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NFL Notes: Quarterbacks, Panthers, Titans

Quarterbacks

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe takes a look at the quarterback situations for a number of teams and what he expects them to do this offseason.

  • Volin can see the Vikings signing Case Keenum to a one-year deal or franchising him and then re-signing Teddy Bridgewater to a short-term “prove it” deal.
  • Volin thinks the Jets will sign QB Kirk Cousins, given that they have around $50 million in available cap space to work with.
  • As for the Broncos, Volin could see them signing QB A.J. McCarron to a one-year deal and drafting a prospect and keeping Paxton Lynch around for depth.
  • In regards to the Cardinals, Volin thins Arizona will sign Sam Bradford and then trade up in the first round for a quarterback prospect.
  • While Volin mentions that Tyrod Taylor is clearly not the long-term answer for the Bills, he expects the veteran to remain with the team for 2018 and then try to trade up to draft a quarterback.
  • Volin expects the Eagles to keep Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles around as the team’s primary backup.

Panthers

  • Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer mentions receiver, offensive line, and edge rusher as the biggest positions of need for the Panthers this offseason.
  • Person writes that DE Charles Johnson being cut is a “likely scenario,” considering that the Panthers would create $3.25 million in cap space by releasing him.
  • As for Julius Peppers, Person reports that he’s still rehabbing his shoulder and is “mulling the decision” to continue his career.
  • Person writes that the Panthers are unlikely to extend G Andrew Norwell after they locked up G Trai Turner to a four-year, $45 million deal last season.
  • Person could see the starting point for contract negotiations with K Graham Gano being $5 million annually since that is what he would earn if the team used the franchise tag on him.
  • Although Person expects a deal to get done with Gano, he mentions that there is some question around the organization about the kicker’s ability to convert kicks under pressure.
  • Person does not expect the Panthers to “shell out a ton of money” to DT Star Lotuleleibut his “sense” is that Carolina would bring him back on a team-friendly contract.
  • Person could see the Panthers taking a hard look at backup quarterback options and he says there has been “little talk” about re-signing backup TE Ed Dickson.

Titans

  • Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ official site would be surprised if the team used their franchise tag this offseason since they would prefer to re-sign players to long-term extensions rather than a one-year guaranteed contract.
  • Regarding the team’s plans in the 2018 NFL Draft, Wyatt writes that the Titans’ approach will depend on the players they sign in free agency.
  • As for the Titans’ positions of need, Wyatt lists wide receiver, a speed rusher, and the secondary as spots to address.