Never underestimate the importance of a backup quarterback.
A starter is one play away from that backup entering a game. And if so, teams hope that backup can deliver like Josh McCown did a year ago for the Bears.
That's why it shouldn't be a surprise that the Ravens reportedly talked to quarterback Brandon Weeden before he signed a deal with the Cowboys on Monday.
(Note: It's not a surprise the Ravens are talking to quarterbacks. It could be seen as a surprise that Weeden was one they would talk to.)
Weeden hasn't offered much as an NFL quarterback. Since being drafted by the Browns in the first round (21st overall pick) in the 2012 draft, Weeden has thrown 26 interceptions to 23 touchdowns and has a quarterback rating of 71.8. This, in only two NFL seasons and at age 30.
But if the Ravens are talking to backups like Weeden, it makes you wonder whether the franchise is looking for other backup options besides Tyrod Taylor. Taylor becomes a free agent in 2015 and may not fit in the Ravens' long-term plans.
Therefore, you have to wonder whether the Ravens make a move on a backup quarterback this offseason.