Taking a look at 2013's free agent quarterbacks, plus potential cap casualties
Potential cap casualties include:
Alex Smith (SF), who is under contract for $8.5 million next season. A quality starter who fell victim to the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, Smith is expected to ask to be released or traded, and the 49ers are expected to cooperate.
The Seahawks took a chance on signing Aaron Rodgers' backup, Matt Flynn, last summer, but he lost a training camp position battle to sensational rookie Russell Wilson. Set to make $5.25 million in 2013 and $6.25 million in 2014, he's a bit expensive for a backup.
As we all know, Michael Vick (PHI) signed a huge contract in the summer of 2011. Set to make $15.5 million in 2013, the Eagles would like to renegotiate his deal. If they can't agree on a new price, they'll probably cut him loose.
Carson Palmer (OAK) is another player who will almost certainly have to take a pay cut from his $13 million 2013 salary in order to stay in Oakland. With Terrelle Pryor being the only other quarterback on the roster, the Raiders would definitely like to have Palmer under center in 2013, but not necessarily for that much money.
Other potential cap casualties include: Kevin Kolb (ARI) who will make $11 million, but is reportedly open to renegotiating his contract... Matt Cassel (KC) who is under contract for $7.5 million and is a near lock to get the boot.