3 Veteran Backup QBs the Steelers Should Sign
The Pittsburgh Steelers started off the 2020 NFL season hot and cruised to an 11-0 start before they lost four of their final five regular season games. They eventually fell to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs and now head into the offseason with a lot of decisions to make.
Reports suggest that Pittsburgh is unsure whether Ben Roethlisberger will be their starting quarterback next season, so it is always a great idea to build depth at that spot on the roster. With that in mind, here are three veteran backup quarterbacks the Steelers should sign for the 2021 NFL season.
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven why he has become known as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL over the past few seasons. If your team's starter is struggling, Fitzpatrick has shown he is capable of coming in and flat out winning games. He has 16 NFL seasons under his belt and went 4-3 as the Miami Dolphins' starter last season while splitting snaps with Tua Tagovailoa. Adding a player of his knowledge and experience would also aid the younger quarterbacks the Steelers currently have on the roster. Signing Fitzpatrick seems like it would be a win for everyone.
2. Andy Dalton
Another veteran quarterback looking for a new team is Andy Dalton. The 10-year NFL quarterback started nine games for the Dallas Cowboys last season and racked up 2,170 passing yards to go along with 14 touchdowns. Those kind of numbers are exactly what teams should be looking for in a backup quarterback knowing he could be called into action at any time. Plus, Dalton has an overall winning record in his career and has made the Pro Bowl three times. Signing him wouldn't break the bank, and it would add some stability at the quarterback position.
3. Jacoby Brissett
If the Steelers wanted to go a more unconventional and interesting way here, they should sign Jacoby Brissett. Brissett has some upside as he is just 28 years old, but he's been a backup quarterback for most of his NFL career. He knows what it takes to stand on the sidelines and perform well when he needs to. He started 15 games for the Indianapolis Colts over the last two seasons and went 7-8 with 2,959 passing yards and 25 total touchdowns. This may not be the strategy many people are expecting the Steelers to take, but it could provide a lot of benefits moving forward.
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