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2012 NFL Free Agent Quarterbacks

It’s pretty obvious that Seahawks will be looking for an upgrade at QB this off-season, so I decided to make a list of every one that will be available via free agency.

The Starters:

Drew Brees There’s no way he’s going anywhere. He’ll re-sign with the Saints, or be given the franchise tag. He loves New Orleans, and they love him.

Matt Flynn – You’ll be reading a lot more about Flynn in the coming weeks here on the blog. He’s a very realistic option and fits well into what the Seahawks are trying to do.

Alex Smith – Smith will be returning to the niners. A long-term deal is already in the works that will pay him $8-10 mil per year. Smith just isn’t a special player, so the 49ers committing to him is a good thing for the Seahawks

Kyle Orton – Ortan is inconsistent, but has shown the ability to move an offense at times. He’ll get a starting job somewhere. My bet is on Miami.

Jason Campbell – Campbell is a intriguing option and a clear upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson, though he’s not a long term answer at the position.

David Garrard – Missed the entire 2011 season after being cut just before week 1, and then ending up needing back surgery. He’s not an elite QB, but is mobile and has done enough in this NFL to be given another chance. He’s a perfect fit for Mike Shanahan’s offense in Washington.

The Backups:

Chris Redman
Derek Anderson
Donovan McNabb
Shaun Hill
Drew Stanton
Brady Quinn
Luke McCown
Chad Henne
Sage Rosenfels
David Carr
Mark Brunell
Kevin O’Connell
Kyle Boller
Vince Young
Charlie Batch
Dennis Dixon
Byron Leftwich
Charlie Whitehurst
A.J. Feeley
Josh Johnson
Rex Grossman
Richard Bartel – Restricted
Max Hall – Exclusive Rights
Tyler Palko – Restricted
Brian Hoyer – Restricted
Chase Daniel – Restricted

Topics: Alex Smith, David Garrard, Drew Brees, Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, Matt Flynn, NFL

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  • seashane

    I think the seahawks are going to make it a priority to resign Lynch and make the offense a run first, play action offense. Therefore they will keep Jackson as the starter and probably let Whitehurst go. If they bring in another QB it will probably be a later rounder in the draft…

  • seashane

    I think the seahawks are going to make it a priority to resign Lynch and make the offense a run first, play action offense. Therefore they will keep Jackson as the starter and probably let Whitehurst go. If they bring in another QB it will probably be a later rounder in the draft…

  • Keith_12thMR

    @seashane The problem with that plan is that it leaves the team w/o a true backup behind an injury prone starter. If the Seahawks pick up a late round project QB, then they’ll have to cut Portis loose as well and sign someone who can back up Jackson.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @seashane The problem with that plan is that it leaves the team w/o a true backup behind an injury prone starter. If the Seahawks pick up a late round project QB, then they’ll have to cut Portis loose as well and sign someone who can back up Jackson.

  • seashane

    @Keith_12thMR@seashane

    Good points… But Whitehurst was not much of a back up either. I do remember hearing some buzz about Portis, perhaps the coaches think he will be the number 2 and they will draft a third.

    My biggest problem is that the QB’s that are available on the above list aren’t much of an upgrade and Jackson at least has one year with the system and other players. Bringing someone in off the list as a back up and keeping Portis as the third and NOT drafting a QB might be another option.

  • seashane

    @Keith_12thMR@seashane

    Good points… But Whitehurst was not much of a back up either. I do remember hearing some buzz about Portis, perhaps the coaches think he will be the number 2 and they will draft a third.

    My biggest problem is that the QB’s that are available on the above list aren’t much of an upgrade and Jackson at least has one year with the system and other players. Bringing someone in off the list as a back up and keeping Portis as the third and NOT drafting a QB might be another option.

  • brampbell

    My belief is that the ‘Hawks should sign a journeyman sort of QB to get them through the next couple of years, while they nurture a young up-and-comer like a Ryan Tannehill or a young draftee next year. Think Steve Deberg from days gone by. They need somene with a good amount of starting experience. I think good choices would be Kyle Orton, or my favorite sleeper pick, David Carr. He has had some success and can play, and is enough of a team player to be a back up.

  • brampbell

    My belief is that the ‘Hawks should sign a journeyman sort of QB to get them through the next couple of years, while they nurture a young up-and-comer like a Ryan Tannehill or a young draftee next year. Think Steve Deberg from days gone by. They need somene with a good amount of starting experience. I think good choices would be Kyle Orton, or my favorite sleeper pick, David Carr. He has had some success and can play, and is enough of a team player to be a back up.

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