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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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SC 01-21-2013 09:48 am xxx.xxx.xxx.133 (total posts: 1)
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If Flacco wins it all, you can add that half star next to him for free agency. Because he'll be worth that much more.
bilo 01-18-2013 11:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.55 (total posts: 1)
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Chase Daniel should be higher on this list and possibly a candidate to compete for a starting job in this qb starved year in FA and the draft
Josh 01-18-2013 08:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.68 (total posts: 1)
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Of course this list will change by Feb 6th, which is the day that cuts will be made. You can expect Vick and Alex Smith among others to be added to this list.
Cathy 01-18-2013 08:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.49 (total posts: 2)
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I thought Alex Smith will be a free agent at the end of this season ?
Cathy 01-18-2013 08:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.49 (total posts: 2)
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I thought Alex Smith will be a free agent at the end of this season ?
Zack 01-18-2013 03:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.171 (total posts: 1)
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Jason Campbell is underrated. He is good backup material. Matt Moore and Drew Stanton could also be useful backups for some teams. Overall, this is just an awful year to need a QB. Bad draft, bad FAs.
Hugh 01-17-2013 07:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.61 (total posts: 1)
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It's not a good year to have a QB need i guess, none is a starter (Flacco ain't going nowhere)We'll be seeing a few rooks starting i guess
Brady Quinn 01-17-2013 03:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.52 (total posts: 2)
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Why does he have a star?
Rey 01-17-2013 01:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.60 (total posts: 1)
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Josh Johnson? I know he signed with the browns but was it for next year too?
Brad 01-17-2013 10:35 am xxx.xxx.xxx.243 (total posts: 1)
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Any chance you could change Brady Quinn's rating to a half star? The guy is an absolute joke and shouldnt even be on the gameday roster.
Jarod 01-17-2013 09:26 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.66 (total posts: 2)
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@? - Alex Smith signed a 3-year contract with the Niners last offseason. I believe he's due a $1M roster bonus on March 12, and his full $7.5M base salary is guaranteed on April 1. This gives the 49ers a couple of options, they could cut him before March 12 and save the $1M or they could keep him and trade him once free agency begins. It all depends on what they believe they could get for him.
? 01-17-2013 07:21 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.89 (total posts: 1)
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wheres alex smith i thought he was a free agent at the end of the year and if hes not forgive me i dont really follow the niners
FootballGURU 09-03-2012 01:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.117 (total posts: 1)
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JP Losman is still good and available, Redman & Troy Smith are the only other ones that can be good backups.
John 08-20-2012 12:37 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.33 (total posts: 2)
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I think Jake Delhomme, Kerry Collins, and Max Hall have all retired.
John 08-17-2012 03:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.33 (total posts: 2)
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Kevin O'Connell was with the Chargers for a few weeks but has since been released.




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