Here we are yet again, another offseason where the Redskins have decisions to make at the quarterback position.
Alex Smith may not be available to start the 2019 season as he continues to recover from his horrific leg injury. If he is unable to go, which is not a given, the starting job could be open.
All signs point to Colt McCoy being the starter in Week 1. But, the 2018 backup has a history of critical injuries and only played in three games after Smith's devastating injury.
To fix this problem the Redskins may be shopping for a QB this offseason, outside of the draft, that could potentially play Week 1 or backup an injury prone McCoy.
Already with Smith and McCoy, the team has $23.9 million tied up against the salary cap for 2019. Inexpensive options are what the Redskins need. This leans to perhaps a one-year deal being struck with emergency QB Josh Johnson coming back, but here are the pieces that could be in play for Washington (listed alphabetically):
Known for being a laughing stock at the quarterback position, Blake Bortles does have the experience of taking a team to a conference championship game. However, a 5-11 season to follow the improbable run has the Jaguars possibly looking elsewhere at QB.
"I don't think I'll be back next year ... being honest, I envision I'll be somewhere else next year."
— CBS announcers recalling Blake Bortles' quotes last night when asked about future with #Jaguars— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) December 30, 2018
Bortles is under contract for two more seasons.
Sam Bradford was a big part of the NFL QB carousel last offseason and will probably be a part of it again. He played three games for the Arizona Cardinals this season (0-3) before being cut for their 2018 first-round draft pick Josh Rosen. Bradford is a former No. 1 overall pick and has three 3,000-yard seasons under his belt.
He was rumored to be an option for the Redskins as a backup once Smith went down and before signing Mark Sanchez.
Backing up Drew Brees for a season gave Teddy Bridgewater a start to end the 2018 season, but nothing more after being traded from the Jets. Bridgewater's contract is up after this season and is set to hit free agency again this offseason. He led the Vikings to the postseason in 2015, his second year in the league.
Fitz'magic' was alive and well to start the 2018 season, just enough to make him a sought after QB during free agency. His contract is up in Tampa Bay and Adam Schefter reports that the Bucs are continuing their future with Jamies Winston.
Joe Flacco to D.C. talks began right when Lamar Jackson started over a healthy Flacco earlier this season. Our own J.P. Finlay does not think that Flacco would be a good fit, but only one other QB on the market has won a Super Bowl. He's probably way outside of the market for the Redskins given their money situation.
Philadelphia's future is with Carson Wentz, but it is it will be difficult for them to keep two quarterbacks of this caliber on their roster. Foles has a player-option in 2019 with the Eagles. The 2018 Super Bowl MVP probably won't want to play backup for another season if he doesn't have to.
Picking up Colin Kaepernick has been a long discussion ever since Smith got injured. We've already talked about it once, and even noted he was the best QB available at the time. He's still unsigned and the Redskins may be desperate.
At 39, Josh McCown has played football for a long time. In 2018 he played three games with the New York Jets, the eighth team of his career. Will get a ninth team in 2019?
The past year has seen Trevor Siemian as a backup in Minnesota after starting for two seasons Denver. He's still a fairly young QB and possibly would be available at a reasonable price.
As a backup with the Los Angeles Chargers, Geno Smith will be a free agent this upcoming offseason. Could be a non-expensive option as he has not started for a team since 2014 with the Jets.
Ryan Tannehill may be the most intriguing option of the free agent quarterbacks available this year. His huge 4-year, $77 million contract has expired, leaving the Dolphins with a team-option this offseason. Reports from the Miami Herald and Adam Schefter on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown agree that Miami will move on from their six-year starter.
Aside from Flacco and Foles, he may be the most sought after QB this offseason.
UPDATE: Paxton Lynch was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks in a futures deal on Jan. 17 due to him being unsigned in 2018. He is no longer available on the market.
Lynch did not play a down of football in 2018 after being cut from the Broncos. The former 2016 first round draft only has played in five games his entire career. A lot of untapped potential left for Lynch.
All contract information and amounts are from Spotrac.com
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