There are several free agent quarterbacks available to be signed for the 2018 season, as a result of several teams ceasing operations. Standing out above several other free agents quarterbacks is Bernard Morris, Kasey Peters, and Jake Jablonski. Morris and Peters both played with the Monterrey Steel in 2017, while Jablonski played with the Corpus Christi Rage.
#1. Bernard Morris
Morris is an arena football veteran, as he began his career in 2009 with the AF2 Arkansas Twisters. Following AF2’s ceasing of operations in Sept. 2009, Morris signed with the Jacksonville Sharks in the Arena Football League. On Sept. 27, 2010, Morris signed with the expansion Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League. He made his starting debut March 11, 2011 against the Philadelphia Soul.
For the 2012 season, Morris returned to play for the Jacksonville Sharks. On Feb. 10, 2014, Morris was traded to the Orlando Predators along with Matt Marcorelle and Trevis Turner in return for Aaron Garcia. On Oct. 11, 2016, Morris announced his retirement but then his rights were acquired by the Washington Valor during the dispersal draft.
Morris was placed on refused to report on March 15, 2017, but then he was activated from refused to report later on March 21. Finally in May, the NAL’s Monterrey Steel signed Morris.
In his tenure with the Steel, Morris played a total of four games. Morris completed 51 of 79 passes and compiled a total 607 passing yards. He also passed for 13 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. Morris also rushed for 88 yards and four touchdowns. By far, Morris is the most experienced experienced and statistically successful quarterbacks available for signing.
#2. Kasey Peters
Peters is an arena football veteran just like Morris. Peters began his career in 2013, when he signed with the West Texas Wildcatters of the defunct Lone Star Football League. He ended up suffering a season-ending achilles injury early in the season.
In 2015, Peters signed with the New Mexico Stars, a former team of the CIF, but the team ended up suspending operations before the season began. After the Stars shut down operations, Peters signed with the Duke City Gladiators of the CIF.
He played in eight games for the Gladiators during the 2015 season, completing 164 of 303 passes for 1,918 yards, 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for one touchdown. Peters led the CIF in passing yards per game with 239.8 and total offense per game with 238.2 yards.
Peters spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with several AFL teams such as the Portland Steel, New Orleans Voo Doo, and the Las Vegas Outlaws. He then re-signed for one game with the Duke City Gladiators of the CIF, playing in only one game. In that game, he completed 21 of 28 passes for 302 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Peters signed with the Monterrey Steel of the National Arena League on Jan. 17, 2017.
Peters played a total of six games for the Steel in 2017, as he completed 59 of 117 passes for 632 passing yards. He compiled a total of 14 touchdowns and five interceptions in those six games. Peters was released by the Steel on June 3 for an unknown reason.
#3. Jake Jablonski
Jake Jablonski played in four games for the defunct Corpus Christi Rage. Before playing for the Rage in 2017, Jablonski was a member of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks as a backup quarterback. He had his time to shine, getting the starting role with the Rage, a team that had roster issues. In four games, Jablonski completed 67 passes in 138 passing attempts, and seven interceptions.
He threw for a total of 571 passing yards and threw for seven passing touchdowns. Jablonski averaged 142.8 passing yards per game with the Rage in the 2017 season.
He found personal success even though the team had many failures during the season, and he would definitely be a great candidate at least for a back up role on a franchise. He proved in 2017 that he can succeed and perform well when a team is experiencing rough times.