The Free Agent Frenzy (QB)

It's no secret, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to add a veteran signal caller to sure up their quarterback situation next season. We examine the latest possiblities with 4 quarterbacks in the mix, including confirmed rumors and analysis in this extensive report.

QB Jake Plummer
Despite Jake Plummer's protestations that he would happily stay in Arizona, the Cardinal QB is likely this year's top free agent QB.

There are some low whispers starting up in the press that Plummer might be a much better fit at QB for Dallas than, say, currently rumored QB Vinny Testeverde. The fit might be pretty good: Plummer still has a number of years ahead of him, and has been stuck on a Cardinals team that rarely contends.

However, you can now add the Broncos to the list of teams that may be interested in Plummer when he becomes available. To date, the Cowboys and Bears have been mentioned, with more certainly on the way. The Denver Post reported this past week that sources in the Broncos organization informed them that film studies by the coaching staff indicated that Plummer would be their top free agent target.

The Broncos hope their "winning environment" and proximity to his hometown in Idaho will make them Plummer's top choice.

While the Cowboys haven't seriously entered the race for Plummer's services just yet, don't be surprised to see the rumor mill pick up as we head deeper into February.

Probability of Signing with Dallas: 30%

QB Vinny Testaverde
If there was ever a veteran quarterback that matches exactly what Bill Parcells wants next season as his starting signal caller, Vinny Testeverde would be it. The good news is every single rumor out of Valley Ranch in the last two weeks seems to confirm that the former Heisman Trophy winner has a great chance of playing for the Cowboys next season.

The bad news is that the Jets want to unload Testaverde in a trade that will bring them a player of equal value in return. Unless someone like Bill Parcells makes them a trade offer the Jets can't refuse, the Jets organization fully expects backup QB Vinny Testaverde to continue as Chad Pennington's backup next season. Even if Parcells would like to add Testaverde as a stopgap, his main focus is to win a Super Bowl ring.

Testaverde's agent, Michael Azzarelli, said the Jets have agreed not to stand in Testaverde's way and are willing to work out a trade if he finds an interested team. Testaverde, who is 39, is under contract through 2006 and will make $1 million next season. Why wouldn't he want to come play for his former head coach in Bill Parcells?

With former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington in firm control of the starting spot in New York, Testaverde will be forced to explore all of his options this offseason. Do you think he really expects to win a Super Bowl with the New York Jets? Even with their late season playoff run this past year, that team is still several players away from making a serious run at the Super Bowl.

Probability of Signing with Dallas: 50%

QB Brian Griese
With Brian Griese's release after June 1 considered a high probability, rumors are already starting to swirl around the Broncos quarterback. Most prominently, the Dolphins have been mentioned as having an interest in the QB. League sources indicated this week that the Dolphins would have an interest in signing Griese as a backup to Jay Fiedler. Ray Lucas considered to be a possible roster cut, as the Dolphins hope to upgrade the position in free agency.

Griese is a proven veteran that has had significant success at the NFL level, however, he's not too far removed from the infancy stages of his career. Could he actually come to Valley Ranch and provide the help that Chad Hutchinson and this offense desperately needs next season? Probably not, which is why we don't give that high of chance of signing with the Cowboys.

Probability of Signing with Dallas: 30%

QB Kordell Stewart
A source within the Steelers organization confirmed what amateur capologists have feared the past couple of weeks: The Steelers will cut Kordell Stewart without making an effort to trade him. The reason Stewart must go, of course, is the $6.3 million base salary the back-up quarterback is due next season, the final season of a contract signed in the spring of 1999. But that bloated salary is also the reason the Steelers won't be able to trade him.

While Stewart is just one year removed from a Pro Bowl season, there still is a lot of doubt around the league about his abilities as a staring quarterback in the NFL. Right now, he appears like the least desireable of the four, considering the current state of affairs in Valley Ranch.

Probability of Signing with Dallas: 20%

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