NFL Rumors: 10 Quarterbacks Who Could Be Switching Teams This Offseason
With just two teams remaining, and one game standing between them and eternal glory, it's time to start looking at the offseason for the other 30 teams.
One key position to look at is quarterback, which is up in the air for many teams.
With none of the highly touted quarterbacks in the draft this year expected to be able to step in and make a big impact, like Sam Bradford did, teams will be looking to trades or free agency to fill the void.
On that note, here are 10 quarterbacks who could be switching teams this offseason.
Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos
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Whether you like him or hate him, it's looking more and more like Tim Tebow time in Denver, and with the Broncos only holding six picks in the draft, there's a good chance they'll move Kyle Orton for picks.
Orton put up 3,653 passing yards last season, to go along with 20 touchdowns and just nine picks, despite starting only 13 games.
Projected over a full 16 game season, Orton's passing yards would have put him fourth, behind only Philip Rivers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
His QB rating of 87.5 was also top 15 in the league, ahead of three playoff-bound QBs: Jay Cutler, Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Sanchez.
There are several teams rumored to be interested in Orton, including Tennessee, San Francisco and Minnesota.
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles
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With the Eagles planning to officially put the franchise tag on Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb wants out of Philly to go somewhere he can be a starter.
According to ESPN, the Eagles are willing to listen to offers for Kolb. However, Kolb is still under contract next season, and with Vick's aggressive style, the Eagles may end up keeping Kolb around as an insurance policy of sorts.
Kolb won two of three games he started and finished last season, and with the draft class being what it is, some teams may offer up the right deal for Kolb.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks
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After leading the Seattle Seahawks to the playoffs with a pitiful 7–9 record, then upsetting a heavily favored, defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints team, Matt Hasselbeck is set to become a free agent at age 35.
The Seahawks seem intent on keeping Hasselbeck, especially considering neither Charlie Whitehurst or JP Losman are ready to step in, but if he makes it to free agency, there could be interest.
San Francisco could be interested in Hasselbeck if he does become available.
Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
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Yes, we're all hoping that Brett Favre is really done this time, but we've seen the retirement speeches and paper-filing before.
If Favre does decide to come back, it almost certainly won't be with the Vikings, unless it's as a QB coach or something along those lines.
Marc Bulger, Baltimore Ravens
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Rumor has it that 10-year veteran Marc Bulger is on the move, probably to be a back up and help develop a young QB.
While Bulger is five years removed from his best season, in which he posted 4,301 yards, 24 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, he may still have something to offer a team that gives him a chance.
Matt Leinart, Houston Texans
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After winning the Heisman Trophy and the BCS National Championship for USC in 2004, Leinart was drafted 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2006.
Many people thought he was going to become a great QB in the NFL, but it really hasn't panned out yet.
Still, at just 27 years old, there might be some teams willing to give him a tryout next season.
Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins
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When Chad Pennington has been able to stay healthy, he's been very good. That's been the biggest problem though.
The two-time Comeback Player of the Year is attempting a fourth comeback from shoulder surgery, and there should be some interest, rumored to be from Tennessee.
There's also a good chance Pennington will retire and possibly move into coaching.
Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins
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McNabb's time in Washington hasn't been exactly what they'd hoped for, but it didn't stop them from signing him to a mega-deal, worth $78 million over five years.
The Redskins may be forced to cut or trade McNabb because of it and there's rumors the Seahawks, Cardinals, Vikings, or 49ers could be interested in 34-year-old McNabb.
Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
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Vince Young's time in Tennessee is over; both sides have made that perfectly clear. What isn't clear is where Young will end up, or if anyone is willing to take a chance on the primadonna.
Mike Lombardi of NFL Network thinks that the Buffalo Bills might be a team that would give Young a chance to compete for a starting job.
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals
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It's become pretty well common knowledge that Carson Palmer has publicly requested a trade out of Cincinnati, although it's really more demanded than requested, with Palmer's threat of retiring if he isn't traded.
Bengals' owner Mike Brown stated that he has no intention of trading Palmer, but if he changes his mind, Mike Lombardi says that the 49ers are a team to watch.