The NFL free agency period is about to begin, and as always, quarterback is the biggest area of need for many teams. There are very few good quarterbacks in the NFL, which causes teams to throw money at mediocre QB’s like Sam Bradford and Kirk Cousins. There are very few quality options at quarterback in this year’s free agent class. Here are a three options for teams looking for their next quarterback.
Osweiler enters free agency at the perfect time. He has skill, potential and is the youngest quarterback available at only 25 years old. Osweiler has a great opportunity after Peyton Manning announced his retirement Monday. If the Broncos don’t give him a chance, another team will definitely do so.
Fitzpatrick has always had a knack for finding his way into a starting role. He proved many critics wrong in 2015 and had his best season in New York at age 33. Fitzpatrick threw for a career-high in touchdowns (33) and passing yards (3,905). Fitzpatrick showed his ability to lead a team and just missed making the playoffs.
DRAFT A QUARTERBACK
This year’s draft class has a handful of quarterbacks teams are interested in. Jared Goff (Cal), Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), Connor Cook (Michigan State) and Paxton Lynch (Memphis) all have a chance to be good at the NFL level. It may be better for teams to draft and develop a young quarterback than to sign a journeyman quarterback in free agency.
Teams hoping to sign a free agent quarterback this offseason would be better suited to look to the draft for answers. Drafting a quarterback will save money and prepare team for the future. Youth and the opportunity to mold a QB to the team’s offensive scheme right out of college is just what the Browns, Texans 49ers and many other teams need to revitalize their organizations. Playoff teams have good quarterbacks and finding that quarterback in the draft is key.
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