Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:00 a. m.
By Rich Tandler
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Note: Free agency based on rules from 2009 and previous years of four years of NFL experience to become a free agent. The guidelines for this year are as yet undetermined pending resolution of the NFL lockout. Good fit Alex Smith, 49ers 6-4, 212, age 26
Drafted by 49ers in first round (first overall) in 2005
Career: 54 games, 50 starts His problems in getting established after being the top overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft have been tied to stability, not ability. He has had six different offensive coordinators in six years in the league, and it shows in his game. Smith can make all of the throws, hes athletic and, at 26, he is young enough to contribute for a long time if he can get established. Alex Smith is a low-risk, high-reward option. Other good fits: Although the Redskins should try to get a younger prospect, Marc Bulger, former Rams and current Ravens QB, may be a better stopgap than Rex Grossman. ... Bruce Gradkowski of the Raiders is 27 and a gritty leader and, again, may be preferable to Grossman in the short term.
Bad fit Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks 6-4, 223, age 35
Drafted by Packers in sixth round (187) in 1998
Career: 170 games, 131 starts Its been a long time since Hasselbeck was good. The last time he posted a passer rating of better than a mediocre 76 was in 2007. He still can be a decent West Coast quarterback, but he will be 36 before the season starts and he has been banged up with injuries lately. In the past couple of years, he has missed time with a back injury and a concussion. Even if he gets a low contract and hell want more hes a stopgap at best. Other bad fits: As long as Brett Favre is still breathing, he can unfile his retirement papers, but the Redskins will stay as far away from him as possible. ... Chad Pennington, see warning above about age and injury.