So we took a look back in February at each team and named their likely starter come September. Let’s review what we know today, a few weeks before the Draft.
Arizona – Out is Kevin Kolb and his $11M salary for 2013.
In is Bruce Arians’ favorite backup, the Colts’ Drew Stanton, along with the trifecta of inefficiency of Brian Hoyer, Ryan Lindley and John Skelton. On Monday, the Cardinals acquired Oakland signal-caller Carson Palmer, who instantly becomes the team’s best quarterback in the post-Kurt Warner era.
Atlanta – Matt Ryan
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Baltimore – Joe Flacco – The reigning Super Bowl MVP snagged himself a healthy $121M contract and will remain in Baltimore.
Buffalo – Ryan Fitzpatrick was cut and Tavaris Jackson remains Tavaris Jackson. Buffalo was one of the three teams rumored to be in the Matt Flynn hunt, but signed Kevin Kolb last week, stirring up the latest round of quarterback movement.
Carolina – Cam Newton
Chicago – Jay Cutler
Cincinnati – Andy Dalton
Cleveland – Brandon Weeden vs TBD. Still unclear how much faith the new Browns’ braintrust has in Weeden.
Dallas – Tony Romo
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Denver – Peyton Manning
Detroit – Matthew Stafford
Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers
Houston – Matt Schaub
Indianapolis – Andrew Luck
Miami – Ryan Tannehill
Minnesota – Christian Ponder
New England – Tom Brady
New Orleans – Drew Brees
NY Giants – Eli Manning
NY Jets – Mark Sanchez vs David Garrard vs Greg McElroy vs Tim Tebow vs Matt Simms. Wow.
Oakland – Matt Flynn vs Terrell Pryor After Palmer rejected restructuring his contract, Oakland shipped him to Arizona and traded future draft picks to Seattle for the mysterious Matt Flynn.
Philadelphia – Nick Foles vs Michael Vick vs Trent Edwards. Eagles new HC Chip Kelly has stated that the starting job will be an open battle.
Pittsburgh – Ben Roethlisberger
San Diego – Phillip Rivers
San Francisco – Colin Kaepernick
Seattle – Russell Wilson
St Louis – Sam Bradford
Tampa Bay – Josh Freeman
Tennessee – Jake Locker
Washington – Robert Griffin III will start Week 1 over the backup Kirk Cousins. Sincerly, Dr. James Andrews