2017 is going to be a great time for any quarterback-needy teams, as several veteran gunslingers are going to be available on the market.
There is expected to be about 20 decent options for teams to pursue to possibly change their franchise's fortunes for the better if they are willing to take a chance.
Here are four of those 20 quarterbacks that could be available in 2017.
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Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Due to the rise of rookie Dak Prescott, Tony Romo has conceded the starting job at the Dallas Cowboys and could, therefore, be on the move next season. America's team may be reluctant to let him go, but they might just have to because of his salary.
Romo is currently slated to be paid $14 million in base salary in 2017, which is quite a lot for a backup, so he should be traded. Whether teams would be able to pay that plus take on a quarterback that has suffered numerous injuries over the past two seasons is a different question entirely.
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Due to the fact as well the 36-year-old will likely have to renegotiate his contract to move, he technically has the power to veto any trade move until he gets a contract he likes. Plus, coming to near the end of his career, he'll likely not want to join a team that isn't in Super Bowl contention, so his options are limited.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
2015 was a huge success for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars, as it made them look very promising for 2016. In reality, it has been very different. 2017 will be the last year of his rookie deal with the team unless they take up the fifth-year option, but he may be booted out sooner if the expected new coaching staff at the Jaguars want to go in a different direction.
The 24-year-old has the fundamentals to be a franchise quarterback, he just needs to become more consistent. This is a problem that could turn teams away from trading for him, but any team that does must understand that instant success isn't a guarantee despite some good offensive pieces.
Bortles is a very high-risk, high-reward project for any team. It's just a case of finding a franchise that would be willing to take that plunge.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Kirk Cousins has the highest passer rating by any active quarterback over the last 20 starts. He's arguably the most attractive quarterback that could be on the market in 2017 because of his ability and his age.
The 28-year-old is on his way to having a career season in 2016, as he has currently thrown for 3,540 yards and 20 touchdowns, nine shy of his 2015 total (29). If he continues to play like this, Washington is faced with a very difficult decision.
They'll either have to franchise tag him for $23.94 million, give him the long-term deal he desires, or let him hit the market which is where other teams could potentially grab a franchise quarterback if they have the right money.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
National anthem protests and off-the-field distractions will lure teams away from Colin Kaepernick, but he is still an exciting quarterback for any team. He was almost traded to the Denver Broncos earlier this year and looking back, he probably should have taken that chance.
He's a long way away from that Super Bowl appearance in the 2012 season, but some of the skills he showed off in that season are still present. 2017 is only an option year for him, so he could hit the open market if he doesn't perform this year.
With so many options available next year, the 29-year-old might not have much of a say as to where he goes. Whichever team picks him up would have to realise success isn't guaranteed as well. Kaepernick's best chances of being a starting quarterback might actually be with the 49ers.
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