Once the 2017 regular season ended, we knew there would be some shakeups in the NFL. And we're going to get exactly that in the form of a quarterback carousel.
With signal-callers leaving via free agency, trades, or roster cuts, there are going to be a handful of openings across the league. One name that hit the open market? Brock "Lobster" Osweiler. While it's hard to envision the two-time Broncos QB getting a starting nod based on how he's performed, he could command an interesting market nonetheless.
Here are five potential teams that could actually be absent-minded enough to sign Brock Osweiler this offseason.
5. Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins are going to need some quarterback depth entering the 2018 season. The team is highly unlikely to re-sign Kirk Cousins; if he leaves, the only QB on the roster for next season is Colt McCoy.
While the team is expected to draft a QB this spring, do not be surprised if Osweiler is signed as insurance next season.
4. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are left in a bind at quarterback after Carson Palmer announced his retirement following 14 seasons in the league. And not only that, but backup Drew Stanton is about to hit the open market.
Just like Washington, the Cardinals are likely to draft a quarterback this year, so Osweiler could be a depth option for Arizona as well.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have had their growing pains with quarterback Andy Dalton, but he is likely to be the starter entering 2018. Backup A.J. McCarron is a restricted free agent, and may be on the outs after the botched Cleveland Browns trade at the deadline.
With the situation less than stable in Cincy at the moment, Osweiler's modest experience could be enough to justify a roster spot.
2. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have perhaps the most intriguing QB situation, and it all surrounds Drew Brees-- it is currently unknown if the future Hall of Famer will sign a new contract with New Orleans at 38 years old.
Backup Chase Daniel will hit the open market after the season, leaving rookie Taysom Hill as the only QB under contract for 2018. The Saints will more than likely try to draft a QB, but won't have a high first round pick unless they figure out a way to trade up.
Osweiler could be brought in as a "veteran" backup. Let's stress that this is IF Brees' time in New Orleans is over at the end of the season.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
After yet another playoff disappointment, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to make some changes to turn their luck around. The transition from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes is likely to come to fruition in 2018, with Smith expected to be moved via trade this offseason.
Mahomes will be the only quarterback on the roster, so that leaves an opening for a backup with some starter years logged in. Osweiler could fill that role and could be brought in for cheap.