The Top Available Players in Free Agency
With the expected release on Thursday, Romo finds himself in a position of power. With Cousins essentially off the market, he is by far the top QB available in Free Agency. While bringing some concerns of his own, he is very talented, confident, experienced, and focused on winning at this point in his career.
Obviously, the injury history is very concerning. However, teams will likely give him a team friendly deal; one that will pay him well and still offer them the opportunity to get out without paying for too many years.
I would expect teams like Houston and Denver to be in contention. I would not expect him to consider rebuilding projects such as the Browns or 49ers.
UPDATE: With the Cowboys deciding to put themselves in the more powerful position of trading Romo, he may not find himself in Free Agency. However, he is still the top QB available if he does end up getting cut.
Kirk Cousins (FRANCHISE TAG; WASHINGTON REDSKINS)
Even while being tagged, Cousins finds himself in another year of difficult negotiations. This looks like it has the makings of a breakup slightly less dramatic than Josh Norman and the Panthers.
On the field, Cousins remains a difficult player to scout, as he lacks consistency while also showing the ability at times to be a quality starter. It is understandable that the Redskins have had a difficult time pulling the trigger on giving him elite QB money.
As much as I hate to place Cutler above any of the other players, he simply is more talented. If he is in the right situation, he can be a great Quarterback. But, there is a serious cause for concern with how he has handled himself in multiple stops thus far in his career. There are a few places where he might be the best possible option once the dust settles. The New York Jets might be one of those, though I see Cutler having difficulty with the constant barrage of media.
Mike Glennon (SIGNED; CHICAGO BEARS)
Glennon was an interesting player as a rookie in the league. He usually made good decisions, did not turn the ball over frequently, and stands tall (literally) in the pocket. He has not been the greatest in terms of completion percentage, but has had decent deep accuracy, which is valued in the league.
He stands to make significant money this year, but it has the feeling of Brock Osweiler; lots of potential, but a lot of unknowns. I feel like he is a better player than Osweiler and, considering the QB price point as it is in the league, his $14-15 M will not be the worst deal for a QB needy team.
UPDATE: With the Bears making the move for Glennon, they put themselves in a position where they have at least solidified the position and determined the direction of the position. I think this offensive system may be a better fit for him, and with the running game they have in place, he could be a decent starter for quite a while.
Brian Hoyer (SIGNED; SAN FRANCISCO 49ers)
Hoyer is a player who has gotten a bad reputation among fans after his performance in the playoffs while with Houston. He will get a good backup deal, as teams understand how strong he is in that role compared to what many teams have. I would not be surprised if he were to find himself starting at some point in the year, as I see him having the ability to be successful with the right coaching staff.
UPDATE: With Hoyer signing with the 49ers, he puts himself in maybe his best possible situation. I think he could be a good fit with the scheme and coaching staff. Having a solid running back and balanced scheme will be good for his style of play.
I only place him above Ryan Fitzpatrick because he is a young player who still has potential. But with his lack of development, I am not sure that he is a player willing to devote the necessary time to the position. So, it is likely another case of what could have been.
Fitzpatrick pushed the Jets last year in Free Agency, but after a year that is better forgotten, they were not going to do it again. He was a guy who looked like he missed too much time in film study. Free Agency will likely only have backup money available for him this time.
I think McCown offers some value this year. He is near the end of his career, so his market will likely be small. This allows someone to get a solid backup at what will likely be a very good deal.
There are other interesting names, rebuilding players, etc. such as Robert Griffin III, Geno Smith, and Nick Foles. However, the overall QB Free Agency group is lacking in quality starters. This is why every year, there are teams who reach for a QB in the draft.