2016 Free Agency Preview: Quarterbacks

Posted Mar 1, 2016's series of free agency previews starts with the quarterback position.

The new NFL league year begins March 9, and that’s the day when teams can start signing unrestricted free agents who ended last season under contract with another club.’s series of free agency previews starts with the quarterback position.


Matt Moore (UFA): Moore was in this position last offseason before he signed a new one-year contract with the Dolphins. Moore has been with the Dolphins since 2011 when he joined the team as an unrestricted free agent from the Carolina Panthers. In five seasons with Miami, Moore appeared in 19 games with 12 starts. All the starts came in 2011 when Moore had a 6-6 record as a starter, including a 6-3 mark over the final nine games. Over the past four seasons, Moore attempted only 30 passes in six relief appearances.

Dolphins free agent signings at the position through the years
(Note: Does not include players signed after being released by another team)

1994 — Bernie Kosar (Dallas)
1995 — Dan McGwire (Seattle)
1996 — Mike Buck (Arizona)
2000 — Jay Fiedler (Jacksonville)
2001 — Ray Lucas (N.Y. Jets)
2005 — Gus Frerotte (Minnesota)
2008 — Josh McCown (Oakland)
2011 — Matt Moore (Carolina)


Sam Bradford, Philadelphia — The first overall pick in the 2010 draft, Bradford posted career highs in passing yards (3,725) and completion percentage (65.0) in 2015 for the Eagles after being acquired in an offseason trade with the St. Louis Rams. Bradford has started all 63 NFL games he has played since coming out of the University of Oklahoma. UPDATE: Bradford agreed to a new two-year deal with the Eagles on Tuesday afternoon.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, N.Y. Jets — The veteran from Harvard played for a different team each of the past four seasons, going from the Bills to the Titans to the Texans and finally to the Jets. In his one season with the Jets, Fitzpatrick posted career highs for passing yards (3,905) and touchdown passes (31). Fitzpatrick, who will turn 34 in November, came into the league as a seventh-round pick of the Rams in 2005.

Brock Osweiler, Denver — The Broncos selected Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, a little more than a month after they signed Peyton Manning as a free agent. After appearing in 13 games with no starts in his first three seasons, Osweiler started seven games in 2015 for the eventual Super Bowl champions, helping Denver post a 5-2 record. Osweiler watched the playoffs from the sidelines after Manning replaced him in the second half of the Broncos’ regular season finale against the San Diego Chargers.

Matt Schaub, Baltimore — The longtime Houston Texans starter, who led the league in passing yards in 2009, has played for a different team the last three seasons, going from Houston to Oakland to Baltimore. He appeared in two games late last season after Ravens starter Joe Flacco suffered a season-ending injury. The 34-year-old Schaub is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who entered the NFL as a third-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2004.

Michael Vick, Pittsburgh — The first overall pick in the 2001 draft, Vick was without a team late into training camp before he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Vick then appeared in five games and made three starts in place of injured starter Ben Roethlisberger and completed 60.6 percent of his passes, the second-highest percentage of his career. He played with a different team the past three seasons, going from the Eagles to the Jets and to the Steelers.
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