2020 NFL Free Agents: Quarterbacks

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2020 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2020.
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  1. Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Age: 41.
    Re-signed with Saints (2 years, $50 million)

    One of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, Drew Brees is listed ahead of Tom Brady in the free agency rankings pages because he played much better than his future Hall of Fame counterpart in 2019. Granted, Brees had a better supporting cast, but the disparity between the two was vast.

  2. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots. Age: 43.
    Signed with Buccaneers (2 years, $60 million)

    The greatest quarterback in NFL history, Tom Brady is a free agent for the first time in his career. He didn’t have a great 2019 campaign, but he was playing with terrible receivers. Brady can bounce back with a superior supporting cast.

  3. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Age: 31.
    Signed with Patriots

    It’s hard to believe the Cam Newton era is over in Carolina. Newton was the MVP just five years ago, but his career has been derailed by numerous injuries. He hurt his shoulder in 2018 and then played two games last year and wasn’t healthy for either one of them because of a foot injury. Newton can still perform on an All-Pro level when healthy, but it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever be 100 percent again. Still, he’s well worth taking a shot on because of his enormous upside and leadership.

  4. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys. Age: 27.
    Franchised by Cowboys

    Dak Prescott has looked great at times, but that’s when everything has been perfect. He’s had the luxury of playing behind a terrific offensive line for most of his career, but he has struggled when there have been injuries up front. Prescott is not elite, by any measure, and yet he’s asking to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

  5. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Titans (4 years, $118 million)

    It took Ryan Tannehill a while, but he finally blossomed into the quarterback the Dolphins thought they were getting when they selected him eighth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. In 11 starts, Tannehill threw for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He completed 70 percent of his passes on a 9.6 YPA, and he was also a threat on the ground.

  6. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers. Age: 38.
    Signed with Colts (1 year, $25 million)

    Many say Philip Rivers is done after throwing 20 interceptions in 2019, but that’s a silly and incorrect stance. Rivers actually did well – 66-percent completions, 7.8 YPA – despite playing behind an offensive line missing three starters for most of the year. Rivers is nearing retirement, but he can still lead a good team to the playoffs for the next year or two.

  7. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Saints. Age: 27.
    Signed with Panthers (3 years, $63 million)

    Teddy Bridgewater was excellent in relief of Drew Brees, throwing nine touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. He looked like the pre-injury version of himself, though being coached up by Sean Payton certainly helped.

  8. Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
    Signed with Saints (1 year, $1.1 million)

    Jameis Winston is very difficult to grade. He’s extremely gifted as a passer, and he has moments of brilliance, but he also absolutely kills his team sometimes with horrible mental blunders. He’s the first quarterback to ever throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season.

  9. Taysom Hill (RFA), QB/WR, Saints. Age: 30.
    Tendered by Saints (1st round)

    Taysom Hill looked like just a gadget player a couple of years ago, but he was fantastic in the previous preseason, showing the ability that he could one day become New Orleans’ starting quarterback.

  10. Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans. Age: 26.
    Signed with Raiders

    Marcus Mariota failed in Tennessee, but he’s still young (27 in October) and talented enough to have successful elsewhere. Some team will give him another chance, and Mariota could succeed if the scheme is friendly for him.

  11. Joe Flacco, QB, Broncos. Age: 35.
    Signed with Jets (1 year, $1.5 million)

    The Broncos waived Joe Flacco with a failed injury designation. His neck is the apparent issue, but it sounds like he’ll be ready for 2020. Flacco struggled last year – six touchdowns, five interceptions – but he was stuck behind a miserable offensive line.

  12. Phillip Walker, QB, XFL. Age: 26.
    Signed with Panthers

    Phillip Walker was the favorite to win MVP in the XFL before the season was canceled. Walker is a dual-threat quarterback with upside, so some team should give him a chance to play in the NFL.

  13. Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals. Age: 32.
    Signed with Cowboys

    Andy Dalton was once capable of leading a talented team to the playoffs. He might still be able to do so, but he turns 33 in October. At the very worst, Dalton will be a great backup who can fill in well for several games in the event of an injury to the starter.

  14. Case Keenum, QB, Redskins. Age: 32.
    Signed with Browns (3 years, $18 million)

    Case Keenum played well at times with the Redskins. He’s a high-end backup quarterback who can piece together some wins if he has to start for several weeks.

  15. Eli Manning, QB, Giants. Age: 39.
    Announced retirement

    Eli Manning would be a premium backup quarterback at this stage of his career, but it’s unlikely he’ll accept that role. He’s expected to retire this offseason.

  16. Matt Moore, QB, Chiefs. Age: 36.
    Matt Moore has been one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL for quite some time. He proved that’s still the case with some quality starts last year.

  17. Chase Daniel, QB, Bears. Age: 33.
    Signed with Lions (3 years, $13.05 million)

    Chase Daniel has been one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL over the past several seasons.

  18. Josh McCown, QB, Eagles. Age: 41.
    Despite his age – 41 in July – Josh McCown is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL.

  19. Blake Bortles, QB, Rams. Age: 28.
    Blake Bortles has all the talent in the world, which includes some nice mobility, but he doesn’t care whatsoever about his NFL career. He refuses to put any sort of time into film study, opting instead to party all the time.

  20. Mike Glennon, QB, Raiders. Age: 30.
    Signed with Jaguars

    Mike Glennon failed as a full-time starter in Chicago, but he’s still a top-tier backup and a capable spot starter. Glennon turns 31 in December.

  21. Sam Bradford, QB, Cardinals. Age: 32.
    Sam Bradford is a shell of his former self, thanks to countless injuries, but he’s smart and can manage a team for a few games in the event of an injury to its starting quarterback.

  22. A.J. McCarron, QB, Texans. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Texans
  23. Trevor Siemian, QB, Jets. Age: 28. — Signed with Titans
  24. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Eagles. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Eagles (1 year)
  25. Cooper Rush, QB, Cowboys. Age: 26.
  26. Cardale Jones, QB, Chargers. Age: 27.
  27. Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins. Age: 33. — Signed with Giants
  28. Brett Hundley, QB, Cardinals. Age: 27.
  29. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 30. — Re-signed with Buccaneers
  30. Brian Hoyer, QB, Colts. Age: 34. — Signed with Patriots
  31. Brock Osweiler, QB, Dolphins. Age: 29.
  32. Chad Henne, QB, Chiefs. Age: 35. — Re-signed with Chiefs (2 years)
  33. Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks. Age: 29.
  34. Drew Stanton, QB, Browns. Age: 36.
  35. Jeff Driskel, QB, Lions. Age: 27. — Signed with Broncos
  36. Sean Mannion, QB, Vikings. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Vikings
  37. Tyree Jackson, QB, Bills. Age: 22.
  38. Joe Webb, QB, Texans. Age: 33.
  39. Matt Simms, QB, Falcons. Age: 31.
  40. Kevin Hogan, QB, Broncos. Age: 27.
  41. Tom Savage, QB, Lions. Age: 30.
  42. Tyler Bray, QB, Bears. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Bears
  43. Cody Kessler, QB, Patriots. Age: 27.

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