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Free Agent Fever – Part 2

In part I we began our review of unrestricted QBs available for 2010.  Specifically, we looked at AJ Feeley, Brian St Pierre, Chad Pennington, Charlie Batch, and Chris Redman.  In Part II we will continue our review.

1 Daunte Culpepper – Daunte is another QB who has experienced sustained playing time and some success in the NFL.  Daunte was elected to the Pro Bowl 3 times (2000, 2003, and 2004). His NFL career started in 1999 when he was drafted by the Vikings. That year he didn’t throw a single pass, but the very next he landed the starting QB position.  That first playing year he led his team to an 11-5 record, a playoff appearance, and a Pro Bowl nod.  Those first 5 years Culpepper rushed for 2,323, passed for 18,598 yards, threw 129 TDs, and 74 INTs. Unfortunately, that first year (2000) would be his only winning season (in 2003 the Vikings were 9-7, but Culpepper’s personal record was 7-7) and his stats over the next 5 years would dramatically diminish.  His stats for 2005-2009 are 323 rushing, 5,555 yards passing, 20 TDs, and 32 INTs.  The difference was a severe knee injury in 2005 that he has never been able to rebound from.  Since 2005 he has played in a greatly reduced number of games for 4 teams (Minnesota, Miami, Oakland, and Detroit).  Most of his performances have been subpar.

The rest of the QBs are after the jump!

2 David Carr – Carr was drafted in 2002 by the expansion team Houston Texans.  If Carr could go back and do things differently, it would probably be to his benefit to play for a different team. He played for the Texan’s 5 years with pretty decent stats; this despite being victim to a poor and often injured offensive line.  His stats for those 5 years were 13,391 yards passing, 59 TDs, and 65 INTs.  All of this transpired as he endured an incredible 249 sacks.  The Texans had losing records every year during this period and Carr was traded to the Panthers at the end of 2006. Week 5 of the 2007 season Carr incurred a back injury and saw limited playing time for the remainder of the year.  The last 2 years Carr has been the back up QB to Eli Manning on the NY Giants.

3 J.P. Losman – Losman was drafted in 2004 by Buffalo.  In his first year he suffered a broken leg in a freak accident during practice.  He saw almost no playing time that first year.  The next year he was named the starting QB, but due to injury and poor performance end up sharing QB time with back up Kelly Newcomb.  The Bills ended up 5-11 for the year.  Losman again won the starting position in 2006 and had a break out year.  He passed for 3,051 yards, had 19 TDs, and 14 INTs.  The team finished 7-9 which could more accurately be blamed on a poor offensive line and subpar rushing.  In 2007 Losman suffered a minor knee injury and was replaced by rookie Trent Edwards.  Although Edwards was ready to return 2 weeks later, the Bills stayed with their rookie. Losman only played 2 more games in 2007, but both were impressive.  Losman backed up Edwards in 2008, but saw limited playing time and success.  In 2009 he was traded to the Raiders where he made a single appearance.

4 Jeff Garcia – Jeff played QB for 4 celebrated years in the CFL.  He was drafted by the 49ers in 1999.  He took over the team in 2000 with the retirement of Steve Young.  He has been elected to the Pro Bowl 4 times (as recently as 2007), has appeared in the post season in 4 different years, has career passing of over 25k yards, 161 TDs, and 83 INTs.  He is a skilled, tough, gutsy, seasoned player and a clutch performer.  He has played for 6 NFL teams and never fails to give 100%.  Unfortunately, he was born in 1970 so he is 40 years old.

5 Josh McCown – Josh was drafted by the Cardinals in 2002 after an impressive performance at the NFL combine.    That first year he saw very little action.  In 2003 he played in 8 games with 3 starts (1-2).  His 2003 stats were 1,018 passing yards, 5 TDs and 6 INTs.  2004 was his best year with 2,511 yards passing, 11 TDs, and 10 INTs.  The team record that year was 6-10.  He played poorly for the Cardinals in 2005 and lost the starting job to Kurt Warner.  In 2006 he spent most of his time on the bench on Detroit.  In 2007 he was traded to the Raiders where he posted a personal record of 2-7.  2008-2009 saw his butt sitting on the bench for the Carolina Panthers.  To his credit McCown has 4 4th quarter come-from-behind wins in his career.

Of the ten QBs we have looked at so far (AJ Feeley, Brian St Pierre, Chad Pennington, Charlie Batch, Chris Redman, Daunte Culpepper, David Carr, J.P. Losman, Jeff Garcia, Josh McCown), I see several that are interesting to me.  Of course I like a healthy Chad Pennington and a younger Jeff Garcia, but I don’t see that happening (although I am not totally opposed to Garcia for a year… he could be a good mentor for his immediate replacement).  I like Carr and Batch as short termers (2 years) and I think with the right coaching and team JP Losman could also be a short term option (2-3+ years).

I look forward to your thoughts.  We’ll look at the remainder of the free agent QBs in Part III.


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