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What free agent quarterbacks are available right now?

With Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury status uncertain, it’s possible the Patriots will look to add a quarterback. They can always try to trade for one, but if they want to add one without giving up anything, they’ll look to the free agent market.

Here’s a list of some quarterbacks available right now.

Matt Flynn (6 feet 2 inches, 228 pounds): The 31-year-old Flynn has played for four teams: Green Bay, Seattle, Buffalo, Oakland. He’s started seven games — six for the Packers, one for the Raiders — and went 3-4. He has a 61.3 career completion percentage to go along with 2,541 yards, 17 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and an 85.9 passer rating. The Patriots signed him during the offseason last year, but released him during training camp after Flynn failed his physical. He was subsequently signed and released by both the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints. He has not played in an NFL game since 2014.

Ryan Lindley (6-3, 229): The 27-year-old has played for two teams: Arizona and Indianapolis. He has started six games, going 1-5 in those contests. He has a career completion percentage of 51.1 along with 1,372 yards, 3 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 52.4 passer rating. The Patriots signed him during training camp last season, but released him before the regular season started.


T.J. Yates (6-2, 210): The 29-year-old has played for two teams over five years: Houston and Atlanta. He tore his ACL last December and was placed on injured reserve. He has a 4-3 record as a starter along with 1,534 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 72.8 passer rating.

Jimmy Clausen (6-3, 217): The almost 29-year-old has played for three teams: Carolina, Chicago, and Baltimore. The former Notre Dame quarterback is just 1-13 as a starter, including a 1-9 campaign for the Panthers in 2010. He has completed just 54 percent of his passes for 2,520 yards, 7 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 61.9 passer rating. His last action in the NFL came in Weeks 13 and 14 for the Ravens a year ago. Baltimore lost the games by a combined score of 69-20 while Clausen completed 57.65 percent of his passes for 555 yards, two touchdowns, and three picks.


Tarvaris Jackson (6-2, 226): The 33-year-old has played for two teams: Minnesota and Seattle. He spent the first five seasons of his career with the Vikings, going 10-10 as a starter. He is 17-17 overall as a starter with a completion percentage of 59.6 with 7,263 yards, 39 touchdowns, 35 picks, and a 78.5 passer rating. Jackson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly pulling a gun on his wife this summer before the assistant state attorney in Florida declined to prosecute. His last NFL action was for the Seahawks in Week 16 last season when he was put in for mop-up duty against the Cardinals. He’s attempted just 20 passes over the last three regular seasons.

Charlie Whitehurst (6-4, 220): The 34-year-old has played for four teams: San Diego, Seattle, Tennessee, and Indianapolis. He has started nine career games — five for the Titans, four for the Seahawks — going 2-7 in those outings. He has completed 55.1 percent of his passes in his career for 2,281 yards, 10 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a 74.4 passer rating. After the Colts claimed him off waivers from the Titans last November, he ended the season on injured reserve.


Sean Renfree (6-3, 219): The 26-year-old was drafted by Atlanta in 2013, but has appeared in just two games, both last season, completing 3 of 7 passes for 11 yards. The Patriots worked out the former Duke quarterback recently, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Michael Vick (6-0, 215): The 36-year-old said this summer that if a team picks him up this season, 2016 would be his last rodeo in the NFL. He’s played for four teams: Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh, going 61-51-1 as a starter in his career. Over his 13-year-career, he has 22,464 passing yards, 133 touchdowns through the air, 88 interceptions, and an 80.4 passer rating. On the ground, he has 6,109 yards and 36 touchdowns on 873 rushes, good for 7.0 yards per carry. He spent last season with the Steelers, but a hamstring injury kept him inactive for much of the season.

Matt Hasselbeck (6-4, 223): Though he is now an analyst for ESPN, it’s not that far of a drive from Bristol, Conn., to Foxborough. The almost 41-year-old Hasselbeck is 85-75 as a starter, including a 69-62 as Seattle’s starter for 10 seasons. Last year, in place of Andrew Luck, he went 5-3 for the Colts. He’s completed 60.5 percent of his careers passes for 36,638 yards, 212 touchdowns, 153 picks, and an 82.4 passer rating.


Ricky Stanzi (6-4, 223): The Patriots reportedly worked out Stanzi this offseason. The 29-year-old has bounced between Kansas City, Jacksonville, Houston, New York Giants, and Detroit, but has never taken a regular-season snap.

Matt Pepin and Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Follow Rachel G. Bowers on Twitter @RachelGBowers.