It happens every NFL offseason. Veteran quarterbacks change teams and wind up starting in new places with varying degrees of success. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Tyrod Taylor, Josh McCown, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and Matt Cassel have all started in 2015 after changing ZIP codes last offseason. The cycle will continue in another four or five months, leading to a natural question: Which quarterbacks could find themselves in flux?
Here's my top-10 list.
Chances for change: low
Brees turns 37 in January and is scheduled to earn $19.75 million in 2016 while counting $30 million against the salary cap. Meanwhile, the organization is pushing through an aggressive roster overhaul, raising questions about where Brees fits into the long-term equation.
"If Sean Payton is still in New Orleans, and I am assuming he will be, I think there will be something worked out with Brees," a general manager from another team said. "I don't think [Payton] is going to go in with his offense and not have a veteran quarterback of some kind, and I don't think any of the options out there will excite him."
Brees' contract runs through the 2016 season only. The salary-cap charge would fall to $10 million if the team released or traded Brees.