NFL Trade Rumors: The 6 Best QBs on the Move This Offseason
The quarterback position holds the key to the success of many teams in the NFL, and when a potential playoff quarterback is dangled on the market, many teams bite.
This offseason is no different, as teams are hungry for quarterbacks and are looking for the next solution to their dearth of quarterback talent.
From Arizona to Miami, it seems as though teams without quarterbacks are the have-not's of the NFL, and as such, here are the six best quarterbacks on the move for the 2011 offseason.
6. Marc Bulger
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Marc Bulger barely makes the list because of his experience and ability to lead his team to a few wins.
Bulger undoubtedly suffered from terrible offensive line play in St. Louis, and after a year of recuperation on the bench in Baltimore, his body and arm may be rejuvenated enough for one more year of good production.
Look for Bulger to find his niche with a team in need of an experienced quarterback, and the former Raven may have measured success wherever he should find work.
The veteran quarterback has something left in the tank, certainly, but NFL teams aren't sure just how much that is.
5. Matt Hasselbeck
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Matt Hasselbeck has an understated résumé, having made a Super Bowl at one point and leading his team to the playoffs last year (albeit in a watered-down division).
Hasselbeck is a gamer, certainly, and may be good for a few wins with the right roster around him.
The quarterback will ask for a hefty contract, considering the depleted market for his position, but would be worth it if he can lead his team to a playoff berth.
The signal-caller has invaluable experience and will end up with a starting job by the time the dust settles on this offseason.
4. Donovan McNabb
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Stats can be deceiving, and in Donovan McNabb's case, only looking at last year's stats would make the quarterback seem incompetent.
McNabb, however, suffered from a lack of an individualized offensive system tailored to his strengths, something he had in Philadelphia.
Also, the quarterback had a stagnant running game and a non-threatening receiving corps, only further hurting his case.
McNabb is out in Washington, but teams realize he can still be a valuable contributor with the right circumstances.
3. Kyle Orton
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Kyle Orton presents a very intriguing entity for many NFL teams.
This is a quarterback who will rack up passing yards like some of the best in the league, but has trouble winning games and scoring in the red zone.
With the emergence of Tim Tebow, it's doubtful that Orton will be brought back in Denver, and if he isn't, he has undeniable trade value.
Orton has a good contract, is young, and could take the reins on a number of NFL teams.
2. Kevin Kolb
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Kevin Kolb has been the most talked about trade commodity this offseason, being that he is a young, potential franchise quarterback on a team willing to trade him.
Kolb will command a good return for the Eagles, and the team is confident moving forward without their former heir apparent now that Michael Vick has proven himself to be a big-time quarterback.
The Houston product will be on the move this offseason, and could net the Eagles as much as a first-round pick, a third-round pick, and change.
Kolb is a perfect fit in the West Coast offensive scheme, and would be a good option on many teams.
1. Carson Palmer
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Despite whatever temper tantrums Mike Brown may throw, I don't see any way Carson Palmer suits up for the Bengals in 2011.
Andy Dalton is good enough to lead the Bengals into a full-fledged rebuilding period, and sooner or later, Bengals brass will convince Brown to move the disgruntled Palmer.
The former first-overall pick has an impressive résumé, having led the Bengals to the playoffs as well as posting a respectable career stat line.
After dealing with Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and the city of Cincinnati, a refreshed Palmer could lead a team deep in the playoffs in 2011.