4 Quarterbacks Who Could Thrive on New Rosters in 2013
Michael Vick may be looking for new employment in 2013, and he still has what it takes to be highly successful, given the right circumstance.
Vick isn't the only NFL quarterback who could thrive on a new roster next season, either.
Sometimes, new surroundings, a new supporting cast and new coaches can make all the difference in the world.
Follow along as I explain which teams present ideal situations for these four quarterbacks in 2013.
It wasn't fair that the two teams Jason Campbell played against this season were the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers—two teams that get after quarterbacks and stuff the run.
Campbell is still capable of playing well under the right circumstances. Given a chance with a team that features a strong running game and talented receivers, Campbell has the ability to be a winning quarterback.
Campbell will be a free agent in 2013 (h/t FootballsFuture.com).
Where he'd fit: Buffalo Bills (as long as Chan Gailey isn't the head coach in 2013).
The Bills have the ability to pound away with C.J. Spiller—who deserves a legitimate starting role—and have an offensive line that doesn't surrender many sacks.
Campbell would at the least challenge Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he'd likely earn the starting role by the end of training camp.
Matt Moore has proven to be a capable quarterback who can win games for a team with little talent at the wide receiver position and a suspect offensive line.
He's won seven of his last 10 starts for the Miami Dolphins, but Ryan Tannehill is undoubtedly the quarterback of the future in Miami.
Moore will be a free agent in 2013 (h/t FootballsFuture.com).
Where he'd fit: New York Jets (as long as Rex Ryan isn't the head coach).
Mark Sanchez isn't likely to be cut after he recently received a five-year contract extension worth $58.25 million ($20.5 million guaranteed), but he's clearly not the quarterback of the present or future for the Jets.
Moore could at least challenge Sanchez to get better, but he'd likely overtake him as the team's starter before the 2013 season.
Alex Smith has become a phenomenal quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers over the past two seasons, posting a record of 20-6-1.
He's proven to be highly accurate and doesn't often turn the ball over—traits that equate to winning games.
That said, he does have his limitations, and Colin Kaepernick's ability to stretch the field and make plays on the ground while taking good care of the football trumps those limitations.
Smith is still a terrific quarterback who deserves another chance.
The 49ers have until April 1, 2013 to either keep Smith and pay him the $7.5 million base salary he's owed in 2013 (h/t NFL.com's Michael Lombardi), trade him or cut him. If they trade or cut him, the 49ers would still owe him $1 million, but the savings would allow the team more room to maneuver.
Where he'd fit: Kansas City Chiefs (provided Romeo Crennel and his entire coaching staff are gone).
With Jamaal Charles getting plenty of carries and Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin, Tony Moeaki and Dexter McCluster available as pass-catchers, Smith would have a similar situation personnel-wise as he's had in San Francisco.
Plus, the Chiefs defense is full of players capable of playing at a high level. Given the proper guidance, this team could be a playoff contender in Smith's first season.
Michael Vick has been battered, bruised and humiliated the past year or so, but then again, so has the entire Philadelphia Eagles franchise.
The team is falling apart at the seams, and it seems at this point the best course of action will be to fire Andy Reid, hire a young coach and general manager and start over from scratch.
Vick will certainly be one of the casualties of this inevitable transition. The franchise will save almost $13 million of cap space if it cuts or trades Vick after the season, per SI.com's Chris Burke.
Where he'd fit: Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals need to bring in some talent to bolster their league-worst offensive line, but with a few nice additions through the draft and free agency, there is hope of a brighter future.
Plus, the Cardinals have talented running backs. If they can stay healthy, this team would be dangerous with Vick as its leader on offense to go along with a tough-as-nails defense.