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Plenty of veteran quarterbacks are looking for work

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As the curious unemployment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues despite a season that compared favorably to Tyrod Taylor’s performance in Buffalo, plenty of other veteran quarterbacks are still looking for work.

Following the out-of-the-blue decision of the Vikings to add Case Keenum (reportedly on a one-year, $2 million deal) to back up Sam Bradford, let’s take a look at the list of the guys with NFL experience and who currently can be signed by anyone.

Beyond Kaepernick, 2016 starters like Jay Cutler and Ryan Fitzpatrick remain available. Blaine Gabbert, the early-season starter in San Francisco, also is on the market. So is Shaun Hill, who started (and won) for the Vikings at Tennessee in Week One, before Sam Bradford was ready to go.

Then there’s Robert Griffin III, who took the league by storm five years ago — and who never has been the same since tearing his ACL as a rookie. Widely criticized for not knowing how to protect himself, Griffin’s first (and only) year in Cleveland was derailed by a misguided decision to drop his shoulder into an Eagles defender in the opening game of the season. He’d return to start the last four games of the season, leading the Browns to their only win, on Christmas Eve against the Chargers.

Other unemployed quarterbacks include former Raiders backup Matt McGloin, long-time Lions understudy Dan Orlovsky, former Giants backup Ryan Nassib, and Bruce Gradkowski.

As offseason programs get rolling and teams max out with four quarterbacks, some of these veterans surely will get opportunities to compete for a roster spot. Some teams may wait until after the draft to make moves.

Regardless, in a league that doesn’t have enough quarterbacks to go around, plenty of quarterbacks are hanging around.

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  1. deuce2222 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:39 AM

    Nothing curious about Kaepernick. He sucks…..

  2. manderson4150 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:43 AM

    I think it’s because 99% of them stood for the anthem and because of this they are being blackballed……

  3. 4evrnyt says: Apr 2, 2017 10:44 AM

    Regardless, in a league that doesn’t have enough”good” quarterbacks to go around, plenty of “bad” quarterbacks are hanging around.

    Fixed it.

  4. sportoficionado says: Apr 2, 2017 10:51 AM

    the FA qb market is at a standstill right now because no one knows what is going to happen with Romo in Dallas–any team with a question mark at QB1 position is holding tight for now, probably will not have much movement until after the draft, the choices right now are down right horrendous.

  5. detroitsportsfan11 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:58 AM

    Man, I hope the Lions pick up Cutler!

    Cutler > Stafford

  6. Bl00dwerK says: Apr 2, 2017 10:59 AM

    I remember that Vikings game. We thought the season was over after that loss…

  7. bettis3636 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:03 AM

    As a Steeler fan im kinda confused on why we havent kicked the tires on RGIII… Tomlin had a man crush on Vick and gave him a chance when it was clear that he was outta gas… i think Griffin might be a very good option behind Big Ben and def a exciting player when on the field.. id love to see what he could do on a damn good team… a team who wouldnt ask him to do much… The Browns were a terrible career decision… and now the general public THINKS hes done when clearly NO ONE excels in Clev!!

  8. pchaupt says: Apr 2, 2017 11:03 AM

    If my team had to look to one of the guys mentioned, I’d look for something else to do on Sundays.

  9. 5thorkid says: Apr 2, 2017 11:04 AM

    How about the fact that they ALL suck?

  10. billsbackto81 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:04 AM

    To compare Tyrod to Kap is comical. Not only did TT beat Kap head to head but he also stands, places is hand over his heart and bows his head for the national anthem.

  11. sceaglesfan says: Apr 2, 2017 11:09 AM

    In the NFL, Talent > Baggage (if you consider what he did as baggage)
    When Kap learns to go through his progressions, throw the ball accurately and make better decisions with the football he will make money. Having said that, I still think he is picked up before the season starts if his salary demands are not unreasonable.

  12. alonestartexan says: Apr 2, 2017 11:09 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the Texans bring in RGIII to kick the tires so to speak.

  13. tonebones says: Apr 2, 2017 11:16 AM

    Most of these guys will be with a team in 2017. There’s no rush. Nobody ever knows when a starting QB is going to get injured, but we all know it will happen. Suddenly, the value of some of these guys will skyrocket. But also, there seems to be a serious lack of GMs who really understand how to evaluate QBs. Ryan Nassib has never been given an opportunity. He’s sat behind ironman Ely Manning his entire career. Nobody knew how good Kurt Warner was until Trent Green got injured, and the Rams were forced to play him. He just looked like an average Joe in practice.

  14. lewsblues says: Apr 2, 2017 11:18 AM

    Fitz is done … scratch him and save your ink ….

  15. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Apr 2, 2017 11:20 AM

    Whew! Compared to this list, both the Jets and Texas look stacked at the QB position…

    Hillary had “a lot of experience” too… But like these guys, it was not “good ” experience …

  16. maust1013 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:28 AM

    It’s about time someone had the courage to get this out in the open. Since we know from the beating of the Kaepernick drum that results can’t be the reason for unemployment why have Cutler and Fitzpatrick have been blackballed?

  17. cabosan1978 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:32 AM

    Nothing curious about Kaepernicks unemployment…the guy wore pig socks purposly mocking our brave men and women in blue. Why would anyone sign him??

  18. tedbundysson says: Apr 2, 2017 11:34 AM

    I believe the QB position is no thinner on talent than any other position. A bad QB is just so obvious. Most fans, even the experts that have all the answers on these threads, don’t really watch anything but the ball so the QB’s stick out like a sore thumb. But if you look at say for instance offensive line play they suck too on most teams. Truth is NFL in the salary cap era mostly sucks. The Patriots are clearly heads and shoulders above the rest in this salary cap era. But the player talent is subpar. Belichick is just so much better than all the other coaches that they excel. But put the Pats against the 70’s Steelers , 80’s 49ers or 90’s Cowboys and they would struggle. I think what the Pats have done in the salary cap era is more impressive than those other teams because of the limitations, but no way are they as talented as those teams.

  19. fumblenuts says: Apr 2, 2017 11:40 AM

    I still believe that Kap and RG3Knee will end up playing in Canada.

  20. bettis3636 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    So with everyone clearly disagreeing with my Griffin in Pitt comment im guessing if Ben goes down yall feel good about handing the keys to Jones again… negative… give me RGIII

  21. corkspop says: Apr 2, 2017 11:50 AM

    There are some surprises here and the list isn’t anywhere near complete. I have to think that several of these unemployed, experienced QB’s are holding out to be the starter.

  22. fwippel says: Apr 2, 2017 11:51 AM

    Ah, the daily Colin Kaepernick update, thinly disguised as a general article on available free agent QBs.

    By the way, Cutler is, by far, the best QB available. The author’s attempt to set Kaepernick up as the top free agent QB is further evidence of his emotions getting the best of him.

  23. thenewguy12 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:53 AM

    “Regardless, in a league that doesn’t have enough quarterbacks to go around, ”

    The NFL has plenty of quarterbacks to go around, it is good quarterbacks that it is lacking in and all the guys you listed are mediocre at best, they aren’t taking a team anywhere it wants to be.

  24. reddzen says: Apr 2, 2017 12:00 PM

    billsbackto81 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:04 AM
    To compare Tyrod to Kap is comical. Not only did TT beat Kap head to head but he also stands, places is hand over his heart and bows his head for the national anthem.

    My guess is you didn’t fight for this country. You just enjoy the privileges of those, like me, who did. One of those privileges? Guaranteed in a document you obviously never read? The right to peaceful protest. It’s people like you who denigrate the United States. Wearing a lapel pin isn’t the same as wearing a uniform. I did.

  25. oldhuskerfan says: Apr 2, 2017 12:09 PM

    If the Texans brought RGme in to kick the tires, he’d get injured doing it. Probably break a toe.

  26. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Apr 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    “bettis3636 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    So with everyone clearly disagreeing with my Griffin in Pitt comment im guessing if Ben goes down yall feel good about handing the keys to Jones again… negative… give me RGIII”

    As a long time Steeler fan since they were awful in the 60s, I’d still take Jones over RGIII as a backup. Obviously Jones knows the system. RGIII has never shown any consistent ability to throw the ball well down the field. Jones is capable which is all you want from a backup. Neither could lead the team in the playoffs of course. But backups don’t do that anyway. Jones is not a starter but if you look across the league, Jones is considerably better than most other backups.

  27. TheWizard says: Apr 2, 2017 12:27 PM

    The only thing Griffin needed to protect himself from was Mike Shanahan. He’s never been the same since that game he was left in when he was clearly messed up.

  28. briang123 says: Apr 2, 2017 12:28 PM

    Kaepernick doesn’t have a job because of conservatives and Trump. The rest don’t have a job because they have the competence level of conservatives and Trump.

  29. BringBackTheFlex says: Apr 2, 2017 12:47 PM

    Teams are waiting to see what happens with Romo. No one is going to give a contract to a QB currently available until a much better QB is in place and sets the price bar.

  30. lingsun54 says: Apr 2, 2017 12:58 PM

    It’s a joke that Kap is mentioned first as if he’s the best available QB.

  31. bocadiver1 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:04 PM

    Correction: Back-ups can and sometimes do win championships. For one, Jeff Hostetler. I’m sure there are others.

  32. stevejjones says: Apr 2, 2017 1:05 PM

    It’s curious how he hates on Tebow but loves on the fifth columnist

  33. dregonspengler says: Apr 2, 2017 1:07 PM

    reddzen says:
    My guess is you didn’t fight for this country. You just enjoy the privileges of those, like me, who did. One of those privileges? Guaranteed in a document you obviously never read? The right to peaceful protest. It’s people like you who denigrate the United States. Wearing a lapel pin isn’t the same as wearing a uniform. I did.

    First, thank you sincerely for your service.
    It was all downhill after that.
    First, had you understood that “document” you claim the other person “never read” then you’d know it guarantees a citizen the right to free speech without government sanctions. It does not protect you from the consequences of that speech in the private sector, or from your employer. Maybe read it again.
    Second, you claim what Colin Kaepernick did was exercise his free speech with a “peaceful protest,” then you turn around and accuse people like the other poster of “denigrating the United States” because they exercised theirs, also in a peaceful way? Seems a little hypocritical to me.
    Finally, while I respect and am grateful for your service, it was your choice to serve. “Wearing a uniform” does not make someone more entitled or worthy of free speech or government protections than anyone else. Whether one wears a uniform or a “lapel pin,” we’re all equals here, or at least that’s what that “document” says.
    It seems to me that somebody is more concerned with patting themselves on the back than with free speech.

  34. mongo3401 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:13 PM

    LOL. Some mention this document and that Bill of rights and Kaps right to protest. Tell ya what. Let Kap not stand for the Narional Anthem when those documents were written and he would have been hanged or shot for treason. Kap enacted what some say was his ” right ” to protest. Well now the NFL is enacting its right to protest. NFL owners have the same rights as Kap does. Accept it.

  35. streetyson says: Apr 2, 2017 1:17 PM

    I don’t think any QB with less than 48 games (i.e. equiv to 3 whole seasons) can really be considered “a veteran” – McGloin has 14, Orlovsky has 27, RG3 has 32, and even Gabbert only has 43. I’d call all such guys journeymen rather than vets. The “veteran” label gets used way too readily in football.

  36. bert1913 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:21 PM

    most of them will have to wait until the season starts, and starters get injured

  37. xenova1 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:22 PM

    There will be a group of QBs that will be signed. Why sign someone like Fitzpatrick with his tenure when you can get a fresh QB for a low rate and have him as your backup QB who you hopefully won’t have to start? It’s economics and the limited number of QBs a team can have active on game day.

  38. fosback11 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:24 PM

    Let’s not forget that RG3 also had to be pulled from one game for a concussion as well. So can’t stay healthy or read a defense in the pocket.

  39. Better Together Fan says: Apr 2, 2017 1:33 PM

    To suggest Kaepernick is as good as Tyrod is just silly. Taylor is 14-15 as a starter the last two years; Kaepernick is 3-16. Completion percentage: Taylor 63% vs. Kaepernick 59%. Taylor averages almost a yard more per pass attempt. Not that Taylor is perfect or a sure thing, but he throws a really nice long ball. He’s way above Kaepernick right now.

  40. raysfan1 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:50 PM

    Yes, very “curious” that a QB who played poorly enough over the past two years that he lost his starting job to another QB–who played poorly as well–doesn’t have a job, particularly considering that the second WB also doesn’t have a job. I’m sure you still think it’s mostly just the off-field distraction he would bring to any club dumb enough to sign him though. Definitely worth another dozen posts or so to explore the mystery

  41. abninf says: Apr 2, 2017 1:50 PM

    cabosan1978 says:

    Nothing curious about Kaepernicks unemployment…the guy wore pig socks purposly mocking our brave men and women in blue. Why would anyone sign him??
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    Oh, but he was just trying to “start a conversation” about “oppression”.

  42. abninf says: Apr 2, 2017 1:53 PM

    briang123 says:

    Kaepernick doesn’t have a job because of conservatives and Trump. The rest don’t have a job because they have the competence level of conservatives and Trump.
    ===================================

    Kaepernick and the rest are just like Hillary. Out of a job.

  43. nyneal says: Apr 2, 2017 1:53 PM

    They should all apply with the Vikings. They don’t have a QB.

  44. motsuret06 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:54 PM

    Who wants to start the new season with an implosion before you even get started? No brainer here.

  45. abninf says: Apr 2, 2017 1:56 PM

    reddzen says:

    My guess is you didn’t fight for this country. You just enjoy the privileges of those, like me, who did. One of those privileges? Guaranteed in a document you obviously never read? The right to peaceful protest. It’s people like you who denigrate the United States. Wearing a lapel pin isn’t the same as wearing a uniform. I did.
    ====================================

    My guess is you flipped burgers in the mess hall. I have a star on my combat infantry badge and I despise Kaepernick and everyone like him.

  46. racerx1225 says: Apr 2, 2017 2:09 PM

    Gradkowski is the best of that bunch. Guy has moxy. Probably would have been better on any team the others QB’ed.

  47. racerx1225 says: Apr 2, 2017 2:10 PM

    abninf says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:56 PM
    reddzen says:

    My guess is you didn’t fight for this country. You just enjoy the privileges of those, like me, who did. One of those privileges? Guaranteed in a document you obviously never read? The right to peaceful protest. It’s people like you who denigrate the United States. Wearing a lapel pin isn’t the same as wearing a uniform. I did.
    ====================================

    My guess is you flipped burgers in the mess hall. I have a star on my combat infantry badge and I despise Kaepernick and everyone like him.

    ========================================

    Well said! We salute you!

  48. racerx1225 says: Apr 2, 2017 2:11 PM

    Kaepernick will never play a down in the United States again.

  49. larson94 says: Apr 2, 2017 2:14 PM

    And former playoff quarterback Christian Ponder!

  50. nhpats says: Apr 2, 2017 2:16 PM

    billsbackto81 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:04 AM
    To compare Tyrod to Kap is comical. Not only did TT beat Kap head to head but he also stands, places is hand over his heart and bows his head for the national anthem.

    My guess is you didn’t fight for this country. You just enjoy the privileges of those, like me, who did. One of those privileges? Guaranteed in a document you obviously never read? The right to peaceful protest. It’s people like you who denigrate the United States. Wearing a lapel pin isn’t the same as wearing a uniform. I did.

    ————
    Nobody is denying Kaep his right to protest. People have pointed out that he should do it on his own time and not while he is on the job. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think my employer would accept people protesting while at work. And even if they did, actions have consequences. All the while Kaep’s issue is not his protests….it is that he is not very good and he wants $10M+. No team will hire him for they.

  51. mrfrostyj says: Apr 2, 2017 2:28 PM

    Wrap RGIII in bubble wrap and he’s probably the third best QB in the NFL. The guy looked really good the couple of minutes he wouldn’t be injured in 2016. The guy is basically the Derek Rose of the NFL.

  52. wafflestomp says: Apr 2, 2017 2:30 PM

    Wow! I’m shocked so many NFL Quarterbacks are being blackballed over their political opinions.
    Florio should do a serious journalistic investigation, followed by a series of nonstop articles detailing all of this injustice.

  53. thetooloftools says: Apr 2, 2017 2:42 PM

    Matt McGloin it the best of this group. He might not be the most athletic, but he has brains and can read a pass defense.
    He’s like Bart Simpson in cleats without the sarcasm. Totally underrated.

  54. badmoonrison says: Apr 2, 2017 2:43 PM

    My team has an elite QB so I dont care.

  55. bassplucker says: Apr 2, 2017 3:04 PM

    Agreed with prior poster, Cutler is best available and by a ways. What’s working against him are he’s coming off a shoulder injury and also has accumulated quite a loser-stink from 8 years of affiliation with the Bears. No GM worth his salt wants to bring that vad juju into his organization.

  56. eatme2259 says: Apr 2, 2017 3:04 PM

    nyneal says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:53 PM
    They should all apply with the Vikings. They don’t have a QB.

    ////////////

    Nyneal, that’s all you can bring to the conversation? Your obsession with the Vikings is a sad sad thing. You should be getting ready for spring in Wisc. Pull out your golf clubs get yout fishing gear ready. Do something other than troll every story imputing your hatred for the Vikes.

  57. FinFan68 says: Apr 2, 2017 3:12 PM

    reddzen says:
    Apr 2, 2017 12:00 PM
    billsbackto81 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:04 AM
    To compare Tyrod to Kap is comical. Not only did TT beat Kap head to head but he also stands, places is hand over his heart and bows his head for the national anthem.

    My guess is you didn’t fight for this country. You just enjoy the privileges of those, like me, who did. One of those privileges? Guaranteed in a document you obviously never read? The right to peaceful protest. It’s people like you who denigrate the United States. Wearing a lapel pin isn’t the same as wearing a uniform. I did.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Please hop off that soap box. Your opinion is no better than anyone else’s. Serving in uniform does not make you an expert on constitutional matters. I retired after serving in uniform over 20 years, was stationed overseas and deployed into combat zones and my opinion on this seems to differ from yours. You just attacked someone because they exercised their freedom of speech and actually supported respect for the flag and all (including you and me) who fought for what it stands for.

    We all have the right to peaceful assembly and can protest the government as Kap did. My problem with Kap is that it was merely a look at me publicity stunt aimed at protesting his team (while representing them) due to not starting. When asked why at the time, he stumbled and stammered incoherently. Protesting cops, complaining about racial issues etc, never crossed his lips until AFTER his PR folks bailed him out.

    I find any protest involving disrespect to the flag appalling. There are better ways to make a point but I realize they have that right. What they do not have is the right to complain when their free speech or dumb antics are criticized by others exercising that same right without disrespecting the flag/country/military/etc.

  58. purpleguy says: Apr 2, 2017 3:12 PM

    Once Romo’s future is decided, the veteran QB chips will start falling into place.

  59. omeimontis says: Apr 2, 2017 3:14 PM

    It is pretty peculiar. Some qbs who are terrible are getting employment year after year, but other much better ones are out of the league.

  60. eatme2259 says: Apr 2, 2017 3:20 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Apr 2, 2017 3:12 PM
    Once Romo’s future is decided, the veteran QB chips will start falling into place.

    //////////////

    You’re correct, good observation. You need to replace florio.

  61. thesmartestmanever says: Apr 2, 2017 3:27 PM

    Where is Jason Campbell when you need him?

  62. infectorman says: Apr 2, 2017 3:54 PM

    When this article is written next year, here’s a sample of the names then:

    Eli Manning
    Whoever is the QB in Houston
    Carson Palmer
    Whoever is the QB in Denver
    Alex Smith
    Whoever is the QB for the Scams
    Andy Dalton
    Whoever is the QB for the Jets
    Whoever is the QB for the Vikings
    Woever is the QB for the Bears
    Whoever is the QB for the Bills
    Whoever is the Qb for the 49ers
    and so on and so forth

  63. mindelm42 says: Apr 2, 2017 3:54 PM

    CAP sucks, isn’t a pocket QB, wants too much money, is a PR nightmare…let’s move on from him. Cutler is tons better, why don’t you advertise for him?

  64. Thetruthis says: Apr 2, 2017 4:08 PM

    To accurately compare QB’s you need to consider apples to apples comparisons. RG3 was on a complete rebuild of a team with a poor offensive line. Where all the QB’s were sacked a lot and got concussions and injuries. Everybody was first year in the system. And, on an organization where the words are often negative the culture is of losing. That is not easy to break through.

    I would love to see RG3 with a great overall team (FOR ONCE) with a smart team with some established playmakers who fully support RG3 with the patience they keep giving many of these other subpar QB’s.

    You can clearly see RG3 has some special talent within him. Give him 3 years in a system with full support and a great overall team and he can absolutely make it to the SB!!!

  65. Thetruthis says: Apr 2, 2017 4:12 PM

    bettis3636 ignore what the naysayers say about RG3. You are accurate. Most of those toads who comment negatively haven’t even heard of apples to apples comparisons so it is a stretch to get them to even think about what kind of support, offensive line, etc that RG3 has played behind.

    They are the same small minds that actually think Brady would have the same wins if he played on a poor team with a dumb organization. They don’t really think critically. Just like many of the sports reporters and so called experts.

  66. geefan1 says: Apr 2, 2017 4:28 PM

    mrfrostyj says:
    Apr 2, 2017 2:28 PM

    Wrap RGIII in bubble wrap and he’s probably the third best QB in the NFL. The guy looked really good the couple of minutes he wouldn’t be injured in 2016. The guy is basically the Derek Rose of the NFL.

    ——

    Wrap him in bubble wrap, make sure the one WR he can see is wide open deep and give him about 7 seconds to find the guy and make the throw… then maybe you’d have something.

  67. badmoonrison says: Apr 2, 2017 4:33 PM

    I wonder if Kap will end up working the drive thru or the front counter.

  68. v2787 says: Apr 2, 2017 4:46 PM

    I don’t understand why a team would sign a demonstrably bad-to-mediocre QB. These guys have already proven that they aren’t starter material, so why spend the money on them? I know teams would like to have good backups at the QB position, but the operative word here should be “good.” The quarterbacks mentioned in this article have shown that they are not good enough to start in the NFL. Why would you want to trust your team’s fortunes to a talent that’s been proven to be mediocre at best? Move on. Surely there are more than 32 good quarterbacks in the country–or is that simply not the case? Is there truly a decided lack of QB talent available?

  69. alonestartexan says: Apr 2, 2017 4:54 PM

    To clarify on my statement above:

    RGIII was drafted into a bad situation in Washington where expectations were super high not just because of his selection status as #2 overall pick, but also because the Skins gave up a literal ton to get the pick to get him.

    Shanahan isn’t exactly known to be a QB whisperer and is single handedly responsible for his injury.

    His next stop was Cleveland, enough said.

    RGIII is virtually from Texas, he’s a high character guy, and with the right coaching and time to learn the system, he could end up being a fairly serviceable QB in Houston.

    Of course, I didn’t say he would walk through the doors and be Joe Montana, but bringing him in on a cap friendly, short term contract and seeing if he has anything left in the tank on a playoff team wouldn’t be a bad thing.

  70. midunno2012 says: Apr 2, 2017 4:58 PM

    Hey Florio, before you analyze who’s being blackballed, why don’t you analyze first why the Broncos haven’t jumped all over Kap after making a run at him a year ago. The answer is simple…he’s not as good as the 2 QBs on their roster, and his presence there would be a distraction purely from a football standpoint, and HE DOES NOT MAKE ANYONE BETTER when he’s on the field. Watch the games for a change before commenting on things you know nothing about!

  71. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Apr 2, 2017 5:34 PM

    You won’t be happy till you get that clown a job, will you?

  72. A happy green parrot says: Apr 2, 2017 5:42 PM

    The opposite of a blackball is someone that liked his protest wanting to see him get the job and salary he wants. But if we forget his protest either way and just focus on his on playing value vs his salary demands its not curious at all that he is not signed.

  73. pftstory says: Apr 2, 2017 6:09 PM

    It seems there are only two QB’s that could make a difference for a team that signs them.
    Cutler and Romo.
    And I know, that is why I said COULD. I don’t think either of them could lead a team to a SB, but…well…. they could get hot at the right time.
    The rest, if your team has to start them, just hope the rest of the team can still develop around him as you “earn” a good draft pick.

    Back-ups don’t win titles. Especially backups with a track record. That’s why the guy above had to go way back to Hostettler for the only example he could recall. And the Giants were a running and defense based team too.

    So all these guys are just bodies to play a role on the sidelines and in practice. Some bring baggage. Some bring a lack of understanding of their current value. Some a propped up by writers who agree with their politics. But none of them will make a positive impact on any teams season…. Well except maybe two. (and yes Romo is not even a free agent.)

  74. maestro1899 says: Apr 2, 2017 6:31 PM

    sportoficionado says:
    Apr 2, 2017 10:51 AM
    the FA qb market is at a standstill right now because no one knows what is going to happen with Romo in Dallas–any team with a question mark at QB1 position is holding tight for now, probably will not have much movement until after the draft, the choices right now are down right horrendous.

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    Disagree. Romo is completely irrelevant.

    HOU and DEN are only (semi-) considering Romo, and neither team would move on to one of these QBs if they don’t land Romo.

    After them, what other teams with QB openings would consider Kaep, Cutler, Fitz, etc? Neither NYJ or CLE are interested in these guys, SF isn’t interested.

    These guys are still out there because none of them are that good.

  75. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 2, 2017 6:42 PM

    All either old or broken or incompetent. Except for ONE.

  76. whatjusthapped says: Apr 2, 2017 6:45 PM

    Not a great list but it does make you wonder why the Vikings sign Case Keenum, its not like he is even in the top half of the list.

    Oh, I know, because Spielman doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to evaluating QB talent which he has proven on more than a few tries.

  77. eatme2259 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:13 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 2, 2017 6:45 PM
    Not a great list but it does make you wonder why the Vikings sign Case Keenum, its not like he is even in the top half of the list.

    Oh, I know, because Spielman doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to evaluating QB talent which he has proven on more than a few tries.

    ////////////////

    What is with whatjusthapped and nyneal. The Vikings must live in their heads 24/7. Nobody reading this wants to hear about the Vikings. You guys have to grow up. packer fan, SMH

  78. nyneal says: Apr 2, 2017 7:43 PM

    nyneal says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:53 PM
    They should all apply with the Vikings. They don’t have a QB.

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    Nyneal, that’s all you can bring to the conversation? Your obsession with the Vikings is a sad sad thing. You should be getting ready for spring in Wisc. Pull out your golf clubs get yout fishing gear ready. Do something other than troll every story imputing your hatred for the Vikes.

    ______________________________________

    I’m laughing at your tirade. I love tweaking the Vikings fans, and if you haven’t noticed, they jab Packers fans every chance they get, too. If you don’t like it, tough.
    The difference between you and me is I wrote what I wrote to try to be funny. You took it serious and couldn’t handle it.
    Keep watching, I’ll continue to jab Vikings fans. It’s all in fun and it twists some of them (like you) in knots.
    One more thing — there is some truth to what I said. The Vikings are still looking for a QB who can win a Super Bowl for them.

  79. bobdancer says: Apr 2, 2017 7:58 PM

    Most of these guys will be picked up when training camp starts. Training camps need lots of arms to throw to lots of receivers.

    Once the pre-season is over, most of these guys will be unemployed.

  80. floriorio says: Apr 2, 2017 8:04 PM

    Another day, another veiled article on Kap. When will it stop?

  81. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 2, 2017 8:57 PM

    I hear Jeff George is looking for work, too

  82. ChampKind813 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:05 PM

    Send all these guys some glade air fresheners or febreze … bc they all stink!

  83. onebuffalove716 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:22 PM

    guess is you didn’t fight for this country. You just enjoy the privileges of those, like me, who did. One of those privileges? Guaranteed in a document you obviously never read? The right to peaceful protest. It’s people like you who denigrate the United States. Wearing a lapel pin isn’t the same as wearing a uniform. I did.

    Ahh yes.. this document that he never read.. is that the same document that allows him to freely protest, which in turn gives us the rights to denounce his protest as an expressly written freedom too?

    Or would that be a no because it doesn’t fit your agenda in trying to refute the original poster. So what you’re saying is that it’s ok for him to protest, then make a complete mockery of men and women in uniform, but the minute one of us ( some liberals would refer to us as white society) disagrees with his protest, we are in the wrong?

    There comes a point in time when stepping aside to protect someone else’s rights becomes an infringement on ours as a whole society. Thanks for your comment because that’s exactly what you did.

  84. mostepicgnar says: Apr 3, 2017 12:15 AM

    Blaine Gabbert has managed to become wealthy and remain virtually anonymous in the society he lives in. Te Salut, Gabbert Corleone.

  85. boracaydude says: Apr 3, 2017 12:42 AM

    RG3 and that hit song, Alone Again Naturally have something in common. Both are one hit wonders …

  86. timesausage says: Apr 3, 2017 6:24 AM

    It’s just so curious about Kaepernick not being on a team, isn’t it? This is why we don’t trust the media.

  87. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 7:23 AM

    nyneal says:
    Apr 2, 2017 7:43 PM
    nyneal says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:53 PM
    They should all apply with the Vikings. They don’t have a QB.

    ////////////

    Nyneal, that’s all you can bring to the conversation? Your obsession with the Vikings is a sad sad thing. You should be getting ready for spring in Wisc. Pull out your golf clubs get yout fishing gear ready. Do something other than troll every story imputing your hatred for the Vikes.

    ______________________________________

    I’m laughing at your tirade. I love tweaking the Vikings fans, and if you haven’t noticed, they jab Packers fans every chance they get, too. If you don’t like it, tough.
    The difference between you and me is I wrote what I wrote to try to be funny. You took it serious and couldn’t handle it.
    Keep watching, I’ll continue to jab Vikings fans. It’s all in fun and it twists some of them (like you) in knots.
    One more thing — there is some truth to what I said. The Vikings are still looking for a QB who can win a Super Bowl for them.

    /////////

    Geeez nyneal, I know the concept of trolling, I have been known to do quite a bit myself. What I am pointing out is the redundancy of your post. Brady cheats, browns suck, clay Mattews does PEDs, all real funny. What you need to do is come up with your own material. Step up your game son. The readers at Acme packing company are depending on you.

  88. A happy green parrot says: Apr 3, 2017 7:36 AM

    With the caveat that he has to forget any of the big salary demands that are being reported….based on his level of play (in other words neither favoring nor disfavoring the protest) he is likely to have a backup job before the season starts but its not surprising at all that he doesnt have a team at this early stage. Teams with backup slots open are going to get past the draft certainly and probably also do some evaluating in camp before they look at a lot of the guys on this list not just Kaep.

  89. psousa1 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:49 AM

    I think the reason why he isn’t signed is pure racism. Why else wouldn’t a team sign Jay Cutler if it wasn’t that?

  90. QB Film Room says: Apr 3, 2017 10:02 AM

    A few will retire for sure… Fitzpatrick, Shaun Hill and Cutler…..

  91. bluestarcowboy says: Apr 3, 2017 10:33 AM

    Wait, there is more than one QB without a job?

  92. electricboogalo says: Apr 3, 2017 10:39 AM

    I’m all for some good-natured trash talking between teams.

    Is it just me, or have more of the comments here gotten self-righteous, dark, and political?

    Stay classy.

  93. santamoss says: Apr 3, 2017 11:21 AM

    We brought in RG3!
    And we heard everybody scoff-
    We wanted to kick the tires,
    But then the wheels fell off!

  94. socalraider says: Apr 3, 2017 12:50 PM

    Quartbacks looking for a team, Krap looking for a country

  95. stevebowl says: Apr 3, 2017 9:18 PM

    Of al, the guys listed I’d take Ryan Nassib. He’s shown decent skills in preseason games. He could be a real sleeper. I’d compare him to Garoppolo.

  96. stukamann says: Apr 7, 2017 2:26 PM

    The problem with Kapernik and RG3, they are victims of a gadget offense, it takes the league by storm then D cord. figure it out and the QBs cannot turn it off and become packet QBs. This always happens, back in the 1990’s with the run and shoot or the fun and gun, they have 1 or 2 good seasons of lighting up the league then the D figures them out and they cannot rise up to being a conventional pocket QB. Kap falls into that category, he ran a gimmick offense, had his moment but time has passed him by….

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