Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch Among Those Who Will Beat Out Veterans

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Equal Pay for Unequal Play

Brock Osweiler, the $72 million man. Getty Images


True or false: Brock Oswelier is making the same amount of money as Tony Romo.

If you answered true, you know how crazy some of the quarterback situations are in the NFL these days.

Osweiler has started seven games in the NFL. Romo is a four-time Pro Bowler who has thrown for more than 34,000 yards and 247 touchdowns in his career. They're both making $18 million this year.

They must have those oil rigs pumping overtime down there in Houston.

In any case, Osweiler's obscene, unearned paycheck is just one intriguing storyline involving quarterbacks in the upcoming 2016 season.

Some of the starters will lose their jobs, as they do every year. Here, in no particular order, are the five starting quarterbacks most likely to lose their starting spots this year.

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Nick Foles, Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff learns Rams' offense. Getty Images

Let's start with the no-brainer. The Rams are moving back to fancy digs in star-studded Los Angeles and they want a glamorous quarterback to show off to their cool fans.

Nick Foles is not that man. Foles has had his moments with the pros, but he really does not have the talent to be a superstar in this league, and he doesn't exactly inspire fans to pour through the stadium gates and drink their pastel martinis.

So the Rams drafted Jared Goff with the first pick of the draft, to much acclaim, hoopla and L.A.-style hype.

Foles is listed as the starter on the team's depth chart, but chances are he won't even be on the roster. The Rams have been dangling him as trade bait ever since they drafted Goff and a number of teams are interested.

Their other quarterbacks are Sean Mannion and Case Keenum.

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Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Bradford: Scared to compete?. Getty Images


Pretty much the same situation as the Rams, but with a twist. The Eagles list Sam Bradford as their starter, but Bradford has been pouting like an overweight teenage girl who can't get a date since the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz second overall in the draft.

The only possible conclusion one can draw is Bradford is scared of competition, which is not a very manly trait in the NFL. That won't get you far even in your own locker room.

Bradford finally showed up at the team's voluntary workouts this week after laying out for two weeks and saying he would not show up. Actually, he got his agent to tell that to team officials and reporters; Bradford refused to communicate with anyone connected with the team.

The fans now hate him, ripping him to shreds on social media, and even old football guys tore into him.

"He wants it handed to him on a silver platter," said Joe Theismann.

"That's the sign of a coward," said Terrell Owens.

Almost everyone in the world will be pulling for Bradford to get beaten out for the starting job. Wentz could do it and so could current backup Daniel Chase, who has a clause worth an extra $12 million if he beats out Bradford as the starter.

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Geno Smith, New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick looks for a fatter paycheck. Getty Images


Leave it to the New York Jets to have another quarterback controversy. They're famous for it, or rather infamous.

Jets fans spend their lives in the past, pining for another Joe Namath. They got a good, healthy dose of Ryan Fitzpatrick last year and while they weren't ecstatic about him, they were happy with the bearded veteran, who led the offense to its best numbers in years.

So what happens? The Jets face salary cap problems and say they don't have the jack to sign Fitzpatrick, who is a free agent this year. They want to keep him on the roster with backup money.

Fitzpatrick wants to take advantage of his one good year to make serious money. Will the twains meet? They haven't yet, and the Jets are playing hardball: they emptied out Fitzpatrick's locker and ripped his name plate off.

They also drafted Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round.

Right now, Geno Smith is listed as the starter, Bryce Petty No. 2 and Hackenberg no. 3.

Smith is the guy who refused to repay a loan to a teammate and got his jaw busted in the locker room. When his jaw was working and he was a starter, he went 11-18 and threw 34 interceptions against 25 touchdowns.

Does he deserve another chance at starting? That's the question NJ.com asked its readers and more than half of the 9,000 who responded said no.

He will, though, mainly because he's cheap. But, it won't last long. Hackenberg has been wowing observers with his big arm at the Jets' mini-camp, and Petty could easily wrestle the job away from Smith if he falters.

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Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns

Robert Griffin III has plenty of incentive. Getty Images


The Browns have made several big splashes this offseason and one of those was signing Robert Griffin III, the quarterback who showed such flashes of brilliance in Washington.

Now, pretty much everybody who follows football knows Griffin is a big talent, but the word is also he is a trifle, let's just say it – lazy.

The Browns hope to solve that laziness problem by showering Griffin with money,  specifically up to $11 million. That's how much they will pay him if he beats out Josh McCown, who is listed right now as the starter.

Also, look for Cody Kessler to have an impact this year; the Browns say he will compete for the starting job at some point.

Other QBs on the roster include Austin Davis, Connor Shaw and Pat Devlin.

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Mark Sanchez, Denver Broncos

Broncos very high on Paxton Lynch. Getty Images


The Broncos are used to great quarterbacks in recent years, like John Elway and Peyton Manning, and so this business of trying to find a starting quarterback is new to a lot of their fans.

Last year's backup Brock Oswelier left for Houston for an ungodly sum of money, and that left Mark Sanchez, a veteran who has had a checkered pro career.

The Broncos then drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round. Now, Lynch was generally thought of as the third best quarterback available, and so many Broncos fans said, oh, OK, well at least we got a good backup. He'll sit on the bench for a long time and maybe some day amount to something.

But, Elway, now the team's General Manager, said uh-uh. This boy is going to be ready a lot sooner than most of you think, he told Denver radio station 760 AM.

Denver traded up to get Lynch, and in point of fact there are reports that claim Elway had Lynch rated higher than Goff, the top overall pick of the draft. If true, the Broncos had one hell of a draft, according to their way of looking at things.

Sanchez is listed as the starter right now, with Trevor Siemian as his backup and Lynch No. 3. Again, that order won't last long. Expect to see Lynch starting a few games into the 2016 season.

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