NFL: Quarterbacks will dominate the 2018 NFL offseason

(AP) – Quarterbacks will rule the NFL’s offseason.

Beginning with Alex Smith going to Washington when the league’s new year starts next month, several quarterbacks will find new riches and many teams will land new quarterbacks in 2018.

Tom Brady may have been denied another championship but not his coordinator, and some believe Josh McDaniels’ sudden change of heart this week in spurning the Indianapolis Colts was related to doubts about Andrew Luck’s health.

Either way, McDaniels is staying in New England to help Brady bounce back from the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to Philadelphia in Super Bowl 52 .

The Eagles aren’t just celebrating their first championship since 1960, but also an abundance of talent at the position in franchise QB Carson Wentz and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

Should Wentz’s recovery go well, the Eagles will have a huge bargaining chip to restock their roster.

Wentz’s recovery from knee surgery will be closely watched this offseason just like Aaron Rodgers ‘ repaired collarbone in Green Bay and DeShaun Watson ‘s torn ACL in Houston.

Both those teams figure to be contenders for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta if their quarterbacks are healthy.

A dozen other teams will either jockey for their next star or dole out big bucks to keep the one they have.

Cousins, Drew Brees and Jimmy Garoppolo lead an exceptionally large group of veteran quarterbacks lined up for big paydays and new opportunities that includes the Minnesota Vikings’ trio of Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum and Sam Bradford.

Teams that miss out on one of the prized free agents can look to promising prospects in the draft that features Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph.

The quarterback carrousel began in the days before the Super Bowl when Kansas City agreed to trade Smith to the Redskins.

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