4 NFL Teams That Should Sign Former Titans QB Zach Mettenberger
The Tennessee Titans were reportedly trying to deal backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger after bringing in seasoned veteran Matt Cassel to sit behind Marcus Mariota. With no takers, the team officially released the former LSU product on Monday morning.
The Titans have waived QB Zach Mettenberger.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 16, 2016
Mettenberger ends his two-year stay in the NFL with 12 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, but flashed solid ability during his rookie season. Blessed with elite size and a strong arm, it remains arguable that the 24-year old still has big things ahead of him in the NFL.
Of course, that all depends on what team ends up taking a chance on him. He shouldn’t be out of work for long, as Mettenberger was a big time talent coming out of LSU, and had it not been for a knee issue, could have gone much higher than the sixth round, like he did in the 2014 NFL Draft.
His mobility and pocket awareness have been called into question, but it’s tough to grade Mettenberger at the NFL level after just 14 games with a bad Titans team. In the right situation, it is still possible he could develop into a competent NFL starter and at worst has the tools to be a very solid backup.
Let’s have a look at four teams that still have quarterback questions and probably should consider signing him for the 2016 NFL season:
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— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 16, 2016
Dallas still has Tony Romo as their starter, but he’s aging and increasinly more injury prone by the year. They did just draft Dak Prescott, but he seems like a project and isn’t a lock to be ready to back Romo up, let alone take over if Romo goes down. Kellen Moore is the current main backup and doesn’t have the arm strength or instincts to get it done at the highest level.
Moore should not be any team’s top backup and really isn’t an NFL talent in any regard. Needless to say, if Dallas is serious about beefing up their quarterback room, they should consider upgrading in the talent department.
Mettenberger still has some work to do on his pocket awareness and decision-making, but he gives the Cowboys a lively arm and a young talent worth grooming if Prescott doesn’t end up being who they drafted him to be.
Paxton Lynch is the quarterback of the future in Denver and Mark Sanchez for now looks like the 2016 starter, but what would be the harm in giving Sanchez a little competition and upgrading over third string passer, Trevor Siemian?
Denver isn’t the top landing spot, but beyond Lynch they don’t have anything figured out under center and could use the extra arm. Mettenberger offers no mobility, but he exhibited strong pocket presence in college and in a better situation than he was in with the Titans, could show improvement in that area.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay might be a more interesting fit, as the Packers have little to get excited about beyond Aaron Rodgers. Brett Hundley was a gem of a pick in last year’s draft and has tons of upside, but he’s more of an athlete than a pocket passer at the moment and is a risky play as A-Rod’s top backup.
Mettenberger could be a more stable backup option, allowing Hundley more time to work on his craft, instead of being rushed into a role he may not yet be ready for. With Ryan Williams as Green Bay’s only other quarterback on the roster, taking a look at Mettenberger is a must.
Arizona could end up being the best spot for Mettenberger, as Bruce Arians loves big quarterbacks with cannon arms, plus he’s a schematic fit with Arians’ vertical, attacking passing game.
Arizona does have some interesting blood behind aging starter Carson Palmer, as Drew Stanton, Matt Barkley and rookie Jake Coker all provide intrigue and some talent. However, none of the three pop off the depth chart as sure fire answers in the event Palmer gets hurt or continues his melt down that began in the NFC title game.
The Cards should be fine with Palmer in 2016, but he’s aging and could regress or get hurt again at any point. Giving Mettenberger a look over both Barkley and Coker would be well advised.
Got a different potential suitor for Mettenberger, love one of these fits or think he’s simply done? Let us hear it in the comments below!
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