With free agency beginning March 11, we continue our look at NFL free agent prospects by taking a look at the quarterback position. Barring a failed physical, Peyton Manning will be back as your starting quarterback in 2014. Behind Manning is former second round pick Brock Osweiler, and last years seventh round selection Zac Dysert. Could the Broncos look at adding a veteran quarterback to push the two youngsters?
Lets take a look at some notable Free Agents who the Broncos may have interest in.
Names To Know:
Former first round pick Josh Freeman once looked like a promising prospect for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it all went down hill in 2013. Freeman was traded to Minnesota in hopes a change of scenery would get his career heading in the right direction. That didn't happen, and now Freeman enters Free Agency in hopes of landing a starting job.
Freeman has very good arm strength allows him to make all of the NFL throws and attack the deep half of the field. Freeman has good size(6'6, 240lbs) and athleticism that you like to see in your starting Quarterback. Freeman was a solid starting Quarterback for the Buccaneers, and had a career year in 2012 where put up 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Freeman needs to improve his accuracy if he wants to be an NFL starting Quarterback. In 61 career games, Freeman has thrown 67 interceptions and has posted a career 57.6 completion percentage. There was rumors of Freeman being late to meetings, and being the last player to facility. Freeman will be a project for whatever franchise that picks him up this offseason.
Shaun Hill is one of the best backup Quarterbacks in the league, but he just turned 34 years old. The Lions would be wise to re-sign the veteran to backup the injury prone Matthew Stafford.
Hill has proven to be a solid NFL backup, and has produced when called on. In his career, Hill has thrown for 41 touchdowns and only 23 interceptions. This shows that Hill can throw touchdowns and protect the ball. He would be a good mentor for a team with a young quarterback.
Hill turned 34 years old in January, and teams may view him as too old to be a backup in the NFL. From 2011 on, Hill has only played in three NFL games, and only 16 pass attempts. So the lack of game action could concern some NFL teams.
Chad Henne, Jaguars:
Chad Henne is coming off a decent year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2013 Henne passed for 3,241 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Has shown to be a decent NFL starter when called on. Can be a solid backup for a team in need of a veteran backup. Has history of coming off the bench and producing, and can be a solid spot starter.
Has struggled in extended starting action. Henne has reached his ceiling, and likely will not develop into a solid NFL starting QB.
Top 10 Quarterbacks:
1. Michael Vick
2. Josh McCown
3. Matt Cassel
4. Josh Freeman
5. Shaun Hill
6. Chad Henne
8. Colt McCoy
9. Matt Flynn
10. Kellen Clemens