Thanks to the New York Giants' signing of Josh Freeman earlier on Wednesday, it's official: every single NFC East team added a former misfit quarterback to their roster this offseason. You know, those guys who start in the NFL and play terribly enough to find themselves out of a job where they once started. With no more starting opportunities available, they are forced to play second or third fiddle to other starting quarterbacks. And that's not always a bad thing. A below average starter can sometimes be an OK backup. With that said, no one ever wants to actually see them on the field unless it's preseason or garbage time.
So without further ado, a recap of the new faces joining the NFC East this offseason:
Mark Sanchez - Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles signed 27-year-old Mark Sanchez to a one-year deal this offseason worth $2.25 million guaranteed. That Chip Kelly guy sure loves his USC quarterbacks. The addition of Sanchez to a roster that already contains Matt Barkley just means Kelly has two Trojans in his pocket now.
Sanchez finished his career as a Jet with a 33-29 QB record (4-2 playoff record, 2 AFC championship game appearances), 55% of his passes completed, 68 TD, 69 INT, a 6.5 average yards per attempt, a 71.7 QB rating, and 43 fumbles.
Most likely scenario: Sanchez will push Barkley for the No. 2 job. The loser of the competition gets the No. 3 job.
Josh Freeman - New York Giants
Freeman might have the most "upside" of the remaining quarterbacks. He's still only 26. Freeman threw for a career 80 TD and 66 INT in Tampa Bay with a completion percentage of 58.2. In 2010, he completed 62.8% of his passes and threw for 25 TD to only 6 INT in a season where the Buccaneers went 10-6. But as you can see that was 4 years ago. Since then, Freeman underperformed and eventually had a falling out with former Bucs coach Greg Schiano which led him to being released not even halfway through the season.
In New York, Freeman will compete for the Giants' backup QB spot behind incumbent starter Eli Manning. Manning is coming off a season where he threw a whopping 27 interceptions. Freeman will have to beat out the stiff competition of Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter to even make the Giants' final roster.
Brandon Weeden - Dallas Cowboys
Brandon Weeden was just a terrible draft pick for the Cleveland Browns. As the Eagles can attest to, there's a lot of risk in drafting players who are significantly older than the average draft pick's age. Weeden will turn 31 this October. In 20 games as a starter for Cleveland, Weeden finished with a 55.9 completion percentage, 23 TD, and 26 INT. His yards per attempt came out to 6.5. Weeden figures to be the third string QB in Dallas with Kyle Orton as the backup to the beloved Tony Romo. Speaking of Orton, here's a funny tweet.
Colt McCoy - Washington Redskins
Washington had a HUGE hole to fill on their roster with "The Best Third String Quarterback in the NFL", aka Rex Grossman, the expiration of Rex Grossman's contract. In an attempt to fill Grossman's shoes, Washington signed Colt McCoy. McCoy, also a former Cleveland Brown, hasn't exactly had a stellar career either. In 21 games started, McCoy owns a 58.3 career completion percentage as well as 21 TD to 20 INT. McCoy has dealt with injury issues (shoulder) in the past.
Two absolutely critical questions from all of this:
• How would you rank these quarterbacks from least worst to most worst?
• Which one of these quarterbacks will play the most snaps for their team in 2014? Second? Third? Fourth?