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QB Notes: Bears, Cowboys, Dolphins, Patriots & Redskins


  • Joel Corry can’t imagine any team being willing to take on Jay Cutler‘s contract, especially with the injuries he’s dealt with and his poor play.
  • Even so, Corry expects Chicago to move on from Cutler next year by trade or release, which would free up $14 million of cap space for the Bears.


  • Joel Corry of CBS Sports wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cowboys trade QB Tony Romo next year, even though they may only be able to secure a mid-round pick for him.
  • Romo’s cap charge would in 2017 would $19.6 million if he’s released or traded, so that’s obviously a big consideration.
  • Corry mentions that one team that could make sense for Romo next year is the Jets.


  • Joel Corry writes that conceivable that the Dolphins could attempt to trade QB Ryan Tannehill next year, barring a breakout performance over the remainder of the season.
  • This would allow the Dolphins to target a quarterback who fits Adam Gase’s system such as Jay Cutler.
  • In regards to Tannehill’s contract, Corry notes that he has just $3.5 million of his $17.975 million salary┬áis fully guaranteed next year. However, $14.475 million becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2017 league year.


  • The Patriots may face an interesting dilemma with backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo due to his success while Tom Brady was suspended, according to Joel Corry.
  • New England has Brady under contract through 2019 and it’s possible that they may view Garoppolo as a long-term replacement for Brady.
  • However, Brady is still playing at a high level and has said that he would like to continue playing into his 40s, which means they could be forced to consider fielding trade offers for Garoppolo next year.
  • Corry expects the Patriots to target a similar package of drafts to what the Eagles got for Sam Bradford, which includes first- and fourth-round (conditional) picks.
  • It’s also possible that the Patriots could wait another year and then franchise Garoppolo much like they did with Matt Cassel before trading him.


  • According to Joel Corry, if the Redskins are able to make the playoffs for the second straight season, they could be looking at a scenario where they may have to franchise QB Kirk Cousins again in 2017 at a cost of $32,943,600.
  • Corry mentions that if Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan secures a head-coaching job next year, it’s possible that he could target Cousins in free agency, which means Washington may have to use their tag on him to prevent themselves from committing long-term money to Cousins.
  • Although, should Cousins struggle throughout the season, Corry believes he could target a similar contract to Texans QB Brock Osweiler‘s four-year, $72 million deal.

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