2005 Free Agents: Quarterbacks

The Bears added Kurt Kittner to the roster over the weekend, but if he's starting for the team next year something has gone terribly wrong. GM Jerry Angelo will still consider adding a veteran quarterback to push Rex Grossman. Here is a listing of 2004 free agent quarterbacks, along with some of our thoughts...

Despite not being able to go until training camp Rex Grossman is the starting quarterback for the Bears. Chad Hutchinson is the top backup with a trio of quarterbacks that are likely not to be to back with the team. Adding a veteran that could challenge Grossman for the top spot and at least push Hutchinson to third on the depth chart would be ideal.

While the team is not likely to spend big time money on a quarterback in free agency Drew Brees and Matt Hasselbeck are at the top of the list of available signal callers. Brees is expected to be franchised, despite the high cost of keeping him and the Chargers 2004 drafting of Phillip Rivers. Hasselbeck is another matter entirely, as the Seahawks have a long list of free agents they want to keep, including OT Walter Jones and RB Shaun Alexander. Franchising Hasselbeck is still an option for the Seahawks, but would be a difficult decision.

After those two, attention turns to veteran backups who have starting capabilities like Kelly Holcomb, Mike McMahon, and Quincy Carter.

Unrestricted Free Agents

Brock Huard Seattle Seahawks
29-year-old QB spent last season on IR with a back injury.
Charlie Batch Pittsburgh Steelers
Missed the season with a knee injury. May return as backup.
Damon Huard Kansas City Chiefs
Former Patriot was KC's #3 QB this season. No regular season snaps.
Doug Johnson Tennessee Titans
Titans third-stringer saw limited action. May be headed to the Jets.
Doug Pederson Green Bay Packers
Coming back from injury, may stick with Pack if Favre stays.
Drew Brees San Diego Chargers
Comeback kid expected to get the franchise tag.
Gus Frerotte Minnesota Vikings
Could join ex-OC Scott Linehan in Miami. Threw one pass in 2004.
Jamie Martin St. Louis Rams
Would have to battle Jeff Smoker for the Rams #2 QB job
Jason Garrett Miami Dolphins
38-year-old likely to retire. No regular season appearances in three years.
Jeff Blake Philadelphia Eagles
Veteran QB could find himself a backup role.
Jeff George Chicago Bears
Could still find himself back in a Bears uniform next season as the third quarterback
Jesse Palmer New York Giants
Didn't appear in 2004. Wants to stay in NY, but Giants will look at options.
Jim Miller New England Patriots
Former Bear is busy pretending to be Donovan McNabb at the moment
Kelly Holcomb Cleveland Browns
Possible starter for Browns if they can keep him, but could be a best overall option for Bears
Kordell Stewart Baltimore Ravens
Return about as likely as the Bears brining back Jonathan QuinnNeuheisel in college. Shot at #3 job.
Matt Hasselbeck Seattle Seahawks
Coming up: a tough franchise tag call for the Seahawks
Mike McMahon Detroit Lions
Bears were interested when Terry Shea was calling plays, but not as likely now. Wants a shot at starting...
Quincy Carter New York Jets
Not likely to return to New York. Wants a shot at starting...
Rick Mirer Detroit Lions
Not expected to return to the Lions. Was #3 QB in 2004.
Sage Rosenfels Miami Dolphins
Part of a trio that threw 26 interceptions in 2004.
Shane Matthews Buffalo Bills
The ex-Bear is expected to remain in Buffalo as the veteran backup
Todd Collins Kansas City Chiefs
Vet backup, with seven seasons of keeping clipboard off the ground in KC
Tony Banks Houston Texans
Tired of backing up Carr, wants to shop around for a starting job
Ty Detmer Atlanta Falcons
The 13-year veteran is no better than a third QB at this point in his career
Vinny Testaverde Dallas Cowboys
At 41, it may be time to retire no matter what Bill Parcels believes...

Restricted Free Agents

Only one restricted free agent (Rodney Bailey) changed teams during the 2004 off-season.

Craig Nall Green Bay Packers
J.T. O'Sullivan  Green Bay Packers
Josh McCown Arizona Cardinals

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