2012 NFL Free Agency – Breaking Down the Quarterbacks

Free agent frenzy starts in the NFL on March 13th, which is a welcome sight since last year we had to sit out a lockout and didn’t have free agency until August.

Today we start our position by position breakdown of free agents, and thanks to the good folks at Pro Football Weekly, they have a list of free agents by position, and today we start with the quarterback spot.

The number next to the players name represents the number of years they have been in the league.

Derek Anderson, Carolina 7
Richard Bartel, Arizona 2
Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh 14
Kyle Boller, Oakland 9
Tom Brandstater, St. Louis 2
Drew Brees, New Orleans 11
Mark Brunell, New York Jets 19
Jason Campbell, Oakland 7
David Carr, New York Giants 10
Kellen Clemens, St. Louis 6
Kerry Collins, Indianapolis 17 (retired)
Chase Daniel, New Orleans 3
Jake Delhomme, Houston 12
Dennis Dixon, Pittsburgh 4
A.J. Feeley, St. Louis 11
Matt Flynn, Green Bay 4
Jeff Garcia, Houston 10
Chris Greisen, Dallas 3
Rex Grossman, Washington 9
Max Hall, Arizona 2
Caleb Hanie, Chicago 4
Chad Henne, Miami 4
Shaun Hill, Detroit 10
Brian Hoyer, New England 3
Josh Johnson, Tampa Bay 4
Jon Kitna, Dallas 15 (retired)
Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh 9
J.P. Losman, Miami 7
Josh McCown, Chicago 9
Luke McCown, Jacksonville 8
Kevin O’Connell, New York Jets 4
Dan Orlovsky, Indianapolis 7
Kyle Orton, Kansas City 7
Tyler Palko, Kansas City 2
Brady Quinn, Denver 5
Chris Redman, Atlanta 9
Sage Rosenfels, Minnesota 11
Alex Smith, San Francisco 7
Drew Stanton, Detroit 5
Charlie Whitehurst, Seattle 6
Vince Young, Philadelphia 6

Top Five QB Free Agents:

1. Drew Brees
2. Matt Flynn
3. Alex Smith
4. Kyle Orton
5. Chad Henne

Top Five QB Free Agent Question Marks:

1. Matt Flynn
2. Vince Young
3. Charlie Whitehurst
4. Caleb Hanie
5. Richard Bartel

Oldies but Goodies – QB’s that will get Jobs by Name Only:

1. Luke McCown
2. David Carr
3. Rex Grossman
4. A.J. Feeley
5. Jason Campbell

Breakdown – Not a bad class, but almost all focus will turn to Flynn after Brees gets his mega deal done with the Saints. There’s a lot of names on the list that make you scratch your head, like Young, Whitehurst, and even Hanie, who has shown some promise over the last year plus.

Flynn’s suitors appear to be the Dolphins, Redskins, and even the Browns have been mentioned. Look for him to get a huge deal, much like Scott Mitchell did from the Lions years ago. Whitehurst is another interesting name to look out for, as he never really panned out with the Seahawks.

I would expect Vince Young to get a deal, but likely as a backup, and he could wind up back in Philly as Michael Vicks’ backup.

Going to be an interesting class to watch.

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