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5 Backup Quarterbacks Colts Could Target in Free Agency

The Indianapolis Colts will likely be looking for a veteran to backup Anthony Richardson in 2024.

The Indianapolis Colts enter the 2024 offseason needing to upgrade in multiple areas across the roster. Positions like pass catchers, cornerback, and safety could all use upgrades as the Colts chase their first division title in 10 years.

An underrated position of need for the Colts this spring is backup quarterback. While Anthony Richardson is entrenched as the starter, questions surround who will be QB2 for Indy next season. Gardner Minshew will become a free agent next week after filing in for Richardson when the rookie was lost for the season due to a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

The Colts saw first-hand how important the backup quarterback position is when Minshew took over and almost led the team to the playoffs. The days of pocket passers playing the majority of the season are over, as mobile quarterbacks have become more susceptible to injury. 66 different quarterbacks started a game in the NFL in 2023.

The backup quarterback could be addressed in either free agency or the draft. Considering Richardson only has four starts under his belt, the Colts are likely to go the veteran route for their QB2. Here are five backup quarterback options for the Colts, with free agency just a few days away. 

Dec 31, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) passes the ball while Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) defends in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) looks for an open teammate in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, January 7, 2024.
Aug 12, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley (2) passes under pressure in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs (15) throws the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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