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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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bill cosby said 06-05-2013 12:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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tebow is a foot ball player
@justin 06-04-2013 09:23 am (total posts: 3)
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Httr.thats all I need 2 say.but I'll say more.he started the spread read option craze!!!!!!he obviously isn't a traditional NFL QB or is he?in the 1930's he'd be a normal QB.of course this running QB thing of the 30s started to break when Sid Luckman came around and then it was mostly done when the 83 draft came.Tebow's style of play is different-it's VERY old school!!!!try to prove me wrong on the fact that Tebow is different.his kryptonite is Bill "grandpa" Bellichek but no other coach is gonna let his team come after him that relentlessly.Tebow I think if the media wouldn't come in would be perfect in a small market NFC team since the media won't be as big and "grandpa" will only come around every 4 years(unless by a mirical he gets to a Super Bowl.he can take a team to the playoffs by motivation but talent rules the playoffs and other read option teams with a defense will ruin his playoffs.)oh and he can run over guys as if he's Riggins(well occasionally,being realistic)and he's capable of launching some deep balls(some I'm being kinda realistic here).
Justin 06-03-2013 03:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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@Media ruined Tebow: Tebow isn't a winner, he hasn't proven anything in this league. The only reason he won that playoff game is because Thomas had a beautiful run after the catch. This isn't college Timmy, no one cares WHAT you did, only what you CAN do.
WTF 06-02-2013 03:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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Tebow is not all that great he is just all media
Media ruined Tebow 06-01-2013 10:05 pm (total posts: 3)
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I'll take a winner(say,Tebow)over a physical talent that doesn't win(Josh Freeman,(V-Tech senior)Logan Thomas).the media has ruined his career because they love to ruin guys(overhyping Russel,Gabbert,Manuel,etc...)and Tebow is expected to be a Micheal Vick(running wise)/Peyton Manning.THE MEDIA RUINED TEBOW.they need to buzz off him and let him win in his unique what he has a horrid completion percentage?it's old school and he has to be accounted for.Jacksonville would have given him MJD and a great for him situation.
Relentless Z 05-22-2013 07:27 am (total posts: 1)
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Caleb Hanie signed with Baltimore.
Tebow 05-19-2013 04:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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Please tell me you're kidding with Tebow being number two and a "solid" qb. I will never go on this site again otherwise.
@ Tebow Sucks 05-17-2013 09:10 am (total posts: 1)
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that is apples and oranges. tebow took over the very worst nfl team recordwise after a 1-4 start and went with that team to the playoffs as a divion winner and won a playoffs game. sanzech never was in such a situation nor did he turn over a team like that. tebow's team won under him - that very same team was the worst in the nfl under orton.
Tebow Sucks 05-16-2013 02:07 pm (total posts: 2)
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Tebow's teams won...despite him. What you're trying to say is that Mark Sanchez really isn't that bad because he won 4 road playoff games in his first two years. Which puts him in second place all time for most road playoff wins. However, they won despite him not because of him.
Tebow is amazing 05-16-2013 11:10 am (total posts: 1)
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Tebow is a winning quarterback. Just look at his past. The objective of football is to win, and that is all he does. haters gonna hate, gators gonna gait.
@ Tebow is AWFUL 05-15-2013 04:49 am (total posts: 1)
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if tebow takes over a team with the worst combined record of the previous 2 seasons and a 1-4 start and has a 7-4 record and a playoffs win with that same team (actually without lloyd and with injured von miller) then judging him on the team record might seem appropriate. if you watched al games under orton and under tebow like me - you must have seen the totaly different team energy when tebow took over. it's not just about the stats with tebow. but i am also not sure if he could do that long term - for just one season to turn a team over and give them some poise, he is the perfect candidate.
Tebow is AWFUL 05-14-2013 09:24 pm (total posts: 2)
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Tebow is terrible...stop judging quarterbacks soley on the TEAM's record. Judge them based on their contribution...Tebow has a 47.9% completion percentage. That is terrible and will not lead to long term success with a team in the NFL. Jamarcus Russell had a career completion percentage of 52.1%
@ chris 05-12-2013 06:15 pm (total posts: 1)
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well he has a 9-7 record as a starter so why not call him a winner based on this fact. also before he lost the 4 out of 5 games, he won 6 games in a row, one of them @kc. it might be true he doesn't have a carrer anymore in the nfl - but that is no reason to lie about his carrer wins. he had a better carrer in the nfl than most qbs who make a nfl team already.
Chris 05-12-2013 02:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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A lot of people forget that Tebow lost four of his last five starts with the Broncos. And one of those losses was to a team quarterbacked by Kyle Orton, and coached by Romeo Crennel, who only won two games in the 16 games after that, and gave the Chiefs the #1 overall pick the next year. But I digress. My point is, don't call him a winner. He might have a career in Canada or indoor football, but he doesn't have the ability to warrant a starting job. Plus the media attention isn't worth it.
Dylan 05-08-2013 02:00 am (total posts: 1)
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I like the j russell at tackle lol

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