Top 2012 QB Free Agents
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Before a year officially ends in the NFL, preparations have already been underway for months as to whom all 32 teams are looking to target for the upcoming draft, and in the free-agent market. While teams still hold rights to franchise tag top players, and have the ability to retain various players before free agency begins in March, I have a list of the players I feel are top quarterbacks listed below.
When free agency opens up I will update this list, and all other positions linked below, with a t writeup about my thoughts on the signing. Outside of the actual season taking place, the anticipation of free agency has to be one of my favorite times of the year, as NFL Futures will change, not just for the players who sign with new teams – but for their new fellow teammates.
Manning, Bress, Smith –
I’ve noticed that most sites have yet to include Peyton Manning in their list of free agent quarterbacks, and that is simply because the Colts have yet to release him. Since I expect Manning to be released, in March, I have included him in this list. Fellow quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Alex Smith are likely to be re-signed with their current teams.
Last Updated – 3/20
|Player (former team)||New Team||Notes|
|Drew Brees (No)||Saints||As expected, the Saints won’t let Brees get away, but they did fail to get a deal done before free agency, thus slapping him with the franchise tag, and not using it on Colston or Nicks.|
|Peyton Manning (Ind)||Broncos5 yr, 96 million||Never thought I’d see the day when Peyton Manning was playing for another team, but here we are. Manning will take over in Denver and it appears, they will move on from Tim Tebow.If that is true, one must assume that John Elway has seen enough from the second-year quarterback to believe he isn’t worth structuring an offense around, to win a championship.|
|Matt Flynn (GB)||Seahawks3 yr, 26 million||I thought for sure that the Dolphins or Browns would land Flynn, but instead Flynn wisely choose Seattle. It’s not that Seattle is a great team, but more that – as Flynn has admitted – this is a team on the rise.While I agree with Flynn; if the Seahawks are considered on the rise, what does that say about the Dolphins and Browns at this time?|
|Alex Smith (SF)|
|Jason Campbell (Oak)||Bears||A little surprising as Campbell has been a starter in the league up until now, but he’s clearly settled on a backup role in Chicago. At least, the Bears will be protected against a complete collapse, this year, if something should happen to Cutler.|
|Kyle Orton (KC)||Cowboys||Like Campbell, I was surprised that Orton settled on a backup role so fast. Maybe Orton and Campbell are tired of being in the spot light, waiting for someone else to take their job, and are just happy to sit back and collect checks.At the end of the day this is a good move for the Cowboys as, like Campbell for the Bears, Orton can win games if the starter goes down.|
|Vince Young (Phi)|
|Chad Henne (Mia)||Jaguars||Like Orton and Campbell, Henne is going to sit with a clipboard this year, but his odds of playing time are better than the veterans mentioned because Blaine Gabbert’s job isn’t as secure as Romo and Culter.Still, the Jaguars have been open about giving last years top ten pick every opportunity to succeed and why not, as Coach Jack Del Rio did a horrible job preparing the rookie to play on the field.Henne may still see time tough, if Gabbert continues to fear the reaper and goes down to injury.|
|Brian Hoyer (NE)||RFA||It’s likely that Hoyer will stay with the Patriots, as they still have rights to him at this time.|
|David Garrard (FA)||Dolphins1 yr||Desperation signing? Maybe this is a sign that the Dolphins are going to make a run for Ryan Tannehill, and use Garrard as the starter, as they bring the rookie along.Then again, you would think Matt Moore would be the favorite for that job, so maybe Garrard is just depth.|
|Shaun Hill (Det)||Re-Signed2 yr||Hill has been a quality backup in Detroit and in his time with San Francisco. Keeping him around was a smart idea, as he’s proven to keep this offense scoring points if Stafford is down for some time.|
|Rex Grossman (Was)||Re-Signed1 yr||Veteran backup to play behind RGIII; maybe he will begin the year as the starter, but it won’t be long before the rookie plays.|
|Josh Johnson (TB)|