The biggest storyline of free agency, one that will send ripples throughout the rest of the 2012 offseason, is the fate of
But future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks don't hit the market very often, so he will be in great demand assuming Manning is healthy enough to play and is able to throw a football at or near the level he did before the injury.
Manning headlines a free agent quarterback class that could include
Signing a quarterback is one of the
Here is a look at five of the top free agent quarterbacks on the market and where they could wind up in 2012.
1. Peyton Manning: If his arm checks out OK, every Super Bowl contender and wannabe pretender in need of an upper-echelon quarterback will probably be interested in Manning, who could be a package deal with wide receiver
2. Drew Brees: The
Potential suitors: New Orleans Saints (this will be a long, long list should the Saints let him hit the market).
3. Matt Flynn: Flynn, who backed up
Potential suitors: Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins (whoever misses out on Manning).
4. Alex Smith: The
Potential suitors: San Francisco 49ers (if not, would one of their
Potential suitors: Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks,