A listing of the quarterbacks scheduled for NFL free agency in 2005. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent; ERFA=Exclusive Rights Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. The "Best of the Bunch" is sorted by rankings from Scout.com's Lane Adkins. The "Rest of the Bunch" is sorted by free-agent type, then by most recent team. Comments provided for unrestricted free agents.
|BEST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
|Comment: Coming up: a tough franchise tag call for the Seahawks. Most likely, he'll be re-signed in the next few weeks, as Mike Holmgren has no intention of letting his progeny go elsewhere.|
|Comment: Comeback kid expected to get the franchise tag.|
|Comment: Retirement could be in the future.|
|Comment: Could join ex-OC Scott Linehan in Miami. Threw one pass in 2004.|
|Comment: Garnered some interest last offseason. Wants a shot at starting.|
|Comment: Possible starter for Browns if they can keep him.|
|Comment: Missed the season with a knee injury. May return as backup.|
|Comment: Veteran QB could find himself a backup role.|
|Comment: Not likely to return to New York. Wants a shot at starting.|
|Comment: Vet backup, with seven seasons of keeping clipboard off the ground in KC.|
|Comment: Mercurial QB still getting mothball scent off of him in Chicago.|
|Comment: Titans third-stringer saw limited action. May be headed to the Jets.|
|Comment: Worked with new Ravens QB coach Rick Neuheisel in college. Shot at #3 job.|
|Comment: 29-year-old QB spent last season on IR with a back injury. He's very low on a long "to-do" list for the Seahawks right now, and Seneca Wallace will probably get the #3 slot behind Hasselbeck and Trent Dilfer.|
|Comment: Tired of backing up Carr, wants to shop around for a starting job.|
|Comment: Return trip to Cleveland about as likely as Superlotto win.|
|Comment: Part of a trio that threw 26 interceptions in 2004.|
|REST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
|Comment: Bills would like to see him return as a veteran backup.|
|Comment: Former Patriot was KC's #3 QB this season. No regular-season snaps.|
|Comment: 38-year-old likely to retire. No regular-season appearances in three years.|
|Comment: Didn't appear in 2004. Wants to stay in NY, but Giants will look at options.|
|Comment: Not expected to return to the Lions. Was #3 QB in 2004.|
|Comment: Coming back from injury, may stick with Pack if Favre stays.|
|Comment: Valuable pretending to be Donovan McNabb on the Super Bowl scout team. Other than that....|
|Comment: Would have to battle Jeff Smoker for the Rams #2 QB job.|
|Brad Van Pelt||ERFA||Broncos|
2005 Free Agent Quarterbacks
And given that Drew Brees will likely get the tag in San Diego, what we're left with is a very unexciting list regarding marquee talent at the marquee position. However, there's good veteran depth and some talent bargains here - one simply has to know where to look.
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