NFL Free Agency: 3 Quarterbacks Teams Would Be Insane to Keep
Well, it's that time of year again, when winter slowly turns to spring, and the NFL ends its season to match climate shifts.
And from games, we enter a period a hardy transition, where teams shrink, grow and rebuild. They are faced with the task of creating a Super Bowl winner within a few short months.
When given this assignment, coaches and managers alike have to make tough decisions about salaries, talent and trades.
A few however, aren't so tough to make.
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Amazingly, a team that has had some of the greatest quarterbacks in history, and a current great, has franchise passing records belonging to its backup quarterback.
Even more amazingly, the records were set in the player's probable last game as a Packer.
There at least five teams this offseason in desperate need of a new signal caller. There are two star QBs who will be definitely taken in the Top 10 of the draft, and not much below them.
As of February 2, 2012, the best free-agent quarterbacks are Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer and Matt Flynn.
All three are relative gambles, Campbell coming out of an injury, Hoyer having never started a pro game and Flynn starting just one.
The Packers cannot keep Flynn. He would cost them too much money, especially when Miami comes knocking on his door with a massive paycheck.
Having a solid backup is nice, but paying at least a projected $4 million a year to keep a guy only two years younger than your starter is ludicrous.
Say bye-bye, Cheeseheads.
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As mentioned, Campbell is one of the best free-agent quarterbacks on the market right now.
He will not be a Raider going into the 2012 season.
This is not solely because of Carson Palmer. He's just part of it.
The real problem is that the Raiders are cleaning house; New owner, new GM and new head coach. The death of the legendary Al Davis has been marked with a rebuild. A big part of this rebirth will be preparing the team for a new quarterback who is not named Carson Palmer.
Think about it. Palmer is 32 years old, on a terrible decline and has a 4-6 record as a Raider (after the team started 4-2). He is not a long term Oaklander.
Instead of Campbell, the team will focus on acquiring talent that will aid their future signal caller, whoever he may be.
I think Landry Jones.
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Could it be anyone else?
One of the greatest, most storied quarterbacks alive has found himself between a rock and a hard place. His team's failures in finding a developmental replacement for him led to a disastrous 2-14 season when Manning was sidelined due to a neck injury.
They have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft and are not afraid to use it. They will draft Andrew Luck, the great prospect since, well, Peyton Manning.
With $28 million left on the contract, the Colts will have to cut the future Hall of Famer in order to stay under the salary cap.
Don't worry, though. One day, Manning may return to become a coach in Indianapolis. Maybe he'll train his own replacement.