This offseason is shaping up to be one to remember for the NFL. Unlike years past, there are a plethora of quarterbacks that are expected to be on the move, such as Phillip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater.
Drew Brees and Tom Brady are also scheduled to be free agents this offseason. The former is set to return to the New Orleans Saints, while the latter hasn’t given a single clue as to where he’ll be playing next season.
With free agency approaching fairly soon, there could also be a few surprising roster cuts on the way. Bleacher Report’s Chris Roling believes two starting quarterbacks from this past season might hit the open market very soon.
Roling released his predictions for most surprising cuts that will happen this offseason. He has the Cincinnati Bengals moving on from Andy Dalton and the Indianapolis Colts releasing Jacoby Brissett in order to pursue another quarterback in free agency.
Here’s what he had to say about each move, via Bleacher Report:
If quarterback-needy teams are willing to wait for the Bengals to cut Dalton with no cap hit whatsoever, it could be hard for the organization to find any sort of worthwhile return via trade. The plan clearly calls for a reset under center, so the Bengals might end up cutting their losses sooner than most think if the trade lines don’t drum up anything interesting.
If that changes at quarterback through the signing of someone like Philip Rivers or Teddy Bridgewater, the Colts couldn’t justify having two massive contracts at the same position. It would be better to save what they could and end things early, perhaps letting Brissett get another shot elsewhere at the same time.
Dalton has been linked to a few teams this offseason, including the Patriots. He can still start in the NFL and should have a chance to prove that soon.
As for Brissett, it’s somewhat shocking to see his name on this list from Roling. Even if Indianapolis isn’t that confident in the NC State product, he’s an ideal bridge quarterback for any team.
Who do you think is more likely to be released this offseason: Andy Dalton or Jacoby Brissett?