There are three big-name quarterbacks rumored to be on the market, after the first two days of NFL Free Agency. Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, and Kirk Cousins are in play with plenty of quarterback-needy teams out there. So, where will they land? Well, I’m glad you asked…
1. Tony Romo – Denver Broncos
For those who read my stuff regularly, you know I’ve been a big Romo-to-Chicago proponent. They chose to throw $45 million at Mike Glennon instead and let Alshon Jeffery go to the Eagles. As many speculated when former Cowboys lineman, Ronald Leary, signed in Denver, Romo could be following shortly after. It would make sense for a variety of reasons, all of which would make Jerry Jones nervous.
Denver has the championship-level defense that a broken Peyton Manning led to a Super Bowl. All they need is a veteran to throw it to elite receivers — Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas — on the outside. Leary is a competent, versatile lineman that will help immensely. Imagine if they add someone like Adrian Peterson? The sky would be the limit for those Broncos.
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2. Jay Cutler – Houston Texans
I know. This sounds like a disaster, right? Well, let’s look a little closer. DeAndre Hopkins is a big-play wideout, similar to Brandon Marshall in that he can go up and get the deep ball. The biggest problem in Houtson the past two seasons?: An inability to make big plays on offense. Bill O’Brien likes to play safe, complementary football, however, he knows you need to take chances to have success. The Texans paid a 2nd-round just to get rid of Brock Osweiler.
Could the ultimate no-B.S. type of coach, in O’Brien, handle the laid-back, mistake-prone Cutler? It seems like a nightmare on one hand, but on the other, you get a guy that can utilize their best weapon in Hopkins, taking calculated risks and playing with one of the best defenses in football. O’Brien could be the disciplinarian that Cutler has always needed. Plus, if he’s getting Adam Gase’s version of Cutler, it would be just what the Texans need to take the next step. Or a disaster!
3. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins
Yes, this is the least sexy of the three. Cousins staying in Washington is about the least exciting of the number of rumors flying around. Kirk keeps utilizing the franchise tag, but Washington continues to drag their feet and appear as if they’re totally unsure about what to do. Paying a quarterback you’re not certain on roughly a combined $45 million in two years doesn’t seem very prudent.
My guess is Washington will eventually strike a long-term deal when cooler heads eventually prevail and they pay Cousins a similar contract to the one Detroit’s Matthew Stafford will get, as in “huge!” It has also been reported that Cousins requested a trade, but Snyder wouldn’t budge on his request for change (so surprising). It would be fun to see Houston pull off some deal for Kirk, but I just think even Washington is smart enough not to ship out the only decent QB they’ve had in a long time (2012 RGIII excluded).