Quarterbacks are always at a premium. When you find one, even if they aren’t Tom Brady, you have to do your best to hold on to them, even knowing that one day they could suddenly turn into a pumpkin. That’s why Andy Dalton and Ryan Tannehill got huge extensions despite mediocre play up to this point. Any why Kirk Cousins likely will in the near future.
So, what happens to those promising young QBs who regress? They become the dreaded “journeyman quarterbacks.” Otherwise known as the “reliable backup” or the “QB who haters of the starter constantly call for even when it’s obvious he’s a worse option” or even “Oh my god, we are starting him? Our QB situation is terrible!” Note that right now I’m explicitly talking about promising QBs drafted to be the future, but failed to live up to expectations (e.g. Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder), not other journeymen drafted to be backups, but who keep finding ways to start (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer).
This year, we’ve got an interesting slate of failed promises that are going to change teams and begin the long journey towards being “that guy is still in the league?” in 10 years. They have failed their current teams, but because QBs are so hard to find, they will still get a chance. So, let’s take a look at these players and mindlessly speculate on where they end up.