We’re less than a month into the NFL offseason and the quarterback carousel is already spinning rapidly. More so than in years past, there are a relatively large number of teams on the market for a new QB and no shortage of signal callers, whether through the draft or free agency, to fill those slots. With that said, it’s time to take a look at what makes the most sense for QB’s on the market. We’ll start with free agent veterans, or those likely to be traded.
Foles just might be the hottest commodity in the league right now after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl title as a backup. There’s still a possibility the Eagles will opt to keep him, but that makes very little sense. Foles may never be worth more than he is now and the Eagles owe it to themselves to see what the market will offer. This will further improve what is probably already the best roster, top to bottom, in the NFL and set them up for another Super Bowl run.
Best Fit: Denver Broncos. The Broncos QB situation has been an absolute disaster since Peyton Manning retired. Foles would go a long way toward fixing that problem. Denver still has a stout defense, and with the right QB will be playoff contenders once again.
McCarron became a free agent this offseason after winning a grievance he filed against the Cincinnati Bengals. Unlike Foles, McCarron is a relatively unproven commodity, although he did show he could step in and win games when Andy Dalton went down toward the end of the 2015 season. McCarron may not win a starting job out of the gate, but he will compete for one, depending on where he lands.
Best Fit: New York Jets. The Jets may target a QB in the draft, but I think this pickup makes sense for them. McCarron would be a relatively cheap, low-risk option for the Jets and it’s hard to imagine him not being an upgrade over what they’ve had at the position recently.
It feels like Cousins has been franchise tagged at least a dozen times now, but that’s unlikely to happen again. Cousins has been linked to other teams for years, and it looks like he may finally be on the move, especially with the Redskins’ recent trade for Alex Smith. He struggled a bit down the stretch last season, but would still provide much needed help at the position for a number of teams.
Best Fit: Arizona Cardinals. This move would obviously benefit both parties. After all, several Cardinals players, including Larry Fitzgerald, have been trying to recruit Cousins on a few occasions. With the retirement of Carson Palmer, Cousins could step in and elevate the Cardinals to playoff contenders.
All signs point to Manning’s career with the Giants coming to an end. The Giants have the second pick in the draft, and will have their pick of almost any of the potential franchise quarterbacks available. A 3-13 season and a coaching change only further proved it’s time to start over.
Best Fit: Jacksonville Jaguars. Manning already has a close relationship with Tom Coughlin from their years together in New York, and as inconsistent as Manning can be at times, he’s still an upgrade over Blake Bortles. The only wrinkle in this scenario is what the Jags would do with Bortles, a former no. 3 overall pick.