Who’s on the Trade Block?
The win now attitude has consumed many a front office over the years. Costing millions of dollars and leaving promising young coaches at the wayside. The Achilles heal for those struggling franchises? That man under centre. With this years free agency class somewhat underwhelming, and teams looking to cash in. Which quarterbacks will find themselves on the trade block prior to the draft?
With Andy Dalton set to count $16.3m against the cap in 2018 ($15.7m 2017) the Bengals simply cannot afford to keep A.J. McCarron around. McCarron has already expressed his desire for first team action so it makes sense for the Bengals to cash in now.
Andy Dalton missed the final 4 games (including playoffs) of the 2015 season, providing McCarron with an opportunity to showcase his skill set that brought him back to back BCS National Championships with Alabama.
During Dalton’s absence, McCarron looked poised in the pocket, made throws with touch and accuracy, as he passed for 854 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. A poor outing against the Steelers when it mattered, raises concerns as McCarron completed just 56% of his attempted passes. A factor teams would be wise to mention during any negotiations.
The Bengals were reportedly seeking a first round draft pick to acquire McCarrons services. This however proved to be too rich for any potential suitors. Especially as McCarron is a fifth round draft pick with 3 starts to his name.
For those chosing to purse McCarron, surrendering a third round pick, rather than taking a chance on a quarterback during the first or second round of this years draft, would be the logical move. From a business standpoint flipping a fifth round selection into a third round selection would also prove to be good business for the Bengals.
The Eagles find themselves in a bind, in terms of cap space ($6.5m available according to Spotrac.com). In a report by TheEaglesWire several players will be moved on to create room for the teams free agents.
Chase Daniels was expected to be the adequate stop-gap until Carson Wentz was ready to assume command of the offense. However that all unraveled during training camp, when it became evident that Wentz would be the guy under center from week one.
Daniels is due $8m in 2017 and cutting him isn’t an option, as it would leave the Eagles saddled with $7m in dead money. Moving Daniels on, not only saves the team money, but bringing in a cheaper veteran could also prove to be critical in Wentz’s continued development.
The Eagles would consider themselves lucky to get a late round pick for the 30-year old Daniel. During his 7-years in the NFL, Daniel has thrown just 78 passes for 464 yards.
New England Patriots
The darling of trade talk this off-season has been Jimmy Garoppolo. The former 2nd round pick of the 2014 draft, has already been proclaimed as a pigskin slinging god. Sent to raise said franchise from the depths of misery to untold fortunes of glory and domination. The conclusion is startling especially when you consider the fact, that Garoppolo has only attempted 94 passes and made just two starts.
Garoppolo’s first career start, a victory on the road against the Cardinals was by all means an impressive performance. He looked calm in the pocket, excelled on third down and went through his progressions with ease. Garoppolo finished with figures of 24/33/264 and a touchdown. The problem I have is sample size. How many quarterbacks look great during a relief period of 2-3 games? All but to come undo once the league has studied their film.
I find the whole scenario troubling, especially from a Patriots standpoint. Why would you trade away Brady’s replacement, and forgo a Manning to Luck, Farve to Rodgers passing of the torch? That alone makes me curious. As the decline for a quarterback is abrupt and personally I’d prefer the insurance policy for another year. Then take stock of the whole situation, even if it means Garoppolo walks for free.
On the flip side why not trade Brady after the 2017 season and keep Garoppolo? However this unfolds the Patriots have a way of defying NFL odds.
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