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Five teams with quarterback needs

Jeffri Chadiha picks out five quarterback-needy teams that will watch with interest in how the Browns' quarterback situation develops.

Originally Published: January 10, 2008
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

The Browns want to keep two talented young quarterbacks -- Pro Bowl alternate Derek Anderson and 2007 first-round pick Brady Quinn -- on their roster next season. But a year from now? Some teams are sure to be interested in what the Browns might have to offer. Here are five teams that should keep a close watch on Cleveland's quarterback situation:

1. Miami


The Dolphins selected John Beck in the second round of the 2007 draft, but there's no guarantee now that he's their quarterback of the future. The man who drafted him, general manager Randy Mueller, has been fired and so has the man who coached him last season, Cam Cameron. That doesn't leave much support for Beck. In fact, it's a safe bet new executive vice president Bill Parcells will consider all options in regards to Miami's QB position.

2. Kansas City


Chiefs president Carl Peterson said he would've drafted Quinn if the quarterback had been available, but the Chiefs just missed their opportunity (Quinn went 22nd overall, one slot ahead of Kansas City's pick). Who's to say Peterson isn't still intrigued about that possibility? After all, second-year man Brodie Croyle didn't impress when he had his chance to start and the Chiefs don't have another young quarterback in the fold. There are obviously bigger concerns on the Chiefs' offense -- especially with their makeshift offensive line -- but they'd better settle on a quarterback soon.

3. Atlanta


It's safe to say the Falcons are in the market. As soon as Michael Vick landed in jail, their quarterback situation became a running joke that still keeps people laughing to this day. We know Joey Harrington isn't the answer. We also know Byron Leftwich and Chris Redman aren't solutions, either. So what are the Falcons going to do?

4. Chicago


The Bears need to straighten this out. There's no reason to think Rex Grossman will be on that team next season now that his contract has expired, and Brian Griese did just enough this season to remind us why he has become a journeyman. That leaves Kyle Orton, and it's hard to get excited about that possibility as well.

5. San Francisco


It's difficult to see Alex Smith turning his career around with the 49ers, considering the differences he had with head coach Mike Nolan this season. It also doesn't seem like new offensive coordinator Mike Martz is going to help matters. Martz says he wants to build an offense around running back Frank Gore, although he didn't show much interest in running the ball in Detroit. Martz also put Lions quarterback Jon Kitna in harm's way with his pass-happy play-calling behind a feeble offensive line (and remember, the 49ers tied the Chiefs for most sacks allowed in the NFL this season).

Jeffri Chadiha covers the NFL for ESPN.com.