2015 Top 5 Free Agent Quarterbacks
Teams will look to add these guys to either run the offense or be a reliable back up. Today I rank the top 5 free agency quarterbacks.
5. Matt Moore
Bio: In his eight years with Carolina and Miami, Matt Moore has shown flashes of being great. As a rookie with the Panthers, he started the final three games of the 2007 season, posting a 2-1 record as a starter. After missing 2008 with a broken leg, Moore played well as the back up to Jake Delhomme throwing for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns in the five games he played. With Miami in 2011, he started much of the season throwing for over 2,400 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Bottom line: Matt Moore is most effective when coming off the bench. It has become clear wherever he goes that he can't handle the pressure of being a full time starter. That being said, he is a reliable back up is smart enough and has the physical tools to fit in just about any system.
Possible landing spot: Cleveland
4. Jake Locker
Bio: A first round pick out of Washington in 2011, Jake Locker's four year tender has been a rollercoaster ride. While looking impressive with his arm and ability to scramble, Locker has had trouble staying healthy since he entered the league. Since 2012, he has deal with shoulder, leg, and hip injuries as well as concussions due to Tennessee's poor offensive line, but has posted impressive numbers throwing 27 touchdowns and rushing for five more.
Bottom line: For teams to take a chance on Locker is buyer beware. While he has the skill set to be an NFL starter, he does have durability issues that raise concern amongst franchises. If a team is going to give him a chance, they will need to have a well established offensive line.
Possible landing spot: Dallas
3. Ryan Mallett
Bio: After spending three years as Tom Brady's backup in New England, Ryan Mallett was traded to Houston during the 2014 season. Playing in two games before tearing his pectoral, he was 1-1 as a starter throwing for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
Bottom line: There are still a lot of questions about Ryan Mallett. He has the size and arm strength to be the ideal pocket passer. With what he showed in his little time with Houston, it will be interesting to watch him free agency.
Possible landing spot: Houston
2. Mark Sanchez
Bio: A first round pick in 2009 by the Jets, Mark Sánchez made a big splash in the NFL. In his first two seasons, he took the Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship game appearances. But over his final three seasons in New York, the level of offensive talent began to diminish and he could never lead the Jets back to the playoffs. In 2014, Sánchez signed with Philadelphia to be Nick Foles back up. When Foles went down with injury, he went 4-4 as a starter throwing for over 2,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Bottom line: Mark Sánchez is a quarterback that has to have the right tools around him to be successful. He has to have a good running game and defense if his skill set is to work. Without that, he is just the tease he has been labeled.
Possible landing spot: Buffalo
1. Brian Hoyer
Bio: After spending his first four seasons as a backup, Brian Hoyer got his chance to start in 2013 with Cleveland. He won three straight games before going out for the season with a torn ACL. He started the 2014 season 7-6 before injuries in the offense resulted in poor play from Hoyer and he was benched in favor of Johnny Manziel. The Browns lost their final three games and missed the playoffs.
Bottom line: Hoyer needs a good offensive line and running game in order to be successful. While he was one of the best deep throw quarterbacks in the league last season, he had the leagues worst completion percentage on third down. He needs a good offensive line to incorporate his great play action fake ability.
Possible landing spot: St. Louis