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Will the veteran QB free agency wave take place in a couple weeks?

There are some big name QBs still available. Will we see something happen later rather than sooner?

The NFL free agency quarterback market has quieted down after a flurry of moves to open the league year. Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, and Colin Kaepernick are among the quarterbacks still on the open market after a little over a week of free agency. Cutler was released, Kaepernick opted out, and Romo remains available via trade, but likely will end up being released into free agency.

I don’t know if Kaepernick ends up signing anywhere, but regardless of that, there is reason to think the QB market will pick up in the next few weeks. Offseason workout programs begin in April. Prior to that, players are allowed to use team facilities, but they cannot work with coaches. Someone can make sure they don’t get hurt working out in the gym, but that is the extent of it.

Offseason workout programs can begin at two different periods. Teams with a new head coach can start in early April, while teams with a returning coach start in late April. The first couple weeks are strength and conditioning work, and then organized team activities get going in late April or early May, depending on the start date. That means players can’t do real on-field work until the activities.

26 teams return their coach from last year, so the bulk of teams will be getting started in late April. Among that group includes the Denver Broncos, who have been mentioned as a possible destination for Romo. The 49ers seem set to go with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback, and they really have not been in the Romo mix anyway.

Peter King talked about the time that still exists to get a deal done, and the fact that the Dallas Cowboys do not seem to be in a hurry to get a deal done. Meanwhile, Cutler has been connected to the New York Jets, although they are also talking to Josh McCown. But the Jets won’t start until later in the period, so again, they are likely not in a huge rush. You want to get a quarterback the playbook, but with the entire offseason program still in front of us, there does not seem to be a rush.

Will we see a flurry of moves in April as teams get back on the field and the draft approaches? Or will we see things happening sooner than that?