What Are The Steelers Options If They Don’t Re-Sign Landry Jones?

Finally, in his fourth season in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones was finally credited with a win as a starter. He had previously won in relief of Michael Vick last year, and had started in last year’s victory over the Cleveland Browns – but only lasted a series. Week 17 represented Jones’ first start to finish victory as a Steeler.

It couldn’t have come at a better time.

Jones is a free agent at the end of this season. If everything goes well for Pittsburgh in the playoffs, he won’t get another snap before his contract is up (unless the Steelers are blowing out anyone).

But has Jones done enough in his four starts for Pittsburgh to re-sign him? Can they afford not to?

Jones has shown enough to suggest that he can be a decent back-up quarterback. He’s been in Pittsburgh now to know enough of the system, but he is limited in his arm throwing talent, and his ability to read defenses. He won’t be threatening Ben Roethlisberger for the starting gig anytime soon, and that’s ok.

Jones is set for a big raise no matter where he plays his football next year. He currently costs Pittsburgh $784k against the cap, and back-up quarterbacks tend to make closer to $2-6 million. So a decision needs to be made by the Steelers as to whether they can afford him, and value him as much as other quarterback-needy teams might.

But, this article isn’t about whether or not the Steelers should give Jones that raise.

No, it’s about what options they would have if they chose not to re-sign Jones to another deal. There are only three options:

Option 1: Zach Mettenberger

Also known as, the guy that’s already on the roster.

Zach Mettenberger was the Tennessee Titans sixth round pick in 2014. He started 10 games for the Titans in his career, before they drafted Marcus Mariota – and he was deemed surplus to requirements.

Mettenberger didn’t look bad whilst playing in Tennessee. He threw for 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a completion rate of 60.3%. He wasn’t exactly playing with the same Tennessee team that Mariota is thriving with now either.

Those stats represent better numbers than Jones put up before this season. After a year in the system, Mettenberger could be ready to play. He’s still young, and does have room to develop as well.

Option 2: Free Agency

If you let Jones go, and don’t fancy Mettenberger, then you have to get someone else in.

That means either drafting someone or looking on the free agent market. Here’s a sample of some of the quarterbacks that could hit free agency:

Colin Kaepernick, E.J. Manuel, Dan Orlovsky, Brian Hoyer, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum, Geno Smith, and Ryan Mallett among many, many other average names.

While the Steelers will have some room against the salary cap, that should disappear rapidly with the pending new contracts for Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Stephon Tuitt, Lawrence Timmons and a number of other deserving back-ups.

What that should mean is that spending big on a back-up quarterback like Hoyer or Keenum isn’t really an option.

Option 3: The Draft

The only other option left is to draft a quarterback.

But is there one to draft?

This draft is already shaping up to be one of the worst quarterback classes. So much so that some draftniks think that a quarterback shouldn’t go in the first round. We all know that they will eventually with so many quarterback needy teams.

That’s also part of the problem. All the prospects worth drafting seem to be developmental prospects, but there is a huge need for quarterbacks from needy teams.

A team like the Steelers, with a closing Super Bowl window, can’t afford to miss too many opportunities to capitalize on Roethlisberger’s final years.

There are more pressing needs on defense, in a talented defensive class – that should mean the likes of Mitch Trubisky, DeShaun Watson, and DeShone Kizer will be long drafted before the Steelers even look at a quarterback.

It’s also highly likely that the next tier of Brad Kaaya, Patrick Mahomes, and Davis Webb may also be gone before the Steelers would be prepared to pull the trigger.

According to CBS Sports, there is only one other quarterback worth a pick before the end of round 5, and that’s Jim Kelly‘s nephew Chad. To say that Chad Kelly has some red flags would be an understatement. Possibly the most talented senior quarterback in the draft, Kelly has been involved in a brawl at his brother’s high school game, has been arrested for fighting with police officers, and was caught DM’ing pornstars twice – even after they publicly shamed him for doing so. Oh, and he tore his ACL in early November.

If we’re throwing darts at quarterbacks after round five, are we really sure that letting Jones go is the best idea?

  • Daniel

    i say we groom mettenberger if he was able to complete his passes 60 percent of the time id say he would complete more with the players we have brown, bell, bryant, coates, hamilton, ayers, green. we have more talented players than the titans had when mettenberger was over at Tennessee

  • PaeperCup

    Mettenberg and Draft is what I’m thinking. Hoping to find a gem though, I wouldn’t bank on this draft being the one where we find Ben’s replacement.

    As for the free agents, I would love Hoyer as a backup, but not sure if he’d come at a good price.No to Kaepernick, No to Sanchez, No to Keenum, No to Geno Smith, No to Mallet, No to Manuel.

  • steelburg

    Bump Mettenberger to QB 2 draft Seth Russell in rounds 5-7. Develop Russell in a similar fashion as Landry. Russell won’t be the heir apparent to Ben he would only be there to develop into a back up just like Landry. Russell has a strong arm and some wheels. It’s that simple to me, Mettenberger is plenty good enough to provide what Landry provided over the last 4 years.

  • Steelers12

    dont draft a qb unless one luckily falls to us in round 6 or 7. just sign Kaepernick, Smith or RG3 and focus on draft young players on defense to generate pressure on qbs, cover conerbacks, inside linebacker and add depth to dline and maybe steal a young RB

  • nutty32

    Don’t forget about Gratkowski; he’s a fine backup and fit for the team. Chad Kelly in the 3rd or 4th round might make sense to groom as a future starter. Mattenberg showed some promise when he played against us while with the Titans but apparently he’s been digressing since.

  • Josh Gustad

    I liked Chad Kelly out of Ole Miss. I think we can get him late. It’s not like Ben didn’t have issues as a young player either. It’s then whether or not Kelly can grow up or not. That’s completely up to him.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    BRIAN HOYER!

  • Brendon Glad

    The formula (until Ben is much closer to the end) is: Veteran backup who knows what he is.
    Brian Hoyer PROBABLY has figured out that he is neither durable enough nor skilled enough to be a Starter. If he hasn’t figured that out yet, then scratch that thought. But he would be my first choice.
    We need to find the next Charlie Batch.
    NO WAY should they sign Landry Jones, unless he actually has already figured out what he is. Charlie Batch figured it out sooner than one would expect. Maybe Jones has too. The day he is making over 3Mil/yr. is the day someone is overpaying him. So I hope it is not the Steelers.
    Mettenberger…take what I said and amplify it by 10. The dude thinks he is way better than he is…a horrible combo for a backup to a HOF’er.
    I’d call Hasselbeck. I’d see if Fitzy has realized who he is yet.
    The backup to Ben should be a 1-3 mil guy. Cuz Ben’s gonna miss 1-4 games every year, but our eggs are in his basket. If he is missing 6-12 weeks, you chalk it up as “not our year”. No need to have 4-7 mil wasted on a backup. We ride with Ben, be cheap on the backups, and if he gets a major injury, then the season will suck. That’s the way to go. In 3 years, spend a pretty high draft pick on a QB, just like GB did with Rodgers. And let him learn while being the backup for a couple years.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    If we signed Kaepernick, I’m officially no longer a Steelers fan. I cannot support a franchise that supports that player in any way, shape, or form.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Brian Hoyer signed this past offseason on a 1 year deal at $2 million. At that yearly rate, is that really “spending big” as far as backup QBs go? I honestly have no idea.

  • francesco

    Tim Tebow

  • francesco

    Or trade for McCarron of Bengals

  • WreckIess

    Mahomes is a player that I want us to target. Perfect prospect to groom behind Ben. The dude has a cannon, he’s accurate, he can play from the pocket, and also has the ability to create on the run which was almost always on display at Texas Tech because of how awful his line was.

  • dany

    All those FA backups sound bad and/or expensive. Only one that slightly fits the steelers is Mallett

  • Jonny Panic

    Hopefully he’ll grow out of it. I’m sure it’s hard being the son of Jim Kelly and also living through his recurring jaw cancer.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Thank you Brendan –

    I agree with a lot of your points. You and I probably disagree a little on the top amount we should pay a back up QB (I’d be willing to go up to $5 million-ish for the right guy) but Mettenberger and Landry are both a waste of roster space.

    I’d prefer to draft Ben’s replacement next year (when there should be a number of nice mid round prospects). Give him two years to hold the clipboard and he will be a lot more effective than if we throw him in there day one. I call it the Aaron Rodgers approach.

    Either way I’m hoping the Steelers don’t go drafting a rookie QB this year unless his name is Mahomes. But that kid will probably cost us a 1st rounder.

  • Jonny Panic

    Have you seen that guy’s chest tattoo? Ugh.

  • Big White

    Ryan Fitzpatrick

  • Hypo Cycloid

    He is Jim Kelly’s nephew.

  • Douglas Andrews

    He’s Jim Kelly’s nephew

  • Douglas Andrews

    I like a combo of option 1& 2. I move Mettenberger up to #2 and find one of those lower tier QB’s to take a one year vet minimum deal. As we’ve seen so far the #3 Qb doesn’t dress and Mettenberger is under contract for next year. No sense in wasting a draft pick unless someone falls to the 5th or 6th round

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Hold up…..loll.These same guys would rather have L. Jones over Kap, Mallet or even G. Smith. Nah. I’ll take all 3 over Jones. Guys u have remember the talent that would be placed around these guys. It will be different than San Fran, Jets and wherever Mallet is now days.

  • steeltown

    Mett and Hoyer… draft a QB prospect high in another year or two

  • Matt Manzo

    I think they’ll offer him something like $2mil. If he doesn’t want it, they’ll be fine with Mett and will bring in a low priced FA.
    I don’t see a QB being targeted in this draft.

  • VaDave

    Even the Bengals aren’t so sure the Red Rifle is the answer. Odds on dragging McCarron away is about slim and nil. However an added bonus in that deal if we could land him is Mrs. McCarron, which certainly would attract a lot of interest.

  • PaeperCup

    could you pick any 3 worse QBs to want as your backup?

  • VaDave

    This might not be a bad idea, and with the way he flamed out this year, it’s doubtful anybody is going to beat down his door to offer him a contract. My worry about Jones is while we can get by with him for two 3 games a year, if he’d got to run the ship for 4 or more games, kiss the season goodbye. If we can calm down Fitzpatrick’s Napoleon complex, he’d be great.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Mettenberger and the draft. Nothing more nothing less. Plus you gotta look after training camp and cuts from preseason. Remember that’s when we got Mettenberger. I think he can be better than Landry, but who knows.

  • PaeperCup

    all three have character concerns though. Landry is at least a stand up guy, who you can rely on.

  • VaDave

    Rumor among the local media is Mettenberger is not all that. My recollection is he has all the mobility a geriatric on a hoveround with a dead battery, and a delivery slightly faster that Leftwich. Plus, we got to sign him as well.

  • Steelers12

    yeah because Landry Jones is a world beater, how good do you think a backup qb will be

  • RickM

    Back-up QB’s in the NFL make between $2-6 Million? I don’t know of any acknowledged back-up quarterback that earns anywhere close to $6 Million a year. The most the Steelers would ever offer any back-up would be $2-2.5 M. Landry should jump at it if offered, because the offer would likely go down if he unsuccessfully tries free agency.

  • francesco

    Can’t say I have

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Yeah. A guy that will probably give me 1 win. I’ll take Kap, hoyer, Smith and Mallet . May not be the best but I think they have higher percentage of giving me 3 or 4 win if Ben goes down

  • francesco

    She has nice eyes

  • RickM

    Gradkowski hasn’t been healthy in three or four years and he hasn’t completed an NFL pass since 2012. Sorry, but other than holding a clipboard, he’s provided no return whatsoever to the team for multiple years now.

  • Oscar zendejas

    Trade our 1st round for garrapallo or mcarron we have a good offense should b even better 2017 with Martavis coming back and Ladarius should feel more comfortable the time is now we can’t depend on Big Ben always getting hurt we need a qb now can’t afford to groom and waste time defense is only getting better we can draft defense rounds 2 threw 7

  • Jones

    Trade our 1st round pick, lol. You work for the Brownies?

  • Jones

    STOP YELLING!

  • Chad H

    World beater funny

  • Jones

    Why do we think the replacement for our franchise QB lies somewhere in the mid rounds of a QB poor draft?

  • Jones

    Would be hilarious if he beat Denver in the playoffs for us…

  • Walt Dongo

    Hoyer in free agency

  • Mister Wirez

    I apologize first… BUT – Please NO, Hell NO and NO Freakin’ way!
    Those are 3 horrible, controversial, Injury prone and/or toxic QBs. That’s right up there with the Michael Vick decision last year. Good teams don’t need distractions, especially from a backup.

    I’d re-sign Landry Jones over any of those guys. Jones isn’t a week in and week out starting QB in the NFL, so I don’t see a huge demand, but his is a decent place holder for a quality starter.

  • Oscar zendejas

    ill rather groom a defense of player like an edge or a d line or a Timmons replacement but it’s hard to find good qb’s with the receivers we have who the hell going to pass to them if Big Ben went down

  • Steelers12

    no need to apologize for your opinion, i was going on the scenario that Jones does not resign with the Steelers. i prefer Jones over all those qbs maybe except Griffin.

  • nutty32

    Freak accidents. Blake Bortles might be available soon – he’s the poor man’s Big Ben that needs to be coached up. Personally don’t like Teddy Bridgewater but he might also be available soon.

  • heath miller

    naw he works for the bungals.. they are the one that would get the first round pick he wants to give for A J ..lol… hoyer please

  • heath miller

    Kap is a cancer . far better then jones but a hugh cancer.. no thanks .. let him go kneel somewhere but not in da burg …

  • T3xassteelers

    DRAFT THE GOAT, PATRICK MAHOMES!!!!

  • heath miller

    fitz could go i bet 8-8 with our team and receivers…83 tag team

  • siouxcitysmitty

    Not sure If I should be embarassed, or not by ignorance, but what the heck is “DM’ing pornstars”?

  • heath miller

    well we signed michal vick and what he did… in my opinion … is far worse then what kap has done … 83 tag team

  • WreckIess

    His teammates gave him an award for courage and inspiration like last week. You might not agree with him, but he’s not even close to being a cancer.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    That may be so, but at least Vick paid his debt to society and has shown genuine remorse. Plus, given how much time and money he has devoted to awareness and prevention of dog fighting circuits, he’s actually saved more dog lives than killed. Kaepernick, on the other hand, thinks what he’s doing is worthy of praise and admiration. Sorry, but I have a much much higher opinion of Vick at this point than Kaepernick, unless you believe in holding grudges.

  • RickM

    I’d say it’s 90% that Jones re-signs a modest contract. Unless forced to change, Colbert just prefers to stick with guys who know the system. That’s his consistent method of operation over the years. My goodness, Gradkowski hadn’t been healthy in years and Colbert still signed him as the 3rd-stringer last off-season because he knew our system.

    The only question is what are Landry’s expectations? My guess is that he’s a pretty realistic guy and he knows one win in four years – and a win over a 1-15 team – won’t draw much interest in free agency. I think if the team offers him a reasonable back-up contract for a max of $2 M a year, he’ll sign it. I’d prefer the team go the FA route, but I just don’t see it happening.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Keep Landry of he takes $ 2 million a year. Otherwise focus on developing Mettenberger into the # 2. Draft a QB in 2-3 years.

  • Oscar zendejas

    Hoyer is trash come on man

  • nutty32

    Ironically, he was a cancer before he started his protest, they respect him now.

  • Paul RK

    direct messaging

  • Not only is Jones is better than those 3, he’s better than all the QBs mention in the article above and knows Haley’s offense. If Jones is comfortable being our back up and is willing to take 2 mil a year for 2 or 3 years, it’s a no brainer…

  • Paul RK

    we’ll draft a QB high when they feel that Ben has 2 years left. 1st year to just watch. 2nd year to get some game time without starting and to really learn, 3rd year and forward to be the starter.

    If he’s a 1st rounder we get 3 years of starting before a new contract. If he’s after the 1st round we get 2 years of starting before a new contract. This way you have a better idea of the capabilities before offering the 2nd contract. If we draft a QB now he may never start before it’s time for the 2nd contract (like Landry Jones)

  • VaDave

    Among other attributes..I wonder what her major was at Alabama?

  • Big Joe

    Would still go FA and see if Hoyer would like a new home if jones moved on.

  • stan

    Letting Jones go is a must, as long as they think Mettenberger is worth something. If he isn’t, then keep Jones. However, this is the year for the Steelers to draft a QB and try to develop him.

  • Paul RK

    nope. this year is about 2 years too early.

  • stan

    We won’t have a choice but to draft a guy and develop him in two years. This would allow a chance to take a chance at a mid-round guy now, use him as a back-up and then many not have to draft a guy early in two years. Ben can’t have more than 4 years left.

  • Conor, Geno Smith shouldn’t be on that list has he had a mid season ACL tear and will miss all of the off season and would likely be a PUP candidate for what ever team signs him.

  • Only thing about Mettenberger is, the beat writers that what practice everyday (Dale Lolley and Jim W. of Steel City Insider) say he has been outright terrible.

    I get it, you haven’t seen him yourself (in a Steelers uniform) but there is a reason he is 0-10 as a starter and on his 3rd team in 2 years…

  • Aj Gentile

    Philly backup is getting like 7 million

  • Jags ain’t cutting Bortles. The just need to get him to stop throwing to the other team.

    If they did cut him, he would never make it to us through waivers.

    Bridgewater won’t be available either. And either way, his devastating knee injury will more than likely keep him out next year. Early reports are he is expected to start next season on PUP.

    I don’t know where you are getting your info from but I might look to other sources…

  • John Noh

    Matt McGloin after the Raiders jetttison him for Connor Cook.

  • hoptown

    Landry is terrible. Hes a 3rd string guy who at best doesnt kill us because hes been around so long and knows the offense.

    Other teams know this too. I’ll be shocked if any interest above the veteran minimum as a free agent.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    If Hoyer is trash, then Jones is whale cr*p

  • Steelers12

    No argument there, i think he will be back unless Haley is hired to a qb needy team

  • Paul RK

    and then the guy you draft now will be a FA before you even know what he is truly capable of. And by the time you have an idea on he’s worth, you’ll have to pay him more as Ben will be gone and he will have more leverage.

  • Tracy L Trent

    keep landry jones….he knows the system…i think he will get offers from some teams

  • Jason

    So if I’m understanding correctly u think Haley would take a head coaching job for a team where he would have to take Landry along as his starter? Sounds like a good career move. Lol.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    so 1 man will keep you from rooting for the Steelers……..Imagine That

  • Kind of silly how some people can’t except that Jones isn’t the same guy he was 2 years ago. It’s clear he’s improved a lot. I’m thinking other QB needy teams may look to him for competition, and depending on where he goes, he may win. I think he could start in SF, NYJ, LA, Chicago, Denver, Houston or Cleveland. Although two of those teams did draft a QB in the first round this year.

  • Steelers12

    Say for instance he goes to bears n they draft a qb, he might offer Jones more money than the Steelers for him to come in and compete since he already knows Haley system n has some experience in NFL. Eagles Head Coach Doug Pedersen drafted Carson Wentz and sign Chase Daniels the past offseason.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    The players you roster are a reflection of your team. It’s why I think the Bengals are a classless organization when you have guys like Pacman Jones and Burfict as supposed “leaders.” Kaepernick is a disgrace of a human being. If the Steelers sign a guy like him, that speaks volumes about what the organization stands for and I want no part of it.

  • Steelers12

    Me n u on same page, if brock ossweiler n case kernum start NFL games Landry Jones can too

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I understand some fans support their team no matter what, and that’s great. I admire that. But I have my limits.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Mettenberger is the X=Factor here. It depends on what the boys upstairs think of him.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    That will be a Thing Of The Past(So cALLed Kap issues or is it a issue)…….I rather have Hoyer tho.

  • Oscar zendejas

    I’ll rather run the wild cat with bell than to have Landry or hoyer lol

  • Sweetdick Willie

    Should be good enough to keep our team competitive. Look what happen this year in New England.

  • nutty32

    Yeah, those guys are potential Ben replacements as starters into the future. Backup next year will be Jones, Gradkowski or Mettenberger. Perhaps Mettenberger, but most likely none of them are the starting QB of the future. 50-50 chsnce that Bortles & Bridgewater will be available 2018 or sooner; the bloom is off the rose with these guys. Not sure if you’ve noticed they’re teams had very disappointing seasons.

  • Contrary to what you think, that would be a smart career move. If they drafted someone high, he’s not under pressure to start if he’s not ready. Jones can play and by the rookie some time and if he is ready, Jones is the veteran back up that knows the system with experience.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, it’s a philosophical thing. I tend to believe that 5mil backups are for teams who have a strong hunch that they will need that guy to carry a load. Or when you have a very young QB who is an unknown.
    Like how Kurt Warner was brought in to backup Leinert. Among others.
    The Ben/Batch situation was about as perfect as it can get. I actually thought they clouded it (and wasted money) by bringing Leftwich in.
    When you invest 20 mil/yr on a QB like Ben…you gotta take your chances…because the cap hit can’t afford another well-paid contract at the QB position. And you just accept that if he goes down for 6-16 weeks…a Super Bowl just ain’t happening. It’s hard enough WITH Ben.
    I want a retread. A dangling retread even. Like how Brees had Brunell.
    We got big fish to fry. LB, AB, and Tuitt. And Deebo needs a raise too.

  • Oscar zendejas

    I’m saying it would b awesome if we traded our draft pick for a garrapalo or a mcarron there both young there not worn or beat up there ready to go now there both going to b up for grabs they can easy b starters anywhere else we need a back up and potential starter something we haven’t had in years Big bens time is coming faster than we think hate to say it

  • Jeff Burton

    Patrick ‘Rollin’ with’ Mahomes is a mini-Brett Favre. In age not in size. He need tons of seasoning so it could work out well for the Steelers. By the time they get his footwork together and get him used to working under center we’ll be in Ben’s fading years.Mahomes is a great kid and a real team guy. He can flick a 40 yard pass off his back foot and is very mobile. I don’t think he’ll make it past the 3rd round in this QB starved era.

  • I noticed, but Bradgewater didn’t play a single snap. Many were picking them to win the division be for he got hurt, but once he did everyone went right back to GB.

    And yeah, Bortles may have gotten his coach fired with his ints, but that don’t mean he’s on his way out. That Jax job is probably the best out there right now for a prospective HC, there is a ton of talent on that roster with a high pick coming up in the draft. Someone just need to put it all together.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    agree.Knowing the offense, that shouldn’t be the reason for keeping him.Now if he was winning gamessssss ( Sorry had to stress that….. someone would mention this sorry Browns game) and knowing the offense. That would be my reason for keeping him. I just don’t see him giving us 3 to 4 wins. I’m barely seeing 2 wins. They maybe the defense wins. Him …..nah

  • Steelers12

    Agree, was just throwing alternatives in case he leaves

  • Reggie Cunningham

    knowing system is 1 thing but how many win do you see this guy giving us. Take defense out of it cause sometime they win games.I’m talking about him only. Take look at schedule this year and lets pretend Ben was suspended 4 games. Do you see LJ beating Washington,Bengals, Eagles and Chiefs? I don’t see it.

  • 695hoops

    So because Kap protested police brutality against minorities he’s worse than Vick who killed animals? What debt does he need to pay to society for that? He’s donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help children at his camps but that’s not worthy of praise?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    We’re obviously not going to see eye to eye on how we see the man. So I’m not going to even bother with the headache of a pointless debate. I’ve said my peace. I just don’t want Kaepernick on this roster next year and I think the majority of Steelers fans would agree with me.

  • pittfan

    What back up quarterback could beat those teams?

  • pittfan

    What do you expect from a 2-14 team? Good judgement?

  • francesco

    Nick Foles anyone?

  • RickM

    That’s a good catch and you are right. While the Chase Daniel contract has been called absurd by most, new coach Doug Pederson was familiar with him. He ditched Bradford and it was either going to be Daniel or Wentz as their starter. Daniel essentially became a tutor after not a great pre-season for the amount you mentioned. I guess it shows there only has to be one dumb team out there. One coach felt it was worth $12 M guaranteed to sign a not successful QB to most likely be a teacher.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Really! I don’t think so. How many wins does LJ have over those 3guys? He even has better talent around him and still EJ and Kap looked better than him. How many games has LJ won? Looking at our schedule and looking at the first 4 games. How many of those games do you have confidence in Jones winning if Ben is out?

  • nutty32

    You seem not to understand QBs on the hot seat. How can you even compare Luck to Bortles/Bridgewater in terms of job security. Steelers probably aren’t going to suck enough within the next 3 years to get a high draft pick to grab the next Ben. Perhaps we’ll get to enjoy the second coming of Kent Graham being trotted out.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Whats up with you guys and this he knows the system mess.You guys do know that a lot guys has played in Haley’s system before. You guys do know,its a lot of guys that pick up someone’s system quick.You guys do know, that some guys has played in a system similar to our system. Its not like Haley is drawing up something thats never been seen before

  • Steelers12

    The verbiage for one thing is totally different

  • ND_Steel

    I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I’d keep Jones. Serviceable back-up that knows the offense. Just need to get him at the right price. Otherwise, following Steelers MO, find another veteran backup with starting experience ala Batch, Leftwich, Vick…someone like Hoyer, Ponder, Henne…

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Hows that?Its not like the guy raped or killed. Thats probably with society today. You can’t stand up for you believe in or what you’re against.You gotta do what everybody else believe in or doing or else you’re a bad guy.What if some of these people were your family members. Would you still be upset with him? I don’t think so.You’re so worried about him standing up for a National Anthem than looking at the real problem.That says a lot.If these problems didn’t exist. I’m pretty sure he will be standing because he was before

  • woodsworld58

    He led the 49’s to the Super Bowl just a few years ago, and the ownership dismantled the talent base. In a stable organization, he has a real chance to thrive. As far as his personal stand, Kaepernick just exercised his rights as an American citizen, and doesn’t need anyone’s approval.

  • John Pennington

    Why waste a draft pick on a qb at this time scouts do your job and find some qbs after the draft you need the arms anyway find the gems there out there.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    What I’m saying is. do you think LJ gives you a chance? Like when C.Batch was around. I would have confidence that he could give us 2 or 3 of those win.That’s how you should feel about your back up. I can see C.Batch beat Washington,Eagles but the Bengals and Chief. I’ll probably be like it could go either way. With L.Jones half of you guys would write the season off. If you had to start the season off with L.J.Why would u want to resign a guy like that? The reason is because he doesn’t give you high percentage of winning like Batch or even Gradkowski.Thats the type of back up you need. I don’t remember Jones playing the whole game (beside Browns game) and winning.

  • Brandon Watson

    I’m not one to form too much of an opinion on any one performance, but I can’t help but form strong opinions of leaders, particularly quarterbacks, when I feel I see one and I gotta say, the freshmen QB for USC, I hate he led USC to a win over PSU; however, listening to his interviews since then, the kid is either a very good actor or is extremely mature and has IT. He was extremely humble and gracious towards teammates as any collegiate player from a big time program that I ever remember seeing. It hasn’t been the generic, PR instructed replies, I don’t feel, but very genuine and sincere in his praising of offensive lineman and receivers. He went so far as to say how happy he was for the Seniors to go out like they did, but he had the perfect amount of confidence mixed in. Too bad we’ll probably be drafting last or close to it for the next few years (health willing)!

  • johnhoien

    Really need OLB & inside LB’s bulstered ..Give Jones 2 million & hope he stays w/ that.. If not let him walk & make metenburger #2 & a guy for #3.. If one falls to you 4 th round.. Maybe you weigh your options

  • WreckIess

    I don’t think being a bad football team makes your worldview distorted.

  • Rusted Out

    Kap kneeled down for what he believed in. What exactly did he do besides disrespect the National Anthem, and cost the NFL $$$ in viewership sales? No worries… that turd won’t be in the NFL for much longer, let alone wearing black n gold.

  • Rusted Out

    He’s gonna need a GM’s approval soon, or he’s gonna be selling insurance. lol

  • Rusted Out

    Probably true although I’d love for them to draft a potential starter now. Dak could have been had quite easily on our roster. Atleast our first three picks are really showing up this year, so no complaints.

  • Rusted Out

    Yea, good thing the local media doesn’t evaluate talent. I’d take him over Landry. Landry does not deserve a contract here. Look for a later round draft project and Mett going forward.

  • Rusted Out

    Sadly, I think you’re right. I think they resign Landry to a modest 2mil-ish deal. He’s not completely horrid, but he’s not what I would call a solid backup. I have zero confidence that he could win a meaningful game, even with this talent around him. The front office is just not considering looking past Ben for atleast 3-5 more years, even though he consistently misses 2-4 games a season.

    The more I think about it, the more Dak Prescott comes to mind. I know we got a great player in Hargrave, but to think that the Steelers were “eyeing” him in the draft makes that hind sight and “what if” bother my conscious. I can scream up and down these boards about a viable backup QB all day, but the truth is that they’ll probably either resign Landry, or draft a late round project, again. Sigh…

  • Rusted Out

    Exactly! The Steelers should really consider Landry as a starter, and then ask themselves if they are comfortable with that over a 4 game span. I would hope the answer is no. I personally want Landry off the roster regardless of how well he knows the offense or how cheaply he can be resigned. The Steelers need a viable backup that can win 2-4 games every year, cuz that’s how many Ben misses on average.

  • RickM

    Agree completely with you. I know it sounds unreal, but I think that guy would be the #1 pick in this year’s draft if he was allowed to come out. He has that much potential. A team could draft him and let him learn for a year or two as a back-up. He’s got every throw in the book, great pocket awarness and man is he difficult to bring down.

  • Rusted Out

    You guys are getting this worked up over a freshman QB in college???

  • RickM

    Your ability to evaluate college QB’s is lacking. The kid is, and will be, special. There’s no law that says future great NFL QB’s can’t excel in freshmen years.

  • Rusted Out

    coming from the guy that thinks Landry is solid, I’ll take that with a grain of salt.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Re-read my post. I said “next” year.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I can’t argue with that logic. We aren’t gonna have a lot of cap space. If it came down to a choice between re-signing any of those 3 players or a back up QB, it’s not even a question.

    I would love to find a bargain like Batch next year. Hoyer might be a very reasonable choice. I also like the idea of Nick Foles (at least trying him out).

  • SilverSteel

    Man I think we all remember Batch and Grad were better than they really were. They were both fragile, non-mobile, with average arm talent. You can find guys like those two anytime. Let’s face it, with as much money as we give BB, we can’t afford a decent #2 and keep AB, LB, and the rest of our stars. If Mahommes is available, we should take him – period. So he needs some seasoning. He will get mentored under BB for at least 2 years and work with a QB coach.

    Look how fast Dak got his act together when he worked on his mechanics. We had a chance to take Prescott and we passed on him. I watched him in college and I liked what I saw and he is durable as hell too. I saw him single handedly bring his team back in the 4th quarter by sheer will and talent. What do we expect from a QB in the 4th round – perfection?

    The Steeler way is to find the best athletes with talent and coach the rest and Dak was a superior athlete with a great arm. That is why we have such a good coaching staff. Dak was a steal in the 4th before he fixed his mechanics – just as he was in college. I think the FO thinks BB has 4 more years or they would have drafted a QB last year. I can’t even believe Dak fell to the 4th rd (DUI maybe) – but what college kid does NOT drink and drive? None in my day…. We could have had Dak – taken a raw OT in the 6th (being that we are strong on the OL) and we never even would have missed Feeney. We would have been set at QB for the next decade after BB. Hindsight 20/20 and all… Guess I am still pissed about passing on him with a need at the position. I am old enough to have went through the bad years of Steeler QBs and I never want to do that again…that was brutal.

  • Matt Manzo

    I was really hoping we’d take Dak! Had him on top of my QB board. But only cuz I rule out the top 3 rounds.
    I would love a developmental guy like Cardale or Sudfeld, and I haven’t scouted QBs yet, so not sure if any of those exist in this draft.

  • Jason

    This is my point and I’m not anti Landry as I feel he’s a decent back up. But if you’re Haley, assuming you’re financially secure, would you rather be the O coordinator for one of the most talented offenses in recent memory also knowing Martavis is coming back or leave for a bad team with Jones as your starter and a pretty bad crop of qb’s to choose from in the draft? It doesn’t have to be a knock on Landry and I’ve defended him on here before but to me the decision would be easy.

  • Jason

    If he goes to the Bears he’ll be unemployed in 3 years. In Pittsburgh he gets to coach ben until he retires and have the most talented group of skill players in the league at his disposal.

  • Rusted Out

    Seriously… Gonna spend the rest of Dak’s career hoping he fails. Not looking good for me so far.

  • Jason

    I agree. It kills me to see all the “move Mettenberger” to #2 post. Everyone’s favorite qb is the one they haven’t seen throw a pick. The tune would change within a qtr of seeing him in a Steelers uniform.

  • Jason

    Yikes.

  • Jason

    Have u seen his wife?

  • Jason

    She went to Auburn.

  • PompeyGoat

    I think Jones is a decent back up however if Ben goes down I’d consider us second favorites in almost any matchup outside of the Browns at home, essentially if Ben gets any medium to long term injury we may as well start planning for the next season.
    Paying Landry Jones $5m with the expectation of maybe getting one more win than we would with Mettenberger when both scenarios will be a failure anyway seems pointless.
    If he had a chance of being a Championship caliber QB I’d go for it but don’t think his mum believes that deep down.

  • steelburg

    Landry wasn’t outright terrible for 3 years? If you really think about it Landry still never really beat out Gradkowski for the number 2 QB spot. He won by default back to back years because Gradkowski got injured. Mettenberger is learning a new system let’s give him the whole year and the offseason plus the preseason and if he still looks outright terrible then let’s talk about moving on. They will bring some competition in for Mettenberger as a back up plan somebody like T.J. Yates and or Austin Davis would be so decent options IMO.

  • At this point you have proved you no clue what you are talking about and this line says it all.

    “Vikings have already demoted Bridgewater for Bradford”

    You are absolutely out of your mine if you think Bradford will start over Bridgewater when he’s healthy. Obtaining Bradford was a panic move to salvage their season before it even started because they have a championship caliber defense over there. Once Bridgewater is healthy enough to play, he will be inserted back into the starting line up so fast the Vikes fans will forget how bad Bradford played for them.

    And I wasn’t comparing Luck to the two you mentioned, I’m surprised you didn’t. I will now. They have been stuck in mediocrity since he’s been drafted. Luck quietly throws int totals that are usually in the top quarter of the of the league. His HC has been on the hot seat for nearly 3 years straight but has somehow kept his job. It is a similar situation to Bortles, except the Jags have more talent on their roster.

    Reply or not, we are done because it’s like talking to a wall…

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Right. Sounds like this year isn’t ripe for finding BBs replacement.
    But the other compelling aspect of this story (not mentioned because it is talking exclusively about BACKUP QBs) is the real story.
    When do we draft BBs replacement?

    Hey Steelers Depot! How about THAT story (granted, maybe better in the offseason)?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    LJ looks GOOD compared to quite a few of the Bears QBs. Cutler is a PITA bum -can’t even imagine why they keep trotting him out there!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Yeah but do you think Osweiler/Keemun is a quality NFL set of QBs?
    Also on Kaepernick – no thanks!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I could see why you might find RGIII attractive as a backup.
    My only problem with him is that he is sooooooo injury prone!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I would be shocked if MIN let’s Bridgewater walk. He was really coming on before he got hurt, is a recent #1 pick, is younger than Sam Bradford, and will become a much better NFL QB than Bradford.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I don’t believe that Bridgewater was ‘demoted’ – MIN traded for Bradford cuz Bridgewater tore his knee up.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    kaep? really? thats as terrible as vick.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Lemme ask you and everyone else on this site……
    How much longer before BB starts to degrade? WHEN should we draft his eventual replacement?

    I believe (and pray that I am wrong!) that his recent spate of two turnover games could be a sign of early degradation.

    If not for the fact that this years crop of QBs is so meh, I would think we should draft his replacement THIS year.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Actually we have more cap space this year than in a long time – I think you are saying that the big chunk of cap space we have will be chewed up paying AB, Bell, and Tuitt.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I am with you.
    Buck did wrong and paid the debt.
    Kaepernick is an example of what is wrong in America currently.

    I tried to ‘upvote’ your first post multiple times but it didn’t work!! 😎

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Well perhaps we didn’t know about the children’s camps, which to your point, is admirable.
    It’s not his sense of humanity that we are railing against, it’s his ‘politics’ for lack of a better word.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    ‘Disgrace of a human’ may be strong but I am with you on two points:
    1. He is not using the proper method to present his protest, and
    2. The players ARE to a large extent, the TEAM, and I don’t want someone like him on the Steelers any more than I would want Burfict or Jones.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I think a lot of people feel that it is ABSOLUTELY his right to have his own views and use his fame to support them.
    Just not WHERE and HOW he is doing it.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Now THERE is someone I can get behind – already got rid of his ‘rookie-ness’, has played well given his level of experience, and has growth potential with plenty of years to go!!
    Sadly, you and I aren’t the only ones who know that!
    He could possibly be this years Osweiler!!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    You and me both. That ‘tick ticking’ sound is BBs clock starting to wind down. 😑
    Of course we are among 32 teams that passed over Dak not once, but THREE times.
    Wouldn’t have happened if Dak hadn’t got busted right before the draft!!! Doesn’t bother the Cowboys though – they waited three rounds not because of red flags, but because of their evaluation of his talent!!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I live near Philly. ‘The plan’ for the Eagles originally was to ditch Bradford (thereby recovering almost all the picks they lost to move up to get Wentz), take Wentz, and play Daniel for a year until Wentz developed.
    Apparently they felt Wentz had developed adequately by end of preseason.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I understand your logic -and like the thought of bypassing the rookie QB growing pains – but do you really feel Garropolo and McCarron could be the next BEN?
    Not saying you are wrong (and I REALLY like McCarron as a backup) but not sure either is a long-term starter in the league.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Nope. This year would work but the QB class this year is ‘meh’. Same result but for a different reason.

  • george

    Mallett beat us last year and he was only with the Ratbirds for 4 days when he did it. Maybe worth a look depending on how much he wants.

  • Tevin

    Coach Tomlin was very impressed with Landry’s last performance. He will be on the Steelers roster next year as Ben’s backup.
    He understands the system and again, we’re talking about backups. Ben will miss two or three games next year.

    No one else can step in relief of Ben the way Landry could. Simply because he has a complete grasp of the entire playbook and Haley’s system.

  • Landry was very bad his rookie and sophomore seasons, yes, no arguments there.

    Last year he was better than given credit for. He came in and rallied a stagnant offense to a comeback victory against the Cardinals. Against the Chiefs, he did not play great but he did not play bad either, he was not the reason we lost that game. The Pats game this season was similar, not great, but not bad, we had a chance to win but he was not the reason we lost. Against the Browns, it took him some time for him to catch a rhythm, but once he did, he played well against the Browns last week in my opinion. The defense did not and almost blew it for him.

    The games he started have been against top flight AFC teams, that’s a tough draw of the cards.

    As far as the Gradkowski statement, maybe that was true last season, but this year, Gradkowski was the camp arm, no more and no less. When he was called for mop up duty at the end of the preseason game, he got hurt, again.

    I’m not saying Jones is best back up league wide. What I am saying is he’s the best available, right now, and he knows Haley’s offense. If Jones wants a chance to start, he could surely go to 5 teams and win a competition there (NYJ, SF, Chicago, Houston, or Cleveland). If he did move on to one of those teams, he is looking at an up hill battle on rosters deprived of talent where here he is playing behind a top tier O line with top flight skill players. If he want’s a chance to a win a SB ring or contribute to a championship roster, he should want to stay here, the decision is his alone.

    The Steelers FO is good at making personnel decisions and should know that the crop to be available in the coming months will not be good, and this draft class for QBs will also be poor. If Jones goes elsewhere, then a move will have to be made of course. The proper choice is to retain Jones on a 2 year 4.5 mill or 3 year 7 mill deal with low guaranteed cash.

    I understand it’s not the popular resolution among fan fair, even the editors/writers for this great site hated and trashed Jones from day one. They have since come around on him but the vast amount of fans have yet to for whatever reason.

  • RickM

    Agree with everything you’ve said. I don’t think there’s a chance he could win a meaningful game either. I get the predicament – finding decent back-ups is incredibly tough – but you just have to think there’s a better answer than Landry Jones. And a viable back-up is far more important with Ben clearly more susceptible to injury as he ages.

    As for Prescott, as good as Javon has played yes it would cause screaming if we gave him serious consideration. That said, for some reason I still think Prescott may come back down to earth with his play. Not sure why.

  • steelburg

    I agree with most all your points about Landry. But I just feel like Mettenberger can get the job done especially after being in the system for a full year, plus having a offseason, and training camp. They will give Mettenberger a million preseason snaps just like they did with Landry and he will be fine by the start of the season, I really do believe that. In reality of course it’s better to have a back up who has been in your offensive system for 4 or more year if he comes back. But they can save money and roll with a guy in Mettenberger who is would be good for the same amount of wins Landry would be good for IMO.

  • Steelers12

    I know but he still young n we would only see him in emergency cases. But keeping Jones is 1st option

  • Steelers12

    No but both can be good adequate backups

  • Steelers12

    Because of his high contract

  • Steelers12

    I agree but money n opportunity talks

  • I have seen Mettenberger play and I can say I don’t share your sentiment, granted the talent around him in Tennessee was lackluster at best. Mettenberger was claimed by Whisenhunt (the man who drafted him in the 6th round) while in SD only to get cut again this year.

    His tape, being cut multiple times, plus the beat writers saying he’s been stinking up practices will not give me confidence for his future here in the Burgh. We shall see next preseason if the fans should adore him or bury him. At this moment, I tend to lean toward the latter.

  • OLB for sure, early and often.

    ILB, unless you want to take a guy to be a Deonne Bucannon, nickelbacker type to play on passing downs or a stud to replace Timmons in a year or two what’s the point? We have 5 on the roster now. If they take a late round guy, it’ll be next to impossible to crack the roster.

  • I’d resign Jones if he’d come for <$2.5 and draft a guy to compete with Mettenberger.

    I honestly don't think Jones' last game was any worse than a typical Batch game. He's not going to give you the mentorship aspect of Charlie obviously but I think as a passer, they're about the same. Jones is a little less risk adverse but I felt Batch was a little too hesitant.

    FA wise TJ Yates or McGloin would seem ok to me. Want to get a guy who got some starts did meh with a lousy team.

  • John

    As I’ve said before, I’ve long noted Landry’s “I’m here until I’m not” mentality. He may not set the field on fire but that’s a fairly refreshing sign of pragmatism in a profession that can quite literally put one down. End of the day, it’s what the FO wants in a #2 and for that matter a #3. I agree about Texas Tech’s Mahomes. And if you want to see how a #3 stacks up under pressure make it a point to watch Raiders v. Texans.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, the Batch thing was a dream scenario. Pittsburgh native, Steeler fan all the way…probably had at least one more good shot to be a starter for a lesser club when he chose to become Ben’s backup…repeatedly let the Steelers waive him during seasons in a wink-wink agreement during roster spot emergencies w/o exploring FA. Took bottom-barrel money. We will never get that again, most likely.

    I’m HOPING Hoyer has realized he just can’t take the 16 game pounding. He should have enough evidence by now. But he probably will be a pretty hot commodity for those teams like I said above: who don’t really 100% trust their starter.
    I like your Foles idea. Good “buy-low” philosophy. He’s kinda on his way out of the league, it appears. Yet has a 27TD/2Int season on his resume. As long as HE and his agent understand what he is….then I think that is a great suggestion.
    I’m kinda the same way about Fitzy. If you aren’t asking him to win big games he is pretty good. And what backup would ever make us feel good about not having Ben in a critical game? The drop-off will be immense no matter what. But based on FItzy’s opinion of himself, and Ivy education he probably will retire before he takes what I would want the Steelers to offer him.
    I think your Foles suggestion may be the one that is most likely to happen. I’d definitely give Matt Hasselbeck a ring though. He’s doing well at ESPN, but I bet he’d be intrigued. (He knows Ben will miss at least 1-2 games because of how Ben plays…so he will get some run…won’t have to tutor a young guy….great weapons, Likely SB contender…) Hasselbeck could be a dark horse.
    He’s really good as an analyst so I think he would eventually get his job back there too.

  • steelburg

    Did you look into the circumstances of why he was cut? I can tell you didn’t. The Chargers only kept 2 QB’S that’s part of the reason he got cut. The guy they kept ahead of him was going into his 3rd year in Mike McCoy’s system compared to Mettenberger who was only there for 3 months. So yes they probably claimed him because of his old coach but the final decision went to Mccoy. My last point is a question for you do you think Mike Mccoy a coach known for his offense and calling plays let Ken fully implement his whole offensive playbook? I’m willing to bet the Ken was signed to call Mike McCoy’s plays and not his own or even a variation of the 2. But I’m certain that the majority of that playbook was Mike McCoy’s. Mettenberger is in no way all world IMO but I think he is capable of being a competent back up.

  • Matt Manzo

    As long as he never beats us again, I’ll be alright!
    It sucks he’s on the Cowboys, but I never really liked Romo, so I’m ok with the Friday Night Lights story.

  • Brendon Glad

    High pick in 3 years. Ben is not degrading. He has been the same way for virtually his entire career. He plays the game almost identically to John Elway. Lesser arm…but everything else is the same. And Elway often struggled when the O.C. called the plays for a half…got behind and then when the backs are to the wall, that’s when he’s at his best. That’s part of the reason that both have so many comebacks.
    Some of my best friends STILL don’t think Ben is an excellent QB. I think they are insane, but it is those horrible ints or sacks taken at times, and green-zone inefficiencies that drive them nuts. So I kinda try to empathize with them…even though Ben is a sure-fire HOF’er in my book. And has been drastically underrated for most of his career Nationally up until about 2014… something switched in the National Media view of Ben around then…not sure why.
    Ben has improved his “sacks taken” total down to 17 I think, this year. And since nearly everyone in the world (including Ben himself) always put most of the “sack-blame” on Ben in the past…then it’s only fair to give Ben most of the credit for the low sack numbers. So he is processing at a high level.
    I hated the Jones pick, the Dixon pick, because I think any pick taken on a QB before 2019 is dumb. Ben is our guy. He will probably end his Steelers career after the 2020 season as one of the greatest QB’s of all-time. And if the Steelers fail on drafting a good QB in 2019 or 2020…then he may keep going. At least that’s my view of it.

  • Brendon Glad

    But as I say this…I must digress and ask a question back to you, and everyone else here….
    Ben does some clock management things that baffle me…(although he has improved that a lot)….He used to always do the same cadence on the road (1 stomp…second stomp they snap)…he has improved that too.
    So that always made me think maybe Ben didn’t have an elite NFL QB IQ…and was more relying on talent…
    So my question/observation is this: Why do the Steelers consistently play better football when they go no-huddle and Ben is calling the plays? I’m not talking garbage-time only…I’m talking mid second qtr…early 4th game in the balance…it baffles me. Because I’m dead-set on the fact that Ben clocks the ball when he doesn’t need to…uses timeouts or doesn’t use timeouts in weird ways…..yet he appears to have a savant-like ability to call plays. What gives? Thoughts?

  • Can you tell me what McCoy’s offense is? Because his last few seasons as the Denver OC he ran Tim Tebow’s offense and then ran Peyton Manning’s offense. Don’t forget, when McCoy was initially hired in SD, he brought in Whisenhunt as his OC then, I’m sure their offenses are similar enough.

    You are right about the beat writers on Coats, though. The only thing we can do is wait to see how the ball bounces from here. We’ll get a look at Mettenberger for sure next August.

  • steelburg

    In all honesty I do not know exactly what his system is. Your right it has changed with whatever QB he has had. But I do know offensive minded coaches act like little kids about running there particular scheme and I doubt he is any different.

  • Rotten Sircus

    I say go with Mettenberger & let someone else overpay for Landry. I’m personally not impressed by any QB’s coming out of the draft. At the Titans it should be noted that Zach didn’t have the O-Line that we have. He has the height & arm strength and 10 starts on his resume..This should be a no brainer but count on media to make this an off season pressing need !!!

  • Ragnar LoathBrowns

    Mad b/c name is so similar?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Is that some feeble attempt at an insult?

  • Zendejas

    You can’t predict what qb will b long term in this league but I would put my money on both this qbs than any rookie coming out or any other qb out there this two qbs have great mechanics and are smart qbs we will b right back in it I wouldn’t take bottles or teddy neither with this league you have to take advantage of what you have I’m talking players

  • Zendejas

    Ben scares me he gets hurt a lot what if he goes down what back up is good enough to move the rock we need a good solid backup to take advantage of our awesome receivers we have Bryant will be back

  • Rocksolid20

    Mike Glennon is a great option . His Contract is up in Tampa and he has starter experince .

  • Rocksolid20

    Mike Gleenon , Tampa back up ! Starter experence .

  • Rocksolid20

    That about covers the bottom of the barrel .

  • Don Lowery

    ANYTHING is better than LJ. It pains me to just watch the guy play!

  • The Truth

    But Jones is better than the 3 jokes you listed.

  • Steelers12

    It was going under the scenario he left, that’s what the article about

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, I think we all know just how special AB and LB are. They would be cheating themselves if they didn’t expect SPECIAL money on their next deal. I’m expecting both to have sincere cases to ask for the highest contracts at their positions in the history of the game. And in my opinion, the Steelers need to accommodate that. Because those 2 are just unbelievable. That means, gotta cut cost in a bunch of different ways to make that happen.
    Is there a little leverage with Bell because of the drug thing? Maybe…if they can convince Bell and his agent that all other 31 teams want to take a discount for that also. Doubtful.

  • Brendon Glad

    And I say that, as a long-time believer in “being thrifty/cheap at RB”. LB has taken that little philosophy of mine and burned it. I’ve never seen anything like him.
    He’s like if you had a lab under God, and you dialed up God and asked to do a smash-up of Gale Sayers, Jim Brown, and Marshall Faulk. And God says “Whoa, you can’t do that! That’s pushing it!”
    So you say, “Can I do the Smash-up of the 3 if I do it at 85% of the best of each of them?” And God said yes. And gave us LeVeon Bell.
    Yep, I said it… and I don’t even think it’s hyperbolic (but I did knock on wood as I said it). Only injuries or marijuana can derail this Prodigy. The Steelers need to be all-in. And accept the risk. They probably never will see another one like him.
    AB…doesn’t pop off the screen quite as stunningly as LB…but neither did Jerry Rice. Get the deals done. L Jones will get 4/32 to go to Cleveland or Houston or something to compete for a starting job…and he probably should take it.

  • nutty32

    If you follow the Vikings at all you know that Teddy is not fooling everybody & he’s not a lock at all m He was headed for a ‘prove it’ year before he got hurt.

  • The Truth

    Hoyer is the best from that group, IMO.

  • Steelers12

    I feel hoyer will cost too much