It seems any list of potential replacement quarterbacks starts with Colin Kaepernick, and this one is no exception. He’s not a great quarterback anymore, and even though he showed some promise at times last season, he’s not likely to regain his past glory. That said, there isn’t a ton of available quarterbacking talent on the market at this point, and it’s clear Kaepernick is the best player from a talent standpoint that is still unsigned. Kaepernick would certainly come with a certain amount of attention, but you have to think the Dolphins would consider him if Tannehill does indeed miss the season.
Another popular pick to possibly end up in Miami following the Tannehill injury, Jay Cutler would be an intriguing fit for the team. He played some of the best football of his career under head coach Adam Gase, and he certainly still has the arm to take advantage of Miami’s young slew of weapons. Despite the obvious connections here, however, it seems unlikely that Cutler would come out of retirement knowing he is just a one-year rental option. It’s not impossible, but it certainly doesn’t seem like something the notoriously-moody quarterback would jump at.
Who says the Dolphins have to look elsewhere to find their replacement quarterback? Matt Moore, though limited, has shown in the past that he can steer the ship in Tannehill’s absence and obviously Moore would be more comfortable with the playbook than any outside option the Dolphins bring in. The team would likely want to sign another quarterback to provide depth, but of the possible options, this one seems the most likely for Miami this season.
Robert Griffin III
It’s been quite a fall from grace for Robert Griffin III who has gone from transcendent to average to being an unsigned free agent in August. Griffin, if signed would be an interesting fit in Gase’s offense and with all the weapons Miami has, perhaps Griffin’s deficiencies as a true quarterback would be masked. Even so, health has been a consistent problem for the former Washington and Cleveland QB and that will probably prevent him from being a top option in Miami’s eyes.
The most unlikely of the options available, Brock Osweiler makes this list mainly on the basis that he has plenty of experience running a Gase offense and it’s not too long ago that he was seen as an up-and-comer. Sure, Osweiler’s season in Houston was an absolute disaster and it certainly seems like he was never really as good as he was made out to be, but Gase has worked magic before and Osweiler could be a decent option provided the team figures out the trade implications of getting him from Cleveland.
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