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Giants re-sign Jones

Over half of teams have their starting quarterbacks

The quarterback dominoes are falling into place. Daniel Jones re-signed with the Giants, Geno Smith and Derek Carr agreed to deals yesterday, and over half of the league has locked down a starting quarterback.

A pair of other high-profile quarterbacks are also in the news today. The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Lamar Jackson, giving them the ability to match any offer he might sign with another team. And Aaron Rodgers is meeting with the Jets; the tea leaves suggest he’s far more likely to be playing with Las Vegas or New York this year, rather than returning to Green Bay.

Per reports, the deal Jones (pictured) signed with New York is worth $160 million for four years, with additional money available in incentives, but typically with contracts, the initial reports are high. The original stories on Carr, for example, were $150 million for four years, but now it’s been agreed on as more realistically about $100 million for three years. Smith deal with Seattle has settled as $75 million for three years, with another $30 million available in incentives. Given what Carr and Smith are going to make, $40 million-plus seems high for Jones.

On the Jackson front, the Falcons indicate they won’t be bidding for him.

In the chart below, I’m listing the expected starter for each team. I’ve got 17 of the 32 in bold. Those are the guys who are firm – who look certain to be starting for those teams. With the other 15 franchises, there still could be movement, with a notable player added to the roster.

ArizonaKyler Murray (inj.)
AtlantaRidder, draft pk or UFA
BaltimoreLamar Jackson
BuffaloJosh Allen
Carolinadraft pick or UFA
ChicagoJustin Fields
CincinnatiJoe Burrow
ClevelandDeshaun Watson
DallasDak Prescott
DenverRussell Wilson
DetroitJared Goff
Green BayJordan Love
HoustonMills, draft pick or UFA
Indianapolisdraft pick or UFA
JacksonvilleTrevor Lawrence
Kansas CityPatrick Mahomes
LA ChargersJustin Herbert
LA RamsMatthew Stafford
Las VegasStidham, draft pk or UFA
MiamiTua Tagovailoa
MinnesotaKirk Cousins
New EnglandMac Jones
New OrleansDerek Carr
NY GiantsDaniel Jones
NY JetsAaron Rodgers (trade)
PhiladelphiaJalen Hurts
PittsburghKenny Pickett
San FranciscoLance, Purdy or UFA
SeattleGeno Smith
Tampa BayTrask, draft pk or UFA
TennesseeRyan Tannehill
WashingtonHowell, draft pk or UFA
available free agent• Baker Mayfield
available free agent• Jimmy Garoppolo
available free agent• Tom Brady

—Ian Allan

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