Published: September 4th, 2009 | Tags: A.J. Feeley, Buffalo Bills, Byron Leftwich, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonvilel Jaguars, Jeff Garcia, Kansas City Chiefs, Kevin O'Connell, Luke McCown, Matt Cassel, Michael Vick, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Scott Pioli, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tarvaris Jackson, Tyler Thigpen
As we all know by now, ahead of Saturday’s 4 p.m. roster deadline, the player shuffling is in full swing. Most teams have completed their preseason schedule and everyone is talking to everyone. Several teams are still unsettled at that most important position — quarterback — and are looking to upgrade their backups. And there have been no shortage of quarterbacks floated around and shopped the past three weeks.
But now, with some teams suffering injuries recently, who is really out there for the taking on current NFL rosters?
The Vikings have done what most expected all along, and solicit offers for Tarvaris Jackson. What I have continued to hear is that at best they get is a conditional fifth-round pick for him. The kid has plenty of athleticism and has a play-making flair; he’s still raw and inconsistent as well.
The Eagles, now that they know Michael Vick can be active for Week 3, are all the more likely to begin the final stages of trying to get a draft pick for A.J. Feeley. New England is among the teams to watch. The Patriots have extra tight ends and the Eagles have a need there, so keep that in mind as well.
The Buccaneers have had a rough preseason, and finally settled on Byron Leftwich as the starter. Back-up Luke McCown has been available for weeks — and still is — but there isn’t much interest, so Tampa might end up keeping for quarterbacks, looking to make a deal as other QBs get hurt in the regular season.
The Oakland Raiders have been calling around to teams, willing to listen to pretty much anything, with several league sources suggesting Jeff Garciacould be acquired. But the free agent interest in the veteran was minimal this offseason, so, again, not a whole lot of takers out there.
Kansas City was deep in trade talks with Jacksonville for Tyler Thigpen last month, but the injury to Matt Cassel has clouded the quarterback situation there. I continue to hear there is a good chance Cassel could be back for Week 1, and the club still has three quarterbacks on the roster even without him. GM Scott Pioli was trying to get a third-round pick for Thigpen previously, and after he’s struggled in the final two preseason games, that seems ambitious now should he continue to shop him.
Detroit claimed Kevin O’Connell on waivers but could flip him via trade. Denver put in waiver claim as well and has all kinds of QB injuries right now.
So, who is looking for back-up help? Well, a handful of teams have been monitoring the market ever so closely, and could look to deal for one now. New England, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Chicago, Buffalo, Cincy, Denver and New Orleans are all teams to watch. Some will be content to see which clubs end up not keeping four QBs, and put guys on the street. And at least one, I believe, will go ahead a deal a little somethin’ something to get a QB.