A lot of quarterback movement is happening this off-season. Once Peyton Manning is cut, he is free to talk to and sign with any team, before free agency starts. The rest of the field must wait until March 13th. The Draft, starting on April 25th, has two dynamos at the top (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III) and two record-setters later on (Case Keenum, Kellen Moore). So – because you have nothing else to do -, it’s time to look at the teams that want new quarterbacks and who they might sign.
1. Colts. Yes, and his name is Andrew Luck. Dan Orlovsky will likely be re-signed.
2. Dolphins. Just about any free agent QB is in play here, because I don’t believe Matt Moore – pretty much considered a back-up by Brandon Marshall – is going to get much of a shot unless they go with a rookie instead of Flynn – who Marshall wants – or the quarterback the owner wants, Manning.
3. Redskins. The same goes here. Rex Grossman was 2-0 against the World Champion Giants, and really only had one bad game, but I don’t think they view him as the long-term solution. I think Shanahan – whose rings are tainted by salary cap cheating – sees Manning as a chance to get some rings before passing the torch to his son.
4. Browns. A difficult proposition could exist for the Browns. They could have the most ammunition to move up for Griffin. Griffin may eventually turn them into a winner but they’ve had 11 or 12 losses in each of the last four seasons and missed the playoffs every year since 1999. Basically, fans want to win now. Drafting Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd and signing Matt Flynn could make them competitive right now, but don’t rule out a Griffin move or drafting Tannehill in the second. If they take a rookie other than the top two and they decide to cut Seneca Wallace, I could see Donovan McNabb getting his shot to compete with Colt McCoy for the back-up spot (Pat Schurmur is a former Andy Reid assistant).
5. Jets. Mark Sanchez’s inconsistency has reached the tipping point, and they will bring in someone they think they can win a Super Bowl with. The moment it was reported that Peyton Manning is cool with no guaranteed money was the moment Rex Ryan – who had to get creative to try to get Nnamdi Asomugha last year – must have jumped for joy. If they can’t get Manning, Chris Redman, Josh Johnson, Carson Palmer, David Garrard and Chad Henne are all possibilities.
6. Jaguars. I don’t think Luke McCown will be back. Chris Redman worked with Mularkey in Atlanta, so I expect him to be targeted with Blaine Gabbert having to play well to keep the starting job. Greg Olson is the new QB’s coach, and he coached free agent Josh Johnson recently in Tampa Bay.
7. Raiders. The new GM Reggie McKenzie has already kind of disparaged Carson Palmer in a news conference, saying the Bengals got the better end of the trade. I doubt they will bring back Jason Campbell. The Raiders are the team no one is talking about when it comes to teams in play for Matt Flynn and Robert Griffin III.
8. Bears. The Bears’ new GM already indicated the Bears are seeking a new back-up for Jay Cutler. Vince Young, Sage Rosenfels, Byron Leftwich or David Garrard is my guess.
9. Eagles. With the way Michael Vick (32 on opening weekend) can’t seem to stay healthy, they may bring back Vince Young AND add someone else.
10. Seahawks. Pete Carroll has been in Seattle two seasons and hasn’t drafted a quarterback yet. I don’t believe they could be sold on Tarvaris Jackson, and I don’t think they feel good about Charlie Whitehurst. They won’t wait for Matt Barkley, and will possibly draft Nick Foles or Russell Wilson.
11. Cowboys. Jon Kitna is retiring, and Romo has missed games, played hurt and/or missed parts of games in three of the last four seasons. I could see a combination of Vince Young, Rex Grossman, Shaun Hill, or Drew Stanton (if they don’t re-sign) or Byron Leftwich WITH local kid Case Keenum in the third round.
12. Cardinals. While I’m guessing Kolb is back – and the same with Skelton -, I think Ken Whisenhunt will remember that he was 28-20 with Warner as the starter, 16-22 without. If they don’t get Peyton Manning, they will likely stand pat or pursue Charlie Batch as a back-up. Jake Delhomme, former Cardinal Josh McCown, or Jeff Garcia are other possibilities for depth.
The biggest wild cards in the Peyton Manning quest are the Titans, Vikings, 49ers and Rams. Manning went to school in Tennessee, the Colts defense’s defensive coordinator for a few years was Leslie Frazier, and Manning also is familiar with Jim Harbaugh, and is tight with Jeff Fisher.
Of these teams, I think the Titans need to get their defense up to par and the Vikings have a terrible offensive line and terrible secondary. The 49ers have the most complete team, thus may be most appealing to Peyton. The Vikings and Rams do play in domes for at least this season.
What people CANNOT forget is that Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garçon and Jeff Saturday are all free agents and could end up with whatever team Peyton Manning does and maybe be used as leveraging pieces.
If the Chiefs can’t re-sign Kyle Orton, their place would be 4th on this list as a competition has already been declared.
Year of the Wildcat?
It’s also worth noting that quarterbacks with amazing running ability – Josh Johnson, Dennis Dixon, and Vince Young – are going to be available in free agency.
Hit “Like” if you are pumped for free agency to get here March 13th!
More recent posts:
Tim Tebow Won’t Rule Out Political Career, Talks About His Dyslexia
Ranking The Coaching Hires
Sources: Jets, 49ers, Patriots, Eagles All Have Interest In Randy Moss
How To Pass Time Until The Draft
New Vapor Gloves Herald Nike’s 2012 NFL Line