NFL Quarterbacks: The Top 15 Retread QBs Since 1980

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NFL Quarterbacks: The Top 15 Retread QBs Since 1980
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In the NFL, finding a quarterback can be a daunting task. Having the first pick in the NFL Draft is no guarantee that you have found your next signal caller for the next 10-15 years, but neither is signing an established NFL quarterback.

It's a risky business; selecting the wrong quarterback can set a franchise back years and cost a lot of people their jobs.

When all avenues have been exhausted, another team's trash can be your team's treasure. A retread at quarterback can save the day.

To qualify as a retread for this article, the quarterback had to at least participate in one offseason program of a team that was different from the team he flourished with. He had to be either stuck in a backup role, released without getting a shot or previously an average to bad starter.

Sorry John Elway (drafted by Baltimore Colts), Eli Manning and Philip Rivers (traded for each other on draft day), but you don't qualify for this list.

How successful the quarterback was, statistics, impact, Pro Bowls and Super Bowl appearances were considered in determining the list.

Sometimes a quarterback moves on to a new location and something clicks. These are those quarterbacks.

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