The Top QBs Left In NFL Free Agency

Just after the NFL Draft, Jameis Winston found his new NFL home by signing a low-cost one-year deal with the Saints. Even with the former No. 1 overall pick off the market, there are still several notable names left. Here’s a rundown of some of the passers available here in May:

  1. Cam Newton: A slew of injuries have hampered the one-time MVP and the ongoing pandemic has prevented clubs from having their team doctors take a close inspection. Newton has gone under the knife multiple times throughout his career, including surgeries to his throwing shoulder and left foot. While Winston settled for a deal to serve as a backup – and perhaps a QB3 – Newton is still pushing for a starting job. Right now, there aren’t any clubs willing to hand him a QB1 gig, so he’ll probably have to wait this one out or temper his expectations. The Patriots, who currently have Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham as their top QBs, could be a fit, but there hasn’t been much movement on that front yet.
  2. Joe Flacco: Was Flacco an elite quarterback in his prime? That question will plague the football world forever. What we do know is that Flacco profiles as an experienced and inexpensive backup option for teams in need. The 35-year-old was sidelined for the second half of 2019 – his first season with the Broncos – and waiting for an opportunity to open up. At one point, Flacco was asked about his thoughts on the Eagles. But, with Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, Nate Sudfeld, and Kyle Lauletta on the depth chart, that no longer seems like a fit.
  3. Blake Bortles: Despite all of his flaws, the Jaguars handed Blake Bortles a three-year, $54MM deal in 2018 with $26.5MM guaranteed. One year later, they pushed him out the door for Nick Foles, leading him to L.A. After throwing a grand total of three passes last year, the former No. 3 overall pick is looking for a solid backup opportunity. The Rams have several QBs under contract behind Jared Goff, but there could still be an opportunity for him to return.
  4. Mike Glennon: With a dearth of quality QBs on the market in 2017, Glennon landed a three-year, $45MM deal with the Bears. Now 30 with a career 6-16 record, he’ll come for a lot cheaper. He earned just $1MM in base pay last year with the Raiders.
  5. Cody Kessler: Even after Tom Brady bid farewell, the Patriots decided that they didn’t need the former fourth-round pick on the roster. He’s got 12 career starts on his resume – unfortunately, the first eight came with the 2016 Browns.
  6. Trevor Siemian: We haven’t heard Siemian’s name mentioned recently. Fortunately, he’s said to have made a full recovery from his brutal Week 2 ankle injury.

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  1. acarneglia

    I wouldn’t put it past Josh Mccown to come back and give it one more try

  2. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    If the Steelers had Flacco or even Bortles last year, they make the playoffs easily.

    But, they’ll still bring back Rudolph and Hodges again this year instead of finding a cheap upgrade because…it’s their “way”.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Adam Vinatieri deserves the top spot on the list. He has a 122.9 career passer rating.

  4. inkstainedscribe

    With the MiLB season likely canceled, who’s betting Tebow gives the NFL another shot?

    • crosseyedlemon

      He played college ball for Florida so the Jags will be all over him like stink on a skunk.

    • cjfarley21

      Where are you getting your info. Mlb probably starts no later than July.

      • bigfreddy2000

        Milb is minor league baseball not majors. Haven’t heard anything on minors.

      • phenomenalajs

        Not even close to the dumbest. He’s not suggesting anyone consider taking bleach to cure the coronavirus…
        As for Tebow, it depends how large a roster MLB teams are allowed to have if there’s no minor league season. If teams are allowed to go split squad for a compressed season, he may make the Mets’ roster. If not, but college football returns, he may return to his job with the SEC Network. With veteran QBs still without a team, I don’t see him attempting an NFL comeback.

        • wagner13

          He hit .163/.240/.255 at Syracuse. Even if rosters expand, he’s not seeing an MLB field

          • jkoms57

            Last I heard he got beat out by Mark Sanchez then got cut the next preseason by a different team.

            That’s called career over.

      • crosseyedlemon

        It’s amazing how many folks here can’t recognize when someone is using tongue in cheek humor.

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