Josh Freeman. Freeman is most compared to Sanchez in that they have similar flaws, and Freeman was drafted where the Jets would have picked, had they not gotten Sanchez. Tampa Bay has had zero playoff appearances with him at the helm the past 4 years, and reports are they are not sold on giving him a new contract.
Pros: Youth, size, mobility, arm strength, experience
Cons: Consistency, lack of victories despite improving offensive pieces
Jay Cutler. There have been a few rumors springing up that Cutler’s time in Chicago may be coming to an end. A trade with Denver which brought the signal caller to Chi-Town hasn’t panned out with Super Bowl rings and just one NFC championship appearance. Chicago could be in a rebuild mode following this season if something doesn’t change.
Pros: Experience, talent level, arm strength
Cons: Leadership, durability
Mark Sanchez. The aforementioned hot seat QB. He has had some success, some failure. He’s been streaky, he’s been bad. He’s been called a leader. He’s been called a pampered baby. Weather the Jets are in a full rebuild, or a partial rebuild is dependent on this season. Sanchez’s career in New York, and as a starter are also hinging on a successful 2013 campaign.
Pros: Experience, durability, talent and ability to make all throws
Cons: Wildly inconsistent, slow improvement rate, possibly peaked
Other teams in doubt are Kansas City with the Alex Smith signing, Buffalo who recently signed Kevin Kolb, Oakland with a still unproven Matt Flynn, Minnesota where Christian Ponder has to take another step, and Tennessee where Jake Locker has been on and off. Obviously some of this will change with at least a half dozen new signal callers coming in through the 2013 draft that will be expected to contribute in some form.
By my count this is six teams that are in definite quarterback evaluation processes, the Jets among them, with possibly as many as ten teams looking to make a change at starting quarterback in 2014. While that estimate may be a little high, it points to the promising nature of this season. If things go well in New York, the current staff and roster can continue to build. If things do not go well, 2014 could possibly be the best quarterback free agent market in over a decade.