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NFL 2011 Free Agents:

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Concudan, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Information via Footballsfuture.com
    Peyton Manning (IND) – The Colts will not let Manning will be made the league’s highest paid player at the conclusion of this season. There’s no need to rush—the interest will be mutual.
    Michael Vick (PHI) – How much do the Eagles like Kevin Kolb? Well, they liked him enough to trade Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, but I don’t think they’ll like him enough to let Michael Vick go. Vick still has debts to pay back from his previous trials and settlements, but that will be soon erased. Expect Michael to stay loyal to the only organization that gave him a second chance.
    Brett Favre (MIN) – I’ve heard jokes every offseason for the last decade (or so it seems) that Favre will die on the football field before he hangs it up. Bruised and battered, his consecutive starts streak was put to an end and this offseason he’ll be teamless following a less than impressive campaign. Any takers? I doubt he’ll subject himself to the market this year, but come November next year, may he get the itch again?
    Seneca Wallace (CLE) – Wallace has often been an underrated quarterback when he gets his opportunities. He maneuvers well in the pocket and can cause problems on the perimeter, but also manages offenses very well. Finding success in both Seattle and Cleveland, he appears to be the most proven back-up quarterback on the market. He may not drum
    Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) – It’s been four years since Matt Hasselbeck has been a statistically good quarterback when he posted a 91.4 QB Rating in 2007. However, there’s been a clear drop-off in the level of talent on the Seahawks roster since then as well. Hasselbeck may be the best back-up option on the free agent market on a team with talent, like Jon Kitna in Dallas. Though it’s not out of the realm of possibilities, I don’t expect Pete Carroll’s team to re-sign him, but instead go in a younger direction.
    Matt Moore (CAR) – The collapse of the Panthers still remains an enigma to me. In the past, the team responded well to Matt Moore at quarterback. He fitted nice passes and protected the football, two things he absolutely didn’t do this year. To top it off, he suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in November, which won’t allow him to throw until March. He’s played the back-up role well in the past, so it seems that’s what he’s best suited to do.
    Alex Smith (SF) – Many often wonder how Alex Smith would have panned out if he had a stable offensive coordinator for his entire career, but he’s been plagued by offensive changes like no other young quarterback. He’s looked okay in short bursts, but hasn’t been able to sustain success. His potential has been eaten and his interest around the league may be miniscule, but he has some talent where he could sit on the bench for a couple years and become a decent veteran back-up. His days in San Francisco, though, are surely numbered.
    Matt Leinart (HOU) – Given the Cardinals’ quarterback woes, it sure seems like they made a mistake in cutting Matt Leinart before the regular season, especially given his 78.6 completion percentage this preseason. His biggest problem was his inability, or rather unwillingness to push the ball down the field, which ultimately caused Wisenhunt to pull the plug on Leinart. If he can find a quarterback coach that can get him over the hump, he may still have some value as a starting quarterback. He’s one of the wildcards in this free agent class.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Marc Bulger (BAL)
    Todd Collins (CHI)
    Caleb Hanie (CHI)
    Brady Quinn (DEN)
    Drew Stanton (DET)
    Trent Edwards (JAC)
    Luke McCown (JAC)
    Brodie Croyle (KC)
    Chad Pennington (MIA)
    Tyler Thigpen (MIA)
    Tarvaris Jackson (MIN)
    Jim Sorgi (NYG)
    Kellen Clemens (NYJ)
    Kyle Boller (OAK)
    Bruce Gradkowski (OAK)
    Dennis Dixon (PIT)
    Billy Volek (SD)
    Troy Smith (SF)
    Kerry Collins (TEN)
    Rex Grossman (WAS)
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Running Backs:

    DeAngelo Williams (CAR) – Jonathan Stewart and the emergence of Mike Goodson could make DeAngelo Williams expendable to the Panthers. After a short-lived, ineffective 2010 season, a tag and trade seems less likely. If he’s an unrestricted free agent after this year, Williams could leave Carolina for a team willing to offer him a starting position and the money that comes along with it.
    Arian Foster (HOU) – With little else to play for, the Texans remain committed in helping Arian Foster win the rushing title. After spending time on the team’s practice squad last year, he was promoted late in the season and rolled his success into this year. He’s quickly become of the league’s most talented and polished running backs. He’ll likely be an exclusive rights free agent, giving the Texans all the leverage in the world to re-sign him below market value.
    Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) – While sharing the run game with Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw put together his most impressive season yet with over 1500 yards from scrimmage. Still, there seems to be some sort of hex on Giants’ running backs who just can’t protect the ball. First it was Barber and now Jacobs and Bradshaw, who lost 6 of 7 fumbles this year. Turnovers were a big part of Giants’ losses, including a crucial one to Green Bay on the road, but it would be surprising to see New York part ways with a good runner and receiver because
    Cedric Benson (CIN) – The former first-round bust ran for over 1000 yards in his 2nd consecutive season, though far less efficiently this year. The Bengals are also high on Bernard Scott who ran effectively late in the season, but Cincinnati seems like a good home for Benson where he can run between the tackles.
    Mike Tolbert (SD) – The 2010 season ushered in the return of the bruisers at running back and few were more effective than the former fullback, Mike Tolbert. With first round pick, Ryan Mathews, banged up for much of the year, Tolbert took control of the Chargers backfield and plowed over defenders for nearly 1000 yards from scrimmage. The organization is very high on Tolbert and will make all efforts to re-sign him this offseason, where he’ll probably be a restricted free agent, regardless of how the CBA plays out.
    Darren Sproles (SD) – With Tolbert seizing the hype out of San Diego, the need for Sproles may have diminished enough where the Chargers may allow him to leave in free agency for a more lucrative offer elsewhere. They heavily utilized him as a receiving back where he eclipsed the 500 yard mark on around 60 receptions. Including returns, he averaged about 10 touches per game, which is probably his ideal number.
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) – Heading into the final week, BenJarvus Green-Ellis has a shot at eclipsing the 1000-yard mark for the first time in his career. He’s been effective bouncing between the tackles and is a perfect fit in New England. He’ll most likely be a restricted free agent in any CBA scenario, giving the Patriots the edge to re-sign Ellis, a tough back who lacks long speed.
    Ronnie Brown (MIA) – In a contract year, Brown accomplished something he’s never done in his entire six-year career: start all 16 games. He also posted another first and that is finishing the season with a YPC below 4. At 29 with an injury history and a lone 1000 yard season in his career, Brown hasn’t earned his second big contract, despite the talent that would warrant it. He may look for a short deal—either in Miami or elsewhere—hoping to recapture some of his youth and cash in on one larger one in the very near future.
    Ricky Williams (MIA) – Williams continues to defy the odds as he turned in another successful rushing season over the age of 30. The Dolphins would be wise to offer him an incentive-laden contract and continue to use him in a timeshare role in the offense, whether or not it’s with Ronnie Brown.
    Michael Bush (OAK) – Even with McFadden’s breakout season, his lingering injuries may concern the Raiders enough to keep Michael Bush as an insurance policy. Bush hasn’t been explosive enough to warrant consideration as a starter around the league, improving the odds he stays Oakland.
    Pierre Thomas (NO) – Thomas hasn’t been very effective this season even when healthy. However, a good postseason could go a long way into earning himself some coin this offseason. If he can shine in the spotlight, the Saints may feel obligated to re-sign Thomas.
    Leon Washington (SEA) – The dynamic returner will surely receive a long-term offer from the Seahawks after his sensational year. After getting his legs back, he should expect an expanded workload on offense in addition to his special teams duties where he’s single-handedly kept them in several games.
    Vonta Leach (HOU) (FB) – The Pro Bowl fullback loves smashing heads with linebackers and has paved the way for what may be the league’s leading rusher. Houston will look to keep its ground success going, which very much includes Leach.
    Le’Ron McClain (BAL) (FB) – McClain will probably ask for more carries and given the success of Peyton Hillis, a similarly proportioned back, maybe he’ll find it elsewhere. The Ravens will still have strong interest in retaining his services though.
    John Kuhn (GB) (FB) – Kuhn has become a fan favorite and a locker room leader in Green Bay. He’s a lunch pail guy who provides versatility on offense and consistency on special teams. The Packers tend to take care of their own.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Tim Hightower (ARZ)
    Jerious Norwood (ATL)
    Mike Bell (CLE)
    Laurence Maroney (DEN)
    Kevin Smith (DET)
    Brandon Jackson (GB)
    Derrick Ward (HOU)
    Joseph Addai (IND)
    Mike Hart (IND)
    Patrick Cobbs (MIA)
    Sammy Morris (NE)
    Kevin Faulk (NE)
    Fred Taylor (NE)
    Danny Ware (NYG)
    Jerome Harrison (PHI)
    Mewelde Moore (PIT)
    Brian Westbrook (SF)
    Kenneth Darby (STL)
    Michael Spurlock (TB)
    Cadillac Williams (TB)
    Jason Snelling (ATL) (FB)
    Brian Leonard (CIN) (FB)
    Lawrence Vickers (CLE) (FB)
    Jerome Felton (DET) (FB)
    Korey Hall (GB) (FB)
    Lex Hilliard (MIA) (FB)
    Naufahu Tahi (MIN) (FB)
    Tony Richardson (NYJ) (FB)
    Heath Evans (NO) (FB)
    Marcel Reece (OAK) (FB)
    Ahmard Hall (TEN) (FB)
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Vincent Jackson (SD) – The Chargers still have a lot of progress to be made in retaining their own players. Philip Rivers found great success even without his big name receivers earlier in the year, which seems to make Vincent Jackson more expendable. Coach Norv Turner has paid complements to his star receiver, saying he’s a better player this year than he was last, which sends a message to the front office that they shouldn’t hesitate to bring him back in 2011 and onward.
    Sidney Rice (MIN) – Coming back from a pretty serious hip injury, Rice continued to impress with his athletic ability and added to his highlight reel. His per game numbers didn’t mimic his dominant 2009 season, but that’s expected with lesser quarterback and offensive line play. Rice figures to play a large role in the organization’s future, making his re-signing every bit the priority of finding a playoff-caliber quarterback.
    Santonio Holmes (NYJ) – Aside from the “character concerns,” the Steelers were quick to send Holmes packing to the highest bidder because of the expected cost in retaining Holmes this offseason. Now that decision will fall squarely on the shoulder of the Jets. Holmes is the best receiver in a very talented corps. He’s a good route runner and is known to come up big late in games. If the Jets have to choose only one of their two big name receivers, you’d have to think it would Holmes, who has the most targets and receptions on the team since week 5.
    Braylon Edwards (NYJ) – Edwards has been the big play threat on an offense that is most explosive when the running game opens up the playaction to him down the field. Of the Jets’ star free agents this offseason, Edwards is the most likely to be let go though.
    Malcom Floyd (SD) – Floyd was given the highest tender last offseason and proved worthy of the contract in the games he played. After Philip Rivers’ performance in the absence of both Floyd and Jackson, the Chargers may decide to only keep one of the two and trade the other to make improvements elsewhere (maybe a new special teams coach). Floyd is a tall, athletic downfield threat with the body control to become a number one receiver in the league.
    Steve Smith (NYG) – Smith was the perfect slot receiver for the Giants’ terrific threesome and was on his way to his second consecutive 1000-yard season before an injury derailed him in the middle of the year and leaves the start of his 2011 season in jeopardy. The Giants will know his situation best and are therefore the frontrunners for Steve Smith.
    Terrell Owens (CIN) – It looks like the mouth on this man is directly correlated with his performance. The minute he starts putting up some decent numbers, he begins sharing his nonsense again. Production for the 37 year old TO surprised many this season, but by late season, he began blaming the coaching staff for its’ offensive struggles which many have reported will keep the Bengals from bringing him back. If he can find a new home next year, it would be his 6th different team in 9 seasons. He’s burned plenty of bridges and already had plenty of difficulty finding a team last offseason and no team has proven to be more kind to players looking for another chance than the Bengals. Given the talented receiver free agent class, I have a feeling this could have been the last season from TO in the NFL.
    Randy Moss (TEN) – No one predicted this 2010 season for Moss. Just as loudly as he entered the league over a decade ago, he seems to be going away just as quietly. The Titans placed the only waiver claim on Moss who was released after a catering incident in Minnesota. Like TO, has he burned too many bridges too? If there’s any team that can light a fuse in Moss, it’s his old Patriots, but do they want the headache? Brady certainly doesn’t seem to need the help anyway.
    Mike Williams (SEA) – Is there anyone out there—Lions fans excluded—that didn’t love to see Mike Williams playing some good football for his old college coach? Let’s keep it simple, he’s staying in Seattle.
    James Jones (GB) – Will the Packers be willing to pay Jones like a starting receiver? If not, he may be one of the first ones out of Green Bay if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He’s as talented as any number of starting wideouts and has shown flashes that he could be just that. He has a knack of dropping passes here and there, but aside from that, James Jones is a complete receiver who can run the entire tree.
    Steve Breaston (ARI) – The Cardinals know the health of Breaston’s knee better than any other teams. If it checks out clean, they also know his abilities better than anyone else. He’s a breakout star in the making and would form a formidable duo with Larry Fitzgerald if the team could get their quarterback situation untangled.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Early Doucet (ARZ)
    Brian Finneran (ATL)
    Donte' Stallworth (BAL)
    TJ Houshmandzadeh (BAL)
    Rashied Davis (CHI)
    Devin Aromashadu (CHI)
    Chansi Stuckey (CLE)
    Sam Hurd (DAL)
    Jacoby Jones (HOU)
    Mike Sims-Walker (JAC)
    Kevin Curtis (MIA)
    Hank Baskett (MIN)
    Greg Lewis (MIN)
    Lance Moore (NO)
    Courtney Roby (NO)
    Derek Hagan (NYG)
    Darius Reynaud (NYG)
    Brad Smith (NYJ)
    Johnnie Lee Higgins (OAK)
    Legedu Naanee (SD)
    Ben Obomanu (SEA)
    Laurent Robinson (STL)
    Danny Amendola (STL)
    Mark Clayton (STL)
    Maurice Stovall (TB)
    Santana Moss (WAS)
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Zach Miller (OAK) – Miller is without a doubt the Raiders top offensive target. He’s a reliable target who has produced at a high level without a legitimate starting quarterback. Unlike many of the hybrid tight ends around the league, Miller is also a good blocker with a very bright future ahead of himself.
    Marcedes Lewis (JAC) – The 6’6, 275-pound Lewis had a breakout season as a reliable red zone target. His size creates mismatches down the seam and opens up room underneath. He isn’t an elite tight end, but is the most consistent receiver on the Jaguars. Given the struggles the Jaguars have had in finding dependable offensive weapons since the Jimmy Smith/Keenan McCardell days, they’ll look to re-sign Lewis. Like Miller, Lewis is also a well-rounded tight end.
    Owen Daniels, HOU – Daniels was on a sizzling pace in 2009 before injury cut short a spectacular season. Over the last quarter of 2010, he showed some of the same promise that he could soon be an elite pass-catching TE once again. Still, the injury last year cost Daniels a lot of coin.
    Kevin Boss, NYG – Boss is a well-rounded tight end in line with the Giants emphasis on the running game. Though opportunities have been somewhat limited by the success of the Giants receiving corps, Boss has been reliable and effective when thrown to. He’s the perfect tight end for the Giants offense and an integral cog in both the rushing and passing attack.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Ben Patrick (ARZ)
    Dante Rosario (CAR)
    Jeff King (CAR)
    Desmond Clark (CHI)
    Reggie Kelly (CIN)
    Alex Smith (CLE)
    Leonard Pope (KC)
    Joey Haynos (MIA)
    David Thomas (NO)
    Matt Spaeth (PIT)
    Kris Wilson (SD)
    Randy McMichael (SD)
    Daniel Fells (STL)
    John Gilmore (TB)
    Bo Scaife (TEN)
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Tyson Clabo (ATL) – Clabo has formed one half of Atlanta’s dominant run-blocking right side. He’s a nasty, physical run blocking tackle who has developed into a steady pass blocker as well. Though the Falcons have several key components of their offensive line set to hit free agency this offseason, none will be more important than ensuring that Ryan stays upright than Clabo. Entering the league as an undrafted free agent, Clabo will be set to strike a lucrative deal.
    Doug Free (DAL) – After parting ways with lifelong Cowboy, Flozell Adams, the Cowboys may have found their left tackle for the next decade in Doug Free. He isn’t quite the same run blocker, but he’s proven to be a significant upgrade in pass protection over what Adams has been the last several years. Free has 7 false starts this year, but has also only allowed 5 sacks. If he can clean up the mental problems, he should be a great blindside pass protector for many years in Dallas.
    Jared Gaither (BAL) – Though rumors last offseason had Jared Gaither on the trade block, Gaither has proclaimed his desire to return to the Ravens next season. A back injury sidelined him for the entirety of this season and allowed Michael Oher to move into left tackle, where he’ll likely settle in. The injury may potentially allow the Ravens to pay Gaither as a right tackle, increasing the likelihood the organization brings him back.
    Jammal Brown (WAS) – With rookie Trent Williams playing the left side, Jammal Brown has started on the right side for the first time since his rookie year. He struggled early in the season as he recovered from injury, but has since turned around his play. He’s a far cry from where he was in his prime, but the Redskins have had success running the ball behind him. The organization hasn’t shied away from spending money on players, but they could get a bargain in Brown, if he continues his upward ascension from injury.
    Matt Light (NE) – Light will be 33 next season and coming off his worst season in several years giving up double digit sacks on the left side. 2nd year right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is coming off an All-Pro caliber season at right tackle and has proven capable of stonewalling pass rushers from the left side as well. The aging Matt Light finally seems expendable after giving Tom Brady nearly a decade of great protection.
    Jermon Bushrod (NO) – Bushrod hasn’t been nearly as effective at left tackle this season as he was as a fill-in for Jammal Brown a season ago. He’s been average in both pass protection and run-blocking and has 6 false start penalties as well. With offensive guard Carl Nicks set to hit free agency as well, the Saints will likely worry more about their Pro Bowl caliber left guard before getting to Bushrod, especially if they believe Charles Brown is the eventual left tackle for the offense.
    Willie Colon (PIT) – Colon had started 50 consecutive games for the Steelers at right tackle with improvement each year before missing all of 2010 with a torn Achilles. He was the team’s best blocker in 2009 and has surprisingly traveled with the organization for each of their games. With an offensive line that has been decimated by injury, the reunion of Colon and Pittsburgh in 2011 seems likely.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Alex Barron (DAL)
    Ryan Harris (DEN)
    Corey Hilliard (DET)
    Rashad Butler (HOU)
    Charlie Johnson (IND)
    Ryan O'Callaghan (KC)
    Pat McQuistan (MIA)
    Ryan Cook (MIN)
    Zach Strief (NO)
    Wayne Hunter (NYJ)
    Khalif Barnes (OAK)
    Langston Walker (OAK)
    Mario Henderson (OAK)
    Trai Essex (PIT)
    Jonathan Scott (PIT)
    Jeromey Clary (SD)
    Barry Sims (SF)
    Sean Locklear (SEA)
    Adam Goldberg (STL)
    John Greco (STL)
    Jeremy Trueblood (TB)
    Stephon Heyer (WAS)
    Carl Nicks (NO) – Both Jahri Evans and Nicks made it to the Pro Bowl this year, but it was Nicks who had the better season. The Saints run game was best when backs ran it up the middle and over left tackle, both partially attributed to Nicks’ success. The organization also just recently made Jahri Evans the league’s highest paid guard so it’ll be interesting to see if New Orleans also has the highest offer on the table for Nicks if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. They also have Bushrod and Jonathan Goodwin becoming free agents, so if they re-sign Nicks, it almost definitely will mean letting go of Bushrod at left tackle.
    Logan Mankins (NE) – The return of Logan Mankins has reinstalled some more nasty into the offensive line and bolstered protection for Tom Brady who has been able to sit back in the pocket and not force throws. With his return, the Patriots have sustained success in the run game with Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, an unlikely tandem. Though he isn’t playing at quite the same level he was the past three seasons, Mankins continues to be one of the top guards in the league and will be handsomely rewarded this offseason.
    Davin Joseph (TB) – Davin Joseph was playing terrific football for the Buccaneers before he fractured his foot in November, sending him to the IR. He’s an excellent run blocker and a good pass blocker, who will one of the top guards if the Buccaneers allow him to reach free agency. Don’t expect them to just let their best offensive linemen go without a fight though.
    Harvey Dahl (ATL) – Ask opposing players who have faced Harvey Dahl and they’ll tell you that the right guard brings some extra nasty with him every week. He and Clabo combine to form a physical, dominant right side for the Atlanta Falcons, which allows the offense to control the line of scrimmage. Expect both to re-sign in Atlanta.
    Ryan Kalil (CAR) – The Panthers have an uphill battle to return to the playoffs and seemingly have holes at nearly every position. However, center is not one of them, with Ryan Kalil playing consistently good football for them for the entirety of his rookie contract. Re-signing Kalil is the biggest no-brainer the Panthers have this year outside of drafting Andrew Luck if he decides to come out. Just don’t expect the team to use the franchise tag on him as offensive linemen are grouped together for the tag values, which means he’d be making the money of an offensive tackle.
    Daryn Colledge (GB) – Colledge has been a bit up and down this season. The Packers have struggled to run the ball with any semblance of consistency and some of that can be attributed to the offensive line. Colledge isn’t able to move defenders off the ball with regularity, but is pretty good in pass protection. With TJ Lang and several other potential prospects vying for left guard, the Packers may not have the money to commit to Colledge after they negotiate with more pivotal free agents.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Alan Faneca (ARZ)
    Deuce Lutui (ARZ)
    Lyle Sendlein (ARZ)
    Justin Blalock (ATL)
    Chris Chester (BAL)
    Marshal Yanda (BAL)
    Olin Kreutz (CHI)
    Evan Mathis (CIN)
    Kyle Cook (CIN)
    Nate Livings (CIN)
    Kyle Kosier (DAL)
    Jason Spitz (GB)
    Kasey Studdard (HOU)
    Mike Brisiel (HOU)
    Kyle DeVan (IND)
    Mike Pollak (IND)
    Rudy Niswanger (KC)
    Casey Wiegmann (KC)
    Richie Incognito (MIA)
    Nate Garner (MIA)
    Jonathan Goodwin (NO)
    Kevin Boothe (NYG)
    Samson Satele (OAK)
    Reggie Wells (PHI)
    Scott Mruczkowski (SD)
    David Baas (SF)
    Chris Spencer (SEA)
    Leroy Harris (TEN)
    Will Montgomery (WAS)
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Cullen Jenkins (GB) – Jenkins is a scheme-diverse linemen who consistently plays with outstanding leverage. He’s a terrific pass rusher who can get penetration on tackles and guards en route to the quarterback. The Packers have a strong rotation and while they will still pursue him, they may not be willing to pay him what it takes to keep him in Green Bay. If he hits the market, his only concern is that he’s somewhat injury-prone, but should otherwise be a disruptive lineman on any team.
    Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG) – Kiwanuka is an explosive pass rusher who over the years has gotten lost amidst the talented Giants front 7. He’s an explosive pass rusher who was having a productive year before a herniated disc in his neck sidelined him for much of the season. The Giants have expressed interest in bringing him back, but with playing time in question, it will be interesting to see what Kiwanuka decides.
    Charles Johnson (CAR) – Julius who? The Panthers replaced Peppers with 2007 3rd round pick, who quietly reached double digit sacks and surpassed Peppers’ sack total this year. The Panthers hope they can get most of the production with half the cost in Charles Johnson. Re-signing Johnson is right up there with Ryan Kalil in the team’s no-brainer moves this offseason.
    Ray Edwards (MIN) – Edwards came very quietly out of the gates recording only 1.5 sacks in his first 7 games. He’s since picked up the slack, but the Vikings have a lot of faith in their team’s ability to groom defensive line prospects, such as Brian Robison, who is also a free agent. Re-signing Edwards probably won’t be at the top of the team’s priority list and his return to Minnesota will depend upon Edwards’ contract expectations.
    Jason Babin (TEN) – Babin has finally put together a season worthy of his 1st round draft status many years ago. He’s a hard-working end with a strong motor and has only 1 game this season without a sack or stuff. Given the long list of teams where he hasn’t succeeded, the Titans should be the heavy favorites to re-sign Babin.
    Shaun Ellis (NYJ) – Ellis has been a key component of the Jets’ defense for many years now, but this may be his final season there. The team has plenty of free agents, or soon-to-be free agents that will need to be addressed to keep the core components of the team intact. Ellis is still an adequate 5-technique and may have moderate interest this offseason.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Kenny Iwebema (ARZ)
    Bryan Robinson (ARZ)
    Jayme Mitchell (CLE)
    Robaire Smith (CLE)
    Stephen Bowen (DAL)
    Jason Hatcher (DAL)
    Marcus Spears (DAL)
    Cliff Avril (DET)
    Turk McBride (DET)
    Mark Anderson (HOU)
    Wallace Gilberry (KC)
    Shaun Smith (KC)
    Tony McDaniel (MIA)
    Brian Robison (MIN)
    Anthony Hargrove (NO)
    Jimmy Wilkerson (NO)
    Dave Tollefson (NYG)
    Victor Abiamiri (PHI)
    Nick Eason (PIT)
    Chris Hoke (PIT)
    Jacques Cesaire (SD)
    Travis Johnson (SD)
    Ray McDonald (SF)
    CJ Ah You (STL)
    Tim Crowder (TB)
    Greg White (TB)
    Dave Ball (TEN)
    Kedric Golston (WAS)

    Defensive Tackles:
    Haloti Ngata (BAL) - The contract Ngata will get from the Ravens this year probably still won’t be large enough to accommodate him as the league’s best defensive linemen who has been playing several years for far below his actual value. His impact on the Ravens defense is immeasurable and he’s made great strides as a pass rusher over the years as well. Ngata is a truly dominant football player.
    Richard Seymour (OAK) – Seymour’s presence, production, and incalculable veteran leadership has helped spark a resurgence in Oakland. While initially displeased with the trade that brought him to the Raiders last year, Seymour has opened up to donning the silver and black long term. Al Davis has no problem spending money, so it would be a surprise if he didn’t have the highest offer on the table for Seymour, who has earned every penny he’ll see through his play this year.
    Brandon Mebane (SEA) – At only 6’1, Mebane has the natural leverage and quickness to give interior linemen fits. He’s as underrated as they come and when you look at his numbers, it’s easy to see why he’s often snubbed when the discussion of the best defensive tackles comes up. Mebane has the work ethic and the tools to be a dominant defensive tackle for next decade and has been instrumental to the Seahawks’ run defense over the last 2 seasons.
    Aubrayo Franklin (SF) – Though not as terrific as last year, Franklin had another strong season as the nose tackle for the 49ers. He was late to report to the Niners after they slapped him with the franchise tag. Franklin will be looking for his long-term extension this season and if the organization doesn’t reward him again this year, he’ll won’t hesitate to look elsewhere, as long as they don’t place the franchise tag on him yet again.
    Pat Williams (MIN) – So much for the retirement talks of last offseason. Through recent comments, he already seems ready for next year and he’s already the league’s oldest defensive player. While the Vikings have had a disappointing season, Pat Williams has continued to play at a productive level. With a lot of upcoming free agents, it’ll be interesting to see how the front office approaches this offseason. Williams has predicted a “rough” transition for the team. Though he’s ready to return if the Vikings want him, he’s also open to going to another Super Bowl contender.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Alan Branch (ARZ)
    Gabe Watson (ARZ)
    John McCargo (BUF)
    Nick Hayden (CAR)
    Anthony Adams (CHI)
    Matt Toeaina (CHI)
    Andre Fluellen (DET)
    Shaun Cody (HOU)
    Antonio Johnson (IND)
    Daniel Muir (IND)
    Eric Foster (IND)
    Ron Edwards (KC)
    Paul Soliai (MIA)
    Fred Evans (MIN)
    Gerard Warren (NE)
    Remi Ayodele (NO)
    Barry Coefield (NYG)
    John Henderson (OAK)
    Chris Hovan (STL)
    Clifton Ryan (STL)
  7. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Chad Greenway (MIN) – For three years, Greenway has been a consistent linebacker for the Vikings. While the Vikings took a step back, the Iowa product took a step forward and has become an elite 4-3 outside linebacker. He’s an instinctive, well-rounded player who excels at stopping the run at the line of scrimmage. The Vikings can’t afford to lose a player of his caliber.
    LaMarr Woodley (PIT) – Woodley was somewhat of a disappointment this year, but that’s only because he expected to take the next step and join the elites this year. Still, he remains one of the best left outside linebackers in the game with the ability to play all facets of the game effectively. The Steelers draft and develop linebackers better than any other franchise, but they have little reason to part ways with a player who has helped form the backbone of one of the league’s best defenses.
    Tamba Hali (KC) – Hali has become an outstanding pass rusher the last two seasons while spending more time on his feet. He’s a consistent and relentless rush linebacker with a good burst off the edge. Though he’s more one-dimensional than Woodley, he’s probably had a bigger impact for the Chiefs defense. Without him, their pass rush would significantly diminish and the entire defense would suffer a big setback.
    David Harris (NYJ) – Harris has flirted with becoming a great linebacker the last two seasons, but still hasn’t reached that level. Given his experience, I question whether he’ll ever get there, but his presence in the middle is still crucial to the success of the Jets defense. While he’s not great in coverage, he’s a great downhill linebacker that controls the pulse of the front 7. Without him, the Jets linebacking corps takes a big step back as does their run defense which very rarely allows 100 yard runners.
    Stephen Tulloch (TEN) – Tulloch has had a better season in the middle of the Titans defense than most would have expected coming into the year. He trails only Jerod Mayo in tackles and has been just as good as his numbers indicate. He does a good job in the hole and cleans up plays.
    Paul Posluszny (BUF) – Posluszny has difficulties playing the entire season, but when he’s healthy, he’s a very smart, instinctual linebacker in the middle of the defense. The Bills don’t have a particularly strong defensive line, which asks Posluszny to play through blockers a lot. The Bills have many holes in their run defense, but Posluszny isn’t one of them.
    James Anderson (CAR) – The breakout of strongside linebacker James Anderson has been one of the bright spot for the Panthers. Anderson has done a nice job of filling the stat sheet and has been every bit as productive for the Panthers defense as it looks on paper. If Thomas Davis could return to form, the Panthers linebacking corps could be one of the strongest in the league after they lock of James Anderson in what seems like an obvious move.
    Rocky McIntosh (WAS) – The Redskins have a number of free agents this offseason and Rocky McIntosh appears to be one of those that won’t be re-signed. He struggled to adapt to the Redskins schematic switch to the 3-4 defense, which is in Washington to stay. If he becomes a restricted free agent (depending on the CBA), the Redskins could tender him and see what comes of what.
    Thomas Davis (CAR) – Before suffering a torn ACL, Thomas Davis was having his best season as the Panthers’ outside linebacker. Shortly after recovering, Davis suffered a 2nd torn ACL, which has kept him off the field for all of 2010. Who knows how effective he’ll be when he returns to the field, but the Panthers have expressed interest in returning him to Carolina.
    Barrett Ruud (TB) – Into training camp, Ruud was pretty angry about not getting a long-term extension, especially when he was passed over for left tackle Donald Penn. After this season, it looks like the Buccaneers won in their decision to not re-sign him. Ruud has been somewhat disappointing this season, especially when asked to do more in coverage. He also has the tendency to get engulfed by guards, which puts him in limbo as far as middle linebackers are concerned. As the Buccaneers go back to more Tampa 2, the middle linebacker’s coverage ability will continue to be accentuated. It’ll be interesting to see the initial ballpark Ruud’s agent throws out to the Buccaneers and how far apart they are to begin with.
    Takeo Spikes (SF) Takeo Spikes has played well at 34 years of age and no one knows this better than Patrick Willis, who has “urged” his team to bring Spikes back next season. With the combination of Spikes and Willis in the middle playing behind Aubrayo Franklin, the 49ers have had one of the best run defenses between the guards.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Stephen Nicholas (ATL)
    Mike Peterson (ATL)
    Tavares Gooden (BAL)
    Keith Ellison (BUF)
    Jamar Williams (CAR)
    Pisa Tinoisamoa (CHI)
    Nick Roach (CHI)
    Dhani Jones (CIN)
    Brandon Johnson (CIN)
    D’Qwell Jackson (CLE)
    Chris Gocong (CLE)
    Matt Roth (CLE)
    Jason Trusnik (CLE)
    Landon Johnson (DET)
    Zach Diles (HOU)
    Kevin Bentley (HOU)
    Clint Session (IND)
    Justin Durant (JAC)
    Kirk Morrison (JAC)
    Mike Vrabel (KC)
    Quentin Moses (MIA)
    Ben Leber (MIN)
    Erin Henderson (MIN)
    Tracy White (NE)
    Danny Clark (NO)
    Scott Shanle (NO)
    Chase Blackburn (NYG)
    Keith Bulluck (NYG)
    Thomas Howard (OAK)
    Kamerion Wimbley (OAK)
    Stewart Bradley (PHI)
    Ernie Sims (PHI)
    Omar Gaither (PHI)
    Antwan Barnes (SD)
    Kevin Burnett (SD)
    Stephen Cooper (SD)
    Brandon Siler (SD)
    Travis LaBoy (SF)
    Manny Lawson (SF)
    Will Herring (SEA)
    Leroy Hill (SEA)
    Matt McCoy (SEA)
    David Vobora (STL)
    Quincy Black (TB)
    David Thornton (TEN)
  8. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Top Cornerbacks:
    Champ Bailey (DEN) – With the Broncos in a period of transition, this may very well be Champ Bailey’s final season in Denver. While injuries have lessened his effectiveness the last couple years, he returned to form this season to stay among the league’s 5 best corners. There have been no talks of a contract extension so far, but Champ remains committed to returning to the Broncos if the interest is mutual.
    Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK) – It should say something about the importance of statistics when a player can have an All-Pro season, yet not achieve minimal performance marks, which renders the rest of his contract null and void. The Raiders are unable to place the franchise tag on Asomugha, making the league’s best corner the prize of free agency. There’s some buzz that he wants to go to a Super Bowl contender such as the Jets or Packers (where he has ties with Woodson). The Packers seem like an unlikely destination given their strong, highly paid secondary and the Jets may want to pursue him, but that would leave holes in their roster elsewhere. This will be the most exciting story to follow this offseason.
    Brent Grimes (ATL) – Grimes had a fantastic season for an improved Falcons defense. Going into the final week, he’s one back of the leader in deflected passes. As an undrafted player, he’s worked his way and improved each season to become one of the league’s better corners now. With the secondary struggles in Atlanta over the past few years, they’ll show their appreciation for Grimes in the offseason.
    Carlos Rogers (WAS) – Rogers has been a solid cover corner for years now and one of the leaders in Washington’s secondary. Still, I’ve never seen anyone in the league with worse hands than Rogers. An average set of hands would have allowed him at least a couple more picks per season and that’s why he doesn’t generally get the credit he deserves. Some Redskins fans will cringe if the Redskins bring him back, but in reality, they could do much worse from a starting corner.
    Johnathan Joseph (CIN) – The Bengals’ corners awakened in 2009 to help lead a good pass defense, but 2010 turned out to be a different story. Both Joseph and Hall regressed and the results in the Bengals secondary showed. Joseph is physical and aggressive and good in any scheme. If the Bengals do hit him with the franchise tag, Joseph has said he’ll sign it on the first day, though he’s holding out hope that the two sides can reach a deal before that point.
    Ronde Barber (TB) – Though Barber and the Buccaneers haven’t discussed a new contract, he’s returned to playing at a high level and Coach Raheem Morris has given Barber plenty of praise asking him to return to the team in 2011. It should just be a matter of getting the business side sorted out if Barber decides he wants to continue playing.
    Antonio Cromartie (NYJ) – Cromartie is one of several big names hitting the market this year for the Jets. He hasn’t panned out as the elite playmaker many media outlets expected he would opposite Darrelle Revis, but he has given the Jets some flexibility at cornerback. Cromartie’s stiffness and long strides makes him an ideal candidate to be victimized by smaller, elite route running receivers, but he’s effective defending down the field. Because Kyle Wilson hasn’t lived up to expectations, the Jets may look to re-sign him with more urgency.
    Ike Taylor (PIT) – Ike Taylor has been the lone, consistent cornerback for the Steelers over the past 5+ years. His ability to shadow receivers effectively and come up in run support has allowed the Steelers to do a little more creatively up front. With a lack of depth behind him, it would be surprising to see the Steelers let Ike Taylor to leave, even though he has lost a step.
    Richard Marshall (CAR) – Marshall has been okay in coverage over the years, but good in run support. He won’t be at the top of the Panthers priority list, but if they do offer him a fair long-term deal, Marshall is ready to sign immediately.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Brian Williams (ATL)
    Chris Carr (BAL)
    Fabian Washington (BAL)
    Josh Wilson (BAL)
    Drayton Florence (BUF)
    Richard Marshall (CAR)
    Corey Graham (CHI)
    Eric Wright (CLE)
    CC Brown (DET)
    Brandon McDonald (DET)
    Chris Houston (DET)
    Josh Bell (GB)
    Jason Allen (HOU)
    Travis Daniels (KC)
    Brandon Carr (KC)
    Al Harris (MIA)
    Lito Sheppard (MIN)
    Frank Walker (MIN)
    Kyle Arrington (NE)
    Usama Young (NO)
    Drew Coleman (NYJ)
    Stanford Routt (OAK)
    William Gay (PIT)
    Paul Oliver (SD)
    Dashon Goldson (SF)
    Kelly Jennings (SEA)
    Roy Lewis (SEA)
    Justin King (STL)
    Roderick Hood (TEN)
    Phillip Buchanon (WAS)

    Quintin Mikell (PHI) – It looks like the Eagles will be set at safety if they can re-sign Quintin Mikell at strong safety next to rookie Nate Allen at free safety. Mikell hasn’t been as impressive this season as last, but is still one of the league’s better starting strong safeties. The Eagles secondary has struggled this year and will look to bring back one of their most consistent pieces in the back end.
    Roman Harper (NO) – The Saints feel they have something going in the secondary and their top 10 defense reflects just that. The entire defense was snubbed from the Pro Bowl, but the tandem of Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper at safety is about as good as it gets. Jenkins, a converted corner, has developed into a fine coverage safety, while Roman Harper is a great hitter and tough in run support. Aside from reinvesting in their offensive line, Harper will be one of the team’s highest priorities this season.
    Eric Weddle (SD) – Though Weddle hasn’t made too many impact plays this season, he’s been a great emerging player for them in the secondary. He’s a well-rounded player—which stems back from his days at Utah—who can play both the run and pass effectively. The Chargers have several expiring contracts, primarily on offense, but re-signing Weddle defensively seems like a solid logical bet.
    Dawan Landry (BAL) – Dawan Landry is having a bounce back season after a pair of disappointing ones in coverage. The Ravens had high expectations following a superb rookie season, but had been beaten over the top too often the next two years. Though he hasn’t made as many impact plays as his rookie year, or even last season, Landry has been far more consistent and is building off of his career high in tackles.
    Tanard Jackson (TB) – Jackson is an impressive young safety on the football field and figured to be a difference maker for the Buccaneers early this season. However, after the 2nd game, he was suspended indefinitely for his 3rd violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Buccaneers are standing behind him, but it comes as a big disappointment. He won’t be eligible to be reinstated until September 22, 2011, making him a big gamble for whoever looks to retain his services.
    Bernard Pollard (HOU) – The Texans had reason to be ecstatic over their free agent signing of 2009, who immensely improved the team’s run defense. This year has brought a different tune and shown why Pollard was cut from the Chiefs last year to begin with. While he’s still strong in run support, he’s been victimized more than any other Texan for touchdowns this season. His lousy pass defense is further accentuated by poor cornerback play. Pollard is a marginal safety, but can be a decent fill-in for a team with an already strong secondary, something the Texans cannot claim to have.
    Atari Bigby (GB) – Bigby has plenty of potential as a safety, but also embodies the definition of injury-prone. Rookie Morgan Burnett was playing well before his season-ending injury and Charlie Peprah has been more than adequate as his replacement. Peprah’s also a free agent, but should be a cheaper alternative to the hard-hitting Bigby.
    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Matt Ware (ARZ)
    Haruki Nakamura (BAL)
    Tom Zbikowski (BAL)
    George Wilson (BUF)
    Gerald Alexander (CAR)
    Chinedum Ndukwe (CIN)
    Gibril Wilson (CIN)
    Danieal Manning (CHI)
    Abram Elam (CLE)
    Sabby Piscitelli (CLE)
    Alan Ball (DAL)
    Gerald Sensabaugh (DAL)
    Charlie Peprah (GB)
    Anthony Smith (GB)
    Melvin Bullitt (IND)
    Sean Considine (JAC)
    Tyrell Johnson (MIN)
    Husain Abdullah (MIN)
    Brandon McGowan (NE)
    Jarrad Page (NE)
    Darren Sharper (NO)
    Michael Johnson (NYG)
    Deon Grant (NYG)
    Brodney Pool (NYJ)
    Eric Smith (NYJ)
    Lawyer Milloy (SEA)
    Reed Doughty (WAS)
  9. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Adam Podlesh (JAC) – Though Podlesh hasn’t boomed a lot of his punts, he does a good job with hang time and limiting return yardage on the back end, putting him in the top 10 of net punting. He’s a nice young punter who should continue to punt at a high level.
    Sam Koch (BAL) – Koch has been a nice consistent punter who has improved on his work pinning the ball inside the 20.
    Daniel Sepulveda (PIT) – Sepulveda has a strong leg and should be a top 10 punter for the next decade. He wasn’t great pinning teams in the 20, but his net hasn’t suffered as a result.
    Matt Prater (DEN) – The opportunities haven’t come as frequently, but Prater remains a reliable kicker with a strong leg. He’s accurate inside of 40 and has the leg to boot the long ones. He’s very strong on kickoffs too.
    Ryan Longwell (MIN) – Longwell, like Prater, hasn’t had as many attempts this season, but has missed only one all season. To be fair, he has attempted only one beyond 40 this year, but has the leg to still hit from around 50. He’s a good clutch kicker and happy in a dome.
    David Akers (PHI) – As a virtually lifelong Eagle, I don’t expect the two sides to part ways now. He’s drilled numerous game-winners and still has the leg to hit beyond 50. The two sides will probably get a deal done shortly after the season.
    Adam Vinatieri (IND) – Though he’s getting up there in age, Vinatieri’s accuracy hasn’t wavered much. In the dome, Vinatieri and Indy seem like a great match as he starts to lose a little on his leg.
  10. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Players the Chargers could possibly look at (Concudan’s opinionation)

    QB: Alex Smith. He could be a solid back up, has a history with Norv Turner. He is done in SF, could be a good pick up by AJ for clipboard duty behind Rivers. I don’t see the Chargers retaining Volek unless they are unable to sign a younger backup.

    RB/FB: Not a big need right now. However there is quality depth. No one could argue that an addition like Foster wouldn’t provide dividends, but the cost to get an exclusive rights free agent is extremely prohibitive.

    WR: Face it. Jackson’s bridge is a smoldering heap. He will spur heated debates between Charger’s fans for years. Given that Floyd is also on the list the Chargers will have to shake up the unit by retaining their players, the draft, or free agency. Edwards would be a good addition given his ability to be a deep threat. Give the Chargers lack of action in the deep end of the free agent pool, this is most likely just a pipe dream. Let me just say this now, not only no, but HAYL no to Moss and Owens. In short, I would like to see Floyd back, can handle the idea of Jackson being back, but the unit can be improved upon, and Rivers seems to be able to make any receiver look good.

    TE: Two of our TEs are on the list. McMichael paid huge dividends next season and I could see him being brought back for the right price. Miller, though a Raider would be a great fit in our scheme, a solid blocker and a pass catching threat. Owen Daniels could also make an impact in our system. With health questions being raised about Gates, they Chargers need to focus on having reliable TEs behind Mr. Amazing (Gates).

    Face it, thought the OL can be said to have done a decent job last season, an upgrade in this area is very doable, and very desirable. The Chargers best player is arguably Philip Rivers (Arguably because Mr. Amazing is well… Amazing). We have to invest in players who will give him the time to throw down field and open the lanes for our runners. As many say, BEEF is needed. In a perfect world AJ would lure Mankins away from NE, I just like this player even though he is a much hated Patriot. However the right side of the line, most notably the Right Tackle position should be a focus. While it can be argued that Clary has done a journeyman’s job for the Bolts, the position still represents an area ripe for improvement.

    Ok, let me dream a little dream. NGATA! I would just love to see him in Bolts. Seymour is another player I think could bring some much desired nasty to the DL. The DL played well in 2011, they were able to get good pressure on the offense in most games. However, this again is a unit that can be improved. The Chargers D starts with the 3 up front. Clogging lanes and funneling RBs to the LBs, slowing or rushing the passer to allow the secondary to read the play. This is the where the Bolts D starts. Kiwanuka is a player who I believe could come right in and produce as an end on our line. Again, the Chargers have not dove into the deep end of the pool for quite some time.

    How mad would Chiefs fans be if the Chargers swooped in and signed Hali? Though the presence of a player like Woodley would in my opinion pay bigger dividends, and comes from the Pittsburgh defensive pedigree. Spikes could be someone who is brought in as a veteran presence. SF is not likely to retain him (opting to go with younger players) and Manusky was his coach last season.

    First and foremost, the Chargers must bring Weddle back. He is by far the most consistent tackler on the defense, and covers the field, supporting the corners very well. He is very good in run coverage and is a very capable rusher in a safety blitz. Did I see the father of a nation, Antonio ‘Don’t know my kids names’ Cromartie listed as a top Corner? Ummmkay… Asomugha has been discussed here at BoltTalk before. I think he would be a valuable addition to the Chargers secondary, but there is buond to be a bidding war for his services. Maybe playing for a contender like the Chargers, who has an opportunity to stick it to Al Davis twice a season might entice Asomugha to come to the Botls for less bucks?

    Lets just say (and don’t tell Corona Doug this) that it is time to start looking for Kaeding’s replacement… Is it Kaeding, or Keading? I before e… Ahh who cares! He is a kicker! Prater is about the only free agent that I would look at. Perhaps the draft would prove a better spot to take someone. Any chance that AJ trades up to get a kicker in the first round? (I kid…. I hope)
  11. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    So there it is. Lets get the discussion rolling. If you could get any FA you wanted, who would it be and why?

    Who is a realistic possbility and what are your pipe dreams...?
  12. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Who I'd like: Tamba Hali - I agree think he'd be an outstanding player to team with Phillips and when you combine them plus great backups in English and Barnes, that's a very frightening foursome of pass rushers. I think its possible to get him only assuming no franchise tagging.

    Realistic Free Agents
    Takeo Spikes - get some depth and worked with Manusky in SF
    A kicker, ANY KICKER PLEASE!
    Matt Spaeth/David Thomas - McMichael was a good receiver but nothing else and Wilson was a joke. Sperry looks to be good depth but I'd rather have someone back up gates
    Jacoby Jones - might provide good depth at WR and has experience returning kicks, which would help
    And they have to resign Weddle & Floyd
  13. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

    Aug 14, 2008
  14. Joy Division

    Joy Division Slightly-known Member

    Jun 30, 2008
    QB: Agree with the Alex Smith thing.
    RB: Adios Sproles...hello Leon Washington (yeah right)<--pipedream.
    WR: V.J., Floyd, and Sims-Walker would be nice.(sorry Legs).
    OL: Anyone besides Clary.
    CB: Lets bring back DFlo. (for depth)..I actually think he's improved.
    Safety: Weddle. Like yesterday.
    Kicker: Prater or even Longwell (His name sounds reassuring at least).
  15. Enormo

    Enormo BoltTalker

    Jul 22, 2007
    Thanks a lot dude. I just jizzed in my pants. :|

    Brandon Mebane (SEA) seems like more of an AJ type according to the description. Underrated, good value.

    Garay-monster would be an incredible guy to step in to spell a starter, but isn't consistently dominant enough to be the anchor of the D. Unless we have grand plans in the draft to get a top flight NT, I am all for a FA talent.
  16. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Glad I could leave you with a happy finish....
  17. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Say it again! I think that would be a huge coup for manusky and the D... Course I am going bling bling.
  18. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Hali is not going anywhere bank on it.

    I still want Ngata on this team but yea major pipedream. Maybe when his career is over half over and then its too late.
  19. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

    Jan 24, 2010
    I am not getting my hopes up on any big names. I think we will end up with a couple guys like Spikes and Alex Smith and maybe another backup or 2. Hope I am wrong

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    I'm not to high on the big name FA signings, pay our guys first.
  21. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    AJ! Is that you?!

    ;) :lol:

    To a point I fully agree with you. Big name signing just to have a big name on the team (e.g. to drive ticket sales) is counter productive. See Owens, Moss, Haynsworth etc... A big name that fills a need and has shown a consitent performance level superior to what we have, is a good gamble IMHO.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    David Boston, need I say more to big buck chumps??? If the Bolt's are able to upgrade without breaking the bank and keep proven home grown talent then go for it.
  23. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    While your point is valid, you can even throw in Marcelus Whiley there too, there can be just as many player pick ups that have helped the team. Remember, the draft is an inperfect science, for ever Rivers there are a Dozen Buster Davis' and a few Ryan Leafs.

    You cant ignore the avenue of improving the team through free agency, and that has been one of AJ's weakest links. He does get quality depth in the shallow end of the pool, but we dont get a player who will help put us over the top in the race for a Lombardi...
  24. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
  25. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    I would love to bring Mankins in. I wanted him when he was holding out from New England.
  26. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    where do we play him though?
  27. Zeus

    Zeus BoltTalker

    Nov 21, 2006

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    No doubt FA's can help the push to the top, I just don't think they have to be big name ginormous buck type guys. Burnett had a heck of a year and fits the mold in my mind of go after player's.
  29. vmax

    vmax BoltTalker

    Sep 26, 2009
    I think the other thing that the right FAs can bring to the team is attitude. If all you bring in is 23-24 year old rookies, they will most likely fall in line with whatever attitude, habits, norms, etc that the veterans have in place. I think this team could use some new leaders who could come in and add some fire/attitude or whatever is needed to prep the team for week 1 and every week after. Unfortunately, the smart money is on the Chargers being non players in free agency again this year.

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