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So who are the free agent QBs?

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, NFC, Brett Favre Updated: March 4, 2011 - 11:20 AM
This should be a busy day for Chip and me. It should be like Christmas for you. The NFL's free agency period was supposed to begin at 11 last night, but instead the league's business came to a halt as labor negotiations were extended.
 
Let me guess. You're sick of this story already and the reality is it's only just begun. Lockout, strike, work stoppage, anti-trust actions, most fans simply want football and this time of year that means free agency. We're here to help, or at least do as much as we can.
 
Assuming free agency had started today, one would have to assume the Vikings would be talking to some of the agents for quarterbacks who are free to shop their services. Thus, here is an unofficial list of quarterbacks who at some point should be hitting the market in some way, shape or form.
 
Unrestricted: Kyle Boller (Oakland), Todd Bouman (Jacksonville), Marc Bulger (Baltimore), Kerry Collins (Tennessee), Kellen Clemens (Jets), Todd Collins (Chicago), Brodie Croyle (Kansas City), Charlie Frye (Oakland), Rex Grossman (Washington), Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle), Tavaris Jackson (Minnesota), Matt Leinart (Houston), J.P. Losman (Seattle), Luke McCown (Jacksonville), J.T. O’Sullivan (Oakland), Chad Pennington (Miami), Patrick Ramsey (Minnesota), Chris Simms (Tennessee), Alex Smith (San Francisco), Jim Sorgi (Giants), Brian St. Pierre (Carolina). Billy Volek (San Diego).
 
Restricted: Brian Brohm (Buffalo), Dennis Dixon (Pittsburgh), Caleb Hanie (Chicago)
 
Four-year players (restricted under old CBA but could be unrestricted in new agreement): Trent Edwards (Jacksonville), Bruce Gradkowski (Oakland), Matt Moore (Carolina), Troy Smith (San Francisco), Drew Stanton (Detroit), Tyler Thigpen (Miami)
 
Available for the right price in a trade: Vince Young (Tennessee), Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia)
 
About that Favre guy: Yes, Brett Favre is a free agent but he has said he will retire.
 

 

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