With Walter Signed Vick Rumors Fade

The theory that Michael Vick could land in Foxboro riveted Patriot nation last week, but the reality it turns out is much less exciting. New England signed Andrew Walter to address their QB need. What of Vick's chances elsewhere? Are other teams still looking for a QB?

Brett Favre is gone, for now. Michael Vick is running out of teams that haven't crossed him off their list - and even if he does find an NFL roster this year, it won't be as a starter. But there are plenty of quarterback battles that promise to provide drama - even minus the two diva names - with training camps now open across the league.

The first is the battle Favre created by staying retired. Minnesota has a Super Bowl contending team if it can get even solid quarterback play. That's why Sage Rosenfels was acquired to compete with Tarvaris Jackson - months before Favre came into the picture. Jackson suffered what is reported to be a strained MCL, but if he doesn't miss too much time it still appears to be a 50-50 competition.

The situation is similar in Cleveland and San Francisco. New Browns coach Eric Mangini has insisted Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn are neck-and-neck. Shaun Hill would appear to have a slight edge for the 49ers' job, but coach Mike Singletary certainly hasn't ruled out Alex Smith. In fact, Singletary sees the fans booing Smith at training camp as a challenge the former No. 1 overall pick has to prove he can handle.

"I think it was outstanding," Singletary said. "Alex has to learn how to deal with it."

And there is plenty of intrigue with the three quarterbacks selected in the first round.

In Detroit, Matthew Stafford appears to be a long shot to open the season ahead of Daunte Culpepper, but those two are rotating snaps along with third-stringer Drew Stanton.

"You'll see almost even reps," coach Jim Schwartz said. "You'll see different guys start off different drills. Go ahead and try to have fun reading between the lines with that, because you're not going to be able to."

The rookie quarterback most likely to start Week 1 remains Mark Sanchez. The fifth overall pick is working with the second team, but Kellen Clemens threw four interceptions through the first four practices, and Sanchez has taken some reps with the first team.

The dark horse remains Josh Freeman. Drafted as a bit of a project by the Bucs, Freeman was extremely impressive during offseason workouts - enough so that coach Raheem Morris said he was in the mix along with Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown.

"When we drafted (Freeman), when we had our conversations, that's exactly what we said to each other. We'll get the guy, we'll get him in here, we'll let it play itself out. But here's the ideal plan," said Morris. "Now, as you guys saw in OTA days, Josh became a problem. A good problem. That's a good problem. We look forward to that. We'll make that decision as we go. I'll make that decision and I'll let you guys know."

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