Vince Young and 5 NFL QBs Who May Start for New Teams in 2011
With a potential lockout looming, much of the focus of the NFL media has been on whether or not football fans will have a season to look forward to at all this September.
With the hope that the collective bargaining agreement will be far behind NFL Nation by opening kick, it's time to discuss some potential roster shakeups that could shape your team's season and title hopes.
To this end, there's an excess of starting-caliber QB talent on the market this offseason.
Here are five QBs who are hoping to become faces of franchises.
Carson Palmer, Bengals
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When Marvin Lewis and the Bengals drafted Andy Dalton with their second-round pick in the NFL Draft, it was clear that the Bengals were looking for Carson Palmer's replacement.
It has been well documented that Palmer wants to leave Cincinnati, but there have not been any substantial rumors of possible destinations for the former USC Trojan.
One thing is for sure though: Palmer will not be starting with the Bengals this year.
Marvin Lewis was quoted as saying: "There’s no question when we selected Andy Dalton we selected him with that in mind that he’d possibly be our opening-day starting quarterback".
In addition, in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Palmer's brother and fellow-Bengal Jordan Palmer said, "He’s my brother, but he’s a former teammate going a different route and I’m focusing on what is in front of me".
Bottom line: If dealt (that's a BIG if), Palmer will be with the Seattle Seahawks next season.
Kevin Kolb, Eagles
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When Michael Vick returned to the NFL after serving his jail time for felony dog-fighting, not much was expected of him, but the Eagles gave Vick a shot.
Their gamble paid off.
Vick performed so well this past season that the Eagles are set on trading Kolb, their once highly-touted replacement for Donovan McNabb.
Kolb has a lot of suitors wanting to acquire his talents, but the Eagles are asking a hefty price, somewhere in the range of a future first-round pick.
According to ESPN's John Clayton, the Seahawks may be involved in the Kevin Kolb bidding simply in order to force the Cardinals' hand. Clayton boldly predicted that the Cardinals, not the Seahawks, will "end up moving boldly to acquire Kevin Kolb."
Arizona and Seattle are division rivals, and the Seahawks would love to see the Cardinals give up more than they need to in order to acquire Kolb.
Bottom line: Kevin Kolb is a Cardinal next season.
Kyle Orton, Broncos
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Kyle Orton had an outstanding 2010 season in former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels' system, posting an 87.5 QB rating on the year.
However, with McDaniels out, the Broncos are looking to move in another direction at the QB position. With young and highly-drafted talents in both Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, the Broncos are taking trade offers for the veteran Orton.
According to beat writer Kent Somers, the Cardinals have Orton slightly behind the Eagles' Kevin Kolb on their list.
However, if Seattle drives up the price on Kolb, the Cardinals will make a move on Orton.
Bottom line: If Kolb moves to the Cardinals as predicted, Orton's opportunity for a starting job with any team will be bleak.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
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ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando transcribed an interview with Hasselbeck from ESPN Milwaukee in which Hasselbeck stated, "I definitely am hopeful to be back here, but at the same time, I understand that with a new GM, with a new regime, they sometimes want to go in a different direction".
Hasselbeck is being smart in preparing for his eventual departure.
With all the trade rumors swirling around and Seattle's looking for another QB, Hasselbeck is quietly being removed from the helm of the Seahawk offense.
Although no substantial rumors have surfaced, SI.com reporter Peter King suggested that Tennessee would be a suitable landing spot for Hasselbeck if Seattle does not re-sign him.
Bottom line: Hasselbeck will either be a disgruntled backup in Seattle this season or will land with a franchise that desperately needs his help. Tennessee is a broken franchise at the moment, and the calm confidence of Hasselbeck at QB could provide a win-win.
Vince Young, Titans
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"This guy again..."
That's probably the most common response to seeing VY's picture in any legitimate rumor article.
However, Vince Young, despite all the doubt, will be a starter next year in the NFL.
He has the talent to do it, but immaturity and distaste towards the coaching scheme in Tennessee destroyed any chance of success he had there.
The Miami Herald has reported that if the Dolphins sign Vince Young, there is concern regarding his response if Chad Henne were to beat him out for the starting job.
Bottom line: The Dolphins are a smart organization. They know they need a QB, and VY is a low-risk, high-reward prospect. Furthermore, it's a joke that people believe indecisive Chad Henne will beat out Vince Young for the starting job—even considering VY's troubled past on and off the field. Vince Young should be the starter for the 'Phins next season.