Around the League's positional free-agent preview series continues at quarterback. We've already handled wide receivers, running backs, pass rushers, interior defensive linemen and our Top 85 overall free agents. We listed each player with the team they played for in 2012 and ranked them according to who we'd want to sign, not who will make the most money.
The best you can do
Notes:Fitzpatrick was released by the Bills immediately after the start of the NFL's calendar year on March 12. He's a quality backup with the ability to ignite an offense for short stretches. Just don't ask him to throw deep. ... Cassel was cut by the Chiefs. He has a lot of experience and would make a good backup. ... If you were scared off by Campbell's wholly underwhelming cameo with the Bears last season, we understand. Still, he's got relative youth and experience on his side.
It's getting late early
- Chase Daniel, New Orleans Saints (UPDATE: Signed with the Kansas City Chiefs)
- Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs
- Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins
- Drew Stanton, Indianapolis Colts (UPDATE: Signed with the Arizona Cardinals)
- Josh Johnson, Cleveland Browns
- David Carr, New York Giants
Notes: You're not building a franchise around any of these guys. They're all solid backups that come with limitations. We like Leftwich the best of the group, but there isn't much in the way of separation between him and Carr. Rex Grossman actually started in a Super Bowl, though we're pretty sure that was a mid-aughts fever dream.
Rose (Bowl) colored glasses
Notes: Yes, we're being cute by putting these two former college rivals together, but they really are in the same neighborhood at this point of their careers. That's pretty amazing when you remember the hype surrounding these guys in the halcyon days of 2006. Leinart is the more stable of the two, which gives him the nod for us.
If you're on this list, you're less desirable than Vince Young
And let's not forget ...
Quarterback is the most important position in the game, which explains why you don't typically see the good ones reach free agency unless it's under unusual circumstances (see: Manning, Peyton). Moore tops the list because the team that signs him will acquire a proven guy with prime years ahead of him.
The biggest thing working against Tebow might be that he carries the stigma of being a distraction. There's no question that's been the case in New York, even if it was mostly out of his control. We're sure there are teams apprehensive about inviting Tebowmania into training camp.
Teams with a need
Arizona Cardinals: We all know how bad things are here. Any free agent that signs with Arizona should get a chance at the starting job.