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2012 NFL Free Agents: Quarterbacks


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2012 Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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  1. Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Age: 33.
    Franchised by Saints

    Drew Brees just turned 33, but he's still going to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL for a few more years. He holds Dan Marino's record for most passing yards in a single season, but he'll need another Super Bowl ring to go down as one of the all-time greats. He'll be franchised.

  2. Peyton Manning, QB, Colts. Age: 36.
    Signed with Broncos (5 years, $96 million)

    It's still hard to believe that Peyton Manning is a free agent. Manning would be a five-star player if it weren't for his neck injury, so I'm docking him half a star. Knowing Manning though, it's hard to imagine him not playing like an All-Pro next year in an attempt to prove that he can still perform at the highest level.

  3. Matt Flynn, QB, Packers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Seahawks (3 years, $26 million; $10 million guaranteed)

    When Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards in a Week 17 win over the Lions, he passed for more yardage than any Packer quarterback in a single game. There's a limited sample size, but the potential is clearly there. Flynn will be a starter somewhere next season. It's also worth noting that Charley Casserly, the man who spent early picks on David Carr and Dave Ragone, doesn't think too highly of Flynn. This could very well mean that Flynn has Pro Bowl potential.



  4. Alex Smith, QB, 49ers. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with 49ers

    Alex Smith threw for 3,150 yards, 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions in his first season under Jim Harbaugh. His two fourth-quarter drives against the Saints were a thing of beauty.

  5. Jason Campbell, QB, Raiders. Age: 30.
    Signed with Bears

    Look up the definition of mediocre in the dictionary, and you'll probably find a picture of Jason Campbell. Campbell has been really consistent in his two years with the Raiders, completing about 60 percent of his passes and throwing slightly more touchdowns than interceptions.

  6. Brian Hoyer (RFA), QB, Patriots. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Patriots (1 year, $1.92 million)

    The Patriots like Brian Hoyer, and I do too. I'd like to see him get a chance to start somewhere in 2013. For now, he'll continue to back up the Golden Boy.

  7. Josh Johnson, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
    Signed with 49ers (2 years)

    Josh Johnson has some nice skills and the upside to potentially make some team believe that it can groom him into a starting quarterback.



  8. Kyle Orton, QB, Chiefs. Age: 29.
    Signed with Cowboys (3 years)

    Kyle Orton has proven that he can be a solid game-manager when surrounded by a quality supporting cast. That's all he is though.

  9. Shaun Hill, QB, Lions. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Lions (2 years)

    Shaun Hill has proven himself as one of the top backup quarterbacks in the NFL.

  10. Dennis Dixon, QB, Steelers. Age: 27.
    Dennis Dixon has some upside as a potential starter. He's a good backup, at the very least.

  11. Billy Volek, QB, Chargers. Age: 36.
    I can't say I understand why the Chargers cut Billy Volek. He can still serve as a really reliable backup quarterback and passable spot-starter.

  12. Rex Grossman, QB, Redskins. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Redskins (1 year)

    Rex Grossman has proven himself as a capable backup quarterback, but he commits too many turnovers to be a starter.

  13. Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins. Age: 27.
    Signed with Jaguars (2 years)

    Chad Henne has some solid physical tools, but it appears as if he'll never have the mental aspect of football down. Still, I'd like to see what he could do with some really good coaching.

  14. Josh McCown, QB, Bears. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Bears (1 year)

    Josh McCown was pretty impressive in two starts late in the year. He's a solid backup quarterback.

  15. Donovan McNabb, QB, Vikings. Age: 35.
    Constantly overrated by the media, Donovan McNabb is fat and lazy. He's also a bad guy to have in the locker room because he throws teammates under the bus and seldom takes the blame. He could be a good backup quarterback if he were willing to accept the role. But his enormous ego will get in the way of that.

  16. David Garrard, QB, Jaguars. Age: 34.
    Signed with Dolphins (1 year)

    David Garrard is an old quarterback with back problems. He can be a good backup and a decent spot starter, but no team should count on him to be under center very much in 2012.



  17. Drew Stanton, QB, Lions. Age: 28. -- Signed with Jets (1 year)
  18. Dan Orlovsky, QB, Colts. Age: 29. -- Signed with Buccaneers (2 years)
  19. Charlie Batch, QB, Steelers. Age: 37. -- Re-signed with Steelers (1 year)
  20. Vince Young, QB, Eagles. Age: 29. -- Signed with Bills (1 year, $2 million)
  21. Matt Leinart, QB, Texans. Age: 29. -- Signed with Raiders
  22. Byron Leftwich, QB, Steelers. Age: 32. -- Re-signed with Steelers
  23. Brady Quinn, QB, Broncos. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chiefs
  24. Chase Daniel (RFA), QB, Saints. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Saints (1 year)
  25. Kellen Clemens, QB, Rams. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Rams (1 year)
  26. Sage Rosenfels, QB, Vikings. Age: 34. -- Re-signed with Vikings (2 years)
  27. Troy Smith, QB, Steelers. Age: 28.
  28. A.J. Feeley, QB, Rams. Age: 35.
  29. Derek Anderson, QB, Panthers. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Panthers (1 year)
  30. David Carr, QB, Giants. Age: 33. -- Re-signed with Giants
  31. Charlie "Whithart" Whitehurst, QB, Seahawks. Age: 30. -- Signed with Chargers
  32. J.P. Losman, QB, Dolphins. Age: 31.
  33. Kyle Boller, QB, Raiders. Age: 31. -- Announced retirement
  34. John Beck, QB, Redskins. Age: 31. -- Signed with Texans
  35. Luke McCown, QB, Jaguars. Age: 31. -- Signed with Saints
  36. Jake Delhomme, QB, Texans. Age: 37.
  37. Chris Redman, QB, Falcons. Age: 35. -- Re-signed with Falcons
  38. Mark Brunell, QB, Jets. Age: 41. -- Announced retirement
  39. Kerry Collins, QB, Colts. Age: 39.
  40. Kevin O'Connell, QB, Jets. Age: 27.
  41. Caleb Hanie, QB, Bears. Age: 27. -- Signed with Broncos
  42. Curtis Painter, QB, Colts. Age: 27. -- Signed with Ravens
  43. Max Hall, QB, Cardinals. Age: 26.


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@ Where's Tebow 05-16-2014 04:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.139 (total posts: 3)
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These lists are only for players that were playing in the NFL last season.
AnttHill 04-29-2014 01:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.80 (total posts: 1)
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It's a dog. Whatever idiot that said knocking a woman unconscious isn't the same is killing a dog needs a Psych eval. Human life should be held in the highest regard. Michael Vick served his time, for a victimless crime. Rapists spend less time in jail then Michael Vick.

(Insert response about dogs being victims)

The dog is a victim? Give me a break. Western civilization places this emphasis on humanizing pets. Would he have to spend 2 years in jail for fighting chickens. What about hunting wild animals strictly for sport? What about squashing a few bugs around the house. What happened to those dogs was unfortunate. But they were dogs. End of story
Where's Tebow 04-19-2014 12:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.15 (total posts: 1)
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Come on Tebow has been working his butt off and is said to look much improved- even before that he was better than most guys on this list...
HisnameisVick 04-13-2014 09:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.154 (total posts: 1)
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The ridiculous treatment of Mike Vick has made me lose all respect for this site. From now on, I'm using Footballs Future and Pro Football Focus. This site turned itself into a joke. Grow up guys
dalt 03-20-2014 06:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.53 (total posts: 1)
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Quit comparing vick to rice, theyre both thugs
IfWeUseNicknames 03-18-2014 01:39 am xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 1)
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If We use nicknames on this site (QBDK)... I think we should refer to Ray Rice as (RBWB), for RB Wife Beater. It only seems fair that we use this notion of omitting a person's name for a derogative and unnecessary nickname.
Wharthog 03-12-2014 01:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx48.2 (total posts: 1)
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May he always be called "QBDK". No name will ever fit better
WalterDoesntKnowFootball 03-12-2014 10:02 am xxx.xxx.xxx.181 (total posts: 1)
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Enough with the Mike Vick hatred. He did his crime, did his time and deserves to be reintegrated to society. Your portrayal of him otherwise makes you a low-class piece of dung.
SteveB 03-11-2014 09:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.40 (total posts: 1)
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@Doug C...nobody gave Ray Rice a pass but murdering a dog is way worse than slapping a fianc
Doug C 03-11-2014 06:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.202 (total posts: 1)
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I think its great that people on here rail Vick over the dog thing yet Ray Rice slapped his fianc
SteveB 03-11-2014 05:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.44 (total posts: 1)
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No matter what time Vick served or how long ago it was he's just a dirtbag. Could never imagine taking a dogs life with my bare hands or at all for that matter. He's a sick person and is heartless. Why defend him? You probably don't understand the type of stuff he was really doing to them dogs or you don't have a pitbull or a dog in general.
seriously 03-11-2014 02:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.86 (total posts: 1)
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vick is scum. once a dog killer always a dog killer.

should still be rotting in jail
tya1495 03-09-2014 12:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx.115 (total posts: 1)
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you should explain how your star system breaks down, at what star point is a player considered a solid starter, or a fringe starter?
Seriously....??? 03-07-2014 11:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.90 (total posts: 1)
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Are you 13 years old?? Do you really think you are that clever for QBDK?? You and all your immature friends probably think that is such a hilarious joke. Vick is just an easy target so you think its funny. He hasnt done anything wrong since then. He served his time then got out and played football. He also defended his white team mate who made a racist comment. Why arent you calling Reily Cooper WRNH (wide receiver n***** hater). Your website lost a lot pf credability.
Walter sucks and his website has Malware 03-02-2014 05:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.78 (total posts: 2)
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I bet you want to call QB 7 a N***** huh ? No respect for a biased "Journalist"




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