Available QB options for Cardinals in Free Agency

The Arizona Cardinals are likely to start the season with quarterback Kyler Murray missing games as he recovers from a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained in December.

While Colt McCoy could be the starter, that’s not a given, and he’s currently recovering from a minor offseason procedure that will limit him in the offseason program that begins next month.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are believed to be looking for a quarterback in free agency to add to the roster.

The suspected prime target, Jacoby Brissett, is off the boardafter agreeing to a one-year contract with the Washington Commanders.

Below are some other options for the Cardinals if signing a quarterback is still in their plans.

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Teddy Bridgewater

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Being a backup and having a few starts is familiar territory for Bridgewater. He did it for the Dolphins last year and before that for the Saints.

He also started 2020-2021 in two seasons for the Panthers and Broncos in 29 games.

He knows offensive coordinator Drew Petzing from his time with the Minnesota Vikings.

Gardner Minshew

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Minshew was the backup for the Eagles last season, so he knew Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon and defense coordinator Nick Rallis.

He’s been a starter and a backup and he’s a lot of fun as a starter.

The Colts, whose new head coach Shane Steichen was his offensive coordinator last season.

Carson Wentz

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Wentz is a former Eagle, but he dates back to when Gannon was there as Defense Coordinator. The former No. 2 overall was benched by the Commanders last season.

New receiver coach and passing play coordinator Drew Terrell would know Wentz, but given his bench press last season, that might not help Wentz as a candidate.

The ceiling for his game is extremely high. He was pretty bad too.

Matt Ryan

Ryan was recently released by the Colts after a season in which he didn’t do very well.

Known for his great years with the Atlanta Falcons, Gannon was the 2007 defensive quality control coach for Atlanta, so he would know Ryan.

Ryan may be retiring and may want an entry-level job that is non-permanent. Quarterbacks who have great careers don’t often finish them as backups.

Markus Mariota

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Mariota was a regular for the Falcons for 13 games last season. He wasn’t bad, passing for 15 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, and he had a good 88.2 passer rating.

He left the team after being benched in favor of rookie Desmond Ridder.

Story originally appeared on Cards Wire

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