Top Free Agents: Osweiler, Fitzpatrick sit atop intriguing quarterback class

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Dennis Wierzbicki / USA TODAY Sports

With free agency just around the corner, theScore takes a look at the top available players at each position. Unrestricted free agents can officially sign at 4 p.m. ET on March 9.

Top Free Agents By Position

Quarterbacks

Brock Osweiler

Height: 6'8"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 25

2015 stats: 1,967 yards passing, 10 TDs, 6 INTs

Osweiler's lack of experience and unspectacular play will limit his value, but he's still likely to command a deal that averages $12 million-$15 million a year. If Denver decides he isn't worth that type of investment and Osweiler is allowed to hit the open market, he could be the most in-demand free-agent quarterback. Osweiler possesses solid athleticism and a good arm, and while he failed to lock down the Broncos' starting job, he arguably has the highest upside of any free-agent signal-caller.

Potential landing spots: Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Age: 33

2015 stats: 3,905 yards passing, 31 TDs, 15 INTs

The New York Jets have stated their desire to re-sign Fitzpatrick, and it would appear logical for him to accept their offer unless another team comes in and blows the Jets' deal out of the water. Fitzpatrick's game was elevated by playing with an outstanding duo of receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and while he remains inconsistent, he offers the Jets the best shot at success in 2016.

Potential landing spots: New York Jets, Cleveland Browns

Matt Hasselbeck

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Age: 40

2015 stats: 1,690 yards passing, 9 TDs, 5 INTs

Hasselbeck has indicated he wants to return for an 18th year in the NFL and could be an intriguing stopgap option for several teams despite his age. Hasselbeck performed admirably in Andrew Luck's absence, and while his skills have clearly deteriorated, his experience could entice a team looking to sit a young quarterback. Hasselbeck's health could be a concern, though, with the 40-year-old suffering neck, shoulder, and rib injuries in 2015.

Potential landing spots: Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers

Tarvaris Jackson

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Age: 32

Jackson might not be the most exciting free-agent option, but could arguably provide the most value to the team that lands him. Jackson has experience as a starter - albeit not since 2011 - and could be an effective game manager for a team with solid offensive talent.

Potential landing spots: Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams

2015 stats: 6 pass attempts, 37 yards

Drew Stanton

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Age: 31

2015 stats: 25 pass attempts, 104 yards, 2 INTs

Stanton is one of the most solid backups in the NFL, and could take advantage of a team desperate for some competition for a young quarterback. If not, Stanton's best option is to return to the Cardinals, where he's highly regarded by head coach Bruce Arians.

Potential landing spots: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys

Chase Daniel

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Age: 29

2015 stats: 2 pass attempts, 4 yards

Daniel is a relative unknown, having just thrown 68 passes in his three years with the Kansas City Chiefs. While many speculated that Daniel could follow former Chiefs offensive coordinator Pederson to the Eagles and act as a stopgap option, that avenue is now closed after Sam Bradford was re-signed. However, while Daniel has a limited physical skill set, he's one of the few free-agent options who have yet to prove they aren't worthy of being an NFL starter.

Potential landing spots: Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns

Other notable free-agent quarterbacks

  • Matt Moore
  • Matt Schaub
  • Michael Vick
  • Luke McCown
  • Case Keenum
  • T.J. Yates
  • Brandon Weeden