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Orton, Campbell forgotten men among free agent quarterbacks

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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs gestures toward the Denver Broncos bench as running back Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes 21 yards for a first quarter touchdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The Peyton Manning story will be a daily soap opera for most of the offseason. Matt Flynn is this year’s Kevin Kolb. Drew Brees and Alex Smith aren’t going anywhere.

After those four men, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about free agent quarterbacks.

We’d argue that two players -- Kyle Orton and Jason Campbell -- would be better options than Flynn all money considered.

Are Orton and Campbell ever going to be top-10 quarterbacks?

Probably not, but the same holds true for Flynn. Orton and Campbell can perform at a competent level for a cheap price and win games if they have the right team around them. Teams like Washington, Miami, Cleveland, and even Jacksonville have to think about adding a veteran like them to the mix. Only one team gets Manning.

After Orton and Campbell, there are some wild cards. Chad Henne, Vince Young, Josh Johnson, and David Garrard should all get work.

We predicted where Manning, Flynn, and the two Rodney Dangerfields of this free agent class would end up on NBC SportsTalk.