There is a dearth of talent available to NFL teams who are desperate to land a franchise quarterback ahead of the 2019 season.
The big picture: Whether we’re looking at NFL free agency or the 2019 NFL Draft, it’s just a really bad year for quarterback-needy teams.
Teams that need a franchise passer: There are at least five teams desperate to land a difference-maker.
Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill is all but gone — and quite literally he has been erased from the team’s media room. There really isn’t anyone behind him worthy of being called a starter.
New York Giants: Eli Manning is said to be the likely starter in 2019, but he’s well past his prime. Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta are not the answer.
Washington Redskins: Alex Smith won’t play in 2019, if ever, and Washington can’t rely on Colt McCoy for an entire season.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles is on his way out. There’s really nobody behind him who can give this team a fighting chance every week.
Denver Broncos: The Case Keenum experiment went poorly in 2018. John Elway is said to be hot for Drew Lock, but Denver might have to move up to land him.
Teams that should hedge their bets: There are at least five other teams that would be wise to upgrade.
New England Patriots: Tom Brady will be 42 next season. Brian Hoyer isn’t going to win many games if Brady goes down. That is all.