AFC North: quarterbacks

A deeper look at QB pool

July, 25, 2011
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Everyone knows about quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Vince Young. Those are some of the biggest names who could be available this summer via trade or free agency.

But who are the low-key free-agent quarterbacks who also may get interest? At least three teams in the AFC North need proven backups who can potentially push for a starting job.

Here are some names to keep an eye on:

Marc Bulger, 34, Baltimore Ravens

Skinny: Bulger is the ideal backup. He has a wealth of starting experience and could still win games as an injury fill-in if needed. The Ravens want him back but price could be an issue.

Jim Sorgi, 30, New York Giants

Skinny: Backing up both Mannings is a thankless job, but Sorgi has done well in limited action. He's thrown for six touchdowns and just one interception and has a 65.5 completion percentage in seven years behind Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. And most recently Sorgi was hurt and didn't see the field behind Eli Manning in New York. Sorgi could be of interest to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tyler Thigpen, 27, Miami Dolphins

Skinny: Thigpen hasn’t played much since the 2008 season but had a productive year (2,608 yards, 18 touchdowns) when given the opportunity. After toiling in Miami for two years, Thigpen wants a chance to play again.

Bruce Gradkowski, 28, Oakland Raiders

Skinny: With 20 career starts, Gradkowski brings some starting experience. Size and arm strength have always been question marks. But mobility and experience in a West Coast offense makes him a possibility for two Ohio teams, with the Bengals being a more likely target.

Take your pick: Ben vs. Carson

August, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

In this week's version of "Take your pick" in the AFC North, we have a statistical comparison.

Who will have the better year throwing the football in 2009: Carson Palmer or Ben Roethlisberger?

Remember this isn't about who you feel is the better quarterback. We've settled that debate the best way possible, through our 2009 AFC North player survey.

This is all about numbers -- more yards, higher completion percentage, more touchdowns and fewer interceptions and a better passer rating. Will Palmer own Roethlisberger in most of those categories, or is "Big Ben" due for the better statistical season?

What about health concerns?

Both quarterbacks have taken a beating lately. Will that derail either quarterback this season, especially playing behind a pair of suspect offensive lines?

It's a great time to present this question with fantasy drafts currently taking place around the country. So send your thoughts on who will have the better statistical season between Palmer and Roethlisberger below or in our AFC North inbox.

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