Free agency begins this Thursday, March 9th. And me being me, I can’t help but focus on the quarterbacks destined (or rumored) to hit the market. There are so many little things that can happen to force the falling of dominoes that eventually leads to the dust settling at the start of training camp. So let’s begin by taking a look at:
The Tony Romo Sweepstakes.
Romo is one of the most intriguing signal-callers to hit the open market in years. He’s a Pro Bowl caliber passer with the accuracy to hit a bed pan from 50 yards out. The only problem is, you guessed it, staying healthy. Who’s going to commit serious money to a guy who hasn’t played a full season since before Teddy Bridgewater’s leg didn’t look like a string of sausages?
An argument can be made here for the Texans, but the presence and contract of Brock Osweiler could stand to be a distraction. The best case scenario would be the Broncos, but, even if the two sides were able to reach a deal that even Elway was comfortable with, this option still has its obstacles.
The Broncos for one have the ‘problem’ of having two young, high-ceilinged QB’s in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch on the roster already. Last year, Siemian proved himself to be a capable starter, when he went 8-6 on the season, eclipsing the 3,000 yard mark. He totaled 3,401 yards, with 18 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, for a total rating of 84.9
Lynch, meanwhile, was respectable in his two rookie-year starts, going 1-1, throwing two touchdowns and one pick. And even though the rookie was able to display the physical traits that made the Broncos use a first round selection on him, such as his big arm and ability to use his legs, it was obvious he still had a lot to learn in terms of his progressions and field vision.
If the Broncos think moving on from Siemian and allowing Lynch to learn behind a proven leader and winner such as Romo would be best, then perhaps a possible trade with another quarterback needy team could be a viable option. Someone like the Bills, who have obviously not fallen in love with current starter Tyrod Taylor, who come March 9th, stands to make $27.5 million in guaranteed money on a 6-year deal.
If the Bills decide Taylor isn’t worth the money, Sending a late round pick to Denver for Siemian, who is still working on a very manageable rookie deal after being selected in by the Broncos in the seventh round, could definitely be in the cards. Whaley and the Pegula could wait and see if Siemian builds on his solid rookie campaign, while allowing last year’s fourth-round draft pick Cardale Jones to develop.
Check back later for more quarterback market analysis.
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