Hypothetical 2018 QB Shuffle

The 2017-2018 NFL season isn’t even over yet, but I thought it would be fun to take a radical look at all 32 starting QBs for 2018. First lets run down the list of teams that wont be making a change:

Atlanta (Matt Ryan), Baltimore (Joe Flacco), Carolina (Cam Newton), Chicago (Mitch Trubisky), Dallas (Dak Prescott), Detroit (Matt Stafford), Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers), Houston (Deshaun Watson), Indianapolis (Andrew Luck), Kansas City (Alex Smith), Los Angeles Rams (Jared Goff), Los Angeles Chargers (Philip Rivers), New England (Tom Brady), Oakland (Derek Carr), Philadelphia (Carson Wentz), Pittsburgh (Ben Roethlisberger), San Francisco (Jimmy Garoppolo), Seattle (Russell Wilson), Tampa Bay (Jameis Winston), Tennessee (Marcus Mariota). That was easy.

Now the fun part. Lets start in Minnesota. Teddy Bridgewater will be the starter next season regardless of how well Keenum does this year. Also both Keenum and Bradford are unrestricted free agents at season’s end. I don’t see either of them staying in Minnesota. Case Keenum has used this opportunity to show the Arizona Cardinals that he is worthy of the starting QB position that will be vacated when Carson Palmer ultimately retires this offseason. Sam Bradford will sign with New Orleans where he will compete for the starting job against Scott Tolzien and Chase Daniel. Drew Brees will be lured away by Jacksonville after they decide to trade Blake Bortles to the Jets for a draft pick. Eli Manning will demand the Giants move him and they will find a trade partner in Denver.  Brock Osweiler becomes the Broncos’ odd man out and signs with Miami after Jay Cutler retires… again. That gives Miami a quarterback battle of epic proportions between Osweiler, Tannehill, and Matt Moore. Yikes. Tyrod Taylor and Nathan Peterman will exchange starts most of the season in Buffalo until they both get injured and give way to free agent Matt Barkley. Fed up with Washington, Kirk Cousins takes less money and signs with Cleveland.  The Redskins fill the empty spot with free agent A.J. McCarron. That leaves Andy Dalton as the clear cut starter in Cincinnati. That is until they decide to pull him mid season for Josh McCown.Although these moves are wildly fantasized and 2018 rookie QBs aren’t factored in, just remember that if any of this ends up being true, you heard it here first.


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