2018 QB Situation Predictions

At this early stage of the offseason, I take a crack at the starting signal callers for all 32 teams in 2018.

New England Patriots Tom Brady / Luke Falk

The easy one first. Brady is still the man and there is no end in sight. However, New England's options, should something happen to the golden one, dried up with Garoppolo gone. Falk was a high comp % guy in a spread offense. He should at least have some game management skills but could be something with grooming.

Buffalo Bills Nathan Peterman / Josh Allen

Buffalo is having trouble hiding its interest in Allen. They have a lot of bargaining power with their #21 and #22 picks. They use those 2 and a bit more to trade up with Denver at #5. Peterman would enter camp as the starter and they would do well to keep him there as long as possible because Allen will need a lot of development.

Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill

Miami is currently trying to fool front offices into believing they have heavy interest in Baker Mayfield. It's a good ploy, as he could fall to #11 and that is the frame where moves for QBs happened last draft. Adam Gase called Tannehill the 2018 starter before the offseason even came about. They're comfortable with Matt Moore as a backup too.

New York Jets Josh McCown / Baker Mayfield

McCown has always been so underappreciated. NY recognized what he brings last year and with his very inexpensive contract and familiarity, they bring him back. His time will be short-lived however, as the Jets use the 6th pick to take Mayfield. This will give Baker a good mentor and the Jets a veteran option if they feel he isn't ready right away.

Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisburger

They might add a QB in the draft, but Big Ben isn't going anywhere and whomever they add would likely be inconsequential.

Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco

Baltimore is paying him too much to just walk away now. Even cutting him in 2019 would lead to a $16M dead cap hit. It's similar to the handcuff the Bears experienced with Cutler. If 2018 is another down year for Flacco, 2019 will be the year to draft for the future.

Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton

McCarron won his arbitration so he is leaving. Dalton had somes awful stretches this season, but ultimately his play finished about the way he always does; just average. Dalton's dead cap is only $2.4M in 2018 and nothing in 2019. They might add a QB in the 2nd or 3rd but Dalton is still the man.

Cleveland Browns Sam Bradford / Sam Darnold

Cleveland finally uses one of its two top-5 picks to add a blue chip QB. They are also loaded with cap space. Bradford is going to have difficulties finding any more than a 1 year deal because of the fears behind his mysterious and lingering knee injury. Cleveland can pay the most for that 1 year. Darnold needs time and provided Bradford can last 16 games, this would be an ideal red shirt year.

Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles / Lamar Jackson

Bortles' 90/64 td:int ratio is solid, but he fumbles about 10 times a season too. His comp % is low and film study doesn't give you a favorable impression. He is better than he is characterized though. Jax picked up his 5th year option. Adding Jackson in the 2nd gives the team either an option to take in 2018 or another direction to take in 2019. Lamar could provide the kind of electricity Watson gave to Houston (without an injury history).

Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota

No surprises here. Mariota has some things to work on, and he certainly experienced a down season, but his talent is still clear. The Titans should be planning to extend him before 2019 unless something catastrophic takes place.

Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck

I think he'll be back, even though he isn't even throwing yet. Indy can't budge his contract anyway. In the worst case scenario they have to again turn to Jacoby Brissett, but I think Luck gets to throwing before the draft and the Colts take the chance that Luck returns eventually if not to begin the season.

Houston Texans Deshaun Watson / Tyrod Taylor

Clearly the Texans want/need Watson back. Taylor deserves another shot as a starter, but he is viewed behind guys like Cousins and McCarron. Teams will be more interested in a short-term bridge starter to give their early drafted QB some time to learn. Houston needs an insurance policy if Watson takes on another injury and Taylor can run the same style of offense.

Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes

This is a clear one. Moving on from Smith has paved the way.

Los Angeles Chargers Phillip Rivers

Rivers is 36 years old but he had a solid 2017. He is also on the books through 2019. They could do with some youth at the position and Cardale Jones just hasn't shown he is capable. They could look for someone in the mid rounds.

Oakland Raiders Derek Carr

Not much to say here. 2017 was a dip in success but he still met the average play threshold. This position won't change for a long time for the Raiders.

Denver Broncos Kirk Cousins

This is the right situation for Cousins. John Elway is aggressive, especially when it comes to QBs. The Jets might offer the most money but Denver's offer will ultimately be competitive and the temptation of a strong defense and receivers like Thomas and Sanders will have Cousins dreaming of Super Bowl glory.

Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz / Nick Foles

The asking price for Foles is likely very high. There is also the possibility that Wentz isn't ready to go by first kickoff. The Eagles are thinking repeat and they might need the insurance policy they have in Foles despite the fact that they would lose him in 2019 with no compensation.

Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott

Sophomore slump but nothing catastrophic. Dak will start all the way through his rookie deal.

Washington Redskins Alex Smith

Smith got a long term contract so he is the man for a while. Backup Colt McCoy is pretty solid too. This isn't a spectacular group but few have a far better situation.

New York Giants Eli Manning / Josh Rosen

Rosen is about as similar to Manning as a prospect can be. Manning has had an up and down career and now that he is past his prime, it's unlikely to go up again. He will go into the season as the starter, but Rosen is likely to see the field before it is all over with.

Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum / Teddy Bridgewater

The Vikings have a wild conundrum. Previously it was a 3 horse race, but Bradford's injuries have slimmed things down. Minnesota can put the franchise tag on Keenum, that might be overpaying for him but it's only for a year, and give Teddy an extension for reasonable money. The goal is to make Bridgewater your guy again eventually (he is just 25), but Keenum, who took you pretty far just last year, could continue to make you competitive for a SB now. Cousins could be an option, but Minnesota is going to be due for some high priced contracts on their young talent soon.

Detroit Lions Matt Stafford

No comment needed.

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers

This team lives and dies by this guy. They simply accept mediocrity if he takes on injury.

Chicago Bears Mitchell Trubisky

The future. I'm not sure who will back up Trubisky but it won't matter much.

New Orleans Saints Drew Brees / Mason Rudolph

Brees is pushing 40 but played terrific last year. However, it's important to keep an option in waiting at this point. Rudolph will likely go in the 2nd round and can toss the long ball the way NO like to do.

Carolina Panthers Cam Newton

Nothing much to say here.

Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan

Ryan is a year removed from an MVP level season. He should see an extension before the 2018 year is up.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston

Though he had weight concerns, TB is looking for Winston to eat more W's. He isn't going anywhere though. They have talented players, but something is not working in TB.

Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff

McVay/Goff season 2.

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson

Wilson was the only thing the Seahawks' offense had going for itself last year.

Arizona Cardinals AJ McCarron / Mike White

Cleveland wanted him but bunged it up. Now that he is a UFA, McCarron can choose his destination. Arizona has no one signed to play QB right now. That's kind of amazing. They can double dip here to fill out the position with a mid round guy like White.

San Francisco 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo

The NFL's highest paid player. SF feels set for a long time.

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