Ranking 24 QBs signed before Kaepernick, including new Ram Dan Orlovsky

For the 24th time in the history of this offseason, a quarterback not named Colin Kaepernick was signed by an NFL team. When this has happened in the past, supporters of Kaepernick have freaked the bleep out, wondering why Kap remains unemployed. Blaine Gabbert to the Arizona Cardinals ? Meltdown. Austin Davis to the Seattle Seahawks ? MASS HYSTERIA.

It happened again on Thursday, with the Los Angeles Rams going out and signing a quarterback. Not just any quarterback either. The Rams signed Dan Orlovsky , who is most famous for running out of the back of the end zone during the Detroit Lions ' winless season in 2008.

Naturally, people who think Kaepernick is being blackballed and/or think Kaepernick deserves a job took this in stride.

These people are all participating in some interesting social media chatter. But they're also all wrong. 

You see, Dan Orlovsky is signing in the same role that Kaepernick would likely serve for a team. He will compete with Sean Mannion for the backup job behind Jared Goff and he could theoretically win it, but he is staring down an uphill battle to make the team. 

It is almost certain he is making the veteran's minimum, and there is almost certainly very little guaranteed money on his deal.

This really isn't any different than the Gabbert signing (behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton ) or the Davis signing (behind Russell Wilson and Trevone Boykin ). 

The Rams are not going to play Orlovsky unless a) he makes the team, and b) Goff gets hurt. Yes, you can argue that Kaepernick would be more valuable in situation where Goff goes down. But teams have a salary cap. They have to manage the cap responsibly, and that means limiting the amount of money spent on the backup quarterback position. If you splurge on a backup quarterback, then you're facing a situation where you have less money to spend elsewhere. 

But, if you're going to be mad, let's get mad. Here's a full list of all the quarterbacks signed before Colin Kaepernick this offseason. 

  1. Mike Glennon , Chicago Bears -- I would rather sign him/pay him for the upside as a pocket passer. (Thus concludes the "better than Kaepernick" portion of the program.)
  2. Brian Hoyer , San Francisco 49ers -- He's had success with Kyle Shanahan before? Kap couldn't go back to San Francisco anyway. 
  3. Josh McCown , New York Jets -- He has started a lot of football games in recent years.
  4. Geno Smith , New York Giants -- He's a backup.
  5. Nick Foles , Kansas City Chiefs -- He's a backup.
  6. Matt Barkley , 49ers -- He's a backup (to Hoyer).
  7. Blaine Gabbert, Cardinals -- He's a backup.
  8. Case Keenum , Minnesota Vikings -- He's a backup.
  9. Chase Daniel , New Orleans Saints -- He's a backup.
  10. Ryan Fitzpatrick , Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- He's a backup.
  11. Ryan Mallett , Baltimore Ravens -- He's a backup.
  12. Landry Jones , Pittsburgh Steelers -- He's a backup.
  13. Mark Sanchez , Bears -- He's a backup.
  14. Josh Johnson , Giants -- He's a backup.
  15. Matt Schaub , Atlanta Falcons -- He's a backup.
  16. Matt McGloin , Philadelphia Eagles -- He's a backup.
  17. T.J. Yates, Buffalo Bills -- He's a backup.
  18. EJ Manuel , Oakland Raiders -- He's a backup.
  19. Kellen Moore , Cowboys -- He's a backup.
  20. Ryan Nassib , Saints -- He's a backup.
  21. Kellen Clemens , Los Angeles Chargers -- He's a backup.
  22. Matt Cassel , Tennessee Titans -- He's a backup.
  23. Dan Orlovsky, Rams -- He's a backup.
  24. David Fales , Miami Dolphins -- He's a backup.

So you probably notice something about these guys, right? After the first couple, they're all backups. They're all not making much money, with little of it guaranteed. Many of them will be released and change teams. 

Kap is definitely better than most of them, but he is also likely looking to be a starter who gets more money. Or someone with a starting chance. On the other hand, yeah, it's a little odd that some of these guys have found work before Kaepernick. Just remember that not every situation is the same when it comes to these teams, and that signing Dan Orlovsky for no guaranteed money does not mean that a team actively passed over the opportunity to sign Colin Kaepernick. 

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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