2008 Free Agency Preview-Quarterbacks

Free agency isn't what it once was. With $116 million under the salary cap for each team, you won't see the usual amount of free agents available to sign elsewhere. Teams simply have more to money to spend on re-signing their own players. As you can see, the quarterback position isn't very deep for free agents.

Quarterbacks Who Should Compete for a Starting Role

Derek Anderson/Cleveland Browns (RFA) - The tall, strong-armed passer is coming off of a surprisingly good season. What scouts like is his ability to get the ball to his key passing options in a decent amount of time. But scouts still question his inconsistent footwork and mechanics. Those two facets of his game were big issues over the last four to five games.

Daunte Culpepper/Oakland Raiders (UFA) - He turned 31 recently and hasn't looked the same since the gruesome knee injury he suffered mid way through the 2005 season. Culpepper still has the arm strength needed to play the position but some question how well he moves. Consistent mechanics are also an issue with him.

Others That Could Receive Interest in a Backup Role

Rex Grossman/Chicago Bears (UFA) - Some NFL scouts believe he's too small to play the position and some believe he lacks consistent accuracy. Yet he was the quarterback who led the team to a Super Bowl appearance two years ago. If Chicago decides not to re-sign him, Grossman should still be able to find enough interest in his services to at least compete for a backup job.

Josh McCown/Oakland Raiders (UFA) - The journeyman QB is athletic and has a decent arm. But the problem is he's an erratic thrower. McCown is best suited for the No. 2 role at this point of his career.
Quinn Gray/Jacksonville Jaguars (UFA) - He finally got a chance to play last season and performed better than expected. Gray has an above average arm and has decent size. He's a decent option for a team who is in need of a No. 2 signal caller.

Todd Collins/Washington Redskins (UFA) - He turns 37 next season and his best days are clearly behind him. However, Collins did a nice job in his three starts last season. But it should be pointed out his performance was in Al Saunders' system.

Cleo Lemon/Miami Dolphins (UFA) - He did a decent job with what he had to work with last season. Lemon isn't a bad option for a team that is looking for a No. 2 QB.

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