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FutureStarrLong List of QBs on Move in Free Agency
The free agent market is heating up and some of the top quarterbacks are on the move. With so many teams searching for a franchise signal-caller, competition for talent at this position is at an all-time high.
Top quarterbacks on the move include Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson and Jimmy Garoppolo. Other noteworthy names include Baker Mayfield, Teddy Bridgewater and Carson Wentz.
Professional sports refer to free agents as players whose contracts with one team have expired. Free agents have the option of signing with another team, provided the first has re-signed their own free agents.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport recently suggested that the San Francisco 49ers might consider signing veteran quarterback Tom Brady as their own free agent this offseason. With Brady being from San Francisco himself, it would make sense for the team to reunite with its former signal-caller given his long history of success in the city.
Miami could be an attractive option for the Patriots' seven-time Super Bowl champion. It boasts several high-level skill players on its roster, such as Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle - plus an impressive offensive line led by franchise left tackle Terron Armstead.
Miami may seem like the ideal home for Brady, but there are some potential issues to watch out for. The Dolphins' defense is far from excellent and they need to address some issues on offense. Tua Tagovailoa has been prone to injuries this season and it remains uncertain who will take over at quarterback next season.
The Titans remain a potential landing spot for Brady, despite their struggles to find consistency under head coach Mike Vrabel. While they possess plenty of talent at the skill-position, they lack playmakers at quarterback.
However, with Tom Brady and Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry as a lethal combination at the quarterback position, it's easy to envision how this combination could propel the Titans into true playoff contenders. While Tom Brady may be an outsider here and his passionate fan base ready to back him up, this could be just what the franchise needs in order to build a winning culture.
On March 13th, the NFL's legal tampering period opens and speculation abounds about what's happening with quarterbacks. One of the most sought-after names is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers who may be close to an agreement with the New York Jets.
Though it remains uncertain exactly how much Rodgers wants to leave the Packers, his decision could have an immense impact on a number of teams in the league. According to reports, the Jets are interested in acquiring him as part of a package deal.
Rodgers is coming off a remarkable season that saw him lead the Packers to Super Bowl XLV, earning two MVP awards and setting numerous NFL records along the way. Additionally, his outstanding play in the playoffs propelled them to an NFC championship game against Los Angeles Rams.
Rodgers' contract expires in 2023 and he could be looking for a new deal. Reports indicate the Jets are the top target, but other teams like Los Angeles Raiders and Houston Texans could also be interested.
While he awaits a decision, Rodgers has been vague on Twitter about what's going on. He hasn't responded to questions about his future with an official statement, but has stated that he "isn't holding them hostage."
On Monday, the NFL's legal tampering period begins and many high-profile quarterbacks are on the move. While Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Garoppolo are expected to remain with their teams next season, many other star players will hit free agency when it opens on Wednesday.
Lamar Jackson is another top prospect that will be available on the fantasy football market this season. He has the potential to be a top-10 fantasy quarterback and could take over for an offense struggling this season.
This week, the Baltimore Ravens placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, giving him the power to negotiate with other teams. If any team wanted to sign Jackson, they would need to provide them with two first-round picks as compensation.
Though the Ravens may be hesitant to extend Jackson, they could reconsider if his performance in the next two seasons matches up well with what Deshaun Watson earned during his two-year extension with them, according to MassLive's Mark Daniels. With Jackson's impressive rushing ability, Jackson could command a contract similar to Deshaun Watson's around $40-50 million range, according to MassLive's Mark Daniels.
In the meantime, it's essential to monitor Jackson and his hip injury as he prepares for this week's Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. If Jackson can suit up and play, it could provide much-needed reinforcements to a Baltimore offense which has been struggling to generate consistent offensive production for three weeks now.
Other teams that could potentially consider Jackson are the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders, both of whom were in need of a starter last season. With plenty of cap space to work with this offseason, those teams may make an impression by making a deal for the former MVP.
In the latest round of free agency, several quarterbacks are moving on. Mike White to Seattle, Case Keenum back with the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson has restructured a deal with Cleveland. Sam Darnold leaves New York Jets to join San Francisco 49ers while Jarrett Stidham joins Denver as a free agent.
Garoppolo was a second-round pick by the Patriots in 2014 and has been with them ever since, including serving as Tom Brady's understudy during his suspension.
He's been one of the league's most consistent passers, averaging more than 200 yards per game in each of his first seven starts and leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance last season. Additionally, he serves as an inspirational leader who can motivate his teammates to play hard even when they feel they may be behind.
After missing the majority of his first two NFL seasons due to injuries, Garoppolo has been able to return to form in 2019. In 2019, he went 9-0 with the 49ers and helped them reach the Super Bowl where they had a 10-point lead with seven minutes left before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Garoppolo is an experienced player seeking his second shot at playing in the NFL. With Josh McDaniels as his offensive coordinator from 2014-16 and at a reasonable price point, Garoppolo could be successful at Oakland while filling other roster holes for them.
Patrick Mahomes, a multi-sport athlete, made his NFL debut with the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup to Alex Smith in 2017. In 2017, he had an outstanding season, passing for 4,740 yards and leading his team to an AFC West title. Furthermore, Mahomes won the Super Bowl MVP award that year.
Mahomes' exceptional athleticism, uncanny elusiveness, rugged running ability and cannon right arm have made him a natural leader for the Chiefs. He possesses extraordinary athleticism, uncanny elusiveness, rugged running ability and one of the strongest arms in the league - making him an unstoppable force on offense.
Mahomes possesses an extraordinary sense of timing, making his passes appear as if they are coming from a second baseman turning a double play. These skills, coupled with an extensive arsenal of throws, have cemented Mahomes as one of the NFL's premier stars.
In 2022, Mahomes had his best season yet as he led the Chiefs to an impressive 14-2 record and a division round playoff win against Jacksonville before leading them to victory over Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. To cap it all off, Mahomes became only the second player in NFL history with over 5,000 yards passing and 50 touchdowns in one single season.
Mahomes has made a name for himself as an outspoken social justice advocate off the field. He publicly supported basketball icon LeBron James' More Than a Vote campaign to combat voter suppression and increase voter registration, while also being part of Black Lives Matter and speaking out against police brutality.
Mahomes is a proud family man with his wife and young daughter. He began dating Brittany Matthews, who studies kinesiology at the University of Texas at Tyler, when they were in 10th grade; the two got engaged on Maui in March 2022.