3 Free Agent Quarterbacks the Rams Can Sign as Stetson Bennett Insurance

Who will back up Matthew Stafford in 2023 if Stetson Bennett doesn't return to football? These are the Rams' three best options.

Nov 26, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay talks with quarterback
Nov 26, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay talks with quarterback / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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I'm not going to pretend I know anything more than the next Rams fan about what Stetson Bennett's future with the team will look like, but one thing appears clear: the Rams should prepare as if he won't play again.

That way if he does it's a nice bonus, but if he doesn't then we're not left scrambling without a real backup quarterback option.

The team can draft a late-round QB, for sure, but that shouldn't be the only plan. As a hopeful playoff team, there needs to be somebody lined up who can win a game or two to avoid tanking our season if Matthew Stafford has to miss a couple games. That means targeting a veteran free agent.

Here are the three free agent QBs that should be at the top of the Rams' list.

1. Ryan Tannehill

I flip-flopped on including Ryan Tannehill on the list a few times, but ultimately I think he'll be an option — and a good one at that.

Having been a full-time starter right up until he lost his job last season there is a chance that some QB-needy team gives him a shot at playing time while their rookie develops, and that would make him too expensive to be a good backup option. But I just don't see that happening with the state of the QB rooms around the league right now.

And that means Tannehill could be one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league.

His 2023 stats left a lot to be desired, of course, but he wasn't exactly surrounded with talent in his final year with the Tennessee Titans. And despite that, Pro Football Focus did grade him out at 31st among quarterbacks for the season. That's obviously a terrible grade for a starter, but not bad at all for a backup. There were 46 QBs who graded out below him, and that obviously doesn't even factor in the potential backups who weren't good enough to see the field.

Tannehill has 151 career starts to his name and has learned multiple NFL offenses, and he's the perfect veteran backup option in L.A.