First of all let me state, I loved what Brett Favre did in 2009-10, and I give him the accordance of retiring, or making us wait until mid-August. It's OK.
But like my mother always told me: Be Prepared.
Keep in mind this year if a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is not met by September, then Restricted Free Agents (RFA) become Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA). For example, T-Jack is a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) who would become an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA), thus RFA / UFA.
So what to shop for? If we are forced to emergency select a veteran QB, this is it...
Chad Pennington, 34 years old. Kyle Boller, 29. David Carr, 31. Charlie Batch, 35. Daunte Culpepper, 33. Rex Grossman, 30. Joey Harrington, 31. Chris Redman, 33.
Restricted Free Agents: Matt Moore, 26. Troy Smith, 26.
Or RFA / UFA: Kyle Orton, 27. Jason Campbell, 28. Kellen Clemens, 27. Brodie Croyle, 27. Charlie Frye, 29.
And then there is the Exclusive Rights Free Agent: B Ratliff, 25.
That is it...
God, I hope Brett returns.