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Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, and Baker Mayfield: Who Will Be the Top Pick in NFL Free Agency?

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The NFL offseason is a time of excitement and anticipation for football fans. As teams evaluate their rosters, one position that always generates buzz is the quarterback. This year, many notable quarterbacks are in the mix. But on top are these three names —Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, and Baker Mayfield—are set to hit free agency. Let’s delve into their strengths, weaknesses, and potential landing spots to determine who will emerge as the top pick.

Russell Wilson: The End of an Era in Denver

The Russell Wilson era in Denver officially came to a close when the Broncos announced his release. Wilson’s tenure was marked by high expectations and a hefty price tag. Acquired in a trade that cost the Broncos multiple draft picks and players, Wilson’s performance fell short of the investment. Over two seasons, he threw for 6,594 yards, 42 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. Despite his talent, the team struggled, finishing with an 11-19 record during his starts. The Broncos will save $37 million by cutting him, but they’ll also absorb the largest dead cap figure in NFL history in 2025. With Wilson out of the picture, the Broncos must pivot to find their next signal-caller.

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Kirk Cousins: The Prize of the Free Agent Class

Kirk Cousins stands out as the premier quarterback in this year’s free agent class. His consistency and experience make him an attractive option for teams in need of stability. The Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Hawks, in particular, are keen on retaining Cousins. However, if he does hit the open market, several teams will vie for his services. Cousins boasts a 90.8 passer rating and has been a reliable presence under center. His decision-making and accuracy make him an appealing choice for franchises looking to solidify their quarterback position.

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Baker Mayfield: A Rising Star with Uncertain Future

Baker Mayfield’s journey has been intriguing. The Cleveland Browns’ quarterback has shown flashes of brilliance but also faced challenges. His 2023 season was marred by injuries and inconsistent play. The Buccaneers extended Mike Evans’ contract, likely keeping Mayfield in Tampa Bay. However, if he becomes available, teams will take notice. Mayfield’s arm talent and ability to extend plays make him an intriguing prospect. His decision-making and leadership, though, remain areas for improvement. If a team believes they can unlock Mayfield’s full potential, he could be a game-changer.

Where does the teams stand?

  1. Denver Broncos: With Wilson gone, the Broncos hold the No. 12 pick in the draft. As per some Mock drafts, they may target Michael Penix Jr. or Bo Nix as a bridge option while grooming a rookie QB.
  2. Minnesota Vikings: Cousins’ return is uncertain, but if he departs, the Vikings could pursue Justin Fields or Baker Mayfield. Fields’ upside and Mayfield’s playmaking ability would be enticing.

In conclusion, the battle for the top free agent quarterback will be fierce. Whether it’s Cousins’ reliability, Mayfield’s potential, or a dark horse candidate, NFL fans eagerly await the next chapter in this quarterback saga. Buckle up—it’s going to be an exciting ride!

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Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singhhttps://thesportsroom.org
Abhishek is a veteran journalist who covers the sport of MMA, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Arm-wrestling, Boxing and Pop Culture. His passion for Combat Sports began when he first saw the highlights of boxing legends like Manny Pacquiao, Arturo Gatti, Miguel Cotto etc.
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