The NFL free agent quarterbacks list is usually pretty sparse in talent, as good qbs tend to be signed or franchised at least by their original team. The 2009 free agent quarterback list has some potential starters on it. This article will break down the list and possible teams they may go to. I will also mention whether compensation would be needed to sign a quarterback during 2009 NFL free agency.
1 Matt Cassel went from not starting in college to a millionaire after replacing Tom Brady who was injured in 2008. Cassel signed a contract with the Patriots but he will possibly be traded if Brady looks like he will play in 2009.
2 Kurt Warner had a miracle season with the Arizona Cardinals helping them to Super Bowl 43 where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is thought that Warner will either resign with Arizona or retire. However you never know what would happen if a playoff contender waved lots of cash at him.
3 Byron Leftwich is still young enough to play 5 or more good years in the right system. Plus he has the advantage of having been a starting quarterback in the past. Leftwich has a 54 to 38 touchdown pass to interception ratio in his NFL career. He will be eager to start for somebody after being humbled by being a backup. I think he could take a team far, look for him possibly in Chicago. Carolina Panther fans are wanting Byron badly but I don’t see it happening.
4 Kerry Collins proved he can be a game manager quarterback and play well at times. All indications are that the Titans will resign him. Collins will retire if he does not have a starting job in 2009.
5 Rex Grossman has been a bust in Chicago but he did lead the Bears to a Super Bowl which they lost. He almost certainly will be on another roster in 2009. Look for him to be a backup probably. I think it is possible he could turn up in Tampa or Minnesota.
6 Jeff Garcia has more lives than a cat and could be a starter in Tampa next season if they resign him. I don’t think they will but it is possible. I think he could return to Philadelphia if the Eagles are not sold on their backups.
7 J.P. Losman, showed promise at one time with the Buffalo Bills. Like Leftwich Lowman has starting experience AND is still young enough to be a long term starter on the right team. Losman is the type of player (cheap) that the Panthers may pick up to push Delhomme.
8 Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t show he was capable of starting for the Bengals when Carson Palmer went down. But he does have the potential to be a decent backup on a team with a good offensive line.
9 Chris Simms is highly regarded by the Titans and was considered an up and coming quarterback before a devastating injury with Tampa Bay. I don’t see Sims with the Titans unless Vince Young is traded or released. He is capable of being a 2nd stringer somewhere.
10 Kyle Boller never quite made it with the Ravens and could do with a change of scenery. He has enough experience that some team will snatch him up for a backup at low wages.