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The quarterback market was sure promising going into the 2018 offseason. There were tons of names up for sale and new contract talks, plus the draft was loaded with potentially the future wave of quarterbacks who will usher in the next era of football. Let’s take a quick look back at all of the biggest quarterback shakeups from the offseason.
The Browns acquired a short term solution to their perennial QB conundrum by trading for former Pro Bowler, Taylor. He will likely serve as their bridge quarterback to Baker Mayfield.
Sam Bradford was one of the biggest winners of the offseason, signing a huge short term deal with the Cardinals, despite once again missing the majority of a season in 2017 with injuries.
The Broncos still have a strong defense, but they were desperate for a quarterback to lead their offense. Keenum had by far his best season last year and will hopefully finally bring the team’s offense stability.
Unfortunately, a return to Minnesota wasn’t in the cards for the former Pro Bowler. In an effort to revitalize his NFL career after missing almost two full years because of a disastrous injury, Bridgewater signed a short term deal with the Jets.
The Vikings signed Cousins to try and find the last major piece to their Super Bowl contending squad. The question is, will he be good enough to bring the team a championship?
A.J. McCarron (Signed with Buffalo Bills)
McCarron finally broke free of the Cincinnati Bengals and will presumably start in Buffalo, who needed a quarterback to start, in front of Nathan Peterman, after they traded away Taylor.
He had a very good season with the team last year and decided to forgo retirement for one more year and return to the team. McCown seems slated to start, but even if he doesn’t, he can still play a key mentor role for Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold.
Glennon was slated to be a starter for the Chicago Bear last season, but poor play cost him that spot and now he’s back to being a backup, this time with the Cardinals.
Because Bradford, Keenum, and Bridgewater all left the Vikings needed to build some semblance of depth behind Cousins. Siemian saw extensive action in the last two seasons with the Broncos, even if he performed poorly at points.
Cousins was on his way out of Washington after being franchise tagged for the last couple of years. Smith was on the market because the Kansas City Chiefs had Patrick Mahomes, a player the team can’t stop gushing about.
After Brett Hundley failed to live up to expectations last year when Aaron Rodgers went down, the team traded for Kizer who they believe has a lot of potential, even though he has a horrible rookie season with the then helpless Browns.
The Browns continued to rebuild their quarterback room by trading away Kessler, who made several starts for the team over the years. He now has a comfortable backup position behind the at times shaky Blake Bortles.
Sam Darnold (Drafted by New York Jets)
Rumors are that the Jets coaching staff is enamored with how well Darnold has played so far. While it wouldn’t be smart, if he wows during the preseason, I could see him starting week one.
Rosen is playing backup to the walking injury that is Bradford and possibly Glennon, who lost his starting gig to a rookie last year after only a few games. If Bradford goes down, which seems likely, Rosen could see action.
Allen walks into a quarterback room with just first time aspiring starter McCarron and Peterman, who threw five interceptions in a game last season. Again, Allen should sit for the full year, but if things go sideways, like they easily could, he will see playing time.
Only Taylor sits ahead of the draft’s number one overall pick. If head coach Hue Jackson feels pressured to produce wins this year and Taylor isn’t cutting it, then Mayfield will become the starter.
Jackson is a dynamic player who will become more and more polished with time, and he’ll have a lot of it, sitting behind the usually healthy Joe Flacco on the Ravens depth chart.
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