Buffalo Bills: Considering the QB options in free agency

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With Tyrod Taylor traded to the Browns, we take a look at the quarterback situation going forward. Should the Buffalo Bills bring in a free agent QB?

The Buffalo Bills have finally made the decision to move on from Tyrod Taylor. It has been coming for a while now but it still surprised me to see he’d been traded to the Browns. For the record, getting the first pick in the third round is a beautiful move by Brandon Beane.

It seems increasingly obvious that the Bills are going to trade up in the draft to select a quarterback. With Tyrod leaving the building, it would make sense to sign a “bridge” QB too, right?

The question is, should Buffalo go for someone of the Josh McCown ilk, or someone who should be starting such as Sam Bradford, Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater? At this stage I cannot see the Bills going for Kirk Cousins. He seems destined for the Vikings.

The ideal

Bridgewater hasn’t completed a pass in the NFL for two years now after suffering a devastating injury prior to the 2016 season. He is still only 25 years old, with a Pro Bowl to his name. He has so much room to improve whilst still being a capable starter. For me, he would fit perfectly here in Buffalo. His contract would be relatively cheap, he could start for a year or even two, depending on his success and the progress of the rookie.

It’s worth remembering that he is the same age now as Aaron Rodgers was in his first year as the starter in Green Bay. If Bridgewater was a success for the Bills, the team would either end up with their franchise QB or there would be a queue of teams offering draft picks for his services. Of course, this is the best case scenario and he could quite easily never be the same player after his injury.

Despite Case Keenum’s brilliant year for the Vikings, I can’t trust him not to turn back into the player we’ve all seen for years. Sam Bradford is injury prone beyond belief, whereas AJ McCarron is an interesting option, although he hasn’t proven anything in his career as a backup to Andy Dalton.

Next: 2018 full first-round mock draft

One thing that’s for sure, we’re in for an interesting few months. Let us know which QB you would bring in before the draft.