Quarterback talk continues to dominate discussion for the Arizona Cardinals as NFL free agency begins.

Who will replace Carson Palmer as the quarterback for Arizona?

The list is dwindling.

We now know who will not.

Drew Brees has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Saints. 

Case Keenum has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Broncos.

Tyrod Taylor has been traded to the Browns.

Alex Smith has been traded to the Redskins.

Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Buccaneers.

The Heat Index takes a look at some potential remaining options for the Arizona Cardinals.

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Potential free agent quarterbacks/trade options

Kirk Cousins: The Redskins had been reluctant to commit to Cousins for more than one season at a time and he is on the market after Washington traded for Alex Smith. He will command a hefty price tag in free agency. The Vikings are the favorite to land him.

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Mike Glennon: He started 2017 as the Bears’ starter, but was replaced by Mitch Trubisky. Teams have been high on his upside since he started his career with the Buccaneers and the Cardinals have been reportedly interested in him in the past.

A.J. McCarron: McCarron recently won his grievance hearing against the Bengals, allowing the former Alabama QB and Cincinnati backup to become a free agent when the new league year begins March 14. He hasn’t seen much NFL action, but has shown promise when given the chance. Several sites listed him as an option for the Cardinals after the ruling was issued in his favor. How much could he command on the free agent market?

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Colin Kaepernick: We had to list him, even though its highly unlikely the Cardinals would turn to the former 49ers QB. Still, he has to be better than some other options, right?

Sam Bradford/Teddy Bridgewater: These free agents from the Vikings have shown promise and could be an option for QB-hungry teams in 2018.

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Josh McCown: McCown had a solid year for the Jets in 2017 before getting injured. Could he be a bridge QB as a team grooms a young quarterback?

Jacoby Brissett: Brissett did some good things with the Colts this season, but Indianapolis does have Andrew Luck coming back. 

Brock Osweiler: He went to ASU and played in Denver under new Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Would Arizona consider him?

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Nick Foles: The Arizona Wildcats graduate has elevated his stock with strong play in the NFL playoffs, making him an attractive potential trade target for QB-hungry teams.

More free agent QBs: Jay Cutler, Geno Smith, Matt Moore, Derek Anderson, Tom Savage, E.J. Manuel, Robert Griffin III, Brandon Weeden, Chase Daniel.

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Sam Darnold: The USC QB has been linked to the Cardinals in some NFL mock drafts and could be there for the taking when Arizona picks in the first round. He’s had a down year, but has a lot of potential.

Mason Rudolph: Some scouts have raved about the Oklahoma State QB and some NFL mock drafts think he’d be a great fit in Arizona.

Lamar Jackson: The Heisman Trophy winner from Louisville could be an intriguing pro prospect and he could bring some excitement to the position with the Cardinals. 

Josh Allen: The Wyoming quarterback would be a project, but some people love his upside. Could he bloom into something special in the desert if the team lets him have time to develop?

Josh Rosen: The UCLA quarterback could be the top pick in the NFL draft. Scouts rave about his NFL potential. 

Baker Mayfield: The Oklahoma QB is known for his fiery personality, but put up some impressive stats this season and during his career. Will his game translate to the NFL?

Luke Falk: The Washington State quarterback doesn’t have the biggest arm and has questions surrounding his game working in the NFL, but he has some fans among college evaluators. 

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QBs on Cardinals roster last season

Drew Stanton: He is not under contract, but doesn’t cost a lot and has proven that he can win as the Cardinals QB. Could some team (including the Cardinals), use him as a bridge quarterback while it develops a draft pick?

Blaine Gabbert: Gabbert was given an audition with the Cardinals this season, but didn’t impress. The team turned to an injured Drew Stanton over him for the last two games of the season. 

Matt Barkley: He has some starting experience, but there’s a reason he hasn’t been able to stick with NFL teams for long. 

Who would you like to see be the Cardinals’ quarterback of the future? Did we miss a candidate you’d like to see as the team’s QB? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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