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The LOST Free Agents Year

Discussion in 'American Football' started by ThunderHorse17, May 3, 2011.

  1. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    NFL.com news: 2011 could offer worst crop of free agents in modern-era system

    Saw this on NFL.com and noticed our boy Sproles as the FA cover boy. Does this mean other teams think he has great value?? Surely its based on his rate of pay over the last 2 seasons. It cant be his production as a KR/3DB. As a receiver on the Screen deffinatly Sproles is pretty godly. *Reggie Bush-like in open space*

    Anyway here is some tidbits.

    And if the 2010 rules remain in place, then Leach, Houston's Pro Bowl fullback, will be among a very select handful of prime free agents in what could be the worst crop since this era of free agency began in the mid 1990s. It makes last year's mundane market seem remarkable by comparison, as this class of roughly 220 players lacks sizzle at key spots like quarterback, offensive tackle, and anyone capable of mustering a consistent pass rush.

    The potential lack of name recognition aside, here's a look at seven other free-agents-to-be who could stand to do well on the open market.

    Nnamdi Asomugha, corner
    By far the top prize of this free-agent class and the only one of these 200-odd players who could rightly make a claim to being the very best in the world at his position. He's without a doubt in the top two or three, if you want to put Darrelle Revis first. Asomugha is creeping up on 30, but is still in line for a massive payday that will exceed $15 million per season. Houston and Dallas are not shy about spending money, and both could use a corner. The Jets were a rumored suitor, but in this scenario still have Antonio Cromartie as a restricted free agent. Given his age, Asomugha makes the most sense for teams that are already playoff ready or just on the cusp.

    Thomas Davis, linebacker
    The Panthers love this linebacker, who has essentially missed two straight seasons because of injuries now. A 2005 first-round pick, Davis was emerging as a leader and a key figure in their defense. However, consecutive ACL tears have cast his future in doubt. He's still just 28 -- and that's with two lost seasons. He fought as hard as he could to make it back last season and Carolina kept a roster spot open for him for a good part of the year hoping he would do so -- a testament to how much general manager Marty Hurney thinks of his importance to the team. I would suspect he will garner a fair amount of interest and would be seen by many as the top linebacker available.

    Darren Sproles, running back
    A potential special teams game-changer and someone who, after being franchised in the past, might be a luxury the Chargers can no longer afford with Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert in the backfield, too. Might have been an intriguing possibility for the Falcons -- who hit big on former Chargers running back Michael Turner in free agency a few years back -- but their selection of Jacquizz Rodgers in the draft negates that. Too much talent for an innovative coordinator not to tap into as Norv Turner has for years in San Diego. Sproles was in line for a nice deal a year ago prior to being designated a restricted free agent under the uncapped year in 2010.

    Marc Bulger, quarterback
    You will find plenty of scouts who believe he is done. They feel years of heavy hits and concussions have rendered him less of a quarterback and decision-maker. They don't see him getting through a season as a starter. But there are plenty in the Ravens organization -- where he was a backup last year -- that believe Bulger could end up being a free-agent steal for someone. He clearly fits Arizona's system, as he and Kurt Warner have the same passing roots. Arizona chose to be too frugal with him a year ago, but I doubt that's the case now. While some in Washington's organization are high on Bulger, I doubt the Redskins would put together the kind of financial package the Cardinals would. Could Bulger re-establish himself in Arizona as Warner did a few years back?

    Anthony Hargrove, defensive lineman
    Personal demons behind him and tapped back into his athletic prowess, Hargrove could shine outside in a 4-3 scheme. New Orleans lacked depth at tackle, and so he played primarily on the interior, but other teams see him as a potential disrupter off the edge. He'd love to get the opportunity. Still just 27 years old, he's an absolutely baby by the standards of this free-agent class.

    Aubrayo Franklin, defensive tackle
    If you are desperate for a true nose tackle -- Washington, for instance, is -- then this is your best (only?) real option. Age is not ideal, as he is 30, but he has played at a Pro Bowl level in the past and was franchised in 2009. Was a spare part early in his career, so a bit younger health-wise than some veterans of the trenches. He can be a difficult force to handle anchoring the defensive line.

    Terrell Owens, receiver
    Based on production alone, Owens was a steal for the Bengals in 2010. Even though it was a miserable season for them, Owens was very solid. He still drops too many balls and still puts his foot in his mouth (calling out Bengals owner Mike Brown after the season was silly and shortsighted). It could be another long wait for him this offseason, but I have to wonder if Seattle, which dabbled with the idea of signing him a year ago, might be his best option this time around. No matter where he goes, or when he lands, there will be no lack of intrigue surrounding it.
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    on Bulger, I only see SF as a good landing spot. Far as my Cards, Please God dont let them be high on Suck Bulger. He is like what Cassel is only 4 years down the road.
  3. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

    Jun 28, 2010
    Everything I'm hearing, and reading, is that Bulger and the Cards basically already have a "wink-wink, nod-nod" deal in place and are just waiting for free agency to formally have a start date to finalize things. He was a primary target of theirs last season - and Warner's handpicked successor - but the Rams were well aware of this and basically held off on releasing Bulger until their division rival's hand was forced and they signed Derek Anderson. Shortly after the Anderson signing, Bulger was released and the Rams signed AJ Feeley.
  4. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Yea I kno, but I really have zero faith in Bulger to ever sucseed at NFL football. I really dont are if Ariz thinks he can deliver if only for a short stay they can get burned again.
  5. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    NFL.coms UnOfficial list CBA Pending of course

    NFL.com news: Unofficial list of potential 2011 free agents
    With the rules for 2011 league year still to be determined, Jason La Canfora has compiled a list of potential free agents based on the assumption that the league would operate under the same rules as 2010, which would mean six accrued seasons to be eligible for free agency.

    Players with an asterisk next to their name received the franchise tag prior to the lockout.

    Player Team Accrued
    Todd Bouman Jaguars 11
    Marc Bulger Ravens 10
    Kerry Collins Titans 16
    Todd Collins Bears 16
    Brett Favre Vikings 20
    Charlie Frye Raiders 6
    Rex Grossman Redskins 8
    Matt Hasselbeck Seahawks 12
    J.P. Losman Seahawks 6
    *Peyton Manning Colts 13
    J.T. O'Sullivan Raiders 8
    Chad Pennington Dolphins 11
    Patrick Ramsey Vikings 8
    Chris Simms Titans 8
    Alex Smith 49ers 6
    Jim Sorgi Giants 7
    Brian St. Pierre Panthers 7
    *Michael Vick Eagles 8
    Billy Volek Chargers 11

    Running backs
    Player Team Accrued
    Michael Bennett Raiders 10
    Cedric Benson Bengals 6
    Ladell Betts Saints 9
    Ronnie Brown Dolphins 6
    Kevin Faulk Patriots 12
    Julius Jones Saints 7
    Mewelde Moore Steelers 7
    Sammy Morris Patriots 11
    Dominic Rhodes Colts 8
    Darren Sproles Chargers 6
    Fred Taylor Patriots 13
    Brian Westbrook 49ers 9
    Cadillac Williams Buccaneers 6
    Ricky Williams Dolphins 10
    Jason Wright Cardinals 6

    Player Team Accrued
    Heath Evans Saints 10
    Vonta Leach Texans 7
    Tony Richardson Jets 16

    Tight ends
    Player Team Accrued
    Desmond Clark Bears 12
    John Gilmore Buccaneers 9
    Reggie Kelly Bengals 12
    Randy McMichael Chargers 9
    Bo Scaife Titans 6

    Wide receivers
    Player Team Accrued
    Mark Clayton Rams 6
    Michael Clayton Giants 7
    Terrance Copper Chiefs 7
    Kevin Curtis Chiefs 7
    Rashied Davis Bears 6
    Braylon Edwards Jets 6
    Brian Finneran Falcons 11
    Mike Furrey Redskins 8
    T.J. Houshmandzadeh Ravens 10
    *Vincent Jackson Chargers 6
    Greg Lewis Vikings 8
    Randy Moss Titans 13
    Santana Moss Redskins 10
    Terrell Owens Bengals 15
    Donte' Stallworth Ravens 8
    Brandon Stokley Seahawks 12
    Kelley Washington Chargers 8

    Offensive tackles
    Player Team Accrued
    Khalif Barnes Raiders 6
    Alex Barron Cowboys 6
    Jammal Brown Redskins 6
    Kirk Chambers Bengals 6
    Wayne Hunter Jets 6
    Matt Light Patriots 10
    Sean Locklear Seahawks 7
    Chester Pitts Seahawks 9
    Barry Sims 49ers 12
    Langston Walker Raiders 9
    Ray Willis Seahawks 6

    Player Team Accrued
    Trai Essex Steelers 6
    Alan Faneca Cardinals 13
    Robert Gallery Raiders 7
    Adam Goldberg Rams 7
    Kyle Kosier Cowboys 9
    Daniel Loper Raiders 6
    *Logan Mankins Patriots 6
    Evan Mathis Bengals 6
    Reggie Wells Eagles 8
    Floyd Womack Browns 10
    Billy Yates Browns 7

    Player Team Accrued
    David Baas 49ers 6
    Jonathan Goodwin Saints 9
    Olin Kreutz Bears 13
    Scott Mruczkowski Chargers 6
    Chris Spencer Seahawks 6
    Casey Wiegmann Chiefs 15
    Tony Wragge 49ers 6

    Player Team Accrued
    David Akers Eagles 12
    Matt Bryant Falcons 8
    *Phil Dawson Browns 12
    Shayne Graham Patriots 10
    Ryan Longwell Vikings 14
    Olindo Mare Seahawks 14
    Jeff Reed 49ers 9
    Adam Vinatieri Colts 15

    Long snappers
    Player Team Accrued
    James Dearth Chargers 10
    Kevin Houser Ravens 10
    Greg Warren Steelers 6

    Defensive ends
    Player Team Accrued
    Jason Babin Titans 7
    Dave Ball Titans 6
    Raheem Brock Seahawks 9
    Jacques Cesaire Chargers 8
    Jared DeVries Lions 12
    Nick Eason Steelers 8
    Shaun Ellis Jets 11
    Demetric Evans 49ers 9
    Jonathan Fanene Bengals 6
    Jarvis Green Texans 8
    Cullen Jenkins Packers 7
    Travis Johnson Chargers 6
    Bobby McCray Eagles 6
    Trevor Pryce Jets 14
    Robaire Smith Browns 11
    Shaun Smith Chiefs 6
    Marcus Spears Cowboys 6
    Gerard Warren Patriots 10

    Defensive tackles
    Player Team Accrued
    Anthony Adams Bears 8
    Marques Douglas Titans 10
    Ron Edwards Chiefs 10
    Ronald Fields Broncos 6
    Aubrayo Franklin 49ers 8
    Anthony Hargrove Saints 6
    Chris Hoke Steelers 10
    Chris Hovan Rams 11
    Damione Lewis Texans 10
    Bryan Robinson Cardinals 14
    Craig Terrill Seahawks 7
    Jimmy Wilkerson Saints 8
    Pat Williams Vikings 14

    Middle linebackers
    Player Team Accrued
    Akin Ayodele Bills 9
    Kevin Bentley Texans 9
    Chase Blackburn Giants 6
    Kevin Burnett Chargers 6
    Stephen Cooper Chargers 8
    Keyaron Fox Steelers 7
    Dhani Jones Bengals 11
    Niko Koutouvides Buccaneers 7
    Brandon Moore Chargers 6
    Kirk Morrison Jaguars 6
    Barrett Ruud Buccaneers 6
    Takeo Spikes 49ers 13
    Tracy White Patriots 8
    Matt Wilhelm Packers 8
    Rod Wilson Bears 6

    Outside linebackers
    Player Team Accrued
    Charlie Anderson Chiefs 7
    Keith Bulluck Giants 11
    Vinny Ciuciu Lions 8
    Danny Clark Saints 11
    Thomas Davis Panthers 6
    Tyjuan Hagler Colts 6
    LeRoy Hill Seahawks 6
    Landon Johnson Lions 7
    Travis LaBoy 49ers 6
    Ben Leber Vikings 9
    Matt McCoy Seahawks 6
    Kawika Mitchell Saints 8
    Mike Peterson Falcons 12
    Matt Roth Browns 6
    Scott Shanle Saints 8
    David Thornton Titans 9
    Pisa Tinoisamoa Bears 8
    Mike Vrabel Chiefs 14
    Sam Williams Raiders 8
    Jamie Winborn Titans 9

    Player Team Accrued
    Nnamdi Asomugha Raiders 8
    Phillip Buchanon Redskins 9
    Chris Carr Ravens 6
    Travis Daniels Chiefs 6
    Drayton Florence Bills 8
    Ellis Hobbs Eagles 6
    Roderick Hood Titans 8
    William James 49ers 10
    Karl Paymah Texans 6
    Keiwan Ratliff Bengals 6
    Carlos Rogers Redskins 6
    Lito Sheppard Vikings 9
    Ike Taylor Steelers 8
    Frank Walker Vikings 8
    Fabian Washington Ravens 6
    Brian Williams Falcons 9

    Free safeties
    Player Team Accrued
    Jordan Babineaux Seahawks 7
    Sean Considine Jaguars 6
    Aaron Francisco Colts 6
    Ken Hamlin Colts 8
    Brandon McGowan Patriots 6
    Jon McGraw Chiefs 9
    Darren Sharper Saints 14
    Gibril Wilson Bengals 7

    Strong safeties
    Player Team Accrued
    C.C. Brown Lions 6
    Josh Bullocks Bears 6
    Tyrone Carter Chargers 11
    Matt Giordano Saints 6
    Deon Grant Giants 11
    Michael Lewis Rams 9
    Quintin Mikell Eagles 8
    Lawyer Milloy Seahawks 15
    Donnie Nickey Titans 8
    Brodney Pool Jets 6
    Pierson Prioleau Saints 12
    Gerald Sensabaugh Cowboys 6
    Nick Sorensen Browns 10
    Matt Ware Cardinals 7
    Roy Williams Bengals 9

    Player Team Accrued
    Ben Graham Cardinals 6
    Michael Koenen Falcons 6
    Brad Maynard Bears 14
    Matt Turk Texans 16

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