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5 Veteran NFL QBs On The Verge Of Unemployment

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5 Veteran NFL QBs On The Verge Of Unemployment

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The life of a veteran NFL backup quarterback can be like a roller coaster ride. Clipboard jockeys are often laughing with teammates one moment and then under attack from incredibly huge and fast defenders the next moment. It's a well-paid gig with little or no stress until the main signal-caller has to leave the game. Here are five veteran quarterbacks who are on the verge of losing their jobs this season.

5. Tyler Thigpen, Cleveland Browns

Tyler Thigpen Cleveland Browns
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5. Tyler Thigpen, Cleveland Browns

Tyler Thigpen Cleveland Browns
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The Browns signed the journeyman quarterback to a one-year deal in early May, and barring injury to potential starters Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel, the 30-year-old Thigpen will not see much action this upcoming season. If undrafted rookie Connor Shaw, who had the fastest time of all QBs at the combine (4.62), has a good camp then it's possible Thigpen will be given his walking papers.

4. Caleb Hanie, Dallas Cowboys

Caleb Hanie Jacksonville Jaguars
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4. Caleb Hanie, Dallas Cowboys

Caleb Hanie Jacksonville Jaguars
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The 28-year-old Dallas native is playing for his fifth NFL team and never seriously challenged former Browns' starter Brandon Weeden to serve as Tony Romo's backup. Hanie has a career 41.6 QB Rating with three TDs and 10 picks, and he faces stiff competition from undrafted West Texas A&M rookie Dustin Vaughan for the third-string gig.

3. Jimmy Clausen, Chicago Bears

Jimmy Clausen Chicago Bears
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3. Jimmy Clausen, Chicago Bears

Jimmy Clausen Chicago Bears
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The highly-touted Notre Dame quarterback slid to the second round of the 2010 draft and was benched after just three NFL starts for the Carolina Panthers. The 26-year-old Californian, who has a 58.4 career QB Rating, is battling for the No. 3 job with San Jose State rookie signal-caller David Fales.

2. Trent Edwards, Oakland Raiders

Trent Edwards Oakland Raiders
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2. Trent Edwards, Oakland Raiders

Trent Edwards Oakland Raiders
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A member of the 2007 NFL All-Rookie Team, Edwards was a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills and threw for over 1,600 yards and seven TDs in 10 games. Overall, the 30-year-old pocket passer has a 75.5 career QB rating with 26 scores and 30 interceptions. He is the No. 4 quarterback on the Raiders' depth chart with the odds stacked against him to make the roster.

1. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder Minnesota Vikings
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1. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder Minnesota Vikings
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Publicly, the Vikings have a three-way battle between Ponder, Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job. But the truth of the matter is that the former 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft needs a great camp or an injury to just win the backup spot. The 26-year-old Texan has a 77.3 QB Rating with 38 TDs and 34 interceptions over 36 NFL games, including 35 starts.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.