Of the 99 quarterbacks in the league:
5 of them are 6'0''
9 of them are 6'1''
21 of them are 6'2''
26 of them are 6'3''
16 of them are 6'4''
17 of them are 6'5''
5 of them are 6'6''
Our Quarterbacks are 6'3'' (Henne, Pennington), 6'1'' (Thigpen), and 6'0'' (White). 2 of our potential QBs are smaller in stature than the average QB. The average weight of a QB is 225lbs (rounded up from 224.9). Our QB's are 230 (Henne, Pennington) 224 (Thigpen) and 205 (White). 2 of our QBs are 5 pounds heavier than the average QB and one is 20 pounds lighter. THe other, Thigpen, is right on average.
What does height and weight have to do with playing ability? Not nearly a damn thing. Height, maybe, to see over offensive linemen and weight perhaps to make sure the guy doesn't get knocked out. I just think that averages are interesting and I'll be doing it with every position and seeing where we "rank". It'll take time and I'm not putting a due date on it. I was going to chart statistics for coming up with a baseline for QBs, but have decided that there are too many variables to do so as a QB is very dependent on the talent around him. What this does show is that the regime tends to draft to their mold high (Pennington was drafted back in the day by Parcells, and Henne obviously a 2nd rounder). Both fit the height/weight "requirements" that the league seems to have an unwritten rule for. They traded for Thigpen, who as noted is 2'' shorter than average. Pat White seems to be an exception to the rule. He's on the short end as there are 0 QB's smaller in height than 6'0'' (that I could find) and was drafted with a high pick. And while I haven't really broken the weight down more than averaging it out (how many QB's are in X weight range) it's obvious to see White is just a small QB. Now here's where this gets fun. Run with me here. I highly doubt that any of the teams currently carrying 4 QB's on the roster will keep all four as the majority of teams (20) have 3 on their roster. One team (Oakland) currently has 5. Some of these will be traded and some will be cut. Who could use QBs?
Obviously Oakland as noted by 5 that tells me they're very unsure of the position long term. Here are teams with 4 QB's who could like one of ours (Pennington - unlikely because of his trade clause IMO, Thigpen - probably best trade value but best backup value in a playing sense, and White - probably little to no trade value):
Now, keep in mind that those teams are teams that have 4 QBs on their roster. They're above the average 3, which is why I'm considering them as trade options to the teams I'll list below. Minnesota is in brackets because I can bet you that they figured they would have 4 QBs on their roster and they're not left with a void. To me having one more QB than the average team means they're unsure who is starting, or they're unsure who is the backup, or they're unsure who the backup's backup is (got that?). It means one word: competition. It means we may have a QB who can make them feel a little more sure at the position, which would drop us down to the average 3 QBs per team. That and this regime loves draft picks.
Out of these teams I would obviously be hard pressed to see us trade with the Bills/Jets because they're division rivals. We won't be able to get too much compensation for the QB we'll be willing to give up, so giving up a QB who could beat us for a low price won't be on our minds. The Browns just drafted Colt McCoy. The Steelers have Ben R. when he comes back from his suspension. The Colts have Manning. The Titans seem pressed to give Young a go. The Raiders.. have 5 QBs I don't see them adding 6. The Cowboys & Redskins have Romo and McNabb. The Panthers have a question mark. The Saints have Brees and the Cards have a question mark.
Out of these teams I'd say the most likely to trade for a QB is: Panthers, Cardinals, Vikings. Now, keep in mind, that is based on averages done by how many QBs a team has (4 vs. 3), and how the teams that came out of that seem to be doing via their starting QBs. I have no idea if this is accurate or not, but it should be fun to watch and see if those teams make a trade to one of the teams that has more QBs. Those teams listed up there ^ could be trade partners with each other, or they could not trade at all. Let's see. I just had a theory. The Vikings have Tarvaris Jackson. Brad Childress came from Philadelphia, who of course until recently had Donovan McNabb as their starting QB. McNabb was a QB in the mold of Randall Cunningham for years until he slowed down and started to stay in the pocket. Jackson is a scrambling QB with a wild arm. Could Pat White be a cheap option for Minnesota? White is certainly more a scrambling QB, and at his best (not comparing him to either guy mind you) he would fit the Cunningham/McNabb type QB that Childress seems to have fallen in love with.
I know they had Favre last year, who isn't that mold at all, but when you get a guy who has played the game as long as Favre has you get him. That veteran leadership he brought to one of the most important positions of the game still made him have value despite his flip-flopping. Now the QB spot in Minnesota is wide open, and they'll want as many QB's as they can to give competition. The only question is what value, if any, do they place on White?