HOUSTON — Blake Bortles’ remaining move of Sunday’s recreation was an interception, which might be a becoming means for his Jacksonville Jaguars profession to finish. Since Bortles entered the NFL in 2014, no quarterback within the league has thrown extra interceptions than he has.
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“If Eli felt like he could not do it anymore, he would give up. I do know he would.” So says Archie Manning. Do the Giants agree?
The query in Jacksonville is whether or not that move, intercepted by Texans security Andre Hal on the finish of a recreation wherein the Jaguars put up 119 whole yards of offense, was the final one Bortles will throw for the Jaguars. He indicated after the sport that he believed it may need been, and there is little query the Jaguars have a call to make on the quarterback place this offseason.
However they don’t seem to be alone.
Selections loom on veterans like Eli Manning in New York and Joe Flacco in Baltimore. On younger quarterbacks like Jameis Winston in Tampa, Derek Carr in Oakland and Marcus Mariota in Tennessee. Ryan Tannehill’s profession could possibly be at a crossroads in Miami, and Teddy Bridgewater and Nick Foles could also be searching for locations they are often assured to begin.
So, since quarterback is the place to which we most intensely overreact, even within the overreacty world of the NFL, we have determined to focus this week’s overreaction column solely on quarterbacks. We have picked 5 QB conditions that might, for one cause or one other, be in flux, and we’ll inform you whether or not expectation of change is an overreaction or not.
Let’s get to it.
Blake Bortles has thrown his final move for the Jaguars
Bortles was the third total choose within the 2014 draft and has had his moments. Had sufficient of them final 12 months that they gave him a contract extension that included $6.5 million of assured cash subsequent season. However the Jaguars are this NFL season’s most disappointing staff — an AFC Championship Sport participant a 12 months in the past that slipped proper again to their previous 5-11 methods. Bortles contributed 13 landing passes and 11 interceptions to the hassle, and late within the season was benched for Cody Kessler.
Graziano’s verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. It appears fairly clear it is time for a change. Bortles was removed from the one drawback this 12 months in Jacksonville, however to deliver him again with a $21 million cap cost in 2019 is much more upsetting an concept than consuming that $6.5 million assure. The Jaguars may have a excessive draft choose and might tackle their long-term future on the place there, or they might dip into the commerce/free-agent waters for somebody corresponding to Foles, Bridgewater and even Eli, Tom Coughlin’s previous pal.
Eli Manning has thrown his final move for the Giants
Manning turns 38 on Thursday and is scheduled to depend $23.2 million towards the Giants’ wage cap in 2019. He is scheduled to earn $11.5 million in (non-guaranteed) wage, plus a $5 million roster bonus the Giants have to determine on by the third day of the league 12 months. Manning threw 21 landing passes and 11 interceptions this season, each of that are modest enhancements over final 12 months however do not encourage a number of confidence that he can get essentially the most out of a dynamic offense that options star wideout Odell Beckham and star working again Saquon Barkley. The Giants can be selecting excessive within the draft once more this 12 months, although not as excessive as final 12 months, and will draft Manning’s successor in the event that they suppose they see him there. Bridgewater makes a bunch of sense right here too.
Graziano’s verdict: OVERREACTION. The Giants are as cussed as water is moist. They need to commit to the rebuild and discover a quarterback who’ll get their younger core excited and energized. However they’ve a lot (utterly comprehensible) respect for Manning and what he is achieved for them that they (A) appear unable to give you an exit technique and (B) have persistently been ready to persuade themselves he has higher than their different choices. I do know no determination has been made but on Manning for 2019, however do not be completely stunned in the event that they determine to deliver him again, even when they do draft a rookie QB within the prime 10.
Ryan Tannehill has thrown his final move for the Dolphins
Numerous adjustments could possibly be coming in Miami, and if that is the case, quarterback could possibly be amongst them. It isn’t that Tannehill has been horrible, however in seven years he has but to show he is the sort of quarterback who can carry the staff round him to nice issues. Issue within the well being points he has had the previous couple of years, and a 2019 cap value in extra of $26 million, and you’ll find a couple of the explanation why the Dolphins would possibly need to transfer on from Tannehill and check out somebody new.
Graziano’s verdict: OVERREACTION. If Adam Gase returns as Dolphins head coach, there is a robust likelihood Tannehill is on the 2019 staff. If Gase loses his job, all bets are off. However so long as he is making the calls, Tannehill’s going to have an opportunity to be the beginning quarterback job in Miami. That is not to say they do not attempt to draft a man, or signal a quarterback to compete with Tannehill. However as of now, with no actual different on the roster and never realizing for certain whether or not Gase is out, we’ve to go away open the likelihood that Tannehill returns.
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Teddy Bridgewater has thrown his final move for the Saints
A little bit bit totally different than the others on this listing, as a result of Bridgewater has thrown solely 23 passes for the Saints. However as he is nonetheless solely 26, Bridgewater could possibly be essentially the most intriguing quarterback available on the market this offseason. A staff may view him as their potential QB of the longer term, their one- or two-year stopgap, or a viable veteran backup, because the Jets and Saints did final offseason. He has but to show that he is a viable long-term starter, however his expertise and his potential ought to provide him alternatives (and dollars) that exceed what the Saints are doubtless to discover of their funds for him.
Graziano’s verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. The Saints love Bridgewater and would love to deliver him again — because the starter if Drew Brees retires (which does not appear doubtless) or the backup if he does not. However take into consideration him because the bridge man for, say, the Giants, who may provide him an opportunity to play with Beckham and Barkley and pile up numbers to possibly get a giant long-term deal elsewhere in a 12 months or two when their (hypothetical) draft choose is prepared.
Case Keenum has thrown his final move for the Denver Broncos
Wait. Did not they offer him a two-year deal? Why, sure. Sure, they did. However as you doubtless know, if you happen to comply with this league carefully, that does not imply an entire lot within the NFL. Keenum’s contract included $25 million in assured cash, however $18 million of that has already been paid. Shifting on from Keenum would value the Broncos solely $7 million in money and about $10 million towards the cap, and it isn’t out of the query they might do it after Keenum’s disappointing first season in Denver. John Elway appears perpetually unable to discover a long-term quarterback resolution for the Broncos, however what for certain is that he isn’t going to cease making an attempt.
Graziano’s verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. As with a couple of of those conditions, it is solely potential the Broncos decide on a devil-you-know resolution and simply roll with Keenum for continuity’s sake. However as with a couple of of those conditions, there are different adjustments doubtlessly afoot in Denver. They might have a brand new head coach, new offensive coordinator or each. They’re transitioning to youthful gamers at receiver and working again. The Broncos can be looking out for his or her QB of the longer term whether or not Keenum is again or not. If it is somebody they really feel comfy taking part in immediately, Keenum could possibly be out after one 12 months in Denver.