Derek AndersonLooking For Clues To The 2008 Cleveland Browns

Ok, first things first….no, I am NOT writing off the 2007 Browns season. I’m still cautiously optimistic in the power of Jim Sorgi to send the Browns into the playoffs (something DA couldn’t do against the NFL’s 25th ranked pass defense). No, I am NOT writing off DA. I still think he has the potential to be a top 8 or so NFL quarterback. No, I am NOT on the Brady Quinn bandwagon. We have not seen the guy take one single real NFL snap. We have no clue what kind of player he will be.

All that being said, I have some time off this week from my paying job, so I decided to do some research for my non-paying job. My interest in this topic was sparked by reader Shane, who posted in the comments section on an earlier post a story on the site profootballtalk.com claiming that Bill Parcells will be interested in giving up the Dolphins’ draft picks to acquire DA in the offseason in an attempt to expedite the Dolphins’ turnaround. Now, I have never heard of profootballtalk.com and I have no idea how legit this report is, but Shane was right in that I did indeed enjoy the story because it sparked my curiosity. It got me to wondering what every team’s QB outlook for 2008 looks like, and accordingly, which teams would even consider trading for either DA or Brady Quinn.

So what I’ve done is looked at the QB situation of every team in the NFL, compared it to their draft position (as of now), and made my best guess as to whether or not each team would consider making a move for one of the Browns’ QBs in the upcoming season. Again, it’s important for me to emphasize that I am not saying that the Browns will be looking to trade either QB. I do not think that is the case at all. I believe it is the Browns’ preference to head into 2008 with both QBs on the roster. But will any teams make an offer to the Browns? It’s possible. Will a team give up their 1st and 3rd round picks to sign DA? It’s possible. That’s all I’m considering. From these other teams’ points of view, will they even consider making a move for one of the Browns’ QBs? Take this FWIW and have fun with it.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys:

QBs on Roster: Tony Romo (2008 Salary: $6 million; Signed Through: 2013) – QB Score per Play (rank): 3.37 (2)

Other QBs: Brad Johnson

Projected Draft Position: 30-31 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: No interest. None. They already have the Browns’ first round pick, and they have this guy named Tony Romo. Safe to say, they’re content with their current QB situation.

New York Giants:

QBs on Roster: Eli Manning (2008 Salary: $8.45 million; Signed Through: 2009) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.12 (25)

Other QBs: Anthony Wright, Jared Lorenzen

Projected Draft Position: 24-27 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: For better or worse, the Giants are stuck with Manning. Despite consistently poor QB play this season, the Giants are still in the playoffs again this year, and with a significant financial contribution to Manning through 2009, there’s no reason for the Giants to be making trades to bring in other QBs. Just not gonna happen. The Giants will be sticking with Eli Manning.

Philadelphia Eagles:

QBs on Roster: Donovan McNabb (2008 Salary: $6.3 million; Signed Through: 2013) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.08 (14)

Other QBs: AJ Feely, Kevin Kolb

Projected Draft Position: 13-18 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: The Eagles are a curious team to figure out. Publicly, everyone is putting on a happy face, but there have been numerous reports from behind the scenes stating that both the team and the QB feel that it’s time for them to part ways and head in a new direction. McNabb has actually played at an above average level this season, and will be an interesting piece to the QB puzzle this offseason. Rumors are flying about a possible trade sending McNabb back to his hometown of Chicago. With AJ Feely playing well in place of McNabb at times this season, and with Kevin Kolb being the heir apparent to the Philly QB throne, it could indeed be possible that this is McNabb’s final season in the city of brotherly hate. What does this have to do with the Browns? Not a lot directly. Philly will not be giving up draft picks to get either Quinn or DA. The McNabb impact will come into play as teams will consider whether it would be better to trade for McNabb or one of the Browns’ QBs. This will be a team to watch in the off season.

Washington Redskins:

QBs on Roster: Jason Campbell (2008 Salary: $635,000; Signed Through: 2009) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.65 (18)

Other QBs: Todd Collins, Mark Brunell

Projected Draft Position: 19-20 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: Fighting for a playoff spot, the Washington Redskins find themselves in a bit of a QB controversy all their own, with the excellent play of Todd Collins of late in place of the injured Jason Campbell, who was believed to be the Redskins’ QB of the future. If Collins can lead the team into the playoffs with a win over Dallas this weekend, and even possibly win a playoff game, then thing will get real interesting in Washington. Needless to say, with all this going on, the last thing they need is to introduce yet another QB into this equation. So no, they will have no interest in the Browns’ QBs.

NFC North

Chicago Bears:

QBs on Roster: Rex Grossman (2008 Salary: Free Agent) – QB Score per Play (rank): 0.56 (31)
Brian Griese (2008 Salary: $1.4 million + $300,000 roster bonus; Signed Through: 2010) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.58 (22)

Other QBs: Kyle Orton

Projected Draft Position: 9-12 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: The defending NFC Champions have themselves a QB mess. Do they re-sign Rex Grossman and give him another chance? That seems unlikely given the simply awful play he’s given them the past couple seasons. Do they give Griese his roster bonus and bring him back to be the starter? At this point, it’s hard to fathom how that could even be a consideration for a team looking to get back into the ranks of the NFC elite. Do they hand over the team to Kyle Orton? No chance. The Bears are a team who will be looking to make a splash at QB this off season. They will inquire about Donovan McNabb, and you can bet they will inquire about Quinn. If the Browns do not sign DA to a long term deal and just give him the max tender, the Bears will at least weigh whether or not DA would be worth the cost. No matter how you look at it, the Bears will be a major player in the QB market this off season as it is their #1 most pressing need.

Detroit Lions:

QBs on Roster: Jon Kitna (2008 Salary: $1.95 million; Signed Through: 2009) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.88 (17)

Other QBs: J.T. O’Sullivan, Dan Orlovsky

Projected Draft Position: 13-18 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: Ah yes, the Lions. Jon Kitna made his bold prediction before this season that the Lions would win 10 games year. At 6-2, his prediction looked like it was coming true right before our eyes. 6 straight loses later, and the Lions were 6-8 before finally getting another win last week. They still have a chance to finish .500, and no matter what happens, the Lions were an improved team this year. I’d expect them to focus their off season on the defensive side of the ball and they will likely ride Kitna another year. They would probably love to add a guy like Quinn to take over for Kitna after this season (remember the excellent job Kitna did tutoring Carson Palmer), and maybe they will ask the Browns what it would take. Assuming the Browns are looking to get back into the first round of this draft, it’s just hard to see how the Lions could justify giving up a top 15ish draft pick for a luxury of a future QB when they have so many other more immediate needs on defense. I would consider the Lions to be a team with very mild interest in Quinn.

Minnesota Vikings:

QBs on Roster: Tarvaris Jackson (2008 Salary: $445,000; Signed Through: 2009) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.62 (19)

Other QBs: Brooks Bollinger, Kelly Holcomb

Projected Draft Position: 20-21 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: The Vikings will be a surprise player in the QB market this off season. This is a team on the rise, who with some help from Dallas can still find their way into the playoffs this year. Despite really not playing all that poorly this season, the Vikings are not sold on Tarvaris Jackson and will look for ways to improve their QB play next season. That being said, there is still talk that the Vikings do indeed like Jackson’s potential upside and perhaps they will be looking for a veteran to let Jackson get more seasoning underneath for a couple years. If that’s the case, the Vikings will enter the Donovan McNabb market. If they decide that Jackson just isn’t going to be their guy in the future, then they will at least ponder entering the DA market. With a fairly low draft pick anyway, they would conceivably at least consider making a move for DA. With a solid QB, it’s downright scary to think how good the Vikings could be with rookie sensation Adrian Peterson and with a stellar run defense. The Vikings will almost certainly look to get better QB play next season, one way or the other.

Green Bay Packers:

QBs on Roster: Brett Favre (2008 Salary: $12 million; Signed Through: 2010) – QB Score per Play (rank): 3.30 (3)

Other QBs: Aaron Rodgers, Craig Nall

Projected Draft Position: 29

Prediction: With legendary Brett Favre playing some of the best football of his life, there’s really no reason for him to retire yet. But even should he choose to retire, the Packers have their guy in Aaron Rodgers, who showed a little of what he’s capable of doing when Favre went down with an injury against Dallas this season. So in a nutshell, the Packers have no interest in messing with their QB situation right now.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons:

QBs on Roster: Joey Harrington (2008 Salary: $2.5 million; Signed Through: 2008) – QB Score per Play: 1.61 (20)

Other QBs: Chris Redman, Byron Leftwich

Projected Draft Position: 2-4 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: The Falcons are the team with that 10,000 pound gorilla in the room (Mike Vick). It’s not an easy thing to overcome when you lose the face of your franchise just before the season. Adding to their frustration was the fact that they traded away prized backup Matt Schaub in the off season, leaving them perennial disappointment Joey Harrington and washed up Byron Leftwich as their only viable options this season. Leftwich was a disaster and Harrington played his typical frustrating self. The Falcons must address their QB situation this off season. The problem is, their draft pick is too high to trade to the Browns for either DA or Quinn. So while the Falcons are definitely in the market for a QB, it’s tough to see them giving up a top 4 pick for Derek Anderson.

Carolina Panthers:

QBs on Roster: Vinny Testaverde (2008 Salary: Free Agent)
Jake Delhomme (2008 Salary: $3.69 million; Signed Through: 2009)

Other QBs: Matt Moore, David Carr

Projected Draft Position: 9-12

Prediction: The Carolina Panthers served as the 2007 example of why QB depth is a premium luxury in the NFL, and why the Browns’ first choice will be to keep both DA and Brady on the team next season. As it is, looking ahead to the future for the Carolina franchise, it can be a bit tough to predict. Do they have any confidence in David Carr? Who is Matt Moore? Does Jake Delhomme have anything left? Will they bring Vinny back for his 100th NFL season? Honestly, I think the Panthers qualify as another team that would not really want DA, but would love to bring in Quinn and let him learn under Delhomme for a year or two before taking over. Are they interested enough to give up a 10-15 pick? It’s not impossible, but it’s also not likely.

New Orleans Saints:

QBs on Roster: Drew Brees (2008 Salary: $4.8 million; Signed Through: 2011) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.55 (10)

Other QBs: Jamie Martin

Projected Draft Position: 14-19

Prediction: No interest at all. Despite getting off to about as horrible of a start as you could, Drew Brees recovered in a big way and is still currently in the top 10 in the NFL in QB Score per Play. He’s the man for now in New Orleans.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

QBs on Roster: Jeff Garcia (2008 Salary: $2 million; Signed Through: 2008) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.82 (7)

Other QBs: Luke McCown, Bruce Gradkowski, Chris Simms

Projected Draft Position: 22-24

Prediction: One of the best kept secrets in the NFL this season has been just how stellar Jeff Garcia has been (gulp). He has played out of his mind this season, and has the Bucs back in the playoffs. Still under contract for another season, it seems unlikely that Tampa will look to make any major moves regarding their QB position right now. Perhaps they might draft a QB this year to setup the future, but you don’t get the sense that this is a team that has any interest in trading a 1st round pick for a QB like DA or Quinn.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals:

QBs on Roster: Kurt Warner (2008 Salary: $4 million; Signed Through: 2008) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.04 (15)
Matt Leinart: (2008 Salary: $735,000; Signed Through: 2011)

Other QBs: Tim Rattay, Tim (Husband of Elisabeth) Hasselbeck

Projected Draft Position: 14-19 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: With Kurt Warner still playing slightly above average football and with Matt Leinart still looking to show his potential, the Cardinals have no interest in the Browns’ QBs.

San Francisco 49ers:

QBs on Roster: Alex Smith (2008 Salary: $2.3 million + $8 million buy-back; Singed Through: 2011)
Shaun Hill (2008 Salary: Free Agent)
Tren Dilfer (2008 Salary: $1 million + $500,000 roster bonus; Signed Through: 2008) – QB Score per Play (rank): -0.70 (33)

Other QBs: Chris Weinke

Projected Draft Position: 9

Prediction: Under Shaun Hill, the 49ers have gone from a team looking to fight for the #1 draft pick to a team who is trying to end the season on a 3 game win streak. Which really makes you wonder…will the 49ers really pick up the $8 million buy-back on former #1 overall pick Alex Smith? I’ve seen no indication otherwise, but it’s so hard for me to imagine putting over $10 million into a QB next season who has never really shown you much of anything. Why not pick up the $500k bonus on Dilfer’s contract and keep him around another year to help groom Shaun Hill if need be, and give this Hill kid a shot to be the man? Granted, Hill is about to turn 28 in January and has never shown anything in the NFL, but in the 3 games he’s played for SF he has been solid and shown some small potential. Regardless, until I hear otherwise, I will assume the Niners are sticking with Alex Smith and will sink a ton of money into him to keep him around, thus removing them as a player for the Browns’ QBs.

St. Louis Rams:

QBs on Roster: Marc Bulger (2008 Salary: $7 million; Signed Through: 2013) – QB Score per Play (rank): 0.79 (29)

Other QBs: Gus Frerotte, Brock Berlin, Todd Bouman

Projected Draft Position: 2-4 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: No matter how you look at it, 2007 was a disappointing season for the Rams. More than just disappointing, you could also call it underachieving. The Rams have some explosive talent on offense. Injuries slowed down Marc Bulger as he tried to play with broken and bruised ribs this season. Assuming he can bounce back next year, the Rams will be fine at QB and on offense in general. Look for them to hang on tight to that top 5 pick and use it on the best defensive player available. They will have zero interest in making any kind of deal with the Browns.

Seattle Seahawks:

QBs on Roster: Matt (Not Married To Elisabeth) Hasselbeck (2008 Salary: $5.75 million; Signed Through: 2010) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.37 (12)

Other QBs: Seneca Wallace, Chuck Frye

Projected Draft Position: 25-28

Prediction: Hasselbeck has been his usual solid self this season, the Seahawks had a solid season so far, and they already took in Chuck Frye. No chance that they look to bring in DA or BQ.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills:

QBs on Roster: Trent Edwards (2008 Salary: Terms Unknown; Signed Through: 2010) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.94 (16)
J.P. Losman (2008 Salary: $645,000; Signed Through: 2008)

Other QBs: Gibran Hamdan

Projected Draft Position: 14-19 (depending on tie breaker)

Prediction: All indications seem to be that the Bills are happy with Trent Edwards and now see him, and not J.P. Losman, as their QB of the future. With both Losman and Edwards due to be on the roster in 2008, the Bills will not be looking at adding a QB in this offseason.

Miami Dolphins:

QBs on Roster: Cleo Lemon (2008 Salary: Free Agent) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.07 (26)

Other QBs: John Beck (2008 Salary: $370,000; Signed Through: 2010), Trent Green

Projected Draft Position: 1

Prediction: The Dolphins are the team that started this whole post. It’s easy to see why they will be looking for a QB. Trent Green has been completely unable to stay healthy and on the field, and may yet retire from the NFL. Cleo Lemon has been underwhelmin and is a free agent anyway. In limited action, rookie John Beck has thrown 0 TDs and 3 INTs on the season. And then there’s the new sheriff in town, the Big Tuna himself, Bill Parcells. Parcells is not a patient man, and he will want to make a big splash to make his impact and influence felt immediately throughout the Miami organization. Will that really mean giving up their first overall pick in the draft for Derek Anderson? Gosh, it’s just so hard to imagine that. Were DA in the draft pool this year, even with this season under his belt, it’s still hard to picture DA being the #1 overall pick. Obviously the Browns would go for it in a heartbeat if Mr. Tuna offered it, but I’m guessing that doesn’t happen. If the Browns still had their 1st round pick, maybe it would work. But why would the Dolphins want to drop out of the first round of the draft altogether? It just doesn’t make any sense. Look for Miami to address the position via draft, free agency, or by bringing in a low cost veteran like Chad Pennington to hold things over for a year. Do not expect a deal to be done with the Browns, no matter what profootballtalk.com says.

New England Patriots:

QBs on Roster: Tom Brady (2008 Salary: $5 million + $3 million roster bonus; Signed Through: 2010) – QB Score per Play (rank): 4.19 (1)

Other QBs: Matt Cassel, Matt Gutierrez

Projected Draft Position: 32

Prediction: Are you serious?

New York Jets:

QBs on Roster: Kellen Clemens (2008 Salary: $445,000; Signed Through: 2009) – QB Score per Play (rank): 0.93 (28)
Chad Pennington (2008 Salary: $4.8 million; Signed Through: 2011) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.42 (23)

Other QBs: Marques Tuiasosopo

Projected Draft Position: 3-5

Prediction: The Jets like this Clemens kid. Sure, Pennington actually performed slightly better this season, but the difference is marginal enough that it makes sense for the Jets to cut Pennington and go with Clemens, especially when you consider that due to his restructured deal, Pennington’s cap charge is actually $7.8 million. Again, a team just isn’t going to give up a top 5 pick for DA and especially not for Quinn, so my best guess is that the Jets try to trade Pennington in the offseason (perhaps to the Tuna in Miami) and will give Kellen Clemens a full year to prove he can handle the starting job.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens:

QBs on Roster: Kyle Boller (2008 Salary: $2 million; Signed Through: 2008) – QB Score per Play (rank): 0.94 (27)
Steve McNair (2008 Salary: $4 million; Signed Through: 2010) – QB Score per Play (rank): 0.23 (32)

Other QBs: Troy Smith

Projected Draft Position: 6-8

Prediction: You gotta love the QB mess the Ravens always seem to find themselves in. Troy Smith isn’t ready to be a starter yet, Kyle Boller has been wildly inaccurate and frankly awful his entire career, and Steve McNair is old and broken. 2007 was a horrible year for Baltimore, and a good portion of that stems from their QB play. With Boller and McNair still under contract, it’s unlikely much will change there. I’d expect them to give McNair one more year to prove he can still play and Boller one more year as a backup before they can finally get rid of him. Then, it will be Troy Smith’s turn to either prove he can play or be relegated to the bench for a long, long time. As bleak as it is, there’s no way they would even consider giving up a top 10 pick to the Browns to re-acquire a QB they foolishly let go for free anyway. Nothing is going to happen here between these two teams.

Cincinnati Bengals:

QBs on Roster: Carson Palmer (2008 Salary: $7.75 million; Signed Through: 2014) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.44 (11)

Other QBs: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jeff Rowe

Projected Draft Position: 10-13

Prediction: Carson Palmer regressed a bit this season for the first time in his young NFL career……..and he still has a chance to finish in the top 10 in the NFL in QB Score per Play this season. That’s how good Carson Palmer is. I would be scared of this talented Bengals team having this high of a draft pick, but who am I kidding….we all have seen how horrible the Bengals’ first round draft picks have been (with the exception of Palmer). Anyway, that’s beside the point. The Bengals are set at QB. No interest there.

Cleveland Browns:

QBs on Roster: Derek Anderson (2008 Salary: Restricted Free Agent) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.72 (8)

Other QBs: Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey

Projected Draft Position: 22-24

Prediction: Ok, so I just put the Browns in here so everyone could see how DA ranks this season amongst QBs and so you can see how nicely the Browns are setup at QB. I sure do wish they had that first round draft pick, though.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

QBs on Roster: Ben Roethlisberger (2008 Salary: $1.365 million; Signed Through: 2009) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.33 (13)

Other QBs: Charlie Batch, Brian St. Pierre

Projected Draft Position: 25-28

Prediction: Big Ben has already won a Super Bowl, has had a great season this year, and had the Steelers as potential AFC contenders (if you forget about NE for a second) prior to Fast Willie Parker’s injury. The Steelers are thrilled with him, he seems happy to be there. No reason for change there any time soon. No interest in the Browns.

AFC South

Houston Texans:

QBs on Roster: Matt Schaub (2008 Salary: Terms Unknown; Signed Through: 2012) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.61 (9)

Other QBs: Sage Rosenfels, Shane Boyd

Projected Draft Position: 14-19

Prediction: This is another easy one. After making the move to acquire Schaub in the offseason, and with the way he has provided results, the Texans are quite content at QB for the time being.

Indianapolis Colts:

QBs on Roster: Peyton Manning (2008 Salary: $11.5 million; Signed Through: 2012) – QB Score per Play (rank): 3.10 (4)

Other QBs: Jim Sorgi

Projected Draft Position: 30-31

Prediction: See New England Patriots

Jacksonville Jaguars:

QBs on Roster: David Garrard (2008 Salary: $1.25 million; Signed Through: 2008) – QB Score per Play (rank): 3.09 (5)

Other QBs: Quinn Gray

Projected Draft Position: 28-29

Prediction: This has been an absolute breakout season for Garrard. In general, the AFC South is probably about the most stable division in terms of starting QBs with Schaub, Manning, Garrard, and Vince Young. Expect the Jags to try to work on an extension for Garrard in the offseason. They will have no interest in the Browns’ QBs.

Tennessee Titans:

QBs on Roster: Vince Young (2008 Salary: $1.5 million; Signed Through: 2011) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.33 (24)

Other QBs: Kerry Collins

Projected Draft Position: 22-24

Prediction: Vince showed his growing pains this season, and struggled for much of the season. None the less, the Titans are a win against the Colts this week away from being back in the playoffs. Vince has been a winner at every level, and Tennessee has no reason to doubt that he can win at this level, too. The Titans will not be interested in the Browns.

AFC West

Denver Broncos:

QBs on Roster: Jay Cutler (2008 Salary: $647,500; Signed Through: 2011) – QB Score per Play (rank): 2.84 (6)

Other QBs: Patrick Ramsey, Darrell Hackney

Projected Draft Position: 10-13

Prediction: If Jeff Garcia was this season’s best kept secret, then Jay Cutler was 2nd on that list. He has had an outstanding season, being topped in QB Score per Play only by Brady, Romo, Favre, Manning, and Garrard. With Cutler’s development, the Bronco’s future looks bright, and they have no need to look at other QB options.

Kansas City Chiefs:

QBs on Roster: Damon Huard (2008 Salary: $1.75 million; Signed Through: 2009) – QB Score per Play (rank): 0.77 (30)

Other QBs: Brodie Croyle

Projected Draft Position: 6-8

Prediction: Honestly, I think the Chiefs are a team that would consider making a move for DA. Both Croyle and Huard have been awful, and both are gone after 2009. They’re going nowhere with these guys. The Chiefs will look at McNabb, DA, and the draft pool. Of course, it’s always possible that they could make no change and stay the course for next season, but if you were the GM of the Chiefs, how could you not look at all your options and consider ways to improve your QBs?

Oakland Raiders:

QBs on Roster: JaMarcus Russell (2008 Salary: $3.72 million; Signed Through: 2012)

Other QBs: Josh McCown (free agent), Daunte Culpepper (free agent), Andrew Walter

Projected Draft Position: 6-8

Prediction: They have their guy for now in JaMarcus Russell. Despite having little depth behind him, they can’t give up a top 10 pick just to try to get some backup help. Look for them to sign a veteran to backup Russell next season.

San Diego Chargers:

QBs on Roster: Philip Rivers (2008 Salary: $1.265 million; Signed Through: 2010) – QB Score per Play (rank): 1.60 (21)

Other QBs: Billy Volek, Charlie Whitehurst

Projected Draft Position: 25-28

Prediction: For better or worse, they made their bed and now have to lie in it. They made their choice when they let Drew Brees go and annointed Philip Rivers as the new guy. Brees has gone on to be one of the better QBs in the NFL while Rivers has been erratic and inconsistent while struggling at times to get along with teammates. That being said, the Chargers are stuck with him and they did go 14-2 with him last year and are headed back to the playoffs this year, so it’s not all bad. As long as the team is winning and going to the playoffs, they will not be considering any other QB options.

Summary

First off, here are the free agents this offseason at QB: Derek Anderson, Rex Grossman, Daunte Culpepper, Josh McCown, Quinn Gray, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Drew Henson, Cleo Lemon, Jared Lorenzen, and Jamie Martine. If a team is looking to sign a big free agent QB, they just aren’t out there to be had. DA is the best option. Which is why he will be an intriguing option for teams desperate to bolster their QB stable.

Here are Mel Kiper’s top QBs in the draft as of now: Matt Ryan, Brian Brohm, Joe Flacco, Colt Brennan, and Andre Woodson. Scouts, Inc ranks the top 10 QBs as: Matt Ryan, Brian Brohm, Andre Woodson, Chad Henne, Joe Flacco, Dennis Dixon, John David Booty, Joshua Johnson, Colt Brennan, and Eric Ainge. Are any of these guys going to take over right away and be franchise QBs? It’s so hard to say. How can anyone really ever predict these things? It’s such a volatile marketplace.

Which goes to why I believe DA has to be an interesting option for teams. You’ve at least seen what you’re getting with DA. The rest of the free agents are either old or underproducing. The draft picks are a crapshoot. If I were a GM and knew I was going to be drafting a QB in the 1st round, I would give some serious consideration to just giving up the pick to sign DA. A lot would depend on my draft position, but I would have to give it due dilligence and at least look into it. Hopefully this list will give you something to think about as we consider which teams will be thinking about making a run for one of the Browns’ QBs.

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