Two big name QBs are almost guaranteed to hit the market next year with Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Cousins will get there because the Redskins organization is such a dysfunction that it does not seem like he will sign a long-term deal there and they won’t franchise tag him for over 30 million next season. Then everyone seems to ignore that Jimmy Garoppolo is an unrestricted free agent after next year.
That means the only way he stays in New England is if he gets tagged or resigns with the Patriots. Franchise tagging him would cost New England about 20 million for a backup QB. They could transition tag him but they would be forced to match what he would get on the open market which certainly some team would make a handsome offer.
Last, why would he want to resign in New England? Nobody knows how long the ageless Tom Brady is going to play for. If you have a chance to become a starter in the NFL you take your opportunity while you can because you may never get it again.
The Browns as crazy as it might seem may even be a better situation for Garoppolo. What makes me say that? The 2017 draft and free agency. The Browns this offseason went out and fixed the offensive line by adding Greg Zeitler and JC Tretter and extended Joel Bitonio next to Joe Thomas.
Duke Johnson also gets overlooked too as someone who can catch over 50 passes a season and averaged five yards per carry in 2016. Now turn the clock forward to April. Say the top safeties are gone at 12. Maybe the Browns select TE OJ Howard of Alabama, WR Mike Williams from Clemson, or WR Corey Davis from Western Michigan and get an offensive playmaker.
Then say they address the other position with TE Evan Engram from Ole Miss, WR Corey Kupp from Eastern Washington, WR Chris Godwin from Penn State, or WR Zay Jones from ECU in the second or third round. Suddenly the Browns offense becomes intriguing. That is the big selling point.
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