The quarterback runs the team, and you can't have a successful season without a good guy under center.
There aren't many stellar quarterbacks on the free-agent market this summer, but there are plenty of solid ones.
Veterans Matt Hasselbeck and Donovan McNabb have found new homes with Tennessee and Minnesota, respectively, but there are plenty of younger and more eager to prove quarterbacks who could be on the move.
Pete Carroll's quest to prove his USC Trojan sides were in fact good enough to beat NFL teams may be starting with Matt Leinart.
The former Heisman trophy winner is reportedly reuniting with his former mentor in Seattle after five uninspiring years with Arizona and Houston.
Leinart is not guaranteed the starting spot with the Seahawks, who have Hasselbeck's backup Charlie Whitehurst and now Minnesota's Tavaris Jackson, but there's no doubt who Carroll will favor.
The 2006 No. 10 pick has been nothing short of horrible in the NFL, but he was Carroll's golden child in their days at USC.
Nothing is official with Seattle yet, and teams like Washington have also showed interest in Leinart, but he shouldn't be so quick to dismiss his former coach.
It looks like Tim Tebow is officially the man in Denver, so Kyle Orton is on the outs. He doesn't want to be a backup anymore, and he doesn't want to compete with someone less proven.
The latest reports have the Miami Dolphins interested in Orton, joining Arizona. Minnesota and Seattle have seemingly taken care of their quarterback issues.
Orton could certainly ease the minds of Dolphins fans since Chad Henne hasn't panned out so far in Miami, and Orton re-teaming with Brandon Marshall could put Miami back on the right track.
In the war of attrition between the Cincinnati Bengals and Carson Palmer, neither side is budging yet. And it's getting really old.
Owner Mike Brown reiterated, again, his claim that he will not trade the want-away Palmer even though he doesn't expect him to be back.
So, Brown doesn't want to take advantage of the situation by sending Palmer to another middle of the road team meaning he could get some good draft picks out of it.
If Pete Carroll can't get his man in Matt Leinart (he should), he may turn his attentions to his other Heisman-winning quarterback and one who's had a slightly more impressive NFL career.
Miami is also interested in Palmer, and Brown wouldn't be caving into his player's demands if he were to at least listen to some trades.
Tennessee will reportedly be releasing former No. 3 pick Vince Young Thursday after five up and down, tumultuous years in Nashville.
The Washington Redskins are in need of a solid quarterback, especially since they re-signed Santana Moss. John Beck and Rex Grossman don't inspire a lot of confidence, or at least no more than Young.
The Oakland Raiders may not give Young as much competition though.
Jason Campbell is the starter, but the Raiders apparently want some competition for him as well.
Could Miami join that list of suitors as well?
Wherever he goes, Young has a lot to prove.
Kevin Kolb may end up staying with Philadelphia after all. Despite making no secret of their plans to trade Kolb, it appears he'll be Vick's backup to at least start the season.
Deals with Seattle and Arizona fell through, possibly because the Eagles were asking for too much in return.
Philadelphia were attempting to secure a corner in exchange for Kolb, thereby avoiding the free-agent market for corners, but it looks like they'll be in the running for Nnamdi Asomugha anyway.
Michael Vick has said he wouldn't be surprised if Kolb was with him next season but says he's rooting for him wherever he plays.