2022 NFL Free Agents: Ranking the Top 5 Quarterbacks On the Market

The 2022 NFL offseason is here. After the Los Angeles Rams ended the Cincinnati Bengals’ Cinderella season, teams began to think about free agency, which is only a few weeks away.

The NFL calendar never rests, and this year’s free agency group is a strong one. However, the quarterback position isn’t very eye-popping, and names on the trade market such as Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo, Deshaun Watson, and possibly one or both of Aaron Rodgers and Kyler Murray don’t help that matter.

Teams searching and hoping for a QB in free agency will be vastly disappointed, but there are some options. Here are the five best signal-callers on the market this year, with on-field production and opportunity being used as the ranking criteria.

5. Marcus Mariota

Can you imagine if Rodgers leaves Green Bay and the Packers have to settle for Marcus Mariota? Rodgers’ latest comments and MVP victory hint that he will remain in Wisconsin. But that’s not the point.

Mariota was used uniquely with the Las Vegas Raiders, and it is only a matter of time before the former No. 2 overall draft pick gets another chance to be a starter. Could this be the year?

Many teams could afford to take a chance, especially those teams who are drafting a QB in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Mariota is an interesting option, but he has the skill set that is becoming more common in today’s NFL. Some possibilities include the Denver Broncos and the Raiders themselves if Derek Carr doesn’t get the extension he is looking for.

4. Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor is one of the most interesting QBs on the market this time around. He was named the starter in his second season with the Los Angeles Chargers. But a fluke injury threw Justin Herbert into the lineup, and the rest is history.

Then, Taylor followed Pep Hamilton to the Houston Texans and earned the job with all of the Watson drama. In six games, Taylor played well, throwing for 966 yards and scoring five touchdowns in the air with an extra three in the rushing game.

But, he suffered an injury, and Davis Mills took over and never handed the job back. Taylor can’t catch a break, although teams should be taking a flier on a capable veteran QB. As Andrew Fillipponi reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers make a lot of sense for Taylor, and it makes even more sense if they draft a QB and have the rookie hold the clipboard while Taylor runs the offense for a season.

3. Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater was traded from the Carolina Panthers to the Denver Broncos after Sam Darnold went from the New York Jets to Carolina.

Bridgewater then beat out Drew Lock for the job and posted decent numbers: 3,052 yards and 18 touchdowns in 14 games. The Broncos showed promise at times, and Bridgewater proved that he can still be a solid QB at the NFL level. Furthermore, teams even inquired about him at the trade deadline — so the interest is there.

The best part about Bridgewater? He will be pretty cheap, and if teams miss out on the big names in the trade market, Bridgewater isn’t a bad consolation prize.

2. Mitchell Trubisky

Yes, you read this right. Mitchell Trubisky.

But, let’s think about this for a second.

Trubisky will be 28 in August and spent an entire season learning from Josh Allen, one of the best in the NFL. That alone should help him find a way back into the game, and his offensive coordinator in Buffalo — Brian Daboll — took the head coaching job with the New York Giants.

Despite what the Giants said publicly about Daniel Jones, competition is coming, and Daboll’s role in landing Trubisky in Buffalo can’t be ignored. Similar to Mariota, Trubisky should get another chance to at least win a QB1 job, whether it’s in New York or somewhere else.

1. Jameis Winston

Here are the five best QBs in the 2022 free agency period.
Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota | Julio Aguilar/ Steph Chambers/ Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jameis Winston is far and away the best QB on the open market — and even that is saying something about the strength of this group.

Winston was playing well with the New Orleans Saints before a devastating knee injury forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season. Taysom Hill showed again that he isn’t a starting QB in the NFL, and neither Trevor Siemien or Ian Book were any better.

If Winston doesn’t return to New Orleans (they have been linked to some rookies), he should have a fair share of suitors. Could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come calling again after the departure of Tom Brady?

Could the Steelers try and bridge one year with Winston? He has options, and he is likely a starter when September rolls around.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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