Which quarterbacks won’t get big-money long-term deal?

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Over the past few years, NFL teams have made a habit out of handing out new contract after new contract to quarterbacks, with in many cases the latest quarterback to sign becoming the highest-paid player in league history.

Since June 2017, Derek Carr passed Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford passed Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo passed Stafford, Kirk Cousins passed Garoppolo, Matt Ryan passed Cousins, Aaron Rodgers passed Ryan, and Russell Wilson passed Rodgers, pushing the maximum from $25 million per year to $35 million annually.

From those eight quarterbacks we move to another eight quarterbacks, each of whom have contracts lasting one or two years. There’s a growing sense that, at some point, a team faced with high salary demands from a quarterback will say, “No thanks,” trading the quarterback or letting him walk away via free agency. Here’s a look at the likelihood of that happening with any of eight quarterbacks whose contracts are coming up for renewal.

Carson Wentz, Eagles: Howie Roseman says that the team wouldn’t hesitate to do the right deal, for both organization and player. But what’s the right deal? Wentz may eventually fall somewhere in the $10 million divide between Carr’s $25 million per year and Wilson’s $35 million. For now, Wentz’s value is closer to the range of $25 million to $30 million. A season that doesn’t end with a December injury and does end with a Super Bowl appearance or something closer to it puts him in the range of $30 million to $35 million. (A Super Bowl win potentially would put him north of $35 million per year.) The real question is whether Wentz will accept the best offer made before Wentz embarks on a fourth NFL season that could dramatically increase his value, if he decides to roll the dice on his ability to continue to play.

Dak Prescott, Cowboys: Prescott quietly took a significant step in his development in the 2018 postseason, beating Russell Wilson in the wild-card round and then performing at a very high level against the Rams, at a time when the running game wasn’t giving Prescott the kind of support he usually has when playing well. For now, the sweet spot seems to be somewhere between $25 million and $28 million, especially since Prescott isn’t the quarterback of [insert name of not very relevant team] but is the quarterback of America’s Team. He already makes seven figures in endorsements, and that will continue as long as he quarterbacks a franchise that drives TV ratings like no other. Throw in the pathway to the broadcast booth that awaits his retirement, and Prescott would be wise to take whatever the Cowboys will offer, as long as he’s at least in the range of Garoppolo.

Jameis Winston, Buccaneers: G.M. Jason Licht has made it clear that they’re taking a wait-and-see approach with Winston, whose contract expires after 2019. Some would say there’s no reason to wait, because they’ve arguably seen enough from the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. Coach Bruce Arians told ESPN during the draft that Winston needs to stop “throwing the ball to the other team.” That’s easier said than done, especially when Winston has a bad habit of trying to do more than his physical abilities will allow.

Marcus Mariota, Titans: Owner Amy Adams Strunk has expressed hope that Mariota will become the team’s franchise quarterback. This implies, obviously, that he isn’t there yet. After four years as a starter, there’s a chance he may never be. Unless he’s willing to accept something closer to $20 million than $25 million, Mariota may not get another deal in Tennessee — especially if Tennessee believes it has a viable alternative elsewhere.

Philip Rivers, Chargers: Rivers seems to be at peace with the possibility of having his contract expire, wherever that may lead. He said similar things four years ago, however, before signing a new deal with the Chargers. Then, the team moved to get a deal done. In 2019, will they apply a Band-Aid that keeps Rivers around while they plan for the future, or would they risk the bird in the hand as they search for a different, younger bird that may or may not be in the bush?

Andy Dalton, Bengals: The least relevant team in the NFL has the league’s least relevant starting quarterback. Which means they’re a match made in purgatory. The Bengals seem to be ambivalent about keeping Dalton, and he’s a prime candidate to become a free agent after the season, to look around for viable offers elsewhere, and ultimately to take the best offer the Bengals put on the table, like his former head coach did on multiple occasions when becoming a free agent.

Cam Newton, Panthers: With two years left on a deal that averages less than $21 million per year, Newton is woefully underpaid. So when does that get rectified? For starters, Newton needs to show that his shoulder has healed. Then, he needs to stay healthy, adjusting his playing style to avoid the kind of contact that results, inevitably, in more injury. He also needs to play at a high level, like he did when becoming the league MVP in 2015. If he can get back to that form, he should get $30 million per year, like another former league MVP who made it to a Super Bowl from the same division in which Newton plays. If Newton isn’t healthy or effective, new owner David Tepper will have a big decision to make.

Jared Goff, Rams: The Rams gave up a lot to get him three years ago, but that doesn’t mean they should pay a lot to keep him. Coach Sean McVay inherited Goff, and through two years McVay has surely seen enough to know whether he wants Goff to stick around. Balanced against that is the reality that McVay may be thinking about how another quarterback may be able to better run the offense, especially in light of a season-defining failure to: (1) anticipate that Brandin Cooks would be wide-ass open in a key moment of the third quarter of the Super Bowl; (2) spot Cooks once he was wide-ass open; and (3) deliver an accurate pass that would get the ball to Cooks before he was no longer wide-ass open. That one play could eat at McVay enough during the offseason to persuade him to consider slamming an otherwise wide-open door into Goff’s ass.

The unofficial over-under for quarterbacks who won’t get new contracts is 2.5. So what do you take, over or under? Chime in below.

80 responses to “Which quarterbacks won’t get big-money long-term deal?

  1. I wouldn’t pay any of them big money long term contracts. The only decent ones are Wentz and Mariota and neither one can finish a 16 game schedule. And as a Viking fan, I was disappointed the Vikes didn’t draft a QB to take over for Cousins in a couple of years. These huge contracts for QBs are crippling the team to build and keep your core of good players.

  2. I’ll go over. Dalton is done in Cincy. Winston is washing out in TB. Mariota has been marginal at best and is easily replaceable. Newton has never been a team first guy, and has the bum shoulder, PLUS they DID draft a possible replacement in Grier. I’m thinking 3 of these 4 end up on the market.

  3. flviking says:
    May 8, 2019 at 11:26 am

    And as a Viking fan, I was disappointed the Vikes didn’t draft a QB to take over for Cousins in a couple of years. These huge contracts for QBs are crippling the team to build and keep your core of good players.
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    And which good players have the Vikings lost because they didn’t have the cap space to pay them? Sheldon Richardson? He was hardly part of the core.

  4. As long as there are owners willing to pay big bucks for a QB they believe can get them a Super Bowl.
    Most of the QB’s above will get their big contracts from current team or new teams.

  5. Looking at these name… How can you blast that much of your salary cap space on one player?

  6. Is Goff just a guy without McVay? If you’re the Rams and McVay, don’t you bet on McVay being smart enough to coax results out of a lesser pedigree QB and save money for other positions? Why pay elite money to Goff if you think you can get the same results from another guy for $10 million or so?

  7. Your comments about Goff are idiotic. If you actually watched the play, Goff had a guy in his face that cause the pass to be a half-second late. On the other side of the equation, Goff numbers are better than pretty much ALL of the QBs you listed over the past two years. Of course he’ll be extended. Absent an major injury this year, its not even a question.

  8. Dak will be overpaid for an average quarterback and Cowboy’s will win a playoff game every now and then but nothing more.

  9. Great article Florio. Analysis spot on. Reminds me of when everyone got excited about Winston/Mariota and thinking we had two superstars out there ready to redefine the league. At best neither is elite. The truth is both are relatively mediocre and should not be close to driving the market.

    But to someone’s point? Some team will always pay up.

    Oh and Dak did not beat Wilson. The Cowboys beat the Seahawks. That is part of the problem with these salaries. Everyone forgets there’s 21 other guys out there.

  10. I’ll take the over. Mariotta, Rivers, Dalton and Goff. The Rams wouldn’t be bringing in a former 1st round (top 3 overall) pick in Blake Bortles if they weren’t at least considering a QB upgrade. McVay has no ties to the Goff pick. Goff is such a poser, been saying that here since he came out. Mariotta now has Ryan Tannehill to fend off and Mariotta didn’t endear himself to the coaching staff when he refused to play injured. Rivers is old and declining fast. Dalton will at best get a one year contract and that’s only if he performs at a very high level this year. Then there is Cam and Winston. Cam with the shoulder issue and Winston in a one year prove it or move on mode. Wentz and Dak are the two likliest to get resigned.

  11. Assuming Florio means QBs who won’t re-sign with their current teams, I’ll take the Over – Winston, Mariota, and Dalton won’t re-sign with their existing teams. They will all sign backup QB contracts somewhere else.

  12. Regarding Prescott, you forgot the main thing he consistently harps about. Not everyone has a wife who is the main breadwinner. So he (Prescott) needs that extra $10M to, you know, make ends meet.

    Consider: This is the guy Jerry wants to be his franchise QB and this is how he reasons.

    And another thing. The Cowboys can declare themselves America’s Team as often and as loudly as they wish, and their media cohorts can amplify the assertion as often and loudly as they wish, but it doesn’t make it so.

  13. Analytics would say if you don’t think a guy will be a consistent top 8 QB, you are better off trading him for draft picks, or plain starting over if you can’t trade him. Spending the $25m or so difference on other players and rolling the dice on a rookie gives you a higher ceiling than being stuck with a Stafford/Carr/Flacco level QB and having to sacrifice 3 good players to do so. We would absolutely feel better about the Raiders chances this year had they cut Carr to save money to give to Mack, and taken Haskins at 4. Difference between the 20th best QB and the 25th best isn’t nearly enough to justify paying him $25m more

  14. Tom Brady should be on this list too just because of his age. Father time remains undefeated.

  15. Cousins is in year 2 of a 3 year deal. He will be seeking a new deal after this season.

    Note that everyone but Garoppolo and Carr was a top performer in the league and onto their third contract when they hit the top of hte pay scale. First and second contract guys with something to prove do not hit the top.

  16. “There’s a growing sense that, at some point, a team faced with high salary demands from a quarterback will say, “No thanks,” trading the quarterback or letting him walk away via free agency.”

    Washington and Kirk Cousins?

  17. I don’t know why any team gives quarterbacks long-term deals anymore. Either they get cut in a few years a lot of times, they keep teams from being to afford to address real team needs, and often times once they get paid the big money their level of performance drops. Of these quarterbacks, Rivers still plays at a high level and has proven himself time and time again. The others not nearly as much.

  18. Rivers is old and declining fast.

    In what world is averaging 30 TDs and 11 INTs while throwing for about 4,400 yards in each of the last two seasons considered declining fast?

  19. The thing is that the going rate for an average starting NFL QB at this point is probably $25M-$28M/yr. Fans can complain about overpayment all they want, but that’s just the market rate for starting QBs that are no longer under their rookie contracts.

  20. It’s amazing to me that teams haven’t yet gotten the correlation between paying your QB 15-18% of the salary cap, and not being able to pay for a good team surrounding said QB. When was the last time a team won a SB while devoting 15% or more to their QB?

  21. Rivers has mouths to feed. Dude actually needs those millions if he’s planning on sending them to college, getting a house to fit them all with, bathroom so he’s not waiting on teenage girls, and hopefully for his sake a panic room that he can get into when chaos happens. PAY THAT MAN!

    But honestly I think his family is such a high priority to him that he’ll stay in San Diego almost regardless. The Chargers don’t seem like they’re ever going to do him wrong, but they will save money on what he could be making elsewhere. He’s a highly underrated QB I think and gets a lot of flak for what happened when he had LT with him and they couldn’t do much in the playoffs when it wasn’t all his fault.

  22. As long as the NFL let’s taxpayers flip a large amount of the bills on most of their stadiums to protect their own rising profits then they will be able to continue to balloon massive contracts to all QBs (good or not).

    When a major expense component of your business is floated by the public, you can dish out more in pay.

    Stop shelling out taxpayer money to pad the NFL’s bottom line and you’ll immediately see these contract values likely take on a more realistic increase rate.

    Jacksonville took public funds AND paid out a massive deal to Bortles (who was then cut). Seattle shouldn’t be able to pay Wilson $35 Million when their citizens were on the hook for $300 Million. The Colts stuck their local taxpayers with nearly half a billion. Atlanta, Minnesota, Carolina, the list is endless. Artificial rates of rising salaries parallel to massive drains from the public budget… Welcome to modern American $port$.

  23. Over. Marcus will remain a Titan on a Bortles type of 2-3 year deal for an average of about $20m. He is making $19m in this, his final year. I don’t see it being a 5-6 year deal. He has to play all 16 games.

  24. Rivers, Ryan, and Rodgers are near the ends of their careers. Ryan and Rodgers contracts have guaranteed that the Falcons and Packers won’t sniff a SB for the duration. Wilson has sabotaged his team as well. None of the others mentioned (with the possible exceptions on Wentz and Goff) are worth a sack of beans.

  25. arealisticpackerfan says:
    May 8, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Rivers is old and declining fast.

    In what world is averaging 30 TDs and 11 INTs while throwing for about 4,400 yards in each of the last two seasons considered declining fast?

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    Look deeper.

    In Rivers last 5 games he has a 72.5 QB rating with just 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions to go along with being sacked 14 times.

  26. Not sure I fully get the criticism of Goff. Granted he has been better with McVay, then again McVay was just 0-1 in playoffs with Cousins. it’s definitely a work in progress, but seems like a promising partnership.

  27. Franchise qbs should give ther respective team an opportunity to compete in the playoffs. Just quick question, how many playoff games has Wentz played in?

  28. Please pay dak, if that team devoted a large amount of the cap to that QB, they’d be screwed. The defense is awesome, zeke & the line are very good to great, the QB is average. So, giving him a big money contract will seriously hinder their ability to keep their high end/elite units in tact and render them even more irrelevant as it relates to teams with a chance to win

  29. xli2006 says: “Stop shelling out taxpayer money to pad the NFL’s bottom line and you’ll immediately see these contract values likely take on a more realistic increase rate.”
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    Um, I don’t think you understand how the SALARY CAP works…

    THE CBA states that the players get 48% of all NFL revenues, so it doesn’t matter what expenses the owner has in a building or not.

  30. There’s a growing sense that, at some point, a team faced with high salary demands from a quarterback will say, “No thanks,” trading the quarterback or letting him walk away via free agency

    That already happened with Cousins.

  31. These QBs would be very wise to sign short term deals (3-4 years) and see where the market is a few years from now. Too many players are desperate to have massive contract of 5 plus years and then start whining that they’re “underpaid” 2 years later.

  32. It’s not like TB12 didn’t make a few mistakes in SB53…. A pick on the opening drive, for example. The play prior to Gronk’s catch, Gronk was wider-ass open and prolly would have scored. And Jason simply made the play of his life right there, that can’t have been anticipated. Wouldn’t hang the loss on one instance of releasing the ball a half second late

  33. “Cam Newton, Panthers: With two years left on a deal that averages less than $21 million per year, Newton is woefully underpaid.”
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    Really? He’s been hurt off and on for the last year or more and not playing particularly well. Are you expecting them to pay him based on potential or past performances? Because there’s no way he’s underpaid currently.

  34. If teams keep on paying any QBs that kinda money then they need to get rid of the salary cap…the Pats and one or two other teams are the only teams that can handle it anyway. There’s a reason the Dolphins were in cap hell-Suh and Tannehill, and now both are gone. If the GMs can’t handle the salary cap, get rid of them…Tannenbaum messed it up, and now he’s gone.

  35. A lot QBs have put up 20-30 points in the Super Bowl and got a 20-30 million a year deal. So that puts fair value on Goff at $3 million a year. Coaches usually get 1/3rd that for a super bowl, so McVay would be worth about $1 million a year. The refs tho, priceless.

  36. Some of these QBs have the stats to get paid a lot, some don’t. Some get injured a lot, others don’t. Some were better in their first few years of play and are now regressing, others are getting better as they gain more experience. It’s supply and demand where even average QBs can get $20 million plus, and very few teams have had much success with average QBs.

  37. winston. dalton. both will be backups next year.

    newton will be on a new team next year. not sure about what his deal will be.

    Mariota will get a deal much like Cousins as long as he doesn’t stink it up this year.

    All the other guys will get $30 million plus.

  38. “So that puts fair value on Goff at $3 million a year.” And by your infallible logic, Tom Brady is worth $13M/year. Sorry, TB12, Marc in Bakersfield has spoken, and the case is closed.

  39. Wentz is the only one I’d pay, and I’d be hesitant due to injury concerns.

  40. Washington let Cousins go because they weren’t convinced that he was worth what he was asking. They could have renewed him
    at a much more cap-friendly figure the year before and still passed. They took a lot of heat from many quarters for letting KC walk.

    As a result, they now have Haskins and Keenum on a combined salary of less than Cousins, along with Alex Smith still recovering from injury and Colt McCoy remains on the roster. Time will tell with Haskins and none of the others are true franchise QBs but I’d take that depth over a flaky $35m starter all day long.

    Do you like that?

  41. Like I said before if I was a gm is draft a young first or second round web and spend big around him. If I win the big one and that an takes less than market value like Brady has I’d keep him if not I’m trading him and wash and repeat again. You can’t handcuff your franchise for one guy.

  42. Let’s not forget Mahomes in all of this. No question the Chiefs have seen enough by now and will let him walk.

  43. Mike Florio

    That one play could eat at McVay enough during the offseason to persuade him to consider slamming an otherwise wide-open door into Goff’s ass.
    =========================================

    What?

    Goff will only get better. I can guarantee you he will get paid.

  44. Well, some of these have play concerns, others have age concerns, and others have injury concerns. That’s generally the broad category “concerns” fall into. At any given there are about 15 QBs who play at a franchise level. Newton is interesting because this year will tell how his injury has affected his value (which possibly could be minimally). Dalton is also interesting because it’s hard to separate his results from his team’s and his own coaching. Dalton can do whatever you would expect from a franchise QB, but his results have been above average at best. Do we think a well coached team could get more out of him? That’s the real question- how many of these guys can excel with a better coaching staff. Consider Dalton in Tampa instead of Winston, for instance, or Cousins (not on the list) in New Orleans. That will determine the payday they’ll get.

    Of these guys, there are different concerns. Winston, for example, has problems more between the ears, not below. Does a different coach think he can tame those on and off the field to harness his athleticism (that includes the arm, not just the legs for QBs). Wentz, like Newton, has health questions, and this year will dictate what he’s going to get from the Eagles. Prescott, Rivers, and Goff seem to be the only ones that their respective teams are fully committed to. The others I think will be entirely dependent on this upcoming season. I would bet on Wentz, but if he misses more time I think we’ll see a year to year commitment from the Eagles. GIven his age, Rivers is more likely in the Roethlisberger area than in the Wilson area, with a large but shorter term contract due to his production and the team’s contender status.

    overall I think this article is pretty on the head, personally. I’d keep my eye on Newton and Dalton this year in particular. I think the Panthers want Newton but want to see how he’ll play post injury and after his veganism turn, and I get the feeling that Zac Taylor wants his own guy in Cincinnati, but if DAlton plays we’ll he’ll hold on to him temporarily.

  45. I can’t be the only guy to see that Mariota is a nice kid and everything but not an NFL QB. He’s holding back an otherwise talented Titans team big time.

  46. Bengals: The least relevant team in the NFL? The Bengals have fallen in a slump the last few seasons but they are far from irrelevant. Injuries, a bad offensive line and a stale head coach have held the Bengals and Dalton back the last few seasons but that all seems to be behind them. If Dalton can take advantage of a better situation this season he will get an extension. One thing for sure is the Bengals will not tank for several seasons to become media darlings.

  47. Perhaps quarterbacks should be paid a maximum of 10% of the salary cap with incentives.

  48. With the volume of throwing the football these kids put in today the mid to lower tier QB is going to go the way of the running back position. Why would you pay Dak Prescott, Mariota, or Andy Dalton 30 million when you can draft a similar player in the 3rd round for 20 times less? There was a time QBs needed forever to develop because they didn’t throw the ball much in Jr. High, high school or college. Now they have 7 on 7 starting in Jr. High then play in wide open passing attacks for 9 years. By the time they’ve made it to the NFL they’re about 7 years ahead of the volume of throws a QB would have been in the Peyton Manning college era.

  49. This is a make or break year for Marcus Mariota. But unfortunately the Titans are not bad enough to get a high draft pick for a star QB. They could be doomed if Mariota doesn’t work out.

  50. LOL No on Dalton, Heck No on Goff, I seen all I need to see from him in the superbowl, he is terrible. He is obviously a system made QB, you out any pressure on him and he melts like an Ice cube in Vegas. I would not sign Prescott, he is over rated and not a franchise QB. I see him as a career good backup somewhere. Yes on Wentz. Not really even a question.

  51. dal1as says:
    May 9, 2019 at 9:10 am
    LOL No on Dalton, Heck No on Goff, I seen all I need to see from him in the superbowl, he is terrible. He is obviously a system made QB, you out any pressure on him and he melts like an Ice cube in Vegas. I would not sign Prescott, he is over rated and not a franchise QB. I see him as a career good backup somewhere. Yes on Wentz. Not really even a question.

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    So you will take Wentz but say no to Goff based on his performance in the SB. How did Wentz look in the SB or in any postseason game for that matter?

  52. Edward Halverson says:
    May 8, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Mike Florio

    That one play could eat at McVay enough during the offseason to persuade him to consider slamming an otherwise wide-open door into Goff’s ass.
    =========================================

    What?

    Goff will only get better. I can guarantee you he will get paid.
    ————–
    Goff is hot garbage when he doesn’t have a running game working.

  53. Funny that an elite group of some the richest business men in the world don’t have a problem paying these ‘outrageous salaries’.. but fans can’t run the system down hard or fast enough.

  54. Not only is he a two time pro bowler but he’s also been taught by one the best offensive minds in he game. I’m sure he’d be an above average qb if he were to go to another team or a new coach comes in. No way in hell hes hot garbage as someone else put it. He’s got a very high ceiling

  55. Jimmy Garoppolo got a $140 Million Dollar deal and he hasn’t even cracked 3,000 TOTAL CAREER PASS YARDS going into his 6th season. Dude got paid LARGE and his career has never even really began, but for some reason teams just can’t wait to throw money at hype.

    Bortles got $54 Million for 3 seasons because that’s what the Jags do. Let that sink in. When some of the worst performing QBs are getting nearly $20 Million then we have reached peak-mediocrity in the QB market.

    Stafford and Carr were at one point the highest paid QBs in the league, which should tell you everything you need to know about the current state of QB contracts.

    Seahawks have no issue shelling out $35 million for a QB while sticking taxpayers with $300 million for their venue.

    In a league that has no problem taking BILLIONS from local taxpayers to pad their profits, the NFL will find a way to balloon these deals at insane rates and justify it all the way. The NFL has absolutely zero perspective when it comes to the optics of it’s financials. Full preseason pricing for a garbage product, tax funded stadiums or threat of relocation, PSL gouging in some cases 10k-20k, $10 beers, it just seems that everything is going up in price/cost, but the overall product is getting somehow worse or diluted.

  56. akira1971,

    I understand exactly how the salary cap works. It’s a % of the total revenues. Revenues that could also help mitigate Stadium Expenses which NFL Teams instead bilk from the taxpayer or offer threats of relocation. So instead of using these massive revenues to cover their costs, possibly keep more stadiums privately funded, they in turn take it from cash-strapped municipalities.

    It is possible that these players and salary cap can sustain at a close or similar level WITHOUT having to stick the taxpayers with massive unsustainable bills.

    At some point this breaks. I’m already surprised it hasn’t yet. You can’t shell out $120 Million to average QBs while then asking your local citizens for a few hundred million as well.

    If you don’t see the correlation between Salary Cap, NFL Revenues, and Stadium Taxpayer Input then maybe you have the perspective issue, not me.

  57. avengerram says:
    May 8, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Your comments about Goff are idiotic. If you actually watched the play, Goff had a guy in his face that cause the pass to be a half-second late. On the other side of the equation, Goff numbers are better than pretty much ALL of the QBs you listed over the past two years. Of course he’ll be extended. Absent an major injury this year, its not even a question.

    I was going to explain to you why you are wrong but the simple fact that you believe what you said means you will not understand anyway. So the only thing that makes sense at this point is to say you are an idiot.

  58. computojon says:
    May 9, 2019 at 11:43 am
    Third-year QB Goff is a two-time Pro Bowler. Just thought I’d remind people of that fact.

    And the worst QB in the NFL his rookie year. Goff did not get better. The coaching made him play and look better. When he actually had to start trying to do things to win games because the running game was not effective he was garbage. His play in the whole SB, not the one play but the whole game was crap. His play the last 8 games of the season was crap. At least try to be honest about it. I can promise you one thing. The only people on here saying Goff is an elite QB are Rams fans. everyone else hopes they pay him because he will limit the rest of the team.

  59. BTW just for those who keep talking about Brady taking team friendly deals. He is getting his money. Brady was being paid just like everybody else until 2013. He was not taking team friendly deals until then. The other thing he did in 2013 was sign a business contract with the Patriots for his company TB12 to be a consultant and nutritional consultant for an undisclosed amount of money. He has had a renewing contract with the Patriots every year since through his company TB12. He is getting his money just not against the cap. If you do not believe it or have never known this then look it up. Most of it is public info.

  60. I understand the take on Dalton, but let’s be real. He is the least of the Bengals concerns. His only knack is he broke his thumb last year in game 6, and would have been 5-1 if the defense imploded in the last 70 seconds against Pittsburgh. So he does need to work on his deep ball, ok he now has an offensive minded coach to work with. He is accurate on the shorter throws, reads defenses very well, and can get the ball out quick (sounds like Brady, but he is no Brady). So Zach Taylor wants his own guy? Quick way to get fired with that thinking. Is the Findlay kid his guy? Dalton has 2 years left on his team friendly deal, and can either sink or swim. I believe the new staff, new lineman, and a healthy Eifert and Green will make Dalton a top 5 QB this season.

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