2018 Packers Free Agent Watch: Quarterbacks
Welcome to the newest series on SnoTapWI, Packers Free Agent Watch. What we’re going to look at is three to five options at most of who Green Bay could potentially sign in the offseason. Would we have done these type of posts if Ted Thompson still ran the team? Honestly, it would be wasting our time. With Brian Gutekunst at the helm, it appears that free agents are going to be a thing this offseason. We’ll look at every position except for running back where I think Green Bay does not need any help from the free agent class.
This free agent feature starts with quarterbacks. You might wonder why this is needed since Brett Hundley still has a year left on his deal. Well, it’s apparent watching the NFL Playoffs that a veteran backup quarterback can do things like throw for 350 and get you to a Super Bowl. If Green Bay had one of these guys below, I wonder if they even miss the playoffs.
1. Matt Moore (33) – He is the perfect version of a backup quarterback. Moore does just enough, and while he’s not good enough to be a starter in the NFL, Moore can be effective as a backup. He has starter experience, and the relationship with new Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is an obvious plus. A player like Moore would be an valued addition to this team.
2. Blaine Gabbert (28) – Save your laughter, please. Gabbert is one of those guys who gets clowned on because he was a high draft pick and never actually panned out for his first team. But Gabbert showed some nice things in Arizona and put the Cardinals in a position to be a fringe playoff team all last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a chance to compete somewhere for a starting job but worth a look if he ends up in the backup quarterback free agent category.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick (35) – Fitz has been all around the National Football League, so, it would make sense for him to join another team. He might be the most prolific backup quarterback in this class given his experience and ability to make things happen out there. The guy is a little bit of a black cloud when it comes to starting quarterbacks staying healthy, so, if Green Bay is superstitious they may want to look somewhere else.
Free agent market is littered with backup quarterbacks who are better than Hundley. Either Green Bay needs to find a team that will take on his final year or get some dead cap space from him because there’s really no need for another year. We all saw what happened with this team last season, and it’s not like there were grand improvements.