A new collective bargaining agreement would likely allow for free agency to begin. Despite already drafting, many teams are still desperate for a chance to place their bids on proven talent.
With nearly a third of the league still in need of a signal caller, this year's free agency period is in line to be one of the most active and exciting signing periods we've seen in a long time. However, free agency isn’t the only possible route to hitting the quarterback jackpot after the draft.
There are multiple quarterbacks who are essentially being held hostage in their current cities and would love the opportunity to start elsewhere in 2011. But they need a trade in order to do it.
I’ve compiled a ranking of the best available backup quarterbacks. In reading this list, you're going to have to allow me some room in the definitions of available and backup.
The availability of these players varies greatly.
Some of these guys are unrestricted free agents, free to sign with whom they please, while others are still playing out the last years on their contracts but are likely trade targets for other franchises.
For the purposes of this ranking, the definition of backup will include any quarterback who may be traded or released this offseason in favor of another quarterback.
The logic behind this madness is rather simple. The replacement would essentially force these quarterbacks into a backup role if they weren't released or traded, thus allowing me to label them backups before they actually inherited the role.
There are players on this list with extremely limited experience, with much of their action coming in the preseason or in garbage time. There are others who have been around for more than a decade and have even started Super Bowls.
One thing these quarterbacks have in common, though, is the fact they will all likely be in high demand very soon.