With all the talk about the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine game, and which OL’s or LB’s we should draft, there hasn’t been a lot of discussion about the QB position. The Cassel-Croyle issue is now ancient history. Cassel is the man. However, Croyle is, I believe, a FA this off season. I’m unable to think of a good reason for him to resign with the Chiefs. Since I doubt any of us would feel any more comfortable with Palko at QB than we did with Croyle for one game, and assuming Croyle does go elsewhere, we will need to address the back-up QB position this off-season. In examining this issue, we first need to identify any potential competitors for a veteran QB.
Tennessee would appear to be in a better position to draft a QB, and have him watch Collins for a season than to bring in a veteran to replace Collins. Seattle acquired Whitehurst last off-season, but could be in the market for another vet. Cincinatti could well be in the market for a QB, assuming Palmer sticks to his guns. It remains to be seen whether or not Buffalo is truly enamored of Fitzpatrick. The “Rat” in Washington would probably like to make a move with McNabb, but almost certainly would need to recoup what he gave up for McNabb. He would probably be more interested in drafting a QB this time around. Minnesota can’t be thrilled with their QB situation. A proven vet should be on their wish-list. Carolina looks to be a candidate for a quality rookie QB. I have no idea what Miami wants to do about their QB situation.
So who’s really in the market for a vet QB? I see three teams who could be involved in a “block-buster” type trade. Washington probably would love to move McNabb in return for a high draft pick. Minnesota would be a likely partner, except for the fact they already are without their third round pick. If they could trade down in the first round & pick up an extra pick in the second, they might go ahead & trade that lower #1 for McNabb. Another possible trade partner for either of these two teams would be the Bengals. If Palmer can make Cincy want to move him, they could trade him straight up for McNabb, or go for the high pick from the Vikes. Seattle could also be interested in a veteran to back up Hasselback. A cagy old vet could be a plus in Detroit, mentoring Stafford. San Francisco has several options. Alex Smith probably won’t be back in the bay next year. New coach Harbaugh could choose to go with veteran David Carr for a year, or he could draft a QB early & see if he could get the same results St. Loius got last year. This is a team the Chiefs should keep an eye on.
So what Vet QB’s should be available? With the emergence of Cassel, we don’t need to trade for McNabb or Palmer. I’d not give up much for Kerry Collins, either. I believe Matt Leinart signed a 1 yr. deal with Houston, so he could be available. Jax could make Edwards available. Depending on what SF decides to do, Carr could be available. If so, he’d be the vet of my choice. Alex Smith could be a possiblilty, too. However, if I were Smith or Croyle, I’d jump on any offer from the Vikes. I think Leinart could be successful in Minnesota, too.