“Big Money-Musical Chairs QBs”
The NFL, you know the saying, ‘it’s a quarterback driven league’.
If you have a good one, lucky you. If you don’t you better get one, regardless of the cost.
So we are 1-day into NFL free agency, and five quarterbacks changed teams, and one superstar got a massive payday to stay put.
Drew Brees remains a New Orleans Saint, with a price-tags of (2Y-50M), to continue to throw passes for coach Sean Payton.
Kirk Cousins, the 4-thousand yard Redskins passer, took another big payday, leaving Washington for a (3Y-78M) deal from the Minnesota Vikings. Always the entrepreneur, Cousins got 48M the last two years in Washington, and now eats up a big amount of Vikings cap space.
Denver saw a lot of leadership and enough productivity from Case Keenum to get him to take a (2Y-36M) deal of Broncos bucks. It buys them time to figure out what they have or do not have with Paxton Lynch or maybe even Chad Kelly.
Arizona, without Carson Palmer on the roster, is renting Sam Bradford, at an inflated (1Y-20M) figure, not bad for an oft-injured passer, who can put together great games, but who also gets hurt a lot.
The strange saga of the journey of the Jets continues. They are bringing back journeyman Josh McCown (1Y-10M)…..and here closing in on the same deal with ex-Viking Ted Bridgewater.
When the music stopped after the first day of bidding, Buffalo didn’t have a quarterback, having traded away Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland and then losing out on the Bradford bidding.
And as night fell ex-Bengal AJ McCarran didn’t have a bid yet, nor a new team to go to. He has only four career starts on his resume, but then again look at what Keenum became.
The first day of fireworks followed the Chiefs-Redskins deal that put Alex Smith in Burgundy & Gold.
Cleveland rid itself of 22-interception rookie DeShone Kizer, shuffled off to Green Bay in draft pick deal, and filled that spot with the ex-Bill, Taylor, who could become the 29th different starting QB on Lake Erie, since the team returned to the NFL in 1999.
Still to be determined is the future of Nick Foles, the Eagles hero, who maybe bound to Buffalo.
And as the sun comes up on Wednesday, you are left with the likes of Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert, Geno Smith, and of course Colin Kaeperneck. No longer in the conversation, Robert Griffin or Johnny Manziel.
The saving grace in all this, what happens next month, when the next wave of QBs arrives..
Next up, determining where all these kid quarterbacks go, come draft day.
Josh Allen, Sam Darold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield may be the shiny new toy to look at, but none are starter-ready for the NFL.
Pay your price, take your chances, and these NFL teams did.