Was Grbac the second biggest free-agent QB bust in history?

March 16, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The Ravens' decision to replace quarterback Trent Dilfer with Elvis Grbac after Dilfer steered the team to its only Super Bowl title was arguably one of the biggest follies in franchise history.

And according to Adam Rank of NFL.com, Grbac was one of the biggest free-agent quarterback busts in NFL history, too.

In a list published yesterday on NFL.com, Rank ranked the Ravens' acquisition of Grbac in 2001 as the second worst free-agent quarterback signing in league history.

"Trent Dilfer led the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship in 2000 and was rewarded with the team turning to Grbac, who was coming off a 4,000-yard season with the Chiefs," Rank, a blogger for NFL.com, wrote. "Things didn't work out for the Ravens, as Grbac threw more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (15) and the team was bounced from the playoffs by the Steelers. Grbac retired after only one season in Baltimore."

Tops on Rank's list was Miami choosing Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees five years ago. Sure, the Dolphins traded for Culpepper, but they did so after taking a pass on Brees in free agency, and given the revolving door at QB down in Miami, I have no problem with letting that one slide. It looks like Elvis lucked out on this one.

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