By Kyle Silagyi
The term “franchise quarterback” has haunted the Buffalo Bills for over two decades.
Buffalo’s depth chart at quarterback has been a carousel since Jim Kelly retired in 1996. The team’s longest-tenured starting quarterback of the 21st century is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who served as the Bills’ starter for four consecutive seasons.
Incumbent starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor could tie this number should he start for Buffalo next season. However, the Bills could potentially part ways with Taylor in the 2018 offseason. Buffalo is tight on cap space, and they could free up some funds by releasing Taylor. There will also be a number of talented quarterbacks available in the 2018 NFL Draft and in free agency, something that could make the pill of cutting Taylor a bit easier to swallow for the Bills.
Perhaps topping the list of potentially available quarterbacks is Philadelphia Eagles’ passer Nick Foles. The 29-year-old, who served as sophomore Carson Wentz’s backup throughout the majority of the 2017 season, took the reins of the Eagles’ offense in Week 15 after Wentz went down with an ACL injury. Foles played well in relief of Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback, ultimately leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory. Foles threw for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the game, and he was even named Super Bowl...