With the draft and free agency fast approaching, 2019 is going to be here before we know it and with that, we can expect to see a lot of signal callers signing new deals with old teams, abandoning ship to new teams, and maybe some just fading into the background. Let’s take a look at which teams make the most sense for this free agent class of quarterbacks:
Nick Foles – Jacksonville Jaguars
I will start off with the easiest and the biggest rumor out there. With Nick Foles officially becoming a free agent, he will be hungry to find the best place for him to start NOW and find a team that is one quarterback away from being a contender. Enter the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have a good defense with a strong run game but have never been able to figure out how to beat their opponents in the air with Blake Bortles. Nick Foles‘ old quarterback coach, John DeFilippo is now the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, so it goes without saying that he would have a familiarity with Foles and be open to working with him again.
Blake Bortles – Washington Redskins
The Redskins already have Alex Smith on their roster and I fully expect them to sign a rookie quarterback in the draft, but with Smith’s injury concerns, it would make sense for them to find a low budget option to be an insurance policy to Smith as well as a bridge quarterback for the rookie. Bortles is going to be a cheap option after getting released by the Jaguars. He isn’t going to be in top contention for any starting jobs, but he can still do the job when needed.
Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers
Teddy will continue his campaign of backup quarterback stops but this time, he will and in Carolina where he can be reunited with Norv Turner, who coached him for two years in Minnesota and was one of his biggest supporters.
Case Keenum – Miami Dolphins
Much like the Redskins, expect the Dolphins to select a rookie quarterback and be done with the Tannehill era. Case Keenum however, will probably be looking for a new home thanks to Joe Flacco taking over in the Mile High City. Case Keenum will easily look at the Dolphins as a prime team to be able to start right away with if they don’t want to throw the rookie quarterback in game one, and he can probably keep the starting gig for most of the year before he starts to lose steam. It does not hurt that his old Texans quarterback coach is now a coach in Miami as well.
Eli Manning – New York Giants
Eli Manning will remain with the Giants and be the role model for the heir apparent rookie quarterback the Giants take this year.