Jaguars Free Agency 2013: Three Quarterbacks to Look At
By Luke Sims
December 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and quarterback Chase Daniel (10) prior to kickoff of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret the Jaguars could use some help at quarterback. The team has openly stated they are looking for someone in the draft or free agency to bring in and compete with Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert. While the free agent market is slim, there are some potential players that could push Gabbert and Henne, especially considering the mediocre numbers the Jags’ two quarterbacks posted in 2012. Here are three quarterbacks the Jag should look at as NFL Free Agency begins at 4:00 pm EST on Tuesday.
- 2012 Team: New Orleans Saints
- Why: Daniel has sat behind NFL Great Drew Brees for a while now and is likely learning innovative skills behind him and in head coach Sean Payton’s diverse system. Daniel is young at just age 26 and has good physical tools. He is unproven, but the Jags’ current quarterbacks are as well so throwing one more into the mix and taking the best of the crop from the open competition won’t make much of a difference. Fresh blood should help.
- 2012 Team: Oakland Raiders
- Why: A former first round pick who never developed had a real shot in 2011 with the Houston Texans but wound up injured. Gary Kubiak, the Texans’ head coach, was high on Leinart and is generally regarded as a good quarterback evaluator. I like Leinart’s physical abilities and he seems to have grown out of his diva-esque persona that he had when he was young in his career with the Arizona Cardinals. At age 30 and with six seasons behind him, he could potentially beat out Chad Henne as the veteran quarterback presence on the roster.
- 2012 Team: Indianapolis Colts
- Why: Stanton has a lot of upside. The Jaguars are reportedly a potential landing spot already, so it could be a good match from the front office’s viewpoint as well. Stanton, 28, spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions before heading to the Colts in 2012. An ex-second round pick, he has the tools and possibly the drive to beat out either Gabbert or Henne.
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