Free Agency Roundtable: Quarterback and Tight End Rapid Reactions

The staff gives quick-hitting fantasy slants on some of the less heralded quarterback and tight end movement from around the league.

Give me your one-to-two sentence fantasy slant on the following quarterbacks and tight ends who changed teams during the free agency period:

Sam Bradford

Alessandro Miglio: Now this is a contract worth getting up in arms about. The Cardinals had to cut Tyrann Mathieu to make room for Sam Bradford, who is going to under-deliver yet again.

Jason Wood: A desperation overpay with a roster that looks startlingly devoid of play-makers even if you assume David Johnson returns to his 2016 vintage. No better than a low-end fantasy QB2 on draft day, and that's being generous.

Phil Alexander: How does this guy keep getting paid? Mike Glennon is likely to start more games.

Stephen Holloway: This was a much bigger contract than anyone expected. Bradford has been very efficient (when healthy) over his past two seasons at Minnesota and could be better than respectable if he can stay on the field.

Daniel Simpkins: He’s fine as a bridge player and will benefit Fitzgerald and Johnson. But just like Carson Palmer, health is the big question. I would still like to see Arizona draft their quarterback of the future in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Andy Hicks: The Cardinals are going to be starting Glennon or a rookie for significant parts of the season. When he plays, Bradford will be underrated for fantasy purposes, but you have to treat him week-to-week.

Justin Howe: I trust his talents more and more as he wears on – he’s become especially adept at the deep ball. But I don’t trust his knee health, especially behind a line that’s given up 93 sacks over the past 2 years. He’s a QB2 prayer in my eyes.

Teddy Bridgewater

Dan Hindery: The lack of interest in Teddy Bridgewater on the free market combined with the poor contract and situation he had to settle for speaks volumes about the state of his recovery from a serious 2016 knee injury.

Alessandro Miglio: Poor Teddy. He might not even be on the roster this fall after the Jets pick a quarterback in the draft.

Jason Wood: Rooting for Bridgewater is easy, but betting on him is another thing entirely. The Jets gave him backup money with very little guaranteed, and seem committed to drafting a quarterback with the third overall pick. Pass.

Phil Alexander: Doubtful he rejuvenates his career this season with the Jets.

Stephen Holloway: A low-risk contract to see if he has recovered from a catastrophic knee injury and can beat out Josh McCown. Even if he makes it all the way back, the Jets are moving onto their rookie when they fall out of playoff contention.

Daniel Simpkins: I trust in his abilities, but I am not sure the Jets are going to give him the opportunity to be the guy. The recent trade up and structure of Bridgewater’s contract suggests the Jets don’t see him as the future of the franchise, which is disappointing.

Andy Hicks: Where Bridgewater slots in between McCown and the rookie they pick at number three overall depends entirely on how quickly said rookie will be ready. The Jets aren't relying on Bridgewater but could wind up with a bargain if he’s healthy enough to regain his previous form.

Justin Howe: I’ve never been a believer in Bridgewater’s upside, and I’m even less interested now. Rehabbing his knee and NFL value will be tricky in a likely crowded quarterback room.

Case Keenum

Alessandro Miglio: His weaponry isn't downgraded, but is his offensive coordinator going to maximize his potential?

Jason Wood: Case Keenum is the most interesting quarterback on this list. If he plays like he did last year, the Broncos got a bargain. But if he caught lightning in a bottle with Minnesota, the Broncos will look foolish for trying to shop at the clearance rack at a position that demands Rodeo Drive prices.

Phil Alexander: Denver's pass protection ranked fourth-worst last season per Football Outsiders. Keenum's flaws will be on full display.

Stephen Holloway: Overpayment by the Broncos for a quarterback that at best can be an efficient game manager.

Daniel Simpkins: I have little confidence he can repeat last year, especially with less to work with in Denver.

Andy Hicks: Denver has aging receivers, average running backs, a defense falling apart, and a coach on the hot seat. At least there’s no pressure on Keenum -- who will likely have a rookie breathing down his neck -- to get the Broncos back into playoff contention.

Justin Howe: I like his chances at game-managing a solid Denver offense, one that will be buoyed by a fine defense. Keenum is no great shakes, but he’s good enough to capitalize on short fields and bring home a solid QB2 season.

Dan Hindery: Keenum landed on his feet with a starting job and decent situation in Denver. The best case scenario for his fantasy prospects would be the Broncos taking elite receiving back Saquon Barkley with the fifth overall pick in the draft.

A.J. McCarron

Alessandro Miglio: Never beat Andy Dalton out in Cincinnati. That's all we need to know, right?

Phil Alexander: Actually, Alessandro, this is all we need to know about A.J. McCarron.

Jason Wood: McCarron fought for free agency and ended up with the same money Chase Daniel got to sign as Mitchell Trubisky's backup. The Bills probably give McCarron a chance to earn the starting job, even if they draft a rookie quarterback. But the roster construction isn't doing him any favors.

Stephen Holloway: Desperation move by Buffalo to fill the slot vacated by Tyrod Taylor. In a best-case scenario, he can hold the fort until their rookie is ready.

Daniel Simpkins: McCarron is the Justin Beiber of quarterbacks and highly overrated by the media. The backup caliber deal he took in Buffalo shows the NFL has him valued correctly.

Andy Hicks: McCarron is there to be a buffer until someone better comes along. Let’s see if Buffalo can get one of the big-four rookie quarterbacks.

Dan Hindery: The Jets trade up to the third overall pick increased the chances McCarron could get a shot to start in Buffalo. With quarterbacks expected to go with each of the first three picks, the Bills will either have to make an aggressive move up the board for the fourth quarterback or settle for more of a project.

Justin Howe: He’s a poor thrower and generally shaky quarterback. McCarron will be hard-pressed to beat out anyone not named Nathan Peterman.

Tyrod Taylor

Alessandro Miglio: Got a raw deal in Buffalo, and will be under pressure from a rookie this season. Hopefully, he can capitalize on the improved personnel around him.

Jason Wood: The Browns were historically bad at turning over the ball last year, and bringing in Taylor as a bridge quarterback makes sense in that vein. Taylor is worth more in fantasy circles than real-life NFL circles, so he's someone who could emerge as a viable rotational quarterback or low-end starter in deeper leagues.

Phil Alexander: Interesting weapons in Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Corey Coleman, and Duke Johnson Jr. He’ll be a fun DFS tournament play for as long as he can hold off the rookie behind him on the depth chart.

Stephen Holloway: Intriguing situation in Cleveland where he has much-improved receivers. Taylor is a better quarterback than given credit for will have at least a short time to prove he can be a reliable starter.

Daniel Simpkins: I applaud Cleveland for this move and can see it working out for the fantasy assets in the passing game -- namely Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, and David Njoku.

Andy Hicks: Taylor is just keeping this seat warm, and depending on how patient one of the least patient organizations in the league will be, he could last a few games, half a season, or all 16 games. Good luck guessing which it will be.

Justin Howe: No one has explained why Taylor, owner of a career 22-20 record and 6.12 adjusted net yards per attempt (lower than Andy Dalton’s), won’t be the next failed Browns quarterback.

Jimmy Graham

Jason Wood: The Packers avoid free agency signings like the plague, but seemingly break their own rule every season in search of a tight end. The good news for Cheeseheads is Jimmy Graham is elite in a way Jared Cook and Jermichael Finley were not. While Graham doesn't have the open-field speed and agility he once possessed, he showed last year he remains a dynamic red zone threat. With Jordy Nelson -- Aaron Rodgers' favorite target -- gone to Oakland, Graham is a good bet for double-digit touchdowns, which makes him an every-week fantasy starter.

Phil Alexander: Couldn't ask for a better landing spot to maintain his fantasy value. Jason got it right -- with Nelson gone, Graham is once again positioned to handle a monstrous red zone workload.

Stephen Holloway: Graham was miscast in Seattle, but could have a revival of his early career production. Surely, Green Bay will use him primarily as an offensive weapon and take him off the field when blocking is required. Drew Brees has to be disappointed the Saints did not bring him back.

Daniel Simpkins: This is one of the best possible landing spots for Graham, who is in the twilight of his career. Rodgers will make sure he gets high-value targets.

Justin Howe: So Graham is a lock for double-digit touchdowns, even though the last two mega-athletic WR/TE hybrid types the Packers brought in (Cook, Martellus Bennett) combined for just 54 catches and 1 touchdown over 17 games? Graham is better than both, of course, but his health is similarly shaky and can’t be taken for granted. There’s obvious upside here for 60 catches and 8-10 scores, but Graham’s week-to-week health will determine his value more than his presence in Green Bay will.

Dan Hindery: The best imaginable landing spot. Not sure how much is left in the tank for Graham after all of the injuries but you have to be excited about the pairing with Rodgers.

Eric Ebron

Jason Wood: I've rarely drafted Eric Ebron, but I also wouldn't consider myself a skeptic. The landing spot in Indianapolis is enticing because Andrew Luck can and will make use of multiple tight ends. Ebron is too young and well-pedigreed to discard completely. An ideal TE2 on draft day who can evolve into a weekly starter.

Stephen Holloway: Ebron and Doyle may split up the tight end receiving pie into pieces too small. The potential is there, but not counting on it.

Justin Howe: Andrew Luck’s love affair with his tight ends stretches back to his days at Stanford. Of course, with Ebron, productivity is always a theoretical thing. I sincerely doubt he brings the same dependability and red zone chops to the table as Jack Doyle, and I think Ebron maxes out around 50-55 receptions.

Dan Hindery: Doyle is still the TE1 in Indianapolis but if the Colts don’t make some serious additions behind T.Y. Hilton at wide receiver in the draft, Ebron could still have fantasy relevance.

Daniel Simpkins: If Ebron does his part, this is an intriguing signing, as new coach Frank Reich’s offense could support both him and Doyle. I just question if Ebron can do it, because all the evidence in Detroit suggests otherwise.

Phil Alexander: Luck has always made good use of his tight ends. Ebron is still too young to close the book on.

Ed Dickson

Jason Wood: Ed Dickson is an eight-year veteran and a role player, at best. In eight seasons, he has one or fewer touchdowns six times. He hasn't eclipsed two touchdowns in half a decade. He's an effective blocker and isn't a total loss as an outlet receiver, but he is not a viable fantasy option in Seattle.

Phil Alexander: Remember when he dropped 175 receiving yards on Detroit in Week 5 last year? Me either. Dickson will only inherit a small fraction of Graham's red zone role. He’s not worth a look in fantasy.

Daniel Simpkins: I was hoping that Nick Vannett would be the guy, but the Dickson makes that less likely. I doubt there will be much fantasy impact from either Seattle tight end since the targets are likely to get split.

Justin Howe: He’s a piece of depth, nothing more. He’ll be hard-pressed to steal anything meaningful from Vannett, who’s a far more dynamic receiver.

Dan Hindery: Decent blocker but Vannett is more interesting from a fantasy perspective and should be the top receiving option at tight end in Seattle.

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