The Steelers have a plethora of holes to fill going into 2019. One of them is definitely not a Starting Quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger is set to extend his deal in Pittsburgh. The team is not looking for a starter. However, finding a better option to replace Ben (if an injury occurs) should be. With Joshua Dobbs having looked less-than-pedestrian against Oakland and Mason Rudolph possibly not ready...a veteran reserve might be a good player to look for.
Here are the best free agent signal-callers available that might fit the Steelers bill.
Nick Foles - Philadelphia Eagles
The guy won a Super Bowl MVP in 2017 and played well enough to get the Eagles a return-ticket to the playoffs. While last year wasn’t as brilliant as the previous year, this guy is looking for a starting gig. He’s not going to be anywhere near an option for Pittsburgh. It is expected Foles will be signing with the Jaguars when the new league year begins.
Teddy Bridgewater - New Orleans Saints
Bridgewater is still not back to perfect after the 2017 injury that knocked him out for the season in the preaseason. When healthy enough his first two seasons, Bridgewater was 17-11 as a starter. But he has only started one game since 2015 and that didn’t go swimmingly in a loss to Carolina in the season finale. The 26-year-old still has a chance to reclaim his spot as a starter in this league, but another backup stint might be where he needs to start his road back. If the money is right, he could be a steal though.
Tyrod Taylor - Cleveland Browns
Taylor didn’t do particular well as a place setter for Baker Mayfield. The previous three years with Buffalo, Taylor threw 51 TDs vs 16 interceptions and led the Bills to the playoffs in 2017. As a backup, Taylor could be a find.
Josh McCown - New York Jets
At 40, McCown is most-likely looking for a deal as a backup and a mentor. Two seasons ago, the veteran of eight teams had 2,926 yards, 18 TDs vs 9 picks and a completion percentage of 67.3%. If the price is right, bringing in a guy like this could be good should disaster strike.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This guy is 36, but he is the epitome of the perfect insurance policy as a BUQB. Weeks 1-3 last season, Fitzmagic became the first player in NFL history to have three-straight games of 400+ passing yards. Sure he looks like a hobo that is sleeping on freight trains, but the Harvard graduate is an excellent leader that can get the Steelers through a Big Ben absence.
Other Notable Free Agent Quarterbacks
Trevor Siemian - Minnesota Vikings
Ryan Griffin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mark Sanchez - Washington Redskins
Josh Johnson - Washington Redskins
Geno Smith - Los Angeles Chargers
Brock Osweiler - Miami Dolphins
Colin Kaepernick - Nike?
Robert Griffin III - Baltimore Ravens
Brett Hundley - Seattle Seahawks
Tom Savage - Cincinnati Bengals
Kevin Hogan - Denver Broncos (RFA)
Matt Cassel - Detroit Lions