Free Agent QBs the Patriots should go after to back up Brady
The first game of the 2008 Patriots season told us Pats fans something:
Tom Brady isn't invincible.
Yet, apparently Bill Belichick thinks he is, as evidenced by the second-string quarter back Kevin O'Connell. O'Connell is 24, has thrown six career passes, and his longest pass was 12 yards. O'Connell's backup?
Rookie Brian Hoyer.
The Pats' QB situation would certainly be confusing if Brady goes down with another injury.
So without further adu, here's a list of Free Agent quarterbacks the Patriots should sign. If you think I've missed any, just leave me a comment. This article is in no particular order.
The former Bills starting quarterback, Losman was an unrestricted free agent after 2008. He was never signed.
Losman would be a viable backup for Brady, as he has had some success in the NFL as a starter.
His career passer rating is 75.6, and he has 33 career touchdown passes to 34 career interceptions. He's 558-941 for his career.
Bollinger, a former Jet, Viking, and Cowboy, would pretty much be the same as Tuiasosopo: A likely third-stringer if signed.
Bollinger's career passer rating is a respectable 74.6, he has nine touchdowns and 9 interceptions, and has 211 completions on 360 attempts.
A former Raider and Jet, Tuiasosopo has been a career backup, he has thrown two career touchdown passes and is 49-90 lifetime. His passer rating 48.1 for his career.
Tuiasosopo could be a third-string guy behind O'Connell, replacing Hoyer on the roster.
Green is a former starter with St. Louis and Kansas City. He's getting up there in age (he's 39) so he should provide a mentoring roll to O'Connell, and maybe Hoyer if he's still on the roster.
Green came into the NFL in 1997 with the Redskins, joined the Rams for a season in 2000, played for the Chiefs from 2001-2006, joined the Dolphins in 2007 and the Rams again in 2008.
Though it all, Green has put up an admirable passer rating of 86.0, has 162 touchdowns to 114 interceptions, 2,266 career completions on 3,740 career pass attempts. By far the most qualified of this group.