Free agent outlook: Quarterbacks

One story in a series of free agents by position and which ones may warrant teams pursuing. Today – a look at quarterbacks:

 

            One story in a series of free agents by position and which ones may warrant teams pursuing. Today – a look at quarterbacks:  

 Jack Plummer, Arizona (unrestricted): Plummer has been anything but the second coming of Joe Montana. Plummer's touchdowns have outnumbered his interceptions in just one season out of seven. In fairness to Plummer, the Cardinals have not surrounded him with an overly talented supporting cast but his performance has not been what the franchise envisioned when the Cards selected him in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft. If Arizona and Plummer decide to part ways, some NFL team is bound to take a chance.

Rodney Peete, Carolina (unrestricted): Seeing his most extensive playing time since 1995, Peete led the Panthers to three straight wins to start the season. The 36-year old Peete is best served as a steadying influence for a team starting a young quarterback but serves as a nice insurance policy.

Rob Johnson, Tampa Bay (unrestricted): It's doubtful an NFL team will break the bank for Johnson after a mostly failed experiment in Buffalo. Despite having the ideal size for a quarterback (6-foot-4, 210), he's a backup in a best-case scenario.

Shaun King, Tampa Bay (unrestricted): Jon Gruden was high on King when he first came to Tampa, then something happened. Brad Johnson remained the starter and led the Bucs to a Super Bowl championship. King can create big plays with his feet and has the competitiveness but which backup with the Bucs keep?

 Shane Matthews, Washington (unrestricted): Put up decent numbers in eight games but Patrick Ramsey is clearly the man of the future for the Redskins. Matthews is adequate but not the protype quarterback.

 Jeff Blake, Baltimore (unrestricted): He has a lot of experience and a strong downfield arm. Blake, however, lacks the consistency to be a 16-game starter.

 Gus Frerotte, Cincinnati (unrestricted): Played sparingly as the Bengals decided to go with Jon Kitna as the starter. Frerotte has good skills but is not consistent enough to be more than a backup.

 Rick Mirer, Oakland (unrestricted): He lacks the consistency to be a starter but has enough experience to add depth to the roster.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached via e-mail at vdad7@yahoo.com

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