Backup to the Backup: Available free-agent Quarterbacks
Campbell, 33, spent last season in Cincinnati backing up Andy Dalton. Campbell got into 4 games, only throwing 19 passes. In 2013 for Cleveland, he started 8 games for the Browns, going 1-7 with a 76.9 QB Rating.
The younger brother of Carson Palmer, turns 31 at the end of May. He has only appeared in 5 games in 5 NFL seasons with Cincinnati and Tennessee.
The 32 year-old Orton started 12 games for Buffalo last season, leading the Bills to a 7-5 record. Surprisingly, Orton announced his retirement following the season. “I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision and I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day,” said Orton. Orton completed 64% of his passes, throwing 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Orson carried a 87.8 rating. In his career with Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Buffalo, and Kansas City, Orton has gone 42-40 with 101 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.
Flynn, 29, has spent most of his career as Aaron Rodgers back-up. After filling in for Rodgers in a 2011 game against the Patriots, a strong performance got him a big contract with Seattle in the offseason, the same year the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson.
A 4-time Pro Bowler, Vick will be 35 at the start of next season. He appeared in 10 games with the New York Jets in 2014 with 3 starts. Vick hasn’t played regularly since 2012, when he started 10 games for the Eagles.
The 25 year-old San Diego State product two games for the Cardinals last season, completing only 48.4% of his passes for 562 yards, 2 touchdown’s and 4 interceptions. Lindley also started 4 games in 2012 for Arizona.
The 32 year-old Jackson played in only 1 game for Seattle last season. The last time he saw significant playing time was 2011, when he started 14 games for the Seahawks, putting up 60% completion rate, 3,091 yards passing, 14 TD’s, 13 INT’s, with a QB Rating on 79.2. Jackson has gone 17-17 in starts for Seattle and Minnesota.
Thigpen, 31, hasn’t started a game since 2010 with Miami. In his 7 year NFL career, Thigpen has started 12 games, going 1-11.