Thursday, March 18, 2010
Five destinations for Troy Smith
By James Walker
Last week the AFC North blog took a look at five possible destinations for former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn, and we hit at home run by listing the Denver Broncos No. 2 on the list.
So let's continue that hot streak and take a look at Baltimore Ravens quarterback and restricted free agent Troy Smith, who has just a fifth-round tender. Interest should pick up for Smith soon as most of the decent unrestricted free-agent quarterbacks are signed.
5. Cleveland Browns
Skinny: Let me first say that I don't believe this will happen. But the fact Smith himself made it clear Cleveland, his hometown team, is his first choice makes it worthy to put on the list. But the feeling doesn't seem mutual and the Browns appear ready to move on with Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace.
4. St. Louis Rams
Skinny: The Rams need everything, particularly a quarterback. Whether the team takes rookie Sam Bradford with the top pick, quarterback depth is still needed on the roster. But Smith may not fit their system.
3. Carolina Panthers
Skinny: Matt Moore is the starter in Carolina, but who knows if he's the real deal. Smith wouldn't be a bad second option for a fifth-rounder in case Moore falters or gets injured.
2. Buffalo Bills
Skinny: I'm convinced Trent Edwards is not a starting NFL quarterback. In a head-to-head competition, Smith might be able to beat him out.
1. Oakland Raiders
Skinny: Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson coached Smith in Baltimore and could want a familiar face who knows the system. A possible competition among Smith, JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski would be interesting.