Around the NFC West: QB depth charts

April, 17, 2013
Kellen Clemens' new one-year deal with the St. Louis Rams gives every NFC West team at least three quarterbacks heading into the 2013 draft.

A quick look at where things stand at the position:
  • Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer is the starter and Drew Stanton is the backup. Both signed contracts with millions in guaranteed money this offseason. Coach Bruce Arians wants -- and has -- a clearly defined depth chart at the top. Brian Hoyer and Ryan Lindley round out the depth chart at the position.
  • St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford has no competition for the starting job. Coach Jeff Fisher has suggested all along the team could re-sign Clemens. However, he also suggested Austin Davis could remain in the No. 2 role even with the more experienced Clemens in the mix.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick heads into a regular season as the starter for the first time since his college days. Colt McCoy has the early advantage over Scott Tolzien for the No. 2 role. McCoy is actually the highest-paid quarterback on the roster in terms of average per year ($1.5 million). Overall, the 49ers are committing less than $3.5 million in 2013 cap space for quarterbacks.
  • Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson, like the other NFC West starters, is firmly established as the starter. Recently signed backup Brady Quinn might fit more for what he offers in the film room -- a diligent study partner for Wilson -- as for what he offers on the field. Re-signing Josh Portis to the No. 3 role gives Seattle another quarterback familiar with the offense.

Every NFC West team could conceivably select a quarterback at some point in the upcoming draft, but there is less pressure to do so now that each team has at least three of them under contract.



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