Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/1/13
Buffalo Bills This offseason the Buffalo Bills released starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick because his contract was too high for a starting quarterback who could not consistently win games.After releasing Fitzpatrick the Bills seemed content on using their first round draft pick on a quarterback, and they still may, but they made a surprising move in signing quarterback Kevin Kolb.Kolb is entering his seventh year in the league and Buffalo will be his third NFL stop.While Buffalo is saving around a million dollars in 2013 by having Kolb on the roster versus Fitzpatrick, in every other way this move by Buffalo makes no sense.While both quarterbacks are far from the greatest players in the league statistically, Fitzpatrick is the more experienced and better player out of the two. Kevin Kolb (2007-2012)Ryan Fitzpatrick (2009-2012)Games Played3455Starting Record9-1219-31Completion %59.559.8Passing Yards5,20611,654Touchdowns2880Interceptions2564Average yards per game153.1211.9 If Buffalo still decides to draft a quarterback with the eighth overall pick in the Draft his year, it would negatively affect the team’s bottom line and will leave the team with three inexperienced or inept NFL quarterbacks, as the team also re-signed Tarvaris Jackson this offseason (career: 17-17 starting record, 38 touchdowns, 35 interceptions).Sorry Buffalo, it seems your team is making more moves that will keep the team from making the playoffs.Minnesota Vikings After a season in which the team threw the second fewest passing yards in the league (2,751) and quarterback Christian Ponder threw 18 touchdowns (ranked 23rd best in the league) and 12 interceptions, the team decided to go out and sign quarterback Matt Cassel.For those who do not remember, Cassel is the quarterback that had an outstanding season in 2008 when he replaced an injured Tom Brady in Week 1 and led the team to an 11-5 record barely missing the playoffs. After that great 2008 season, Cassel and another player were traded to the Chiefs for the 34th overall pick in the 2009 Draft.After landing in Kansas City, Cassel complied a starting record of 19-28, had a completion rate of 57 percent, threw for 9,549 yards, 59 touchdowns, 44 interceptions, while seeming to fumble the ball every chance he got and was cheered by Kansas City fans when he had to leave a 2012 game with a head injury.I don’t know if the plan is for Cassel to force Ponder to become a better quarterback or if Minnesota plans to have a quarterback “competition” between the two quarterbacks, but personally I would not want either quarterback on my team. Ponder does not seem to be an elite quarterback and Cassel is injury-prone and a turnover machine.   New York Jets After having plenty of quarterback issues in 2012, like what to do with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow while wondering if Greg McElroy should be the new starter for the team, the New York Jets decided to turn things up a notch by signing veteran quarterback David Garrard.Garrard, who is now 35 years old and has not played a down in the NFL since 2010, says that   “Honestly, they just told me that I have a chance to compete for the starting job. That’s what was told to me and they all seemed to be very genuine with it.”Garrard has put up good stats over the years but in his last season with Jacksonville he threw a career high number of interceptions, failed to pass for more than 3,000 yards, and as of late has battled a knee injury that kept him from staying with the Miami Dolphins.Genuine or not, one has to wonder what the New York Jets saw in Garrard to make them want to sign him despite having three other quarterbacks already on the team. Additionally McElroy (214 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception) must be upset that the competition for the starting role has gotten more crowded despite his okay performances in two games in 2012.Are the Jets trying to motivate Sanchez? Are the Jets trying to push Sanchez out? Are the Jets desperate for a great quarterback? what about Tebow, what about McElroy? Will Rex Ryan have to get his tattoo removed? New York may not be on Hard Knocks anymore but all these questions about their quarterback position would sure make for a good soap opera. 
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