2021 NFL Free Agents: Quarterbacks

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2021 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2021.
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  1. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Cowboys (4 years)

    Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome injury in Week 5, but appears to be healthy. This means Jerry Jones will likely give Prescott a colossal deal, given that Prescott was throwing for 450 yards every week prior to his injury.

  2. Philip Rivers, QB, Colts. Age: 39.
    Announced retirement

    Philip Rivers served as an upgrade over Jacoby Brissett last year. He played well in most games, but it’s clear he’s no longer the great quarterback he once was.

  3. Cam Newton, QB, Patriots. Age: 32.
    Cam Newton can still play well when healthy. We saw that last year when he battled the Seahawks and Bills (first meeting) to the very end. However, he still gets injured too easily, so teams can’t count on him remaining healthy.

  4. Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts. Age: 28.
    Signed with Dolphins

    Jacoby Brissett has some believers, including Bill Parcells. Brissett played well in 2019 until he suffered an injury against Pittsburgh and wasn’t the same upon return.

  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Dolphins. Age: 38.
    Signed with Redskins (1 year, $10 million)

    Ryan Fitzpatrick won some early games in 2020 and then proceeded to be a great relief pitcher for the struggling Tua Tagovailoa. Fitzpatrick can still win some games, but he’s nearing 40.

  6. Jameis Winston, QB, Saints. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Saints (1 year, $12 million)

    Jameis Winston has great ability and upside. The mental part of the game has always been lacking for him, but perhaps he learned something from Sean Payton and Drew Brees this past year.

  7. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears. Age: 27.
    Signed with Bills (1 year)

    NVP Winner Mitchell Trubisky has been a failure throughout his career, but he’s still young and has some upside, so some team will want to develop him.

  8. Alex Smith, QB, Redskins. Age: 37.
    Announced retirement

    Alex Smith will reportedly be released to save the team $14 million in cap space. This can’t be a surprise. Not only is Smith a shell of his former self because of his brutal leg injury; he’s turning 37 in May. He can be a solid backup for now, but his starting days are finished.

  9. Andy Dalton, QB, Cowboys. Age: 33.
    Signed with Bears (1 year, $10 million)

    Andy Dalton is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL, but that’s not saying much. He played well down the stretch of 2020 after a rough start.

  10. Brandon Allen, QB, Bengals. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Bengals (1 year)
  11. C.J. Beathard, QB, 49ers. Age: 27. — Signed with Jaguars
  12. Josh Johnson, QB, Jets. Age: 35.
  13. Nick Mullens (RFA), QB, 49ers. Age: 26. — Signed with Eagles
  14. Colt McCoy, QB, Giants. Age: 34. — Signed with Cardinals
  15. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Chargers. Age: 32. — Signed with Texans (1 year, $12.5 million)
  16. Ryan Griffin, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 31. — Re-signed with Buccaneers
  17. Chase Daniel, QB, Lions. Age: 34. — Signed with Chargers (1 year)
  18. DeShone Kizer, QB, Titans. Age: 25.
  19. Blake Bortles, QB, Packers. Age: 29.
  20. Robert Griffin, QB, Ravens. Age: 31. — Announced retirement
  21. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 31. — Re-signed with Buccaneers
  22. Nathan Peterman, QB, Raiders. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Raiders
  23. A.J. McCarron, QB, Texans. Age: 30. — Signed with Falcons
  24. Mike Glennon, QB, Jaguars. Age: 31. — Signed with Giants
  25. Joe Flacco, QB, Jets. Age: 36. — Signed with Eagles
  26. Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks. Age: 30. — Re-signed with Seahawks
  27. Joshua Dobbs, QB, Steelers. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Steelers
  28. Brian Hoyer, QB, Patriots. Age: 35.
  29. Sean Mannion, QB, Vikings. Age: 29. — Signed with Seahawks
  30. Brett Hundley, QB, Colts. Age: 28.
  31. Matt Barkley, QB, Titans. Age: 30. — Signed with Titans
  32. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Eagles. Age: 27.

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