2018 NFL Free Agents: Quarterbacks



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2018 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2018.
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  1. Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Age: 39.
    Drew Brees is no longer the quarterback he once was because of his age, but even with slight regression, he's still one of the top signal-callers in the NFL. He's 39 now, but Brees should be able to have one or two more exceptional seasons at the very least. He completed 72 percent of his passes in 2017 with an 8.1 YPA.





  2. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers. Age: 26.
    Jimmy Garoppolo is a very promising 26-year-old quarterback who thrived in limited action with the 49ers. He has already won over the locker room, with the players referring to him as a "Young Tom Brady." Garoppolo was well worth what San Francisco surrendered in the trade with the Patriots, so he'll receive a big contract from them to be their new franchise quarterback.

  3. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins. Age: 30.
    Kirk Cousins is very difficult to grade. Sometimes he plays like a 4.5-star player; over the past three years, he has thrown for 81 touchdowns and just 36 interceptions, completing 67 percent of his passes in the process. However, Cousins occasionally performs like a street free agent, melting down at the worst times possible. Still, Cousins has consistently been around 12th in the NFL Quarterback Power Rankings, so the Redskins need to pay him, as he's their best quarterback since Joe Theismann.



  4. Case Keenum, QB, Vikings. Age: 30.
    Case Keenum is difficult to rate. Is he just a 1-year wonder? Keenum was a journeyman prior to arriving to Minnesota, but he put together a dream season. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes with a 7.4 YPA, throwing 22 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He also did some nice work with his legs, picking up 160 rushing yards and another score. The Vikings have seen nothing from Keenum to make them believe that he can't be their quarterback going forward, but no one should be surprised if he regresses either.

  5. A.J. McCarron, QB, Bengals. Age: 27.
    A.J. McCarron was nearly traded to the Browns before the front office screwed up the paperwork. Perhaps Cleveland will make another attempt to acquire him this offseason. If so, the Browns are getting a quarterback who can probably be an average starter in the NFL. In extensive action in 2015, McCarron threw six touchdowns to two interceptions, with a 66.4 completion percentage and a 7.2 YPA.



  6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings. Age: 25.
    It was nice to see Teddy Bridgewater take the field late in the year. Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury two years ago, but it seems like he'll be ready to start in 2018. It's unclear if he'll ever be the same quarterback he once was, a signal-caller with a career completion percentage of 65 and a total touchdown-to-interception ratio of 32:21. He'd be rated much higher if it weren't for his injury history.

  7. Sam Bradford, QB, Vikings. Age: 30.
    Sam Bradford would be rated much higher than this if he weren't such an injury liability. Bradford played just one full game in 2017 because of a knee injury that just wouldn't go away. He's made out of glass and can't be relied upon to stay healthy.




  8. Josh McCown, QB, Jets. Age: 39.
    Despite playing behind a putrid offensive line and with only one viable receiver, Josh McCown was brilliant in 2017, completing 67.3 percent of his passes on an acceptable 7.4 YPA. His touchdown-to-interception ratio was 18:9, and he also rushed in five more scores. Imagine what he would've done with better talent around him! McCown deserves to compete for a starting job in 2018.

  9. Geno Smith, QB, Giants. Age: 27.
    Geno Smith was once a second-round pick with promise, but he's been hurt by inaccuracy and an inability to grasp the mental part of the game. He still has potential at just 27, which is why I'm giving him two stars, but I don't have much hope for him.



  10. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 35.
    Ryan Fitzpatrick's days as a starting NFL quarterback are over, but he's at least a very strong backup. He quarterbacked the Buccaneers to a couple of wins in relief of Jameis Winston, throwing seven touchdowns to just three interceptions.

  11. Matt Moore, QB, Dolphins. Age: 34.
    Matt Moore has been one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL over the past several years, but that could change soon, given that he turns 34 over the summer.



  12. Jay Cutler, QB, Dolphins. Age: 35.
    Jay Cutler was atrocious in most of his games this past season, and it's clear that he's no longer a starting-caliber quarterback. He would be a good backup, but he'll likely reenter the world of broadcasting instead.

  13. Derek Anderson, QB, Panthers. Age: 35.
  14. Drew Stanton, QB, Cardinals. Age: 34.
  15. Tom Savage, QB, Texans. Age: 28.
  16. Chad Henne, QB, Jaguars. Age: 33.
  17. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Cardinals. Age: 28.
  18. E.J. Manuel, QB, Raiders. Age: 28.



  19. Mark Sanchez, QB, Bears. Age: 31.
  20. Ryan Mallett, QB, Ravens. Age: 30.
  21. Joe Webb, QB, Bills. Age: 31.
  22. Kellen Clemens, QB, Chargers. Age: 35.
  23. Austin Davis, QB, Seahawks. Age: 29.
  24. Scott Tolzien, QB, Colts. Age: 30.
  25. Taylor Heinicke (RFA), QB, Texans. Age: 25.
  26. Ryan Griffin, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 28.
  27. Tyler Bray, QB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
  28. David Fales (RFA), QB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
  29. Chase Daniel, QB, Saints. Age: 31.
  30. Brandon Weeden, QB, Titans. Age: 34.




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