Super Bowl 50 is barely in the rear view mirror yet fans and critics are already scheming and dreaming about winning Super Bowl XLI and claiming bragging rights for the year over their friends and rivals. The beautiful part about spring is that every team can re shuffle the deck and gather as many offensive and defensive weapons as possible. With Free Agency due to open tomorrow, we take a position by position look at the best available free agents who could be the missing piece that catapults your team to a Lombardi win next season. Here we look at available QB’s
- Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos
In what is a thin year for QB’s Osweiler becomes the top prize in the QB market now that Kirk Cousins has signed his franchise tender with the Washington Redskins. In 7 games last year filling in for Peyton Manning, Osweiler showed enough promise that Denver will be working very hard to make sure he doesn’t get out of the building. Coach Gary Kubiak and GM John Elway think very highly of the former Arizona State passer and it will be a huge shock if he is allowed to leave. Reportedly there is an offer of approximately $45 million over 3 years on the table already and talks will certainly ramp up now that Manning has confirmed his retirement.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
It is a surprise that no contract extension has been reached between the Jets and Fitzpatrick as yet given the performance of the veteran QB last season as he dragged the Jets back towards playoff relevance. With Fitzpatrick there is, however, an element of buyer beware as the Bills found out a few years ago when they signed the former Harvard man to a lucrative deal. New York has some cap issues, especially if they are able to work out a deal with Mohammed Wilkerson and Fitzpatrick could be a target for a team in need of a bridge QB such as the Browns or Texans. If it happens that Fitzpatrick makes the market then the Jets could find themselves priced out of re-signing their presumptive starting QB as he could be looking at the $15million per mark.
- Chase Daniel, Kansas City Chiefs
As mentioned previously, it is slim pickings in the QB market this year, with starting experience thin on the ground. Daniel is thought highly of as a backup QB, with his former OC, and now Eagles HC, Doug Pedersen, believing him to be a starting quality signal caller at the NFL level. Given the struggles of teams last year when their starters got hurt (looking at you Dallas) a backup QB capable of holding a team together during an injury has never been more valuable. In the right situation, Daniel could be looking at somewhere in the region of $6-8million per.
- Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
How the mighty have fallen – from 2nd overall pick to free agent castoff in 4 yrs. What a rollercoaster ride it was for RGIII in Washington, as he went from NFL Rookie of the Year to a 3rd string inactive player before being cut loose this week. There is no denying the talent he possesses but, in the NFL, that isn’t always enough. Griffin will need to show teams he has improved his work habits and the mental side of his game and even then the questions about his ability to withstand the physicality of the NFL will abound. Teams looking for an upgrade at the backup position such as Dallas will certainly look to kick the tyres on the former Baylor star.
- Drew Stanton, Arizona Cardinals
Drew Stanton should end up back in Arizona – it makes too much sense not to happen. Bruce Arians is a fan, he believes he can win with the guy, Carson Palmer isn’t getting any younger and Stanton does have talent. He could get a slight increase on his previous deal to somewhere in the region of 3yrs, $10 million with $3.5 guaranteed.
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