NFL Teams with Big Decisions to Make in Free Agency

By Matt Ambrose,
Sports Business Writer

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While NFL fans are still recovering from one of the best Super Bowls of all time, NFL Free Agency is less than one month away. The window for teams to re-sign players began last Wednesday, and teams will have until March 1st to lock up their players or else they will become free agents. Multiple storylines within the NFL landscape will dominate the offseason, proving for it to be another wild five months leading up to Training Camp in July.

The storyline on everyone’s mind this offseason is where Tony Romo will be playing come Training Camp. Romo lost his starting job in Dallas this past season after an injury, as well as stellar play from rookie Dak Prescott, who led the Cowboys to a 13-3 regular season record. The consensus is that Romo will not be back in Dallas next season, causing rumors to swirl about a possible destination.

One such team that has been rumored to be a destination for Romo has been the Denver Broncos, a team that missed the playoffs last season after winning Super Bowl 50 the season prior. Much of the struggles for the Broncos were at the quarterback position, as Trevor Siemian could not fill the massive void left by Peyton Manning.

Romo could be a potential fit in Denver, a team that already has the pieces in place for another championship run. They have a top defense in the NFL, as well as a solid receiving core featuring Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The pieces are there for Denver, they just need a leader at the quarterback position. Tony Romo could potentially be that guy.

The Washington Redskins are another team in the NFC East faces questions at the quarterback position this offseason. Quarterback Kirk Cousins played last season under the franchise tag, throwing for just under 5,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. The question is whether the Redskins will sign Cousins long term, or slap the franchise tag on him for a second straight season. Cousins has seemed to prove that he can be a solid quarterback in this league, as he has thrown for over 9,000 yards and 54 touchdowns over the last two seasons. The coming weeks will prove whether or not the Redskins believe Kirk Cousins is the long term answer in Washington.

They just won the Super Bowl in dramatic fashion, but the New England Patriots have an important offseason as well. They have priorities of signing Dont’a Hightower and Martellus Bennett, as well as trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Hightower signing seems inevitable after the team moved Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins earlier this past season. The question with Martellus Bennett is his desired salary, which if too high, the Patriots could be willing to move on from. Garoppolo has shown in short bursts that he can be a serviceable quarterback in the NFL.

With his stock at an all-time high after seeing playing time earlier this past season due to Tom Brady’s suspension for deflategate, the Patriots could look to cash in with teams such as Chicago and Cleveland who are desperate for a quarterback.

It’s just another wild offseason in the NFL. Let the fun begin.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 print edition.

Contact Matt at
matthew.ambrose@student.shu.edu

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