Julius Peppers is not much of a talker.
He’s never been a player to do many media interviews during his 16-year NFL career, but he doesn’t even say much to his teammates.
The football world said, “It can’t get worse than a quarterback out of Arena Football (David Olson, Ravens), or off some team’s practice squad (Josh Woodrum, again, Ravens).’’ The Dolphins replied, “Hold my beer.”
Quarterbacks? That’s so 2016. Now, we’re into ex-quarterbacks. If Cutler was ahead of Kaepernick in line — when it was assumed he wasn’t in line at all — then everybody’s ahead of him. But who does that mean, exactly?
Theoretically, Kaepernick is still in the hunt for potential openings, either through injury or roster cutdowns. But in practice, his competition now includes quarterbacks who have been let go, and anyone who played the position within the last few years — not necessarily limited to the NFL.
Christian Ponder, Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow: They all were named in various reports as players the Dolphins considered before signing Cutler. Orton retired after the 2014 season with the Bills. Ponder was the 49ers’ No. 3 quarterback last season, behind Kaepernick and Gabbert. Tebow kind of doesn’t play football anymore.
So let’s say that Ben Roethlisberger, the guy who turns a two-month injury into a one-game absence, surprises everyone and actually retires instead Quality Cheap Jerseys of just teasing it. That would leave the Steelers with a Super Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys Bowl-winning coach, one of the league’s top wide receivers, maaaaybe the best offensive weapon (depending on what happens with Le’Veon Bell’s contract next offseason), and a defense on the rise. And no real option under center (sorry, Landry Jones).