The Buffalo Bills could be looking to shakeup the quarterback room this offseason, and three potential candidates all played in Minnesota last year.
The Buffalo Bills were taken to the playoffs by Tyrod Taylor, but that doesn’t mean the team is ready to settle when it comes to the quarterback position.
There is a small possibility that the Bills stick with Taylor in 2018. However, benching him for Nathan Peterman while the team was in the playoff hunt shows just how much confidence Sean McDermott has in his quarterback. Or maybe the move was a direct order from the front office. Either way, Taylor isn’t the long-term guy.
When it comes to improving at the position, the easy option is the 2018 NFL Draft. The Bills have two first-round picks to either wait for a quarterback to fall to them, or they can use that extra pick to trade up and take their guy.
The other option is by getting someone in free agency. But there is an interesting aspect of the 2018 free agent quarterback class.
Three of the top names in the class all played in Minnesota last season. Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater are all set to hit the open market, leaving the Vikings and all three players with options.
Bradford and Bridgewater are risky options based on their respective health issues, while Keenum may command a big deal after his great 2017 season.
The best option may be Bradford if he comes in on a one or two-year deal to serve as a mentor to either Peterman or a quarterback drafted this year. Committing to Bridgewater is far too risky and the Bills are not in a position to spend big on Keenum. No one wants another Fitzpatrick-esque contract on someone who isn’t coming in to be the franchise quarterback.
There is also the chance the Vikings retain at least two of these players, as I don’t see all three leaving. Keenum is the most likely to leave if he indeed wants a big deal.
All three names should be kept in mind by Bills fans, but I would be surprised if any of them came to Buffalo. The Bills have some momentum after returning to the postseason and are looking to make a splash at the quarterback position. None of these three from the Vikings qualify as that big splash.