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NFL quarterback carousel: Who's next?

NFL free agency has been reduced to a whisper, but a fleet of quarterbacks remain in flux.

Kevin Kolb has landed on the open market, and everyone from Carson Palmer to Matt Flynn is a candidate for relocation in 2013.

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Carson Palmer

The Oakland Raiders don't plan to pay Palmer's $13 million salary, and the grizzled veteran is "highly unlikely" to take a pay cut. With a divorce looming, Palmer is a logical target for coach Bruce Arians in Arizona.

The Cardinals are upbeat about Drew Stanton and Brian Hoyer, but Palmer is a present-day upgrade over both. Adding Palmer to the mix also would allow the Cardinals to use their No. 7 pick on an offensive tackle. Palmer is a plodder who must be protected well -- not an Arizona specialty of late -- but he'd give Arians a known quantity under center.

Matt Flynn

Despite starting just two games in the NFL and losing out to Russell Wilson in Seattle last season, Seahawks backup Matt Flynn remains the subject of trade rumors. reported Tuesday that the Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills have spoken to the Seahawks about acquiring Flynn. Seahawks general manager John Schneider isn't hell-bent on shopping the quarterback, but a trade makes sense if Seattle can find a read-option prospect behind Wilson.

New Jaguars coach Gus Bradley isn't going to hitch his wagon to Blaine Gabbert if he knows what's good for him.


Kevin Kolb

The New York Jetsreportedly have discussed adding Kolb, who was released by the Cardinals this month after a shaky, injury-ravaged stint. Kolb is a gamble since he can't stay healthy, but he'd bring more experience to Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense than Mark Sanchez.

Jets coach Rex Ryan understands that rolling into next season with Sanchez as your starter is a PR disaster-in-waiting. Considering Kolb's brittle nature, Sanchez (or fill-in-the-blank) will see the field soon enough, but this team isn't done adding competition.

Destination: Jets

Vince Young

He's 31-19 as an NFL starter, but Young likely won't garner much interest on the market. Turning 30 in May, Young hasn't started a game since 2011, but he told Gregg Rosenthal on Tuesday that he has improved his footwork, rhythm and anticipation.'s Gil Brandt said Young -- after fizzling out with the Bills and Philadelphia Eagles -- "put on a show" at his University of Texas Pro Day outing.

Young claims "teams with interest" are hovering, but only one franchise makes sense. Here's to you, Al Davis.


Colt McCoy

Jason Campbell landed with the Cleveland Browns, so Colt McCoy is all but out. Reportedly on the trading block, McCoy never was a fit for new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski's vertical passing attack. McCoy's arm strength is an issue, and he isn't starting material, but he's a solid depth move and a team-first player who never complained amid the chaos in C-Town.

Tony Grossi of listed the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans as two dome-team options for McCoy. With T.J. Yates under contract with the Texans, the Saints -- with no backup on the roster -- makes plenty of sense.


Tim Tebow

Tebow's days as a starting quarterback are on life support, but his NFL story might not be over. Not if one of the NFL's more creative teams can find a way to use his gifts. The Jets were a disastrous match from the start. Their inability to make use of Tebow was astounding. While the league's visionaries voyaged into a read-option wonderland, the Jets were left twiddling their thumbs trying to figure out the Wildcat.

Bill Belichick should know what to do with Mr. Tebow.

Destination:New England Patriots

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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