It’s no secret that the New Orleans Saints plan on re-signing QB Drew Brees. It’s also no secret that Brees is 39 years old, and he isn’t getting any younger. With hopefully two to three good seasons left in the NFL, it’s time for the Saints to start making plans for life after the Drew Brees Era.
So let’s pose this question: if the Saints were to look to potential free agents as opposed to the 2018 NFL Draft to try to find a QB who could both back-up Brees in 2018 and potentially start for the team as early as 2019, who would you want it to be? Remember: the purpose of this poll is just to gauge interest in current free agent back-ups, so Kirk Cousins is off the table, and so is the “Let’s just roll with Taysom Hill” option.
Here are a few potential options:
The long-time Saints back-up was brought back to the team in 2017 after a brief stint in Philadelphia. He himself is already 31 years old, but he is familiar with the team, facilities, playbook, and system.
Bridgewater is only 25 years old, but is coming off ACL surgery and a dislocated knee. He made a brief appearance with the Vikings in 2017, but the rust was clearly evident. He’s a former first round pick, and coming off his injury, shouldn’t break the bank. That said, he’s probably hoping to start.
It feels like Osweiler has been in the league forever after bouncing around of late, but he’s still only 27 years old. Osweiler was able to turn a few spot-starts for an aging Peyton Manning into a massive contract with the Houston Texans, but he’s never really been able to show that same success as a full-time starter.
Like Osweiler, McCaron is 27 years old, but unlike Osweiler, has never had a chance to show what he can do as a starting QB in the NFL. Still, the Cleveland Browns were willing to pay a 2nd and 3rd Round Pick to the Bengals to presumably let McCarron come in and start for the team, so there are at least some scouts they believe he could be a pro-level starter. At the same time, those were Cleveland Brown scouts, so take that for what it’s worth.
There are plenty of other options and it would be crazy to list every single one, but here are some other notable names on the free agent market: Jay Cutler (age 34), Drew Stanton (33), Case Keenum (30 - though he’s likely to start), Geno Smith (27), EJ Manuel (27), and Matt Barkley (27).
Vote in the poll. If there’s a different free agent back-up that isn’t an option, vote “Other” and tell me in the comments. Send me presents.
What back-up free agent QB should interest the Saints?
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other (explain in comments)