The quarterback market is largely settled, before free agency has begun

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Free agency doesn’t even officially begin for seven more hours, but the quarterback market has already dried up.

Of the seven quarterbacks in our Free Agent Top 100, six have already signed or agreed to terms on new contracts: Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford and Josh McCown. Only AJ McCarron remains available.

So who else is available in free agency? Jay Cutler would probably be the No. 2 quarterback on the list, but he is more likely to retire than to play in 2018.

After Cutler, Tom Savage is the free agent quarterback who had the most passing yards in 2017. He’s unlikely to sign for much more than the league minimum anywhere.

Other available quarterbacks who started games last year include Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert, Geno Smith, Brock Osweiler, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel and Matt Moore. Derek Anderson, Ryan Mallett and Chad Henne are still floating around, as are some well-known quarterbacks who didn’t play in the NFL last year, including Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.

Some of those players will end up starting in the NFL in 2018. Few would inspire confidence.

27 responses to “The quarterback market is largely settled, before free agency has begun

  1. From that list, the only ones worth signing would be a clean Manziel and maybe Geno. The rest aren’t much at all and a rookie would be a better investment.

  2. I bet AJ McCarron is even more disappointed now that the trade to the Browns didn’t go through last season.

    If any team signs Jay Cutler to be their starter their GM should be drawn and quartered.

  3. I am thinking that the top three quarterbacks in the 2017 draft will prove to be better than the top four quarterbacks in the 2018 draft. It will be fun to see how they all work out!

  4. All the more reason that full-blown FA should have begun at noon Monday instead of the “legal tampering period”. If it’s always ratings and viewers, make FA start at primetime on Monday night at 8pm. Everyone will tune in to watch all the signings begin.

  5. What there appears to be consensus about, is there isn’t a cant-miss franchise QB in this year’s draft class. If you’re a starting QB needy team, you probably aren’t going to improve by starting any of them on day one.

  6. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    March 14, 2018 at 9:05 am
    I don’t know why you got so many thumbs down, that seems like a logical conclusion

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    While the premise is right, I think Manziel (who failed in the NFL, and it wasn’t *because* he played for the Browns) and Geno Smith (enough said) don’t make a list of the only talent on that list. Manziel’s skills do not translate to the NFL, and Smith is just bad. I don’t think there is much talent on that list, including them.

    SMH that “Some of those players will end up starting in the NFL in 2018.” Completely agree that “Few would inspire confidence.”

  7. selgaeinla says:
    March 14, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Give us a 1 and a 4 and Nick Foles is yours! Lol….

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    The only QB on the list better than Foles is Drew Brees and he is 10 years older. And the reality is three of the teams (Cardinals, Broncos and Jets) will undoubtedly draft a QB to develop while the newly signed starter plays because draft picks are cheap while paying Nick Foles $20+ million and forking over draft capital to acquire him is most definitely not. The Eagles were correct in asking for the price that they did because his value as a back up at a $6 million salary is much higher that the second round pick they were reportedly offered. The market decided his value and it worked out for both teams. With all that said, the Eagles proved by making multiple trades (especially for Wentz) in the last two years that, barring Tom Brady falling into your lap, to win you have to take risks. Most of the teams who have signed QBs this offseason aren’t going to sniff the Super Bowl any time soon.

  8. Buffalo can’t be happy with their QB situation. They need to keep as many draft picks as possible and ship their late 1st rounder to Philadelphia for Nick Foles. And, I don’t just say this as an Eagles fan who knows that Nick Foles is a starting quality Quarterback. I say this as someone who is tired of Buffalo screwing up the QB position since Jim Kelly retired! Now they’re thinking of trading all of the draft picks they need to move up to draft the 2nd best rookie QB, (because Cleveland is taking the best). That is just stupid Buffalo! The Jets aren’t going to let you jump them. And, Denver needs a QB too. So do the Giants. Realize your situation Buffalo and trade for the best available QB: Nick Foles. If not I’d be happy for the Eagles to keep him but I know that any team that gives him a shot to start again will not regret it.

  9. Buffalo gets AJ, a top 5 QB in draft and (contrary to popular belief – ask John Gruden) Nate Peterman is not washed up by any means.

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    Washed up? That would imply that he was actually good at some point.

  10. So Buffalo trades Tyrod because he clearly isn’t a Franchise QB in order to have someone else who clearly isn’t a Franchise QB until so they can draft a kid who might be a franchise QB. I am confused by this. Why not keep Taylor and draft a kid who might be a Franchise QB let the kid sit behind Taylor for 1 more year. People say it was great they got a 3rd round pick for Taylor but if they have to give up a 2nd round pick to get Foles that is an upgrade? If you are trying to tell me AJ is better than Tyrod well… let’s just say one guy got the Bills to the playoffs with no WR and the other guy was riding the pine behind Andy Dalton

  11. Buffalo gets AJ, a top 5 QB in draft and (contrary to popular belief – ask John Gruden) Nate Peterman is not washed up by any means. Let’s go boys.

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    All of this could have been done if you just kept Tyrod.. if you think with this O Line that AJ gives the Bills a better shot at winning.. let us agree to disagree

  12. The Eagles are playing an interesting poker game right now. With at least four first round QBs to go in the draft, and a free agency class that was not so shabby, the immediate value for Foles probably does not match what it would be in an ordinary year. I am sure a few of the teams who still have a QB gap would be willing to take him at the right price (like two second round picks), but those teams still have other options. The Eagles could wait to see if a team comes begging later (like the Vikes last year), but if it does not happen, they could miss a huge chance at getting meaningful value out of Foles.

  13. Every year we hear about a group of young QBs who may have “potential”. I’d like to know more about where some of the guys from the last few years are, or what’s going on with them: Tom Savage, Zach Mettenberger, Bryce Petty, Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg, Paxton Lynch, etc.

    These are just some names I recall talking heads saying could develop and had a lot of upside (for what that’s worth). It’s always interesting to me how many young QBs just seem to disappear into the NFL black hole and are never heard from again. And that’s because the NFL does a really poor job of developing young QBs.

  14. joker65 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Buffalo gets AJ, a top 5 QB in draft and (contrary to popular belief – ask John Gruden) Nate Peterman is not washed up by any means.

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    Washed up? That would imply that he was actually good at some point.

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    Dude played IN 2 games total. If you saw the Rams game, albeith they got creamed, the first play he zipped one right to KBenjamin (who was hurt on the play) demonstrating in 1 throw he was better than Tyrod….if KB doesn’t get hurt that play/game, much different story.

  15. Buffalo is drafting a QB 100%. But there is not 1 QB worth trading TWO #1’s to move up for. The only arm left is McCarron, who can fill the role of an affordable veteran bridge QB. I pray Buffalo sits tight & drafts Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph at #21 or #22.

    For the love of God do not waste & overpay on Nick Foles. He was OUT OF THE LEAGUE & was only willing to play under Andy Reid & his offense in KC because that’s when Foles had his ONE magical season. Fast forward….Pederson, who ran Reid’s offense in KC, bolts to Philly & SURPRISE!!! Foles lands in Philly. He FAILS anywhere else. Yes, SuperBowl MVP against a no-show Pats defense. Lit up Minnesota. Prior to that….all turds. Wouldn’t throw the ball more than 20yds downfield more than 1-3 times per game. Found the magic RPO bullet versus New England.

    Even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

  16. Best Available QB1/2s: Blaine Gabbert, Geno Smith, Brock Osweiler, Derek Anderson, Ryan Mallett — in that order.

  17. Well I’m guessing Savage or Derek Anderson are Buffalo bound soon… in The spirit of all Panthers moving north it will probably be Anderson.

  18. Chris Nigro says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    For the love of God do not waste & overpay on Nick Foles. He was OUT OF THE LEAGUE & was only willing to play under Andy Reid & his offense in KC because that’s when Foles had his ONE magical season. Fast forward….Pederson, who ran Reid’s offense in KC, bolts to Philly & SURPRISE!!! Foles lands in Philly. He FAILS anywhere else. Yes, SuperBowl MVP against a no-show Pats defense. Lit up Minnesota. Prior to that….all turds. Wouldn’t throw the ball more than 20yds downfield more than 1-3 times per game. Found the magic RPO bullet versus New England.
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    FAKE news! All of it! Nick Foles was never out of the league. He had one bad season in St. Louis under Jeff Fisher and so did Case Keenum! In 2013 he threw for 27 TDs vs just 2 ints! 2014 he looked good too prior to breaking his collar bone. 2015 was the one poor season under Fisher. 2016 he looked good in the one game he started for Smith. 2017 he looked good vs the Rams and Giants, struggled vs the Raiders, and only played a quarter vs the Cowboys. Then he played lights out awesome in the playoffs and Super Bowl. People that diss Nick Foles have no clue what they are talking about! He has a winning record as a starter which is more than you can say for Kirk Cousins!

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