The NFL free agency period has officially begun! There has been a lot of exciting moves and team switching going on, particularly at the most important position in professional football. Three of the most intriguing free agent QB prospects this year: Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, and Teddy Bridgewater, are set to be potential starters for any team that they decide to sign with at the moment. Here is where all three QBs are expected to land.
Kirk Cousins - Minnesota Vikings
Cousins is expected to sign a three year deal that supposedly includes $84 million guaranteed in salary, more than the current highest paid quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Cousins is considered the most valuable player on the free agent market, despite his career achievements thus far being slightly debatable. Washington could not figure out how to utilize his best talents (or refused to) so they opted to let him walk. So, in come the Vikings, who for years have been looking for that franchise quarterback to complete their team and make them the Super Bowl contender we all figure they will be sooner rather than later.
Case Keenum - Denver Broncos
Keenum has been somewhat of a journeyman in his professional career, but after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Conference Championship, he has proven than he can play at this level. However, the Vikings did not see Keenum as a long term answer at quarterback, and it seems as though they are actually cleaning house at that position. With that, Keenum had a few options, and there was a mutual agreement to settle on Denver. This is a shocking move on the Broncos end, because they hold a top five pick in this year's upcoming draft, and quarterback is a desperate need right now. Keenum was consistent this past season, but not so much before that. Still, worst-case scenario, he could be an interim starter until Paxton Lynch can develop into the quarterback of the future.
Teddy Bridgewater - New York Jets
Bridgewater has probably had the toughest time of these three quarterbacks, taking into account that he has been injured for a good portion of his young career. But, when Bridgewater has received playing time, he has been low-key impressive. The two qualities that have always stood out with him are his accurate passes and arm strength. But, when he returned from his injury, he was not great enough yet to earn his starting spot back. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Vikings were not willing to wait on him, especially since they are aiming to win it all right now. So, the Jets are looking to take a chance on him. He's still very young, quite coachable, and has such a high ceiling for potential. If Bridgewater can improve on his current skill sets and maybe even develop some new ones, he will be exactly what the Jets need to take the next leap.
Joshua Hamer - Contributing Sports Writer