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As a dynasty owner, one must think beyond the upcoming season and more about the future of their franchise. One important area of focus for every dynasty owner should be players who are entering a “contract year”. The possibility of free agency not only impacts the player themselves, but their former and future team’s depth chart and the players that currently make that up.

NFL Players who are entering a contract year have that extra incentive to showcase their ability to play in the NFL in hopes of earning that blockbuster contract and therefore should be strongly considered by dynasty owners when making final roster decisions during the offseason.

This four part series begins with 4 quarterbacks who are entering a contract year and therefore should be under your watchful eye(s).

 

Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo Bills):

I am a huge fan of Tyrod Taylor with his potential to be

a rising star and the excitement he brings to the game. The Bills have been a very difficult team to read this offseason as General Manager Doug Whaley has been somewhat non-committal to Taylor as the Quarterback of their future. Whaley’s famous offseason “copout” statement regarding Tyrod Taylor this offseason is “I would say this: If it makes sense and it’s a good deal for them and a good deal for the Buffalo Bills, it wouldn’t preclude us from doing it,” Whaley said Thursday. “But it would have to make sense.”

With that said the Bills didn’t let the experts down who said they were going to draft a QB this year after they met with the likes of Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, Dak Prescott, Christian Hackenberg and yes…….the former Buckeye Cardale Jones whom they ended up selecting with their fourth pick in the fourth round which leads me to believe they are not convinced that Tyrod has shown enough that he is their Quarterback of their future just yet.

Potential team for 2017:

There were rumors that Taylor was in the mix to be a Denver Bronco this offseason prior the team signing Mark Sanchez and drafting Paxton Lynch. If Sanchez doesn’t produce and Lynch hasn’t proven to be ready to start leaving the team to still be looking to fill that void at QB, then Taylor could very well be in that same conversation he was in this offseason. However if he shows enough to convince the Bills to sign him to a new contract, it will be difficult for Denver to lure him away if he wishes to test the free agent market.

The San Francisco 49ers are another likely landing spot for Taylor as he fits the mold of a Chip Kelly QB and just may be that missing link that gives the team a boost next year if they fail to once again get off ground zero this year.

 

Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins):

Like the Bills, the Redskins are somewhat playing with fire with their young Quarterback who showed promise in the NFL last year. The Redskins drafted Cousins in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft after selecting Robert Griffith III with the second overall pick in the first round. Rumor has it that this was a compromise between Mike Shanahan (Executive VP / Head Coach) and Daniel Snyder (Owner) as Snyder was adamant that they draft RGIII.

Well the ‘skins commitment to RGIII was short-lived as he is now competing for the starting job in Cleveland leaving Kirk Cousins at the helm in Washington to start the 2016 NFL season. If they c

hoose to not lock him up this year and he has another season like last year, then they will likely be faced with a situation where they will need to pay him more than they could get him for today or lose him to free agency.

Potential team for 2017:

If Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo fails to complete the season healthy and Kirk Cousins is available, then I can all but guarantee you that they will be amongst those seeking to sign Cousins to their roster even after they selected Dak Prescott in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. If cousins can repeat the success he had last season after completing almost 70% of his passes for 4000+ yards and nearly throwing twice as many TD’s (29) as Interceptions (11), then he will certainly be a hot commodity in the market with most any team looking to improve at QB seeking to land Cousins on their roster. Some of the other potential landing spots for Cousins are the Jets, Browns and Chiefs.

Andy Luck

Andrew Luck (Indiana

polis Colts):

The Colts recently picked up the fifth year option for Luck

which basically buys Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson some time to sign him to a long-term contract which Colts owner Jim Irsay has said will be a “shocking” contract. This likely means that Andrew Luck will not only be the highest paid QB in the NFL within the next month or so, but the highest paid player in the history of the NFL.

If not, Andrew Luck could become the first franchise QB to play the franchise tag game from one year to the next until 2020 but I highly doubt that happens.

Potential team for 2017:

I am not going to bother listing any other team other than the Colts here as I cannot think of any scenario where he is not wearing a horseshoe on his helmet next year with his early success in the NFL and the owner’s commitment to pay the man. Andrew Luck will be a very rich person and rightfully so.

 

 

Brees

Drew Brees:

The New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis and Drew Brees’ Agent Tom Condon are reportedly in talks to negotiate a 4 year contract extension which would likely free up some salary cap space for the Saints this year.

I have a hard time believing this won’t happen as Brees has been a pivotal figure in the Saints offense and doesn’t appear to want to leave. Not to mention he will have a new weapon in another former Buckeye Michael Thomas who is a 6’3, 212 lb Wide Receiver who will give Brees another threat in the red-zone. If the Saints and Brees agree on a contract extension, he will join Saints Head Coach who also just received a contract extension.

Potential team for 2017:

Quite honestly if Drew Brees is not a Saint next year then I am not sure what team will be looking to sign a veteran quarterback who will be turning 38 next January for the money he will command but you never know. If that is the case, it would have to be a team coming off a deep playoff run that is looking for a starting QB (ie Denver Broncos this year) to hopefully take them to the promised land the following year but that is certainly not a normal situation in the NFL and I fully expect the Saints and Drew Brews to come to an agreement on a new contract sooner than later.

 

In Summary:

If NFL teams looked at what the free agent market was/is like this year and how the Denver Broncos and New York Jets have struggled to retain their QB’s, they would be wise to lock up the Kirk Cousins’ and Tyrod Taylors’ today rather than wait until tomorrow because the free agent market for Quarterbacks is scarce to say the least which gives the players the upper hand as witnessed by the contract the Houston Texans gave former Bronco QB Brock Osweiler.