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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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plooo 05-07-2013 03:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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Were is V.Y. ranked
tim tebow 05-07-2013 02:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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2010 with orton: 4-12
2011 with orton: 1-4
2011 with tebow: 7-4

tebow took over a team with a combined record of 4-16 (the very worst in the nfl) in his 2nd season, he lost lloyd - team's best wr at the time who was traded away after orton was benched, and tebow won with that team 7 games. it was excitig to watch the broncos again and it seemed tebow's presence made all the players to step up their game.
i am not saying at all that tebow won those 7 games and the playoffs game on his own - but i also don't think at all that we would have gone 8-8 and to the second round of the playoffs with orton.
Hahaha 05-05-2013 06:30 pm (total posts: 1)
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I love how you have JaMarcus Russell as a Qb/OT. *wipes away tear of laughter* Sometimes Walt, you make my day.
Bryan 05-04-2013 01:07 pm (total posts: 2)
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I didn't peg you for a Tebow apologist he isn't a solid anything RB or TE having a under 50% completion rate in this day and age is terrible and yeah he's a leader but just by how bad he looks in practice he won't get on the field should definitely go to Canada and let the NFL rest on him for a while
Becker 05-02-2013 10:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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"In reality, Tebow is a solid starting quarterback." Reading this completely staggered me. I don't know if my opinion of this site will ever recover.
fromage 05-01-2013 09:50 am (total posts: 1)
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Why not put Tebow in a pro version of the wishbone with a runningback and fullback behind him and attack both sides of the defensive line. Quick strikes to the slot and tight end will open up lanes through the defense. The wishbone quarterback would be required to run often as an option to his other backs. Certainly would jack pro defenses up as it is geared to modest gains and ball control. If the Packers used this as an alternative to Rodgers, this scheme with the newly acquired Lacy and Franklin along side Cobb and Finley as short passing targets should cause some pro disruption.
a fan 04-30-2013 09:17 pm (total posts: 1)
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Ok am I crazy here, or would Tim Tebow be a great fit on the Vikings? Personally, I think Christian Ponder is the worst starting quarterback in the league right now. I'd take Blaine Gabbert or Brandon Weeden over him, yes. AP carried that team last year, and they won games despite Ponder, but imagine if Tebow was on the roster. Assuming they changed their offensive scheme to match his talents, like Denver did, that running game would be deadly. Plus he'd have a veteran to throw to in Jennings and a potential playmaker in Patterson. Just makes too much sense to me...
medahko 04-30-2013 05:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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upgrade over gabbert maybe, but im pretty sure henne is better than tebow. even in college.
luke 04-30-2013 04:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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tebow only feeds the media with all of his marketing and interviews. he is a willing partner in the media circus.
bn2291 04-30-2013 03:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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Tebow is so over rated.
Fratticus 04-30-2013 03:05 pm (total posts: 1)
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Tebow frats hard. But really, he gets massive plays downfield and you see large runs after the catch due to safeties having to respect his ability to physically run them over. Just because it's unconventional doesn't mean it's bad. EX: Mobil1. Tebow could easily run a read-option, receivers moving down the field offense that could theoretically be INCREDIBLY productive with massive splash plays. And for Jacksonville, what do they really have to lose? Might as well gamble on Tebowmania.
Good Job 04-30-2013 02:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Finally an analyst who knows what they're talking about. To say that Tebow can't play quarterback is pure retardation. He clearly proved he can succeed. He may not do it the way it's been done before, but it doesn't really matter how he gets it done.

Tebow > Henne / Gabbert by far
Micah 04-30-2013 12:33 pm (total posts: 2)
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I would prefer Chad Henne to Tim Tebow personally
Micah 04-30-2013 12:32 pm (total posts: 2)
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Tebow definitely shouldn't be a tight end or running back or whatever what he should be is a third string quaterback with the Patriots who will kind hide him from the media and just let him be your scout team quaterback who the only snaps he ses is in the pre season
JustSomeDude 04-30-2013 10:53 am (total posts: 1)
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This site is pretty pathetic

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