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2012 Free Agency Preview: Quarterback
Posted By John Congemi On March 6, 2012 @ 9:52 am In Football | 14 Comments
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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