With a relatively weak quarterback draft this year (Carson Went, Jared Goff, and Connor Cook are the only quarterbacks that are even decent), there is a plethora of teams looking to get a new field general. With Peyton Manning officially retiring, the possibility of him playing for the Rams or Broncos is nonexistent. Lets take a look at a couple of quarterbacks that could be switching teams next season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ
To be honest, I never thought that Ryan Fitzpatrick was going to leave New York. However, the two sides are apparently far apart, and Fitzpatrick will hit the free agent market. Fitz has always been prone to turnovers (15 INTs last season), but did lead the Jets to a pretty good season in 2015. Now there is a chance that Fitzpatrick re-signs with the Jets eventually, but right now it looks as if he will explore his options. With 30+ touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards in 2015, Fitzpatrick will almost certainly cash in this season. At 33 years young, a team could be willing to give Fitzy a 3 or 4-year contract in the right deal. After Sam Bradford's 2-year, $36 million deal, is it crazy to think Fitz could get more?
Could a partnership in Denver with the defending Champs be enticing enough?
Brock Ostweiler, DEN
If the Denver Broncos let Brock Osweiler walk, then John Elway is not as smart as we all have been led to believe. After taking the starting gig from Peyton Manning last season, Brock lost the job in the playoffs and did not get the recognition that he rightfully deserved. At 6-foot-7, Brock is tall enough to see over defenders and throws downwards towards receivers, which makes it easier to catch the football. Because he is only 25-years-old, the Broncos could and should be looking to extend Osweiler for the longterm. If things do not work out for Osweiler in Denver, the Jets, Texans, and Rams are just a few teams that are also looking for a quarterback.
Robert Griffin III, WAS
In case you missed it, the Washington Redskins released Robert Griffin III today and freed up over $16 million in cap space in the next two seasons. With the emergence of Kirk Cousins, keeping a talent like RGIII waiting in the wings was unnecessary and an added distraction to a team that played relatively well down the stretch last season. After such an incredible rookie season, someone has to give Robert Griffin another chance at revitalizing his career, right?
Will Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys pick up the Baylor product? Probably, but nothing would make me happier than seeing a dumpster-fire of a quarterback go to to the epitome of a dumpster-fire organization: the New York Jets.
Matt Cassel, DAL
I know this isn't a sexy name, but just hear me out for a minute because this relates to the Patriots. In 2008 after Tom Brady went down with an injury, Cassel stepped in and played like a seasoned veteran in New England. Cassel completed 63.4% of his passes for 3,693 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Is he Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers? Hell no. But is he a viable backup and spot-starter? Oh yeah.
So, the Patriots just extended Tom Brady for another two years, which almost certainly eliminates Jimmy Garoppolo playing in New England any time soon. We have heard rumors of Jimmy G getting traded for a high second-round pick in this year's draft, or perhaps a 2017 first-rounder. Those hesitant to do this have pointed to Deflategate and the possibility of Tom Brady being suspended for four games.
Could a reunion between Cassel and New England ease Patriot Nation's hesitancy to trade Jimmy G? For me it would...