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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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@WaltisWrong 04-30-2013 09:48 am (total posts: 1)
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Tebow's amazing playoff victory had only 10 completions! Only 10 passes out of 21 were completed. That's a lot of help by your receivers to get you to 316 yards. His rushing attempts were the same number as completions. He had 2 games for Denver where he was a primary passer. Against Detroit he threw 39 times for 18 completions, 172 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT. Then against Chicago he threw 40 times for 21 completions, 236 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT. So his yards are sure low compared to his 10 completion playoff game, huh? His receivers helped a lot that game. By the way he was terrible against New England the next game.
fromage 04-30-2013 08:55 am (total posts: 1)
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Caleb Hanie was signed by the Ravens last week.
David 04-30-2013 08:43 am (total posts: 1)
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Tebow sucks he won a game completing 3 PASSES so it certainly wasn't him to win them the game and Demaryius Thomas' runs after catches in the playoff game won it for them not only did he turn the opening overtime play into a 80 yard touchdown but also did other times his speed bailed out Tebow's terrible throws multiple times so don't be a dumbass Walt he SUCKS
B-Rad 04-30-2013 08:27 am (total posts: 1)
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Walter, you certainly have a Matt Millen Kielbasa thing for Tebow!
Dave Caldwell 04-30-2013 06:42 am (total posts: 1)
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denver 04-30-2013 04:41 am (total posts: 1)
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we went from 1-4 with orton to 8-8 with tebow. that is a solid 7-4 record with a squad that had the worst combined record for the last two seasons in the league. i will never forget that season - it was one thrill ride with. to win seemingly lost games in the final minutes or in the overtime was way more fun that the last season with manning when the game was over after the first half most of the time. i don't care if his throws weren't pretty or accurate - the game was fun and exciting to watch. he might not win it all but for a team that is not going to win it all anyway - i am talking to you jaguars - you can have a season of your life with tebow in 2013
t80brown 04-30-2013 03:30 am (total posts: 1)
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"JaMarcus Russell, QB/OT," -> just lost the morning coffee laughing over the "OT" part :)
haha 04-29-2013 11:04 pm (total posts: 1)
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I have no idea what you see in Tim Tebow. he's not that good.
Tim Tebow 04-29-2013 07:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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I'm not that good Walter...
Cam 04-29-2013 02:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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Just lost a LOT of respect for this site by seeing "solid starting quarterback" with tim tebow
OMG 04-29-2013 12:17 pm (total posts: 1)
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I never knew Walter was Skip Bayless
biggest Pats fan ever 04-23-2013 02:24 am (total posts: 1)
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i wanna pinch tom brady on his cute little rump
Saints 04-16-2013 10:28 pm (total posts: 3)
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We knew this about russel from his LSU days but ole les kept it secret
Jordan Z 04-09-2013 07:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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"JaMarcus Russell, QB/OT..." that's great
John Marshall 04-05-2013 11:49 am (total posts: 1)
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Why is Charlie Batch listed higher than Dan Orlovsky?

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