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Top Five Quarterback Options For the Cardinals in 2012

The Cardinals haven’t had a real solid QB since Kurt Warner walked away from the game after the 2009 season. Now, with free agency, the 2012 Draft, and possible trades at their fingertips, it’s time to take a look at what QB’s would be the best for the Cardinals as they move forward to 2012 and beyond.

1. Peyton Manning – Is there any question the type of buzz that bringing Manning to the Cards would bring from the moment the move would be made? He would be playing in a warm weather city, in a somewhat weak division, and would have some weapons in the offense to go to with Larry Fitzgerald and Beanie Wells. Manning has gas in the tank, and all reports say that he wants to come back and play in 2012. There’s no doubt it won’t be in Indy, so that gives other teams – like the Cards – a shot to go get him. And they should.

2. Matt Flynn – Sure the Cards just spent a lot last season on Kevin Kolb, but this time around, all it would cost them is cash. Flynn is going to hit the free agent market, and while many feel he will end up with the Dolphins, the Cards can make him a great offer to come play for a NFC team that has a bright future. Flynn isn’t the sure thing yet, but many will be quick to leap on the bandwagon if he comes in an gets off to a fast start. He would be worth the risk.

3. Kevin Kolb – What?! Yes, not many would like this choice, but you have to give Kolb another full shot to come in and win the job, and start the season as the man under center. Kolb last season had a rough go of it, going for just 9 TD’s and 8 picks in 9 games, but make no mistake, the team hasn’t given up the option of him coming back and having a good rebound season yet. Ken Whisenhunt will watch carefully at what Kolb does this offseason, and if options 1 and 2 are gone, there’s not going to be panic going with Kolb in 2012.

4. Kyle Orton – Last season was a tough one for Orton, who started the year in Denver, and wound up the final day of the year playing for the Chiefs, beating the Broncos. Orton is somewhat inconsistent, and isn’t very flashy, but at the same time he is one of the 32 best this league has to offer, and can and will win games. He will wind up somewhere in 2012, and if all else fails, the Cardinals may not be the worst place for him to jump start his career.

5. Ryan Tannehill – If the Cards are going to go the draft route, there’s no doubt they won’t be able to get Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, so it looks like the Texas A&M QB would be the best fit for where they are. Tannehill is decent with his throws, can deliver the football on intermediate, crossing and short routes to the flats. He throws a very catchable pass that has good placement. The Cardinals need a guy that can throw well, not turn the ball over, and be consistent. It may take Tannehill a year or two, but many feel he is going to be the real deal.

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