Wednesday was a good day for Joe Flacco and not a great day for Nick Foles.
The Baltimore Ravens' agreement to swap Flacco for the Denver Broncos for a center-grab was pretty good for the 11-year-old veteran. The sources had hoped the Ravens would trade or cut him long before the league year began. Baltimore finished with Flacco, having already won in quarterback Lamar Jackson in the first round of the 2018 round. While Ravens coach John Harbaugh, following his playoff defeat of the Chargers in his post-game press conference, insisted that Joe have a market, the market this year is a bit narrower than usual.
Denver will provide a minimum of $ 28.5 million for the 2019 salary cap for Flacco and Case Keenum, with no quarterback of the future on the squad.
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This year, the NFL quarterback offer seems to outstrip demand for the first time lately. An informal survey of league agents and team captains revealed that the list of teams looking for a quarterback is surprisingly short and full of reservations. It includes the Miami Dolphins, provided they move away from Ryan Tannehill. It includes the Jacksonville Jaguars, provided they move on from Blake Bortles. It includes Washington, provided Alex Smith's injury will keep him out for most or the entire 2019 season. Possibly these are also the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals. However, if these teams decide to deviate from their current starters, this is by no means absolutely certain. It was Denver until Wednesday.
If you were looking for Flacco or Philadelphia Eagles as Backup Foles or as New Orleans Saints backup teddy Bridgewater or Tannehill or Bortles or a quarterback looking for a place that could give you a chance, this could be the market this year be in a game with music chairs and with serious risk, without leaving one.
We are so used to appreciating the notion that there are not enough NFL start quarterbacks that have a hard time changing our minds to a landscape that may not be as true as it used to be. Consider the factors that have created a rare buyer's market in the league's most important position:
Over the past two years, eight teams have chosen quarterbacks in the first round of the draft. This is a quarter of the league that has been invested in quarterbacks for which it is far too early to give up.
At the other end of the spectrum are longtime starters like the patriot "Tom Brady," the Drew Brees of the Saints, the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger and the Chargers' Philip Rivers remained healthy, productive and won starters in or before, when quarterbacks retired earlier. These are jobs that you would expect to have adopted five years ago, but not.
Monster contracts were handed over to Oakley's Derek Carr, Minnesota's Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay, Detroit's Matthew Stafford. Matt Ryan and San Francisco American Jimmy Garoppolo have quarterbacks locked up for better or worse jobs.
Six other teams have 30 or younger high-powered quarterbacks and are not worried about the present or future of the position. These include Seattle, Indianapolis, Dallas, Philadelphia, the Rams and even Carolina, provided Cam Newton's shoulder problems are not enough until September.
We're up to three quarters of the league with squeaky quarterback situations. Add Denver to the news about flacco trading and the remaining teams are Miami, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Washington, the Giants and Tampa Bay, and even this list is not the best invitation for potential applicants. Andy Dalton has two more years on his contract with Bengals at reasonable cost, and the new coach likes him. The Titans and Bucs are unwilling to give up Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, despite the health problems of the former and the off-field problems of the latter. Washington could be financially troublesome by his commitment to Smith, even if he can not play. The Giants may not be ready with Eli Manning, even though they are considering this year's draft for his later replacement.
This is a weird year in which one is looking for an NFL job as quarterback affects:
Teams looking for 2019 starters
Again, this group of insiders is the one League regarded as Jacksonville, Miami, Washington and possibly the Bengals and Giants. Since Denver is no longer a fan, these teams are theoretically pretty much. For example: Jacksonville has a young defense killer defense, was 10-6 two seasons ago, and could be a quarterback refusing to return to the fight. But if, for example, Miami decides not to spend this offseason and Washington can not, the Jaguars may be the only contenders for Foles, and therefore in a position to dictate terms of trade with the Eagles.
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Quarterbacks seeking startup jobs
Flacco goes to Denver, but Foles stays in Philadelphia, where the Eagles can give him a shot just to make sure he does it does not. It ends with a divisional rival in Washington or New York. These were the first two veterans out there. In the unlikely event, add Manning to the giants cutting him. Then join a group that includes Bridgewater, Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tannehill, Bortles, Case Keenum (certainly cut or traded by the Broncos) and possibly Dalton. These are more guys than jobs. Where in the past the players from the middle to the end of the list had the chance to go to warehouses and fight for start-up orders, someone like Bridgewater might find out that his best option is another season that Brees in New can support Orleans ,
The Quarterbacks in Draft
It is possible that up to four quarterbacks could be included in the first round of this year's draft. However, in our coverage, there seemed to be consensus that the quarterback's draft is not much of a threat to the veterans who are currently looking for jobs. With Miami in break mode, it is possible for the Dolphins to draw a man and start him immediately without signing a veteran. But guys like Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones will not be considered the answer of 2019 to most of the teams looking for it – at least not yet.
Recent backups whose jobs could be in danger  Here is an interesting example of possible consequences. If you have starter-quality quarterbacks whose best options are backup jobs, the current backup class might be replaced. Could the Patriots find better Brady insurance than Brian Hoyer ? Could the ravens be better suited than Robert Griffin III for Jackson's support? If Foles is gone, do the Eagles consider Nate Sudfeld to be a plug-and-play option in the event of another injury to Carson Wentz or add a veteran to the insurance? Even though he was disappointed as a starter in Denver, could Keenum become a popular commodity given his performance as a plug-in starter in Minnesota two seasons ago?
It's a weird market for quarterbacks in 2019, and it's tough to see how it all works out. In places like Oakland, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Arizona, there could be unforeseen business or decisions that stir things up in new ways. There could be injuries in the spring that force teams to change their plans. At this point, however, many more teams in the NFL seem to like their quarterback situations than they do not. It can not last forever – especially when guys like Brady and Brees start their descent. But right now, the landscape is unusually calm with quarterback in the NFL.