The future of unsigned free agent Zach Mettenberger


On Monday morning, backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger was release by the Tennessee Titans. He struggled throughout his career in Tennessee, and was unable get a single win. But, it’s likely that he’ll see a change of scenery and sign elsewhere this offseason.

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According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, we should know which city the Mett Show will be coming to next sometime tomorrow.

Here are the top 5 landing spots for the former LSU quarterback, in no particular order:

1. Dallas Cowboys:

Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys have been shaky at the QB position for sometime now. With an injury-prone Tony Romo, and an unreliable Kellen Moore at backup, the Cowboys could find use for someone like Mettenberger. Mettenberger has more experience than the recently drafted Dak Prescott, who the Cowboys do not have full faith in. They confirmed this when they admitted to trying to trade up for Paxton Lynch, who now has a home in Denver. Mettenberger would be a less risky option than both Moore and Prescott, and would thrive with Dallas’ solid offensive line.

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  • 2. Arizona Cardinals:

    Bruce Arians’ offensive scheme in Arizona may be just the perfect fit for a pocket passer like Mettenberger. After all, Arizona was considered a good landing spot for Mettenberger before the 2014 Draft even began. Compared to a developing Matt Barkley and Jake Coker, Mettenberger is a smart option that brings more experience to the table. If Mettenberger were signed, it is likely that Coker would be cut over Barkeley, and Mettenberger would be No. 2 on the depth chart behind veteran Carson Palmer.

    3. New Orleans Saints:

    With Drew Brees’ career inevitably nearing a close , the Saints need a reliable option to take his place when he is gone, as well as in the unfortunate case of an injury. The Saints are in need at the position, after releasing former QB Griffin Neal on Monday. The team is left with Luke McCown at No. 2 on the depth chart, with Garrett Grayson behind him. In the instance that Mettenberger is signed, one of the two would be dropped from the roster. There is reason to believe that Mettenberger would do well under Sean Payton’s offense considering his arm strength. Brees would serve as a good mentor for Mettenberger to develop into a reliable starter if he is to return to Louisiana.

    4. New York Jets:

    With the inability to reach terms with last year’s QB Ryan Fitzpatrick thus far, it is necessary for the Jets to begin exploring other options in the free agency to fill the position. Bryce Petty does not have the ability to play at an NFL level, and Geno Smith hasn’t exactly won the team over. Throwing Christian Hackenberg into the fire straight out of college would be a risk that likely wouldn’t pay off either. Matt Flynn is washed up and unhealthy. Mettenberger provides the leadership that New York lacks, as well as a sound line and offensive weapons like Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. It’s clear that Mettenberger relies heavily on his star receivers, as he suffered greatly in Tennessee without a Jarvis Landry or Odell Beckham Jr type of receiver like he had at LSU.

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    5. Denver Broncos:

    Denver is one of a handful of teams still in a state of limbo at the quarterback position. With the retirement of Peyton Manning and the failure to agree to terms with Brock Osweiler, the starting position is open. Currently, it is a competition between former Memphis Tigers QB Paxton Lynch, drafted in the first round, and a washed up Mark Sanchez. With two options that are not totally reliable, the Broncos could certainly benefit from the addition of Mettenberger. The offensive scheme of the Broncos would match well with Mettenberger’s playing style. Many a big-armed pocket passer has found success in Mile High over the years.