NFL: Daily Haze- Quarterback Options for the Arizona Cardinals

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NFL: Daily Haze- Quarterback Options for the Arizona Cardinals
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The quarterback battle between Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart last offseason yielded the results many expected for the Cardinals in 2010.

Shear disappointment.

It is never going to be easy to replace Kurt Warner, a likely shoe-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day. Still, Arizona has the pieces on offense to contend—especially in the lackluster NFC West.

If the Cardinals are just a quarterback away from a return trip to the playoffs, that quarterback likely is not on the roster right now.

Some options:

1. Trade for Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb or Carson Palmer

There has been a great deal of chatter recently about Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. Of course Larry Fitzgerald would support this. Hell, he probably would welcome Brett Favre with open arms right about now.

2. Draft a quarterback with the No. 5 pick

In The Hazean’s first 2011 NFL mock draft, I had the Cardinals taking Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert at No. 5. Now Gabbert’s stock is sliding, but the Cardinals still could take a rising prospect like Auburn’s Cam Newton. Some compare Newton to Ben Roethlisberger and Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt is awfully familiar with a QB like Big Ben.

3. Find a free agent like Marc Bulger

It is not the sexiest option, but consider the alternatives—Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall. None of those guys inspired any confidence last season.

4. Stick with the guys on the roster

Is this really an option? I think the chances are near 100 percent that the Cardinals address the quarterback position this offseason, so I doubt it.

Here are today’s great reads:

  • I was really high on Matthew Stafford heading into the 2010 season. And if the dude would have stayed healthy, it would have totally been right! OK, enough with my rant. Still, Stafford has all the potential in the world to be a great fantasy football quarterback and leads this list of 2011′s most undervalued fantasy players. [FanHouse]
  • If you need some fantasy football to keep your mind off the on-going labor negotiations—or lack thereof—consider this: You already can participate in fantasy mock drafts for next season! Also, if you are strapped for time, you could just peruse the average draft position for the 2011 season. [Fantasy Football Calculator]
  • Wrap your mind around this for a second—Peyton Manning is a free agent this offseason. PEYTON MANNING, A FREE AGENT. The Colts are preparing to slap the franchise tag on Manning. If they do not … [ProFootballTalk]
  • Chris Johnson keeps talking about rushing for 2,500 yards. He failed to reach that mark last season and may have lost a little bit of fantasy momentum. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson continues to churn through defenders and is chasing history. And to think, when he came out of college, some said he would never last in the NFL because of injury concerns. [The Big Lead]

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