daullaz wrote:If he signs somewhere as a backup, then in the offseason teams will try to pay him "backup" money to come in and "compete" for a starting job with a Jeff Garcia/Tarvaris Jackson/Joey Harrington/Brodie Croyle/etc.
If he signs somewhere as a starter on a one-year deal, he runs the risk of injury and losing a multi-year deal in the off-season, and with Leftwich that's definitely something you have to take into account.
If he sits out the season, he'll still be seen as a starting QB in the offseason, maybe the best on the market. If Schaub was able to get the Houston deal with relatively no experience, Leftwich should be able to get a good multi-year deal from a Tampa/Atlanta/KC/Baltimore in 2008.
Schaub hadn't proven to anyone that he couldn't
get the job done. The jury is still out on him. He basically got that job on potential.
Lefty has a troubling history of injuries and inconsistent play. I think he has a great arm and lots of game left, but he's got work to do in his down time before any team is really going to go ga-ga over him.
Of course it really depends on what the QB market looks like when he goes to sign a deal. Also, the way QBs go down in this league he should really stay in game shape - he could be getting a phone call any week to fill in for the rest of the season.