The Philadelphia Eagles might have settled on their quarterbacks for 2013, but here are eight teams with a quarterback situation that's mildly to majorly unsettled:
"I'm not ready to give up on Kevin Kolb yet." Those were the words of team President Michael Bidwill on New Year's Day. Could anything have changed in the last six weeks after the promotion of new general manager Steve Keim and the hiring of offensive-minded coach Bruce Arians?
Perhaps, but it doesn't look like it. Arizona seems set on sticking with Kolb, albeit likely at a lower rate than the $11.5 million he's owed in 2013.
Coach Doug Marrone and incoming rookie Ryan Nassib. From Syracuse to Buffalo. Seriously, could it be any easier or more perfect of a match? Ryan Fitzpatrick just hasn't played well enough for long enough in Buffalo. He could serve as a placeholder for Nassib or another youngster. But he's not long for that job - or Buffalo.
A CBS Sports report this week that Browns CEO Joe Banner badly wants to upgrade from Brandon Weeden is the latest in a series of indications Banner isn't infatuated with Weeden.
As with all teams looking for a quick fix, it won't be easy, because there isn't much in the draft. So maybe Banner, who lost a faceoff with the Eagles over coach Chip Kelly, is about to get locked into another one with Kansas City Chiefs boss Andy Reid. The prize? San Francisco 49ers backup Alex Smith.
Wait, remember what new GM Dave Caldwell said about Tim Tebow? Oh right: "I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar. Even if he's released." Well, that settles that. As this quote from Caldwell from a recent Florida Times-Union story does about whether Caldwell will bump Blaine Gabbert out of a starting job: "We need to build around him. We'll upgrade whenever we can upgrade."
Kansas City Chiefs:
Reid is not going to start the season with Matt Cassel as his quarterback. Cassel, set to earn a base salary of $7.5 million, might not even be on the roster very long. No, Reid is going to make a move - he has to if he wants to compete right away.
A trade for Smith makes a lot of sense. But so would dealing for Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers when current Chiefs GM John Dorsey was the Packers' director of college scouting.
New York Jets:
New general manager John Idzik can thank former GM Mike Tannenbaum for handcuffing him to Mark Sanchez for one more season. That doesn't mean Sanchez won't face competition. Idzik, who came to the Jets from the Seahawks, is expected to take a look at former Seahawk Tarvaris Jackson. And don't rule out Idzik sniffing around Flynn.
They haven't asked Carson Palmer to take a pay cut from his $13 million base salary, but it's only a matter of time. Palmer has lost twice as many games as he's won (an 8-16 record) and has thrown 35 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. Not good enough. And Terrelle Pryor's presence is enough leverage to force Palmer's hand.
The quarterback isn't changing. The scheme is. Underrated athlete Jake Locker could be running the read option or taking snaps out of the pistol formation. "We're definitely going to look at all that stuff," offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said last week, "just like every team in the NFL is going do."
Mike Garafolo, USA TODAY Sports