2005 Free Agents: Quarterbacks

At this moment, it's Luke McCown at quarterback for the Browns. That's it! With free agency and the draft coming up, new GM Phil Savage must move fast in order to straighten out the team's situation at signal caller. Here is a listing of 2005 free agent quaterbacks, along with some of our thoughts...

At present, Luke McCown is the only signed quarterback for the Browns, although Josh Harris is considered an "exclusive rights" free agent if the Browns want to keep him on the club. Kelly Holcomb was thought to be looking for a new place to play, but new GM Phil Savage might have an interest in retaining the veteran back-up as a placeholder either for McCown or another quarterback drafted this April.

Drew Brees and Matt Hasselbeck are at the top of the list of available free agents. 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 want starting opportunities like 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
Ex-Brown 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
Mercurial QB still getting mothball scent off him in Chicago
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
Busy pretending to be Donovan McNabb at the moment
Kelly Holcomb Cleveland Browns
Possible starter for Browns if they can keep him
Kordell Stewart Baltimore Ravens
Worked with new Ravens QB coach Neuheisel in college. Shot at #3 job.
Matt Hasselbeck Seattle Seahawks
Coming up: a tough franchise tag call for the Seahawks
Mike McMahon Detroit Lions
Browns were interested last off-season. 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
Bills would like to see him return as a 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
Return trip to Cleveland about as likely as Superlotto win
Vinny Testaverde Dallas Cowboys
See entry directly above...

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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