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Josh McCown may be this year’s best free-agent quarterback

Josh McCown

Josh McCown


Here’s everything you need to know about how bad this year’s class of free-agent quarterbacks is: Josh McCown may be the best quarterback on the market.

McCown, who was cut by the Buccaneers on Wednesday, moves to the top of a list that may not have a single player on it who will be a Week One starter.

Mark Sanchez has generally been considered the top quarterback in this year’s class, which isn’t saying much. Sanchez was OK in Chip Kelly’s Eagles offense after Nick Foles went down last year, but Sanchez was a disaster at the end of his tenure with the Jets, and it’s hard to believe that any team would make him its starter this year.

Brian Hoyer has also shown promise at times, but if he couldn’t hold onto the starting job in Cleveland in 2014, is any team going to hand him its starting job in 2015? Hoyer’s best bet might be to return to Cleveland and try to win a training camp competition with Johnny Manziel.

Ryan Mallett might be the most talented free agent quarterback in this year’s class, but we have no idea if his arm talent really translates to being a good NFL quarterback. Mallett started just two games in Houston last season before a pectoral injury cut short his season.

Colt McCoy provided a bit of a spark in Washington last season and now becomes a free agent, but McCoy’s biggest accomplishment was being better than Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. And that’s not much of an accomplishment.

Michael Vick is a free agent, but it’s been a long time since Vick looked like a franchise quarterback. He had a terrible 68.3 passer rating with the Jets last year.

Jake Locker, Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert all become free agents in March because all of them were first-round picks in 2011 and none of their fifth-year options were picked up. If the teams that drafted them don’t want them anymore, why would any other team?

Going through that list of quarterbacks, is there anyone you can say is definitely better than McCown? The fact that teams are showing interest says less about McCown than about the lack of good quarterbacks available.