NFL Free Agency 2014: Latest Rumors on Offseason's Top QBs

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2014

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick warms up before the first half of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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There is not a lot of talent in the free-agent quarterback market. This isn't out of the ordinary. Teams don't let talented quarterbacks get away. 

Still, there are some competent signal-callers set to hit the open market who could fill the role as a stopgap starter or solid backup, and there are plenty of teams on the lookout for that. 

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport sets the stage: 

Rapoport since reported that Matt Cassel re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Also of note, quarterback Chad Henne re-signed with the Miami Dolphins. 

Closing in on the start of free agency on March 11, let's get up to speed on the rumors around some of the bigger names set to hit the market. 


Michael Vick will be finding a new home 

Michael Vick's time in Philadelphia appears to be over. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports shared this:

Not that rumors can ever be fully believed, but all signs are pointing to Vick playing somewhere other than Philly. This tweet from Eye on Football does a solid job of summing up the situation: 

In print, La Canfora mentions the "Jets, Raiders and other teams are monitoring Vick." Then, of course, there is star running back Adrian Peterson doing his best to get Vick in Minnesota:

The Jets appear to be the most widely speculated home for Vick. As a rookie, Geno Smith suffered an up-and-down season with far too many downs. Vick would be an option to try and spark a dimming offense while the Jets continue to try and develop Smith. 

On top of that, Marty Mornhinweg is the offensive coordinator for the Jets, and those two had great success working together in Philadelphia. 


Can Josh McCown duplicate the success he found in Chicago? 

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Josh McCown was outstanding in Chicago last season while filling in for Jay Cutler, but his time in the Windy City appears over. Rapoport reported that it "seems unlikely" McCown will be back to Chicago.

McCown was in a great offensive system last season, but his numbers can't be ignored.

In eight games, he posted a quarterback rating of 109 with 13 touchdowns and just one interception. He also completed 66.5 percent of his passes.

In his report, Rapoport said "realistic options" for the 34-year-old were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets. 

Honestly, I'm surprised there isn't more buzz around McCown. While there is concern he won't be able to perform away from Marc Trestman's system, his quarterback rating dwarfs Jay Cutler's 89.2 last season, and the Bears felt that was good enough to give Cutler a contract with $54 million in guarantees.

The Houston Texans should take a long look at Matt Schaub. They have offensive weapons, and new head coach Bill O'Brien appears to have gift for getting the most out of quarterbacks.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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This would allow the Texans to bring along a quarterback slowly if they choose to draft one. Also, without the pressing need at quarterback, they would have more flexibility with the No. 1 pick.