The Washington Football Team's never-ending revolving door at quarterback is back.
When veteran Alex Smith takes the field on Sunday in Detroit, he will be the third different passer to start a game for the Burgundy and Gold this season. Kyle Allen is likely out for the remainder of the season after suffering a season-ending ankle injury against New York.
With Allen out of the picture, Washington's QB room now consists of just Smith, Dwayne Haskins and practice squad player Steven Montez.
Under typical circumstances, it's normal for teams to carry just two signal-callers on their rosters. But given the number of injuries this season along with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more teams have opted to have a third quarterback under contract this season.
Ron Rivera was asked on Monday whether he'd consider signing another quarterback, and the head coach was non-committal either way.
“Well, you know, it’s something that we’re going to decide on and talk about," Rivera said. "We’ll make our decisions as we go forward.”
But, if Rivera and co. do decide to bring in another free agent, they have a few options.
Here are three quarterbacks Washington could bring in to help its quarterback depth.
1. Drew Stanton
Out of all the quarterbacks who are still without a job, Stanton is one of, if not the most proven.
At age 36, he has 13 years of professional experience. Throughout his football journey, Stanton has sat behind some solid quarterbacks, too, including Carson Palmer, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck and most recently, Baker Mayfield.
With Stanton, you know what you're going to get. He's been one of the league's better backups for several years and hasn't been afraid of the moment when asked to step up. Heck, he has a career record of 11-6 in 17 career starts.
If Washington is looking for any veteran to add to its quarterback room and someone who could also be another good mentor for Haskins, then Stanton might be its best bet.
2. Deshone Kizer
Drafted by Cleveland in 2017, Kizer was asked to be the starting quarterback on one of the worst teams in football history. So, naturally, Kizer struggled as a rookie, throwing 22 interceptions for a Browns team that went winless on the season.
Kizer was never given another opportunity to start for the Browns, as they traded him to Green Bay in exchange for safety Damarious Randall and draft pick swaps.
Serving as Aaron Rodgers' backup for two seasons, Kizer played in three games and didn't overly impress. He was claimed by the Las Vegas Raiders in September 2019 after being released by Green Bay but never made it back to the active roster.
While it may seem like he's been around for a while, Kizer is just 24 years old. It's still way too soon to give up on him.
In 2018, while in Carolina, Rivera gave an unproven quarterback the chance to take over for an injured Cam Newton. That was Kyle Allen, who impressed enough in one start to be Newton's primary backup last year. Once Newton got hurt, Allen took over and was the team's starter and held that job for much of the year. One of the first moves Rivera made in Washington was trading for Allen, who became the Burgundy and Gold's starter this year once again.
Kizer is not Allen, and Allen is not Kizer. But Rivera gave Allen a chance when everyone else counted him out. Could Kizer be next?
3. Jordan Ta'amu
Want to get a little crazy? Let's get crazy.
Ta'amu is best known for his XFL stint with the St. Louis Battlehawks earlier this calendar year, as he was the best signal-caller in the league outside of Houston's P.J. Walker (who signed with the Carolina Panthers).
Ta'amu's football journey has been full of twists and turns. He originally started as a junior college product before transferring to Ole Miss in 2017. Ta'amu originally sat behind Shea Patterson, but took over midway through the season due to injury and never looked back. Patterson transferred to Michigan, and Ta'amu became the Rebels' starter the following year.
In his one full year as Ole Miss' QB1, Ta'amu finished second in the SEC in passing yards, only behind ex-Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa. Ta'amu went undrafted but was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad earlier this fall.
If Washington wants to kick the tires on a young quarterback, Ta'amu fits that category. He's faced plenty of adversity throughout his football career and would certainly be willing to accept any opportunity he may get.