The Green Bay Packers know who their QB1 will be going into the 2023 season. After the franchise-altering Aaron Rodgers trade that took place just days before the 2023 NFL Draft, the Jordan Love era is a full-go in Green Bay. However, the backup job remains up in the air. Currently, Danny Etling and Sean Clifford will be battling for those QB2 reps. Adding a veteran QB to the mix could be beneficial for all parties involved. As it turns out, there are two veteran QBs who have been identified as finalists for the job.
Tannehill has thrown for 33,265 yards and 212 touchdowns compared to 108 interceptions, per Pro Football Reference. He has also led the Titans to multiple playoff appearances, including to an AFC Championship Game in 2019.
There has been considerable discussion about the term “rebuild” in Green Bay over recent days, with most viewing it as possessing a pejorative connotation and avoiding its use when discussing the state of the franchise. If the Packers aren’t in rebuild mode, then they are in win-now mode. If they are in win-now mode, they need a better option behind Love to guard against injury and/or poor play and to help the 24-year-old transition to the job of starter.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report on Monday, May 29, anointed Bridgewater the best remaining signal-caller available and the seventh-best free agent still on the market across all positions.
“Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranked 48th on our initial free-agency big board, and we’re honestly surprised that he hasn’t signed with a new team yet,” Knox wrote. “Bridgewater probably isn’t returning to the Miami Dolphins after they signed Mike White, but he’d be a valuable backup on just about any team. Bridgewater has 65 starts under his belt and was a serviceable bridge quarterback for the Denver Broncos (94.9 QB rating) two years ago.”
Bridgewater injured a finger in Miami last season, which could be a factor in why he hasn’t signed anywhere yet. However, the Detroit Lions made an offer to Bridgewater, which the quarterback rejected.
Both of these quarterbacks would be significant upgrades at the QB2 position for the Packers. The biggest hurdle in the way? Historically, the Green Bay Packers haven’t invested much in the backup QB position. It would definitely go against “standard protocol” for the Packers to do this. However, if there was ever a season to do it, it would be the year the Packers have a first time starting quarterback under center.
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