As much as you may like Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos need help at quarterback. Brady Quinn is likely on his way out the door (how could he take another year on the Denver pine after his stint with the team?), and Adam Weber, although fun to watch last preseason, isn’t quite ready to fill in as Tebow’s primary backup.
That leaves the Broncos with a lot of ideas to bat around.
Do they work on bringing in a well known free agent to help Tebow’s progress? The veteran QB would be someone Tebow could compete against in camp and pick the brain of a QB who has been in the league for a while. Picking up an experienced could also potentially save the Broncos season should Tebow get hurt in the middle of 2012.
On the other hand, the Broncos could let John Elway work with Tebow in the offseason and bank on the fact that the QB will improve under the Hall of Famer. The Broncos could look to the draft and select someone early on in case Tebow doesn’t work out long term.
For the sake of today’s article, let’s look at the list of potential free agent QBs.
Drew Brees – His agent is working out a long term deal to resign with the Saints.
Jason Campbell – After the Raiders took Carson Palmer off the couch, Campbell is likely gone. While Campbell has never been the successful first round pick (25th overall) that the Redskins had hoped for, he does have 74 career TDs and 50 career INTs. This may be a viable backup option for the Broncos.
Matt Flynn – Flynn may not have the miles on his arm or legs, but as Aaron Rodgers backup in Green Bay, he’s years ahead of the game. In the Packers final regular season game, Flynn passed for 480 yards and 6 TDs. That performance probably secured his starting spot on a team that did poorly in 2011.
Rex Grossman – The Redskins are trying to “upgrade” to Peyton Manning or Kyle Orton. Grossman is likely out of Washington. He has a 55.2% career passer with 56 TDs and 60 INTs.
Chad Henne – New Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin knows how to evaluate QBs who can lead a successful offense after his years as the Packers’ offensive coordinator. Henne has had plenty of chances in Miami and Philbin wants to start anew. He’s a 60.7% passer with 31 career TDs and 37 INTs.
Brian Hoyer (RFA) -Talk about standing behind the big red curtain. Hoyer has been backing up Tom Brady for the past three seasons while seeing action in 13 games. He came into the league undrafted.
Josh Johnson – He’s backed up Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay for 3 years while seeing action in 26 games. He has 5 TDs and 10 INTs in his short NFL career.
Kyle Orton – The Chiefs want to keep Matt Cassel which means that Orton is on his way out again. His packing skills must be getting very good. Orton could wind up in Washington. Miami may be a possibility as well since Brandon Marshall is there.
Brady Quinn – This guy deserves to play somewhere. He was nothing but professional in Denver and he’s a QB that can help the right team.
Alex Smith – Smith is staying a 49er for obvious reasons.
Vince Young – Young is more bling than brilliance. As the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 draft, we can officially call him a bust. From Tennessee to Oakland to Philadelphia, keeping this guy in the locker room can only turn things sour. He’s a 57.9% career passer with 46 TDs and 51 INTs.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Campbell sitting behind Tebow on the depth chart. The guy has plenty of experience, and he’s had some solid seasons in underdeveloped offenses. How about you? If the Broncos bring a free agent aboard, who would you like to see at No. 2 on the depth chart?