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The free agency period in the NFL is one of the more fascinating times in the calendar. Just over 48 hours before the start of the new league year, teams are allowed to speak with agents on behalf of players. Those conversations are the ones that shape the landscape for the next calendar year.
Perhaps more than any in recent years, that period this time around has been impactful in major ways. The main focus has been the quarterback carousel. Now Russell Wilson is a Bronco, Deshaun Watson is a Brown, Carson Wentz is moving to Washington and Matt Ryan is heading to Indianapolis.
The last few weeks have separated which teams will still be in the market for a quarterback come April’s NFL Draft, which ones won’t, and which ones remain in a state of flux. Below I’ll break down the teams that are in need of a player under center (including a few that may surprise), and how they might look to add to their quarterback rooms this spring:
Teams in the QB Market
The Saints have been trying to find that quarterback to replace Drew Brees. They thought that Taysom Hill was the guy and potentially Jameis Winston, but neither showed enough promise to warrant committing to long-term. The Saints did sign Winston to a two-year extension worth $14 million per year, but they still haven’t been willing to full-on commit to him. What offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael will likely prioritize a smart, accurate passer. At pick No. 18, there is one quarterback that fits the bill.
Best Fit: Kenny Pickett