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2012 Free Agency Preview: Quarterback
By on March 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

The quarterback position is always a hot topic of conversation, especially during this time of the year. The National Football League has become a sport where this position is one of supreme importance, and if you’re a team that dosen’t have a difference maker at the position, your franchise will be left behind!  Only one of 12 playoff quarterbacks had a passer rating below 80 (Tim Tebow at 72.9), and the elite single-callers were well over 100 (Aaron Rodgers 122.5, Drew Brees 110.6 and Tom Brady 105.6).

DOLPHINS QB SITUATION:

The Dolphins head into the new league year with some definite roster flexibility at this all-important position. Matt Moore, who started 12 games last season, is under contract in 2012 and would seem to be a definite part of the team’s plan this coming season. Previous starter Chad Henne’s contract is up and he’ll be an unrestricted free agent. It would be a definite surprise to see him return to South Florida. Another free agent is JP Losman, who appeared in two games late last season as a back-up. Finally, Pat Devlin, who spent most of his rookie year on the practice squad, should return–though in what capacity is still to be determined.

POTENTIAL FREE AGENTS:

Jason Campbell: This 30 year-old signal caller has more game experience that most quarterbacks on the open market this year, having started 70 games during stints with the Redskins and the Raiders. Some speculation is that Campbell might end up in Kansas City as he played for the Chiefs quarterback coach Jim Zorn for two years in Washington, where he had a fair amount of success under his tutelage.

Matt Flynn : Flynn is looking to cash in this offseason after spending four seasons in Green Bay behind All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers. Flynn, drafted in the 7th round out of LSU in 2008, had plenty of success when give the opportunity in Green Bay playing under former Packers offensive coordinator and current Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Flynn’s numbers during the two games that he started with the Packers were sensational, throwing for 731 yards and nine touchdowns. The sample size is very small with Flynn, so there’s some risk involved, but with quarterback rating of 124.8 in 2011, there’s expected to be multiple teams  lining up to lure the young quarterback.

Peyton Manning: Multiple teams will be very interested in the future Hall of Fame quarterback and the bidding war will begin! Neck surgery and nerve damage are the major concerns when looking at the veteran quarterback, but it just might be worth the risk if Manning can perform close to his career marks ( 4,700 yards, 33 touchdowns and a 91.9 QBR in the 2010 alone).  He just makes an average team good and gets a good team challenging for a championship.

Alex Smith: I really don’t see head coach Jim Harbaugh losing Smith after the season that he had in 2011. Harbaugh did a masterful job playing to Smith’s strengths, and Alex proved everybody wrong throwing for 3,150 yards and 17 touchdowns with only five interceptions!  There might be some competition in camp this upcoming season, but Smith held his own last year, leading his team to the NFC Championship Game.

Other quarterbacks that are free-agents-to-be include Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman, Vince Young, Brady Quinn, Chase Daniel, and Byron Leftwich.


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yerwombat says:

A J Feely

peglegs says:

Just having someone with Peyton’s ability to read the defence and to lead the team to the end zone with precision and skill would be a great benefit to Matt Moore or who ever is the back up quarterback, let them learn by watching the master at work as Dan Marino learned from Don Strock and David Woodley. Peyton will be limited to just a few years but he has a vast amount of knowledge and exprience to share, something we have been missing since Dan Marino retired.

Do everything you can to get Peyton Manning, don’t make the same mistake that was made with Breese and Caulpepper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iden says:

DO NOT SIGN MANNING!!!! JUST ANOTHER PROOF OF SOMEONE WHO WANTS THE EASY ROAD. WE AS MIAMI FANS HAVE SHOWN HIM TO MUCH INTEREST LIKE A DESPERATE KID TO LOSE THEIR VIRGINITY! HE IS AGING, DECLINING, WE DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHERE HE STANDS “PHYSICALLY” AND…..”READ BETWEEN THE LINES”. HE WAS JUST ACROSS THE STREET AND DID NOT TAKE 5 MINUTES TO TALK TO THE FINS OR US. F!@K THE BILLBOARD AND THE WEBSITE! STOP BEING DESPERATE….ONE HIT AND HE IS GONE, WE WILL BE BACK TO MATT MOORE ( WHO IS NOT BAD LAST YEAR AND MAY ONLY GET BETTER.) FLYNN! OR DRAFT OL, OG AND DEFENSE….TO PREPARE FOR MATT BARKELY! BESIDES OUR QB DANNY MARINO KNOWS BETTER AND MADE IT CLEAR “ONLY IF HE CALLS ME WILL I GIVE HIM ADVICE.” FLYNN! FLYNN!

drjaeger says:

No Peyton! Vacation, yes. Dolphins QB, no! Dol-Flynn Era, here we come!

victorbarney says:

Go MIAMI DOLPHINS! MIAMI DESERVES ANOTHER SUPERBOWL RING! CASE CLOSED! BYE for now!

Don says:

If you are a REAL Fin Fan you would know that we don’t need Manning to get to the Super Bowl. We have the tools to do so now and this upcoming draft we are in a good position to acquire some very good talent on the OL, DL and secondary. Getting Manning would make it easier if indeed he can still play. We might have to give up some of the draft pickss to get him, is it worth the risk?

jwander9 says:

Pick up Peyton And draft Kelly moore in the late pick and let Moore learn for the next 3 years Moore is going to be a sleeper. He is going to be a Tom brady

TurboNau says:

Give Vince Young & Matt Flynn a Shot, I Believe we can Benefit from their Talents

ncfb30-5 says:

Peyton would be great. He may only have a few years left, but he still has something to offer and it would allow a young QB to be tutored by a future HOFer.

asgfl1 says:

We are better off with Matt Flynn. We should groom him to become the franchise Qback. Peyton Manning as great as it sounds, at best will play 2 to 3 years, not more. We do not want to be in this situation in a couple of years. That is not how you build a champion team!

Dolphins2012 says:

WOW! Peyton Manning!! Way cool. Dolphins have a history of picking up what the Colts deem as inadequate. Manning is an instant shot at the Super Bowl with the Dolphins, as is. Sure hope the stars line up and make it all good.

This team made some great strides this off-season. I like the coach, I love Tannehill. I’ll be going to a whole lot of Fins games this year! GO FINS!

01DolphinFan18 says:

Dear Mr. Ross.
As I just heard on the news, Peyton Manning will be a free agent tomorrow. I would like you to get your checkbook, take Jeff Ireland, and your helicopter and fly up to Indianapolis and have Peyton sign the contract right after the press conference tomorrow. We are going to the Super Ball, Mr. Ross.
Thank you so much for making this happen and I will promise to buy tickets now.
A real Dolphin Fan.

Miami Dave says:

Matt Flynn please.