1. Matt Flynn, Packers, age 26. Career stats: 59.3% comp., 535 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 0-1. Probable 2012 team: Jaguars.
2. Alex Smith, 49ers, age 27. 2011 stats: 62.4% comp., 2116 yards, 13 TDs, 1 INT passing; 36 attempts, 134 yards, 1 TD rushing; 28-33 in his career as a starter. He’s the biggest name and the guy I like most but there are more who are more enamored with Flynn. Probable 2012 team: 49ers if he wins a playoff game, Seahawks if he doesn’t.
3. Rex Grossman, Redskins, age 31. 2011 stats: 60.7% comp., 1953 yards, 10 TDs, 14 INTs passing; 18 attempts, 12 yards, 1 TD rushing; 24-18 in his career as a starter, 2-2 in postseason. Mike Shanahan should have never benched him. Grossman likes the system but has enough time left this season that he could draw in extra bidders. Probable 2012 team: Redskins.
4. Josh Johnson, Buccaneers, age 25. Career stats: 53.4% comp., 810 yards, 4 TDs, 8 INTs passing; 31 attempts, 204 yards, 0 TD rushing; 0-4 in his career as a starter. He has great velocity, great speed and played pretty well in preseason (43.6% comp., 272 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT passing; 9 attempts, 93 yards rushing with the second string).Probable 2012 team: Chiefs if he gets at least one game, Buccaneers if he doesn’t.
5. Jason Campbell, Raiders, age 30. 2011 stats: 60.6 % comp., 1170 yards, 6 TDs, 4 INTs; 18 attempts, 60 yards, 2 TDs rushing; 31-39 in his career as a starter. He really progressed this season and will not want to take a job backing up Carson Palmer. Probable 2012 team: Bills.
6. Caleb Hanie, Bears, age 26. 2011 stats: 50.0% comp., 254 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs passing; 5 attempts, 50 yards, 0 TD rushing; 0-1 in his career as a starter. The Bears don’t have another experienced back-up, unless Josh McCown returns. Hanie will set his market with his on-field performance. Probable 2012 team: Bears.
7. Dennis Dixon, Steelers, age 27. Career stats: 59.3% comp., 402 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs passing; 10 attempts, 56 yards, 1 TD rushing; 2-1 in his career as a starter. I thought about putting David Garrard on this list, but I think Garrard will forever be known as a guy who needs a fantastic running attack to be successful. I also thought about putting Kyle Orton on this list, but he definitely doesn’t have the Wildcat possibilities Dennis Dixon does. I also thought about Chad Henne but Dennis Dixon has more athletic ability and many have probably solidified their opinions of Chad. Probable 2012 team: Panthers, because of the Cam Newton style of play.
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