2013 NFL Free Agents: Best Landing Spots for Top Available Quarterbacks

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 9, 2013

Aug. 4, 2012;  Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard (9) throws during a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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There's definitely no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III set to enter the 2013 NFL draft, and there's certainly no superstar quarterbacks on the free agent market this offseason either.

What does all that mean? 

Teams in need of a starting quarterback or an upgrade at the position will likely have to settle for some less-than-stellar signal-callers this spring, whether they opt to acquire them through the draft or free agency. 

Here we'll break down the best potential landing spots for some of the notable free agent quarterbacks.


Jason Campbell: Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears would like to bring Jason Campbell back for another season in the Windy City according to Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen:

The expectation was that veteran quarterback Jason Campbell would serve as Jay Cutler's backup in 2012 then head elsewhere. But indications are that the Bears would like Campbell back—and he's receptive to that possibility.

Campbell started one game for the Bears last season, and looked pretty awful. He was sacked six times and picked off twice in a brutal Monday night loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Granted it's only one game, it essentially confirmed that Campbell is an NFL backup at best.

At age 31, he's finished developing and is what he is. A veteran passer who is best suited coming off the bench from time to time when Jay Cutler goes down, which is almost a sure thing these days.

Although he could get some looks from other teams outside Chicago, I'm not sure Campbell's 2010 season in Oakland is enough to warrant a starting spot.


Chase Daniel: Cleveland Browns

It may be too early to label the Brandon Weeden experiment in Cleveland a total failure, but there certainly isn't a whole lot for Browns fans to be excited about heading into year two.

Cleveland could opt to take a quarterback like West Virginia's Geno Smith with the sixth overall pick in April's draft, but that would surely sit poorly with the fan base a year after the Browns took Weeden in the first round. That leaves free agency as the top option for Cleveland to bring in a promising arm.

PhiladelphiaEagles.com's Adam Caplan tweets that Chase Daniel is now one of the top names on the market:

Daniel has been Drew Brees' backup in New Orleans for the past three seasons. The 26-year-old has just seven career completions to his name, but was a prolific passer for Missouri a few years ago.

The reality is that someone is going to have to give Daniel a shot to prove himself this offseason in order to see what's he capable of. He may be a backup quarterback at best, but this year's weak quarterback market could turn him into an NFL starter in 2013. 


David Garrard: New York Jets

Its been awhile since David Garrard has taken an NFL regular season snap. The veteran has been banged up over the past two seasons, and is now gearing up for a comeback.

According to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini, Garrard believes he's a good fit with the struggling Jets, and I tend to agree. Mark Sanchez hasn't lived up to the money he's making in recent seasons, and Garrard could at least push him for the starting spot if not win it during the preseason.

Obviously the 35-year-old brings plenty of experience to the table. He may not be as talented of an escape artist as he once was, but his ability to read defenses and find the open man must still be there.

Garrard isn't going to stir the pot in New York either, which is an added bonus. He'll accept a backup role if Sanchez shines during camp and preseason. Unlike the Tim Tebow situation in New York, bringing Garrard would be a drama-free move.

Plus, he's a better option than Brady Quinn.


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