2018 NFL Free Agents: Best available backups for Ryan Tannehill

Teddy Bridgewater plans to return from a very serious knee injury that has limited him to two passes in two seasons. But could be a valuable backup in Miami? (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The Miami Dolphins are planning to enter 2018 with Ryan Tannehill as their starting quarterback.

This does not preclude Miami from drafting a quarterback as high as the first round, if coach Adam Gase endears himself to one.

But it does not appear the Dolphins plan to bring back veteran Matt Moore, so another veteran addition is likely.

Obviously Miami won’t be in on players like Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum. But there are some familiar names that will cost much less.

Here are 14 of the the free agent quarterbacks Gase may deem worth evaluating:

(We have chosen to sort them by career quarterback rating.)

  1. Teddy Bridgewater, 26, Minnesota Vikings, $1.7 million in 2017, 28 starts (17-11), 86.3 rating
  2. Mike Glennon, 28, Chicago Bears, $15 million in 2017, 22 starts (6-16), 83.2 rating
  3. Chase Daniel, 31, New Orleans Saints, $900,000 in 2017, 2 starts (1-1), 81.1 rating
  4. Josh McCown, 38, New York Jets, $6 million in 2017, 73 starts (23-50), 80.8 rating
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick, 35, Tampa Bay Bucs, $3 million in 2017, 119 starts (48-70-1), 79.9 rating
  6. Brandon Weeden, 34, Tennesee Titans, $775,000 in 2017, 25 starts (6-19), 76.0 rating
  7. Chad Henne, 32, Jacksonville Jaguars, $3.3 million in 2017, 53 starts (18-35), 75.5 rating
  8. Mark Sanchez, 31, Chicago Bears, $2 million in 2017, 72 starts (37-35), 73.9 rating
  9. Geno Smith, 27, New York Giants, $1.2 million in 2017, 31 starts (11-19), 72.9 rating
  10. Tom Savage, 27, Houston Texans, $630,000 in 2017, 9 starts (2-7), 72.5 rating
  11. Derek Anderson, 34, Carolina Panthers, $2.4 million in 2017, 47 starts (20-27), 71.1 rating
  12. T.J. Yates, 30, Houston Texans, $775,000 in 2017, 10 starts (4-6), 70.7 rating
  13. Drew Stanton, 33, Arizona Cardinals, $3.3 million in 2017, 17 starts (11-6), 66.3 rating
  14. Matt Barkley, 27, Arizona Cardinals, $775,000 in 2017, 6 starts (1-5), 63.7 rating

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