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Quarterbacks who could be cut this offseason

The NFL Draft added 255 picks and a host of undrafted free agents to rosters. We break down what it might mean for veteran quarterbacks on the roster bubble.

Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

With the draft adding a chunk of new players to rosters, we will soon see teams start to release players to let them look for new accommodations in the NFL. We’ve compiled some players that might be in need of a new team due to draft picks likely crowding them out of playing time and possibly a roster spot. We’ll start with quarterbacks. Inspiration comes in part from Bill Barnwell’s look at one player on each team most likely to be cut or traded.

Andy Dalton, Bengals

Joe Burrow is in town now and despite the fact that Dalton is willing to back him up, they will likely want to cut the ties and start completely new. Dalton’s contract makes him untouchable while still with the Bengals, as he is due $17.5 million this season. He will likely be released and then picked up as a free agent and given backup money in a new contract.

Josh Rosen, Dolphins

The 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft may be moving once again after the Dolphins grabbed Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick. Rosen hasn’t shown any semblance of upside so far in his short career and doesn’t have much worth to Miami as a backup right now. Another team will likely give him a shot and hope to see what he can do with a better offensive line.


Mitchell Trubisky, Bears: It’s a good bet the Bears carry both Trubisky and Nick Foles this fall. Chicago doesn’t trust Trubisky at this point, and likely won’t be signing him to a contract extension, but due to $9,237,593 in dead money on the final year of his deal, they won’t be releasing him.