The NFL trade market is not nearly as active as those in other sports, but this offseason could provide some extensive business for quarterbacks. Jimmy Garoppolo, Tony Romo, and Kirk Cousins are all potentially available via trade, and there are plenty of teams that need help at the most important position on the field.
There has been a lot of speculation about what kind of price tag each of these quarterbacks would have. If Kirk Cousins gets the franchise tag, we’re looking at two first round picks. Adam Schefter has reported the New England Patriots will not start discussions about Jimmy Garoppolo at anything less than a first and a fourth round pick.
MMQB NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt offered up his thoughts on the trade market for quarterbacks, and he thinks both asking prices are higher than where things will end up.
Speaking of trade offers for quarterbacks, we are approaching the time of year for hyperbole about what quarterbacks could potentially bring in draft compensation. NFL general managers understand how precious currency first-round draft picks are, especially for their long-term financial value. To think that a team is giving up 1) a first-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo or 2) two first-round picks for Kirk Cousins (assuming he receives the franchise tag) is, well, delusional. Yes, Sam Bradford netted a first, but that was a move made in the post-injury desperation of training camp, not the quiet premeditation of March. Not happening.
This followed a section in which Brandt said he does not expect a robust trade market for Tony Romo. He does not have his ear right on the market, but he does have extensive experience in NFL dealings.
I see the point he is making with regard to Bradford, but I could still see a team getting desperate enough that they give up a higher asking price. I think making a move for Garoppolo or Romo is more likely to result in a cheaper price, since it makes all the sense in the world for the Patriots and Cowboys to move them. On the other hand, Washington could deal Cousins or keep him and both moves would make plenty of sense. Washington might have the most leverage in a potential trade of a decent quarterback.
How many quarterback trades do you see this offseason? I think we’re all but assured of two, although Bill Belichick could surprise me. Cousins remains the toughest one to figure out, but I am inclined to think he is not traded.