Sam Bradford, Vikings: With a $4 million roster bonus due in March and a $13 million salary for 2017, the Vikings have a decision to make on Bradford. Their choice will depend upon Teddy Bridgewater’s health and prognosis. The team’s other options also will be a factor. Bradford could be traded for a third straight year — or cut outright.

Mike Glennon, Buccaneers: A free agent in 2017, Glennon made 18 starts in the two seasons before Jameis Winston arrived. Glennon’s 30 career touchdown passes against 15 interceptions surely will attract someone’s attention.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals: If the Cardinals find an upgrade, Palmer could be thrown overboard. Also, don’t rule out the possibility of Palmer quitting on the Cardinals. He’s done it both to the Bengals and the Raiders.

Case Keenum, Rams: Benched for Jared Goff and due to hit the open market, the question becomes whether a team will blame the problems with the team’s offense on Keenum, on the absence of talent around him, or on coaching.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers: The Broncos tried to trade for him in March, but Kaepernick wasn’t willing to significantly cut his guaranteed salary. The market will be soft for Kaepernick in 2017, especially since plenty of owners will be inclined to shy away from Kaepernick due to his anthem protests — and will be able to do it because of the other options at the position.

75 responses to “Teams may be very thankful for the 2017 quarterback market

  1. The Vikings should trade Bradford and try to recoup some of the draft capital they gave up for him. Pick up a low-priced band-aid and hope Teddy can come back sometime during the season. Earlier this year, it looked like they would be giving Bradford a long-term contract. That would be a huge mistake now.

  2. 19 of the QB’s on that list are not worth spit.

    Cousins is the only one who can command value because he continues to get better and none of the others can say that.

    What a joke.

  3. Gotta love picking up Derek Carr in the 2nd round.

    This year he’ll make a base salary of $733,346, a roster bonus of $150,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000

  4. Carson Palmer did not quit on the Raiders. He took a pay cut once and he wasn’t going to do it again so they shipped him out.

    In reality, the Raiders quit on Carson Palmer.

  5. would love for my cleveland browns too jump on Bortles,Foles,McCarron and or Tyrod Taylor if the opps come up and we dont lose draft pics
    please get rid of Kessler,Mccown and RG3

  6. I’m sure Kaepernick will retire so that he can devote himself completely to rescuing the downtrodden and oppressed, and spreading the Gospel of Communism throughout America.

  7. Alex Smith will rebound. He’s to good at his job not to get back I. Rhythm and fix his mistakes. Having Macklin, Peters, Ford and Ware back will help. We’ll see what happens Sunday night.

  8. As a Bears fan I wouldn’t mind 3 of these QB’s

    1. Jimmy Garoppolo – trade whatever you need and get him

    2. AJ McCarron- not as sold but trade for him and then draft a young Qb in round 3

    3.Kirk Cousins- I don’t see him as a franchise quarterback but you see games like yesterday and he looks pretty damn good and seems like a leader, would want a QB drafted in round 3 as well.

  9. I would consider your characterization of Carson Palmer to be unfair and potentially inaccurate.

    He “quit” on the Bengals if you will, but it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision, it was a decision made with his best interest in mind.

    I don’t recall him quitting on the Raiders, however, they wanted to get rid of him so they shipped him out.

    It’s been written numerous times of the great relationship between Arians and Palmer, and I highly doubt he would “quit” on the team.

  10. After seeing the Colts backup give them zero chance of winning, I hope the Bengals can hold on to McCarron as long as possible. He’s a great backup, and maybe could be a excellent starter.

  11. After reading this article, I have to wonder if we’re watching the same players, games, because I think you’re off base on most of these QBs

  12. I wouldn’t pay Kaepernick $5 to mow my lawn. He is terrible QB with no touch and the morale boosting skills of a guillotine. But at least he thinks he is some sort of social revolutionary, which always ends well.

  13. What a crappy list of has beens or under achievers. Sorry but if your team is looking for a QB you are screwed! Id say Garrapolo and Foles might be the best bets, but thats not saying much.

  14. Palmer “quit” on the Bungals because he didn’t want to be around the prison atmosphere anymore, he had finally had enough.

    He never quit on the Raiders, the Raiders moved on from him when they decided to go with a complete rebuild.

  15. Tony Romo, your my boy. But the Cowboys will need money freed up by your contract to sign up a pass rusher or two.

  16. stoneydog1000 says:
    Nov 25, 2016 11:20 AM

    After seeing the Colts backup give them zero chance of winning, I hope the Bengals can hold on to McCarron as long as possible.

    I don’t think last night was Tolziens fault. Give him a chance to play behind a professional offensive line and he would be OK…

  17. Gotta love picking up Derek Carr in the 2nd round.

    This year he’ll make a base salary of $733,346, a roster bonus of $150,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000
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    Joey, is Carr on the list? Relevance? Wake us when your Super Hero has a career record of .500 and takes a team to the playoffs. You may go now!

  18. McCarron was the definition of “game manager” in his 4 starts. He showed nothing that would lead one to believe he’ll be an “excellent” starter. People are only enamored with him because he was a college star with a hot wife. In reality, he was a 5th rounder for a reason, and guys like Brady and Preskott only come along once a blue moon. Wake me when McCarron is an NFL star. Or even a starter.

  19. Alex Smith will rebound. He’s to good at his job not to get back.
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    Grass Hoppa. You cannot return to a place to which you have never been.

  20. If the Skins haven’t realized they need to pay Cousins then someone needs their head examined. The offense is tailor made for him and he’s flourished in it, however, he also needs to realize his grass may be greener by staying in Washington. And Washington needs to understand, unless they have some inside track to a better option they need to get him under contract, no need to add a new problem which needs solving, bad enough plenty of resources will be needed to improve the defense.

  21. Bortles is a bowl of jello right now. He has lost alot of confidence. He is now on Off Coord #3 and his head coach is a flat out idiot…but Bortles needs a TON of work and may not ever get it right.

    Even HE admits that he does not throw well…his feet are all over the place when he throws and it comes out like a wounded duck.

    He has thrown 10 pick sixes already and is a turnover machine.

    He is a good runner and is tough – but I dont see him ever improving his accuracy that much.

    Watching some of the amazing passes that both Prescott and Cousins threw yesterday really highlighted in my mind just how far from that Bortles really is.

  22. Use a first round pick on a QB or trade that pick for Jimmy G? I say make the trade (the best qb’s on the list will re-sign leaving options that are not good except for Jimmy)

  23. Jimmy G; AJ McCarron; Kirk Cousins are the top 3 and likely the only ones with a long career in the nfl…

    Hopefully they stay out of the nfc south…
    Brees is in his last years and the Saints are likely to be looking for his replacement…

    The bucs will hopefully stick with their QB like they normally do until they miss out on good ones like they normally do!

  24. There’s like 3 good qbs on this list and the only reason I’m considering Romo good is because the rest of the list is so bad in comparison.

    NFL needs to seriously consider a development league or start having NFL coaches work with college coaches more on what they want/need the young QBs to work on.

  25. The best names on this list are the guys we don’t know much about yet, so they haven’t built a body of work that sucks. We can always hope they might be something.

    That said, like that other guy commented up there, I’m not going to say every guy who fails to combine Peyton Manning’s stats with Tom Brady’s record and Aaron Rodgers’ pre-2015 QB Rating is terrible.

  26. Obviously, even the guys who are paid millions to evaluate QBs have a hard time getting it right. We have seen so many examples of super star QBs that everyone overlooked. There are two guys that aren’t on this list that I think are championship caliber QBs. Ryan Nassib was a 4th round pick for NYG in ’13, and he’s on the depth chart behing an ironman, 2 time super bowl winner. He’s only completed 9 of 10 career passes, so nobody knows he’s a stud. You have to go back to his college tape. Before you say he was a fourth round pick, lower your voice so you don’t sound ridiculous. The other guy is a rookie 4th round pick and currently #3 on the Raiders depth chart. With Derek Carr playing the way he is, Conner Cook isn’t getting on the field unless there is an injury. Teams might be able to pry him away from the Raiders. But nobody knows he’s that good. Again, go look at his MSU tape. He’s better than Dak Prescott. In fact, I’ll bet most scouts had him rated above Prescott. Just watch the tape and judge for yourself. Too many people listen to what others are saying, and that’s the main reason evaluating QBs is so hard. It’s crazy that teams will pay millions for a proven loser before they take a chance on a proven winner like Nassib or Cook.

  27. Broncos should trade Siemian for a 3rd round pick then send Dallas a conditional 3rd round pick for Romo (one with a heavy injury clause.) If Romo gets hurt you still have Paxton Lynch and that defense to build around and you haven’t lost anything. If he stays healthy with that receiving core they could be scary.

  28. war27 says:
    Nov 25, 2016 10:58 AM

    Carson Palmer did not quit on the Raiders. He took a pay cut once and he wasn’t going to do it again so they shipped him out.

    In reality, the Raiders quit on Carson Palmer.

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    and thank god they did, i never wanted that INT machine in the first place.

  29. unbridledsexy says:
    Nov 25, 2016 11:06 AM

    Alex Smith will rebound. He’s to good at his job not to get back I. Rhythm and fix his mistakes. Having Macklin, Peters, Ford and Ware back will help. We’ll see what happens Sunday night.
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    Alex Smith doesnt have much control over the situation. His success or failure depends on the talent around him. Give him a top 3 defense and a solid running game where he doesnt have to do too much and hell be fine. Not super bowl fine, but he’ll keep you above above .500 fine. Honestly if the Chiefs really want to take that next step its time to part ways with the risk averse game manager QBs they are so fond of. Sure its a gamble to draft a franchise caliber QB high and hope it was the right pick, but so is hoping you miraculously field a 2000 Ravens caliber D that can carry your mediocre QB to a SB.

  30. Cousins, Tannehill, Taylor, Palmer and Bortles aren’t going anywhere. That was never in question.

    Garrapolo and Romo are the only hot commodities.

    Teddy Bridgewater’s more likely to be traded than Sam Bradford; especially since the Vikings traded a first for Bradford.

  31. darkbaconlips says:
    Nov 25, 2016 11:48 AM
    Gotta love picking up Derek Carr in the 2nd round.

    This year he’ll make a base salary of $733,346, a roster bonus of $150,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000
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    Joey, is Carr on the list? Relevance? Wake us when your Super Hero has a career record of .500 and takes a team to the playoffs. You may go now!
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    The point is that the Raiders got a future HOF QB in the 2nd round and your team has a dud at QB.

  32. Why would anyone in their right mind give a lot of money to a part-time QB? Yeah, I’m looking at you Romo.

  33. .
    Garopollo – accurate, gets the ball out in a hurry, can handle the pressure, spent three full years as Brady’s understudy with Belichick and McDaniels as teachers, in excellent health since he’s rarely played.

    Some team is going to acquire a pretty good QB . Don’t be shocked if McDaniels gets a head coaching position and takes Garopollo with him.
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  34. I’ve been hoping for the Bills to trade for Mike Glennon for the last two years. Tyrod Taylor is a running back…not a QB. If the Bills do pull off a miracle and fire Rex, hopefully the next coach moves on from Taylor and brings in somebody like Glennon to lead.

  35. Given that Smith and Reid in KC are both LDS, I sincerely doubt Reid would dump him. He could end up being forced by the team to dump him, of course, but it seems like a stretch.

  36. hendawg21 says:

    If the Skins haven’t realized they need to pay Cousins then someone needs their head examined. The offense is tailor made for him and he’s flourished in it, however, he also needs to realize his grass may be greener by staying in Washington. And Washington needs to understand, unless they have some inside track to a better option they need to get him under contract, no need to add a new problem which needs solving, bad enough plenty of resources will be needed to improve the defense.
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    Cousins knows that as long as Dak is on the Cowboys, he has no chance at winning a division title. He’ll probably want to go to the AFC.

  37. darkbaconlips says:
    Nov 25, 2016 11:48 AM
    Gotta love picking up Derek Carr in the 2nd round.

    This year he’ll make a base salary of $733,346, a roster bonus of $150,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000
    _____________________________________
    Joey, is Carr on the list? Relevance? Wake us when your Super Hero has a career record of .500 and takes a team to the playoffs. You may go now!
    ******************************************
    The point is that the Raiders got a future HOF QB in the 2nd round and your team has a dud at QB.

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    If he keeps up what he’s doing how long do you really think you’re gonna be able to keep him at a discount??

  38. I wonder if all the Alex Smith haters realize what his career winning record is for like the last 4 years. Someone on TV the other day said he was like 4th among all starting quarterbacks. And the ones in front of him had last names like Brady, Manning, and Rodgers. Oh he can’t put up big numbers in a shoot out in the playoffs…. Better go put on the NO vs SF playoff tape and the KC vs Indy playoff tape…. Him losing that game with Indy was a pure defensive meltdown by his team…. Glennon has potential too. But, Jimmy G is the guy everybody should offer the farm for.

  39. Carson Palmer is an updated (and slightly better) version of Jeff George. Classic physical skills wanted in a QB but the demeanor and attitude of a loser. Trading a boatload of draft picks for him was one of the worst moves (engineered by Hue Jackson) in Raiders’ history.

    @joetoronto – I doubt the Raiders will be paying Derek Carr those small amounts for 2017 that you mentioned. I expect that they’ll lock him up with a huge (but well-deserved) new mega deal in the offseason.

  40. jkb0162 says:
    Nov 25, 2016 12:28 PM
    Broncos should trade Siemian for a 3rd round pick then send Dallas a conditional 3rd round pick for Romo (one with a heavy injury clause.)
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    A third rounder for Siemian then conditionally turn it into Romo? Not even Ryan Grigson would give up a pick for Trevor Siemian (a 3rd stringer at best) that could instead be used to net Romo.

  41. It’s not Rex it the Jets MO since day one. New coach comes in does good first year or two. Times and Post declared him far better then the last coach, he is the future blah blah blah then BAM!!!!!!! The Nets crash and burn and the new savior coach suks. Serious , ask any die hard Jets fan that’s been around for a awhile. NYJ are an exercise in humility. It’s just the way it is

  42. Kaepernick will most-certainly NOT be available for two very good reasons:

    1) His revised contract will pay him over $19M next season, and no other team in the league is insane enough to pay him half that amount.
    2) York and Baalke are certifiable.

  43. Only a fool would pay Kirk Cousins elite QB money. Kirk Cousins is a system QB, given a chance Colt McCoy can run this offense. The Skins need to build their defense and spending $23 million on an average QB won’t help this team get a playoff win or make a deep playoff run.

    The Skins have been fortunate this season because the Vikings, Packer have been hurt by injuries. The Skins have a talented offense but won’t be able to resign that talent by paying a Kirk Cousins an insane amount of money. Look what Dallas is doing with a 4th round QB, there are about 5 to 7 Kirk Cousins type QBs in every draft so why pay a Kirk Cousins like a Brady, Rodger, Wilson or Newton type money when he has no playoff wins.

    See what the market is willing to pay Kirk and if too high tag Kirk as a “non-exclusive” franchise player. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if the player signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, is entitled to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation. The Skins team would have to be close to perfect to make a deep playoff run with Kirk Cousins as their QB.

  44. bleedingfacemask says:
    Nov 25, 2016 4:35 PM
    Kaepernick will most-certainly NOT be available for two very good reasons:

    1) His revised contract will pay him over $19M next season, and no other team in the league is insane enough to pay him half that amount.
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    That revised contract allows the Niners to cut him with only a $2.5M cap hit, virtually guaranteeing he will be cut

  45. If I were drafted by the Browns, I would either play a different sport or just quit… Getting picked by the Browns is THE kiss of death!

  46. Bengals have too many holes on their team to fill only with the nominal draft picks. They are going to have to trade someone and get one or more high draft picks. McCarron seems to be one. I could even see them letting AJ Green go. He should bring two first rounders or a 1, 2 and 3rd.

    Bengals need starters at OT, G, C, WR, DL, DT, LB, S, CB and kicker. Can’t do without trade for picks or major free agency signings of people in their prime.

  47. jag1959 says:
    Nov 25, 2016 5:54

    That revised contract allows the Niners to cut him with only a $2.5M cap hit, virtually guaranteeing he will be cut
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    It’s painfully obvious that you skipped over reason 2)

  48. Only a few teams have QB’s that can do it with an ordinary supporting cast and we know who they are, everybody else needs a good system, good coaching and be surrounded by good starting players and backups. Contenders have a sprinkle of great players, good players and backups and just as important hungary players. A Tannehill type player who shows up every week despite getting smashed every week could easily lead a team of the latter to a lot of success.

  49. you can speculate all you want about what the vikings will do for their QB situation, but I assure you they’ll mess it up.

    Bradford has actually been the only bright spot on their entire team. I don’t know why vikings fans don’t understand that the offensive line is Bradfords limiting factor, not Bradford himself.

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