I know that the season is not over yet, and Alex Smith can turn into the ‘quarter-back of the future’ we all hoped that he would be able to be when he was drafted 10 years ago. (Okay it really wasn’t ten years ago, but the past couple years have been painful and I aged quickly.) I wanted to look at 5 quarterbacks that will be free agents next year, or that would be easy to trade for.
David Carr - Carr was drafted #1 overall by the Texans in 2002. He played okay with the Texans, but was released in 2006 and signed with the Panthers. After 1 year with the Panthers Carr signed with the Giants, and has been on back-up QB status for 2 years. One can argue that when Carr signed with the Texans the team was so new that no rookie QB can succeed with a rookie team. Since being back-up with the Giants he has seen action in 7 games, throwing 3 touchdowns, no INT, and about 300 yards. While not that impressive, I am sure that in some of those 7 games his duty was just to run out the clock. Carr will be a free agent next year.
Tarvaris Jackson – Jackson was picked 64th overall in the 2006 draft. He was Brad Childress’ ‘hand-picked’ QB. Jackson has seen limited success playing in 27 games, starting 19. He has thrown 20 TDs, 18INTs for 3,442 yards. In 2008 he guaranteed the Vikings a play-off spot by beating the Giants the last week of the season. (I know that he didn’t play the whole year, but if it weren’t for that game the Vikings wouldn’t have been in the play-offs). However the Vikings lost in the first round of the play-offs to the Eagles. Jackson would be a free agent next year.
Derek Anderson – Anderson was picked 213th overall in 2005. One can say that the only reason he ever saw the field was because of Brady Quinn’s extensive hold out. Well Anderson made the most out of it taking the Browns 1 game away from the play-offs, but failed to make it. That season alone he throw 29 TDs, 19 INTs, for 3787 yards. And must we not forget… he was playing for the Browns. Last year and this year he hasn’t been great… but then again it is the Browns. How would he do if he had a decent O-Line, and play-makers?? We would have to trade for Anderson.
Chad Pennington – Pennington was picked 18th overall in 2000, and has twice won the NFL’s ‘Comeback Player of the Year’ award. Pennington’s career has been filled with injuries, but has still managed 102 TDs vs 62 INTs. I see a lot of comparisons between Pennington and Hill though, being more ‘game managers’ than ‘play makers.’ However Pennington was able to take a 1-15 Dolphins to the play-offs. He is 33 though, and in the football world that is getting old. Pennington will be a free agent next year.
Michael Vick – Vick was picked #1 overall by the Falcons. Vick has been to 3 pro-bowls, and has led the Falcons to the play-offs. He has 71 TDs, 51 INTs and 21 rushing touchdowns. He has set numerous NFL QB rushing records, but some people think that is his biggest fault, and that he really isn’t the best passer. Obviously signing Vick would bring a lot of baggage to the team, but could you imagine Vick, Gore, Davis, and Crabtree on the same team??? Getting Vick would depend on if the Eagles decide to keep him, but as of right now I don’t think they will.
Well that sums up the 5 QB’s that I wanted to talk about. Let me know your feelings below. I have attached a poll.
Who would you want to see as QB next year?
David Carr (10 votes)
Tarvaris Jackson (5 votes)
Derek Anderson (10 votes)
Chad Pennington (6 votes)
Michael Vick (42 votes)
Smith - Hill - Davis (128 votes)
Someone else (62 votes)
263 total votes