Top 5 Free Agent Quarterbacks – 2013 Edition
Ah free agency, probably my favourite part of the offseason, with big moves being made and teams changing personnel before the draft. This year will be no different, whether teams will hang onto their star free agents with big contracts, franchise tag them or let them walk – it makes for an exciting month of March when the rumours start flying and deals are done.
To bring everyone up to speed as to some of the bigger free agents, I’m going to start at the quarterback position. So without further ado here are my top 5 free agent quarterbacks in 2013.
5. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins
Rex Grossman is coming off a year where he failed to see the field as Robert Griffin III was by far the man in the US capital on his way to the Rookie of the Year award. However in 2011 he threw for 3,151 yards and 16 touchdowns and comes with 10 years NFL experience and a Super Bowl appearance. His gun-slinger style does make him prone to turnovers but I do feel he can be a solid backup somewhere and should get a one year deal elsewhere if the Redskins choose not to keep him.
4. Tavaris Jackson – Buffalo Bills
Another quarterback who didn’t see the field in 2012, however I think he could go into a team that uses the read-option play and who could make use of his mobility. Still only 29 and with starter experience, Jackson should get some looks and although there is too much talent at the quarterback position in the league for him to be a starter, he could still be a serviceable backup in the right situation.
3. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins
Matt Moore should definitely land with a team in need of help at the quarterback position in 2013. He saw very limited action in 2012 as the Dolphins went with first round pick Ryan Tannehill, but Moore has a good amount of experience and is still only 28. He’s a reliable game manager who can get a team a few wins should the starter go down. A solid number two quarterback for anyone looking for one.
2. Jason Campbell – Chicago Bears
Ignoring the awful outing against the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 season, Jason Campbell has proven in his career that he can win some games and be a decent starter when called upon. He was looking at a solid season with the Oakland Raiders in 2011 before an unfortunate injury. Another quarterback who can certainly be a solid number two quarterback and should easily land elsewhere if the Bears let him walk.
1. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
Was there really any doubt that Joe Flacco wouldn’t be the top free agent quarterback going into free agency this year? After just about the best post season performance, including the Super Bowl MVP award, we have seen from a quarterback since Joe Montana was winning Super Bowls in the 80’s with the 49ers, Flacco is expecting a huge pay day from the Baltimore Ravens. But will he get one and if so how much and for how long? Look for this to be the biggest story of the free agency period this year.
Is there a quarterback I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!