Who might put in a waiver claim on Mettenberger?

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With the Titans moving on from quarterback Zach Mettenberger and Mettenberger’s next stop now being subject to the waiver wire, the Browns will have the first chance to claim Mettenberger if they want him.

The Browns already have five quarterbacks, so they may pass. But with a 24-year old quarterback with 10 games starting experience hitting the waiver wire at a time almost every team is already shuffling its roster, some team will probably claim Mettenberger, even if that team just views him as a potential backup.

Even though Mettenberger is 0-10 as a starter, interested teams know the Titans haven’t been very good the last two seasons. He’s 6-foot-5 and has completed 60 percent of his passes, and that should be good enough for some team to take a low-risk flier on a player who’s still on his rookie contract. The timing of his release was curious, but enough teams need quarterbacks to think that Mettenberger will get another shot soon.

Among the teams who could put in a waiver claim on Mettenberger…

**The Browns have five quarterbacks, but the new coaching staff and new regime are really tied only to Robert Griffin III and Cody Kessler. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Metteneberger claimed and Connor Shaw or Austin Davis released. The Browns probably see Josh McCown as a good tutor for Kessler, but we don’t know how much he’s really in the plans.

**Despite drafting Dak Prescott in the fourth round, the Cowboys could use an overall upgrade in quarterback depth. Same for the Chargers.

**The 49ers make sense given the uncertainty surrounding the Colin Kaepernick situation and that Blaine Gabbert is probably the team’s current starter. The 49ers drafted Jeff Driskel, but not until the sixth round.

**The Colts have had quite a backup quarterback carousel over the last several months, and like the Cowboys they found out last year that life without a viable backup is quite miserable.

**Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians likes big, strong-armed quarterbacks, and the Cardinals didn’t draft a quarterback in the 2016 draft.

**The Lions drafted Jake Rudock in the sixth round but have only Rudock and Dan Orlovsky behind Matthew Stafford.

**The Steelers have Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones under contract as backups, but Jones is entering the final year of his rookie deal and might not be in the team’s plans.

**The Broncos are at the bottom of the waiver order, but given their quarterback situation putting in a claim just in case every other team passes wouldn’t be a bad idea.

49 responses to “Who might put in a waiver claim on Mettenberger?

  1. Cards would be a great fit, but I can see Dallas or Detroit making a claim

  2. We should put in a Waiver Claim on Zach: then, Mettenberger and Roethlisberger will both be Pittsburghers.

    And yes, I know that was brutal – but I don’t regret saying it for a second.

  3. Packers – behind Hundley. Build him up a bit and flip for late round draft pick.

    Packers been doing things like that since Wolf got here –

    Hasselback
    Peterson
    Brunell
    Brooks

    The list isn’t short.

  4. Interesting to note that he wouldn’t be the first Titans backup to go to the Colts recently… Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst both made Indianapolis their next stop after Tennessee.

  5. If the Bengals want a fighting chance of actually winning a postseason game they will sign him. The owners, management, players and fan-base all know they have no such chance with the red-headed guy at QB.

  6. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    May 16, 2016 2:09 PM
    **How were the Jets left off the list?

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    How are the Bills, Dolphins, Bengals, or Panthers?

  7. This kid could end up being good. He’s got a bit of an attitude issue, but the right coach could clear that right up. He never got a shot with all the turnover on a bad team. Maybe a change of scenery would allow him to reach his potential.

  8. You forgot to mention the Vikings, a strong armed QB is something they don’t have. The 0-10 record is hardly an impediment, Mettenberger has experience in losing so he’ll fit right in.

  9. And on the same day, the headline pops up below on the NBCSports fantasy news line …

    ZACH METTENBERGER’S 16.5 “TOTAL QBR” IS THE WORST BY ANY QUARTERBACK WITH AT LEAST 10 STARTS SINCE THE INVENTION OF THE STATISTIC IN 2006.

    He hasn’t played much and I haven’t followed his career in Tennessee, but if this is what can be expected of him, as a Steeler fan, I’m fine sticking with Gradkowski and Jones until something better inevitably comes along.

  10. the chargers with wisenhunt there will show the league what kind of person zach is. if wisenhunt has any pull at all and this kid has good character he’ll be picked up by them

  11. patriots should pick him up. That way when they need to complete a pass farther than 10 yards downfield he can take Brady’s place.

  12. “The Colts have had quite a backup quarterback carousel over the last several months…they found out last year that life without a viable backup is quite miserable.”

    Hasselbeck won his first four games as a starter. And with the Steelers scoring 45 and the Jaguars hanging a 50-burger on the Colts, those two losses (out of 3) probably weren’t entirely Matt’s fault…

  13. I wouldn’t count out the Patriots if he falls to them. If Brady is suspended, which seems likely at this point, they can’t have Brissett as Garapollo’s only backup. He’s nowhere near NFL ready. In my opinion, he never will be. At least Mettenberger could come in and manage a game if he has to, and he only makes 600k.

  14. He’s not the reason they went 0-10 with him starting. He’s got the requisite skills and seems smart enough to be coached up if anyone wants to take the time to do it. How his career goes long-term is going to depend on who claims him.

  15. sweatbox says:
    May 16, 2016 2:39 PM

    Ottawa Roughriders
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    Wrong….Ottawa are now the Ottawa Red Blacks.
    Only Roughriders in the CFL are from Saskatchewan.

    I mean come on man. If you are trying to drag the CFL into it, at least get the teams right.

  16. .
    It’s somewhat surprising that Arizona GM Steve Keim didn’t even offer a conditional 7th rounder. Mettenberger needs a fresh start and Bruce Ariens would be a good mentor.
    .

  17. Why would anyone put in a waiver claim on an 0-10 QB? Someone will sign him as a camp arm with a shot to make the practice squad.

  18. nhpats says:
    May 16, 2016 2:19 PM
    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    May 16, 2016 2:09 PM
    **How were the Jets left off the list?
    ————–
    How are the Bills, Dolphins, Bengals, or Panthers?
    _____
    Panthers don’t need him. Cam Newton, despite your intense, irrational hatred of him, is the reigning MVP. Derek Anderson is the #2, and he won both the games he started when Cam was hurt in 2014. Joe Webb is #3, and he is a valuable special teams player. No need for Mettenberger here.

  19. jchipwood says:
    May 16, 2016 2:38 PM
    patriots should pick him up. That way when they need to complete a pass farther than 10 yards downfield he can take Brady’s place.
    ———————–

    Miami should pick him up. That way they would have at least one semi legit QB on their roster. They also only had 6 wins last year so they will be near the top of the waiver claims list. Even if NE wanted him the Pats are one of the last 4 teams that would have a shot at him.

  20. Cleveland. The Browns will get rid of Davis and Shaw. Do I see a trade coming?

  21. Without their teams making it to the list the following starters/primary backups are going into contract years with no viable replacement: Brees, Cousins, Hill, McGloin, Manuel, Hoyer, G. Smith, Taylor, Nassib, Schaub and Clemens.

    McCown is not Brees replacement. The Jets not only don’t have Fitzpatrick signed but Geno is on his way out as well, leaving project player Hackenberg as the only option after this year. Buffalo is looking at the potential departure of Taylor and Manuel.

    Beyond that, looking at the bottom feeders at the top of the waiver claims list that could use a QB that were not mentioned, Miami jumps off the page as being completely inadequate at the position

  22. billswillnevermove says:
    May 16, 2016 2:45 PM

    He would start for the Raiders. Carr is going to be a bigger bust than his older brother.
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    Wow, who let out the idiots today?

  23. Mettenberger’s problems are all in his head–literally. He has an absolute cannon for an arm and is in good physical shape for a true pocket passer. The problem is, he is far from disciplined or a leader. He needs to become a true student of the game, devoted to his craft. Most importantly, he needs to show that he’s left his me-before-team ways in the past.

  24. I would count his win/loss (or more accurately, his loss/loss) record against him as the Titans were so bad as to be a challenge for any QB

  25. The Packers could use him, with Rodgers showing
    how bad he really is, and after throwing the whole team under the bus last year, blaming everybody but himself, 77 yards might be his benchmark high this year.
    His first name should be Arrogant instead of Aaron!

  26. The guy was a 6th round draft pick for a reason. You really think there’s a team clamoring for this guy? Just because he has QB size doesn’t mean that he’s a QB.

  27. Chargers or nobody. Browns couldn’t possibly be interested. Connor Shaw is a better prospect.

  28. I know he didn’t have much to work with, in his time in Tennessee, but he was absolute garbage. He was outplayed by undrafted Alex Tanney (the trick shot guy).

  29. insightfulcomments says: May 16, 2016 3:43 PM

    The Packers QB was 31st in a 32 team league in yards per attempt last year. I doubt he falls that far though.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It sure seems awfully funny how the Packer Trolls seem to have a selective memory when it comes to that little FACT while lambasting Bridgewater..
    Who was the most accurate passer in the League from 10-20 yards.. and the last I remember 10 yards was still a 1st down.
    How about Green Pray, leading the league in Hail Mary Attempts in the final minutes last year..
    The unsinkable RMS Packer, ran into an Iceberg last year.

  30. tennesseeoilers says:
    May 16, 2016 3:05 PM
    Mettenberger’s problems are all in his head–literally. He has an absolute cannon for an arm and is in good physical shape for a true pocket passer. The problem is, he is far from disciplined or a leader. He needs to become a true student of the game, devoted to his craft. Most importantly, he needs to show that he’s left his me-before-team ways in the past.

    For a Tennessee fan you don’t know diddley about a former player. His senior season at LSU that whole team would have followed him straight through hell. Mettenberger didn’t get a decent shot in Nashville because they had so much invested in Jake Locker who couldn’t stay healthy. Then the the front office fall’s on it’s face and doesn’t put pieces in place to help put up W’s. If Mettenberger land’s in the right situation, he has the requisite leadership qualities to win in the NFL. Book it.

  31. Vikings should grab this guy. You would have to think that he could throw at least 14 TD passes per year and effectively hand-off the ball to Adrian Peterson, and cheer on the Vikings’ defense as they lead their team on to victory, which are the essential requirements of a Vikings QB.

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