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Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:10 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 5:01 pm

2012 NFL Free Agency: Quarterback rankings

The 2012 free-agent quarterback class is an, um, diverse group. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Leading up to the start of free agency on March 13, we're compiling lists of the best 2012 NFL free agents by position. These are the quarterbacks.

Though the list of free-agent quarterbacks for 2012 isn't necessarily the greatest crop of players in NFL history, it does have the potential to be one of the most intriguing in years, because of one man: Peyton Manning. Manning's saga is well-documented at this point; the back-and-forth between Manning's camp and Jim Irsay dominated the freaking Super Bowl.

Releasing him into the wild seems like a mere matter of timing. So we're going to take that assumption and add Manning to our lists of free agents. We're also including the Saints Drew Brees and 49ers Alex Smith on this list, since both are technically unrestricted free agents, until they receive the franchise tag from their respective teams. There's a better likelihood of Jimmy Clausen unseating Cam Newton than there is Brees not returning to New Orleans, but maybe someone in the Saints office will forget to fax in the franchise-tag paperwork.

Brees offseason could be interesting.  (Getty Images)

1. Drew Brees

Breakdown: The biggest problem for the Saints isn't that Brees might leave. He's not going to unless something really ridiculous happens. The biggest problem for the Saints is that if they're forced to use the franchise tag on Brees, they could end up losing Carl Nicks and Marques Colston. That won't make Brees any happier when it gets down to brass-tack negotiating.
Potential Landing Spots: Saints

2. Peyton Manning

Breakdown: Perhaps you've heard of Manning before. He's third all-time in passing yards (54,828). He's third all-time in passing touchdowns (399). He's won more MVPs than anyone in NFL history (four). And he's second in his own family with Super Bowl rings (one). That last item isn't a shot at Manning, though. It's the reason we believe he's not done when it comes to football, and that he'll come back to the game supremely motivated. No one knows whether or not he'll be fully healthy by the time the 2012 season begins. We do know he won't be fully healthy by the time March 13 rolls around, though. Which means that anyone who signs him will be engaging in a serious high-risk, high-reward game of chicken with Manning's neck.
Potential Landing Spots: Cardinals, Dolphins, Seahawks, Jets, Redskins

3. Matt Flynn

Breakdown: Flynn's attempted just 132 passes at the professional level, but 81 of them are pretty impressive. Those came in the only two starts of his career, when Flynn managed to go 55 of 81 for 731 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. There are concerns that Flynn can't make every throw (right now) and that he might be a product of Green Bay's system. But that system's in Miami now, as former Packers quarterbacks coach Joe Philbin is the Dolphins head coach. If Miami doesn't make a run at Flynn when free agency opens up, that should be a big red flag for anyone else interested in Aaron Rodgers backup.
Potential Landing Spots: Dolphins, Seahawks, Redskins

4. Alex Smith

Breakdown: Smith resurrected his career under new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and, in the span of about two playoff minutes against the Saints, nearly flipped the entire narrative of his career. As it is, Smith's improvement in 2011 is impressive; according to Pro Football Focus, he had the third-highest accuracy percentage in the NFL (factoring in drops, throwaways and spikes) last year, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Smith's said he isn't interested in leaving San Francisco, and Harbaugh's gotten his back publicly, even though there's zero chance they'll use the franchise tag on him.
Potential Landing Spots: 49ers
Henne could surprise in the right spot. (Getty Images)

5. Chad Henne

Breakdown: Miami drafting a quarterback in the second round: an April tradition unlike any other! But no, seriously, Henne's in a long line of signal-callers that the Dolphins took in the second round who didn't pan out. He's had serious problems with interceptions; Henne's got a 3.5 percent INT rate over his career and only nine of his 36 NFL games have not featured him throwing a pick. And Henne tends to look particularly robotic at times in the pocket (these things go hand in hand). But he's only 26 and it's not fair to blame him for all of Miami's woes the past three years. Henne can make all the throws and flashed some serious potential at times during his tenure in South Beach. He's the highest-upside backup quarterback out there and he's got several former coaches -- Brian Daboll, Tony Sparano -- coaching in spots that could use a backup quarterback.
Potential Landing Spots: Chiefs, Jets, Broncos

6. Jason Campbell

Breakdown: It's hard not to feel sympathetic for Campbell. The former Auburn star and first-round pick has had roughly 25 offensive coordinators since he started taking snaps in college and he's about to start out on his third NFL roster once the free-agency shuffling begins anew this year. He's 30 and hasn't played a full season in the past two years, either because of injury or being benched. The latter was for Bruce Gradkowski, so it's hard to tell what's worse for his reputation. He makes a lot of sense for a team that wants someone to push their starter without making a stink in the locker room.
Potential Landing Spots: Chiefs, Eagles, Jets

NFL Free Agency

7. Kyle Orton

Breakdown: Orton's was a "winner" with the Bears, he was a stat-hog for a season with the Broncos, he flirted with the Dolphins and finally he was a streak-killer with the Chiefs. He's not going to be anyone's starter in 2011, unless Washington seriously misplays everything in free agency and the draft (not out of the question). But he's an above-average backup in the NFL and could certainly compete with the starters that various teams -- KC, Washington, Jacksonville, for example -- will trot out in 2011. Orton doesn't want to deal with being a "stop-gap option" but it's unlikely he'll have a choice next year.
Potential Landing Spots:
Redskins, Chiefs, Jaguars, Bears, Broncos

8. David Garrard

Breakdown: Pete Prisco's second-favorite quarterback missed the entire 2011 season after the Jaguars cut him and he underwent surgery for a herniated disk in his back. There was interest in the 34-year-old last year after teams lost quarterbacks to injury, but he decided to recover from the surgery instead. While that's the smart move, Garrard won't find the market as friendly for his services this time, especially since his agent said on February 15 Garrard would be ready in "four to six weeks." Expect someone with a steady starter and tenuous backup to look to Garrard.
Potential Landing Spots: Bears, Broncos, Buccaneers, Rams, Raiders

9. Shaun Hill

Breakdown: Hill's 32 and not exactly a spring chicken. But he performed admirably in place of Matthew Stafford in 2010 and the fit between he and the Lions is a nice one. The Lions are tight with cap space, but Hill appears to like where he's at, and it's not like he'd break the bank in another location anyway.
Potential Landing Spots: Lions
VY's likely to remain a backup. (Getty Images)

10. Vince Young

Breakdown: Now seems like a good time to remind you that the guy who coined "Dream Team" in Philly was indeed the backup quarterback and someone on a one-year contract. His personality and turnovers will cause a problem for teams looking to sign him. Unless that team happens to run the read-option offense and could really use a mobile quarterback with success in the NFL to step in and freelance if/when Tim Tebow gets hurt/melts down.
Potential Landing Spots: Broncos

11. Rex Grossman

Breakdown: Did you know that Rex Grossman is actually "Rex Grossman III"? Poor Mike Shanahan had RG3 on his roster the whole time and didn't even know it. Sigh. Anyway, Grossman's not going to attract a lot of attention on the market, and nor should he. As the old saying goes, though, "love the one you're with." And Grossman and the Shanahans are with each other, even if Rex isn't starting next year. It would be surprising to see him playing anywhere else in 2012.
Potential Landing Spots: Redskins


Unrestricted Free Agents: Dennis Dixon, Josh Johnson, Brady Quinn, Charlie Whitehurst, Donovan McNabb, Dan Orlovsky, Drew Stanton, Caleb Hanie, Charlie Batch, Kellen Clemens

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 8:25 pm

Shaun Hill recovering from minor back surgery

Posted by Andy Benoit
S. Hill
Matthew Stafford says he plans to play 16 (or more) games this season. We love his optimism -- both in that he believes he can stay healthy for the first time in his pro career and that there will be a full slate of games in 2011.

Not that the Lions are skeptical, but it’s safe to assume that they’re glad to have a reliable veteran backup like Shaun Hill. Hill, who started 10 games last season, recently had some injury issues of his own: back surgery. However, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that just six days removed from the procedure, Hill has already returned to offseason workouts with teammates (albeit on a limited basis).

“It’s kind of been bugging me for a while, but last year, (I) was able to get through the season,” Hill said. “I had a little injection before the season, and it helped me out and got me through it. This year, the injection didn’t quite help, so I opted for the surgery.”

Hill was told that if he’d had the procedure done during the season, he would have missed 4-6 weeks. He is currently jogging and expects to resume throwing soon.

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Posted on: December 24, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2010 1:52 pm

Stafford to the IR list

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions QB Matthew Stafford appears done for the season.

That’s according to mlive.com, which is reporting the Lions have placed Stafford (separated shoulder) on the Injured Reserve list.

For this Sunday vs. the Dolphins, it looks like Detroit is leaning toward starting Shaun Hill at quarterback instead of Drew Stanton.

UPDATED (1:50 p.m.): From Rapid Reporter John Kreger, here's what Stafford had to say:

"I would've loved to have felt better and ... come back and (played). With the roster situation the way it is, I completely understand. That's part of the business...it's part of the game."

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:01 pm

Drew Stanton played through a separated shoulder

D. Stanton played Sunday's game with a separated shoulder (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might have noticed that after Lions QB Drew Stanton’s shoulder got crushed as he tried to make a throw in the second quarter of Sunday’s game vs. the Buccaneers, TV cameras spotted team trainers attending to Stanton on the bench.

In fact, Stanton left the sideline early to get a jump on halftime, and reports were that the injured Shaun Hill was warming up in case Stanton couldn’t play.

But then Stanton returned to the game and helped lead Detroit to its first road win in three years, and perhaps, you forgot about Stanton’s first-half ailments.

Chances are it didn’t slip Stanton’s mind, because, according to the Detroit News, Stanton suffered a Grade 3 separation of his non-throwing shoulder.

The fact Stanton played through the pain – and played well enough to throw for a career-high 252 yards – is actually pretty damn impressive.

"Drew showed a lot of toughness out there," coach Jim Schwartz told reporters today. "He suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter and finished the game with it, played the best game that I've seen him play."

Schwartz didn’t rule out Stanton for next Sunday. Last season, Matthew Stafford suffered the same injury and played in a game four days later. Most likely, it’ll be a gametime decision, and Schwartz will have to choose between Stanton and Hill, who’s still battling a finger injury.

There’s a chance Stafford also could play, but that doesn’t seem quite as likely.

"We'll keep an open mind on all three guys and by the end of the week we'll have a pretty good plan to go forward," Schwartz said. "Drew definitely played well but we have a lot of other considerations."

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:40 pm

Stanton is the man for the Lions

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though he’s trying his best to get back on the field, it looks like Lions QB Shaun Hill won’t be the team’s starter this weekend.

As the Detroit News writes, Hill threw a couple 35-yard passes at practice today but he also didn’t unleash his arm quite as much as he had the past couple days. That means Drew Stanton likely will make his third consecutive start this Sunday vs. the Buccaneers.

Hill is battling a bad finger, and he’s expected to be the emergency third quarterback behind Stanton and Zac Robinson.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:12 pm

Shaun Hill could be done for season

D. Stanton could be called into duty this Sunday vs. Chicago (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Drew Stanton, it’s, once again, your turn to try to run the Lions offense.

Shuffling between Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill and Stanton because of various injuries this season, Detroit learned Hill broke the index finger of his throwing hand during Sunday’s game, which could mean a trip to Injured Reserve.

The Detroit Free Press writes Stanton – called into duty in Week 6 to replace Hill and completed 19 of 34 passes for 222 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Detroit’s 28-20 loss to the Giants – is expected to get the start this Sunday vs. the Bears. It’s only the second career start for Stanton.

Hill broke his finger in the first half of last week’s loss to the Patriots, but he somehow managed to play in the second half anyway. The Free Press’ source said Hill won’t require surgery, but Detroit could decide to place Hill on IR, anyway. It’s also unclear when Stafford will return from his second separated shoulder of the year.

So, for now, it’s Stanton’s team, which probably means the Lions have reentered the race for next year’s No. 1 Draft pick. The Panthers – and Jimmy Clausen – can commence looking over their shoulder.

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 10:57 am

Hill says Pats defender tried to break his arm

Posted by Will Brinson

Well, the accusation that Shaun Hill's trying to put on a certain unnamed Patriots player is that he purposely tried to break his arm.

Hill, who was injured right as Matthew Stafford returned from a shoulder injury, returned right as Stafford was injured again, and, apparently, nearly suffered a similar arm injury during a Thanksgiving loss to New England, because someone in the pile on the Patriots side was going after his busted arm.

"That's why I eventually gave up the ball," Hill said, according to the MLive. "Somebody was down there [in the pile] literally trying to break my arm, which is already broken. Literally, trying. And, uh, y'know, I guess wasn't seen (by officials)."

The pile is a place where evil things happen in football (so I hear from people who possess athletic prowess), so it's not a huge surprise that someone was utilizing an obvious advantage to get possession of the ball.

Plus, if a coach is going to send his one-armed quarterback with a sneak on the two-yard line (Hill by the way, added that he "loved the call"), it's kind of hard to expect the defense not to take advantage of an obvious weakness.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:33 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Buccaneers

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine, who’s missed the past four games, badly wants to get back into action after dealing with a quadriceps injury, while T Jeremy Trueblood (out the past two contests with a knee) looks to return as well. Both are questionable and game-time decisions.

Faine had full participation in all three practices this week, while Trueblood was full-go for two of them, but Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris wants to see how they look in pregame warmups before giving them the go-ahead.

For Carolina, RBs Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are out and won’t play. So that’s, you know, not a great sign for the Panthers. LB Nic Harris, meanwhile, is probable.

Lions at Bills

It looks like QB Shaun Hill will get the chance to replace the injured Matthew Stafford for the second time this season. Hill, who broke his forearm the first time he took over the Detroit offense this year, is probable to make his return to the game. Among the questionables for the Lions: DE Cliff Avril, S C.C. Brown, CB Chris Houston and CB Alphonso Smith.

Also, K Jason Hanson is out, and in response this week, Detroit signed Dave Rayner. Which is unfortunate, because I think all of us would have liked to see Ndamukong Suh take another crack at kicking point after attempts and field goals.

Three players Buffalo really could use this week are out, including LB Andra Davis, LB Shawne Merriman, and WR Roscoe Parrish.

Eagles at Redskins

There are seven Washington players on the injury report. All of them are questionable. They include OT Stephon Heyer, S LaRon Landry  QB Donovan McNabb, LB Brian Orakpo, WR Brandon Banks, RB Clinton Portis, and RB Ryan Torain.

Of those seven, Portis won’t play but Torain will, along with McNabb. A decision about Banks will be made gametime. The Redskins would like to have him back, because he’s been so good as a return specialist.

Eagles G Max Jean-Gilles, who’s been feeling the effects of a concussion, was cleared to play today. He remains questionable, though, on the injury report. Meanwhile, G Nick Cole is probable, and coach Andy Reid hasn’t determined who will start between the two of them.

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