Free agency in the NFL can be somewhat controversial, depending on which side of the ball you’re on. This year is finding a plethora of NFL free agent players and teams are undoubtedly sifting through the myriad of possibilities, particularly QBs, ahead of the official start of the period as they try to create the perfect, Super Bowl-winning squad.
NFL Free Agent QBs Futures
With still not much being said about the future of the New Orleans Saints and the team’s leading quarterbacks, Taysom Hill, Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater, everything is up in the air. However, it has become apparent that the Saints don’t want Hill to go anywhere, with coach Sean Payton saying that, should a team try to sign him to a restricted free-agent contract in the offseason, the Saints will match it.
Tom Brady doesn’t know anything but how to be a New England Patriot. He’s been with the same team for 20 years, but is now ready, at least on the surface, to try something new. One team that is apparently interested in picking him up is the new Las Vegas Raiders, which could offer him $60 million to spend two years with the team as the former Oakland Raiders look to break in their new stadium.
The Dallas Cowboys have already started a major reorganization, ousting head coach Jason Garrett in favor of Mike McCarthy, and sending wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal away. Lal, who has already been picked up by the Seattle Seahawks, was thrust into the spotlight when the Cowboys brought in Amari Cooper, but even he could be going away due to free agency.
Cooper, as well as quarterback Dak Prescott, are free agents with large price tags and, if the Cowboys were to decide to hang onto their star quarterback, Cooper could be dropped so the team can stay under the salary cap.
More Quarterback Rumours
The Carolina Panthers are still trying to figure out what to do with their quarterback situation, but are hoping a new coaching lineup will bring about some positive changes. Matt Rhule is in as head coach and Phil Snow will be the defensive coordinator, and the latter might be pushing to keep cornerback James Bradberry.
Perhaps all he needs is to be with a more organized team so he can develop his numbers and get back to the performance he gave when he first entered the league in 2016. However, Bradberry isn’t going to settle if he doesn’t like the money. The Denver Broncos could be thinking about trying to grab him and, if the price is right, he has made it clear that he’s ready to jump ship and leave Carolina.
If the Broncos do go after him, they might consider giving up on cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. He is still a strong player after nine years with the team, but it might be necessary to free up some space in order to bring in the younger Bradberry. Harris Jr. most likely wouldn’t be too broken up over the breakup, which could allow him to try for a little more money and the opportunity to try something new.
One of the most talked about NFL QBs heading into March as a free agent – apart from Tom Brady – has been Phillip Rivers. The former San Diego Chargers quarterback is now looking for a new home, and there are reportedly a number of teams that have him in their sights. It’s almost certainly going to come down to money and which team has the best chances of making it to the playoffs, but the Indianapolis Colts, the Panthers and the Chicago Bears are three teams that are reportedly giving him more than just a second thought. Given that many expect him to be worth around $24 million a year, teams need to be prepared to dig deep.