San Francicso 49ers: Under The Radar QB Options
There have been plenty of ideas on who the Niners should go get to be their quarterback for next year and their QB of the future.
There has been a lot of talk of trading for Kevin Kolb or Carson Palmer or waiting for Donovan McNabb to be cut and signing him.
Also, it has been suggested that they sign Matt Leinart (who likely would have been the 49ers pick had he not returned to college for another year) or Marc Bulger.
Here are a few names that have gone under the radar throughout most of these talks.
Dennis Dixon, RFA
Dixon does have a lot of potential and athleticism and is still young, but seems to struggle to put everything together. The Steelers have kept both Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich close to the team and this makes me think they they do not have a lot of confidence in him.
Maybe a change of scenery and a chance to compete for a starting job could help him maximize his talents.
Mike Kafka, Philadelphia Eagles
If the Eagles aren't willing to deal Kevin Kolb, maybe they would deal Mike Kafka, their third string QB.
The downside is there is no body of work in the NFL to judge him on, so it would be about the same risk as drafting a rookie QB.
The upside is that he has had a year in the NFL working under Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg who run a west coast offense.
Caleb Hanie, RFA
He is a little bit of an unknown as well, but in the NFC championship game he almost led a comeback. He is however a RFA and the Bears may be inclined to keep him with Jay Cutler's popularity among the Chicago fans at an all time low.
Tyler Thigpen, FA
Like Dixon, Thigpen is a very athletic QB. In 2008, he played in 14 games, starting 11, and threw for 2,608 yards with 18 TDs and 12 INTs. Also he ran for and additional 386 yards and three touchdowns. After that season Tony Gonzalez campaigned for him, but was traded and the Chiefs acquired Matt Cassel from the Patriots.
He is still young at 26 and could be a nice option for a reasonable price.
(May be a RFA, under old CBA would be an RFA in an uncapped year and an UFA in a capped year.)
Brian Hoyer, New England Patriots
Like most of these players there is a small sample size to judge Hoyer on, but New England seems to like him as a QB so I am sold.
This is the same system that produced Tom Brady and Matt Cassel.
I don't know what it would take to acquire Brian Hoyer, but for a third round pick I would take a player who has studied two years under Brady over a rookie.