The Miami Dolphins are expected to part ways with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, per multiple reports. This leaves the question as to who the Dolphins could look into as their next quarterback, at least for 2019.
When it comes to free agents, the top one on the list right now appears to be Nick Foles. As a starter in 2013, Foles threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC East crown.
In 2014, Foles got the Eagles off to a 6-2 start before he broke his collarbone in a game against the Houston Texans. In 2015, Foles played for the St Louis Rams, where he threw for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions. His coach was Jeff Fisher, so that explains a lot.
He was then a backup for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, throwing for 410 yards and three touchdowns. Foles was back in Philadelphia in 2017, taking over for the injured Carson Wentz. He wound up leading them to a win in Super Bowl LII over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
In 2018, Foles started the first two games, going 1-1 before being benched for Wentz. After Wentz was hurt late in the season, Foles took over again, leading the Eagles back to the playoffs.
Despite all of his success, the Eagles will start Wentz for the foreseeable future. This leaves Foles to be a free agent this off-season. Seeing his success over the years, Miami could look to sign him. They could also look into the top free agent wide receivers such as Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, who will also be free agents. Those three together, plus running back Kenyon Drake, could make Miami an offensive threat in 2019.
Should they not pursue Foles, there are other free agent quarterbacks who could do well. Ryan Fitzpatrick did well with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. Case Keenum, who led the Minnesota Vikings the postseason in 2017. Tyrod Taylor has also shown to be a viable starting quarterback.
There’s also the NFL Draft. Miami is selecting 13th overall and they appear to be the third team to be searching for a quarterback [New York Giants, Denver Broncos]. The top five teams won’t be searching for a quarterback [No, the Arizona Cardinals will not trade Josh Rosen] nor will the Detroit Lions trade Matthew Stafford, so they won’t be looking for a quarterback, either. Even if they were, selecting one with the 10th overall pick seems absurd.
Many project the New York Giants to draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the sixth overall pick. No one is sure where Denver is going at quarterback, either. That would leave Miami to select from the other quarterbacks such as Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray or Missouri’s Drew Lock.
Murray played just one season after backing up first overall pick Baker Mayfield. Having just one year of college football under his wing, he may not be ready for Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season.
Lock, on the other hand, has played four years at Missouri. He averaged just over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns, including 44 in 2017. He could be a more well-fared quarterback for Miami when it comes to the draft.
For more options, check out more of our QB candidates here.