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NFL's Top 5 Free Agent Quarterbacks

NFL.com compiled a list of the 101-best free agents expected to hit the market on March 10. Below are the top five quarterbacks, according to their list.

Photos of NFL.com's 101 best free agents expected to hit the market on March 10. (Note: this list includes players that were franchise tagged on Monday, March 2)

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BUCS FREE AGENT QB REVIEW](http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Buccaneers-Free-Agency-Review-QBs/406534bd-ec49-44a5-b17d-557bfcdee8ea)1. Jake Locker, Titans (No. 57 overall)**
After being selected eighth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Locker has struggled with injuries. He spent his rookie season backing up Matt Hasselbeck before being named the Titans' starter in 2012. He missed five games of that season with a shoulder injury and only played in seven contests in 2013 following a leg injury. In 2014, he was benched for rookie Zach Mettenberger and ended the season on injured reserve.

2. Ryan Mallett, Texans (No. 64 overall)
There is still some question as to what type of quarterback Ryan Mallet can be. He began his career with the Patriots backing up Tom Brady and was traded to Houston for a sixth-round draft pick prior to the start of the 2014 season. In Houston, he served primarily as Ryan Fitzpatrick's backup but won the starting job in Week 11. Mallett completed 41 of 75 passes for 400 yards in Weeks 11 and 12 before tearing his pectoral muscle and ending the season in injured reserve.

3. Mark Sanchez, Eagles (No. 68 overall)
In relief of an injured Nick Foles in 2014, Sanchez showed flashes of the quarterback who once led his the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games. In NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents article, writers Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling pointed out, "At one point last season, Sanchez had joined Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterback overseeing an offense that averaged more than 30 points and 400 yards per game." But he struggled down the stretch, throwing six touchdowns and six interceptions in the Eagles' final four games and the team ultimately missed the playoffs.

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  1. Brian Hoyer, Browns (No. 70 overall)**
    For the first half of the 2014 season, Hoyer's first as a full-time starter, he was highly productive. Through his first seven games, he threw eight touchdowns and just two interceptions, helping the Browns to their best start in 20 years. He also led the team from a 25-point deficit in Week 5, the largest come-from-behind victory by a road team in NFL history. But he threw just one touchdown and eight interceptions from Weeks 11 through 14 and was benched in favor or rookie Johnny Manziel. Manziel was injured in his first start and Hoyer finished the rest of the season. Hoyer ended 2014 with 12 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

5. Michael Vick, Jets (No. 101 overall)
Vick spent the majority of 2014 backing up Geno Smith, but could still be a desired commodity. He was the Eagles' starter in 2013 before an injury catapulted Nick Foles into the starting lineup and has started 112 games in his 13-year career.

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