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29 Dec 2005

Every Free Agent Counts

Unsung 2006 Free Agents

by Michael David Smith

Late December is a sad time for fans of most of the league's teams. When your team isn't in the playoffs, it's tempting to put your thoughts right past February's Super Bowl and toward March's free agency signing period. So we'll take a break this week from analyzing one game in detail and instead go through the notes on the season to identify some of the top free agents who will become available in 2006.

Every fan knows that Terrell Owens will be available, and the NFL will have more free-agent running backs this off-season than the NFL Network has Fathead commercials (Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, Ahman Green, Jamal Lewis, DeShaun Foster, T.J. Duckett), so for these purposes we'll focus on some of the less-discussed players, always keeping in mind that in the age of the salary cap, smart teams look for free agents who could make a big impact without breaking the bank.

These aren't the 10 most famous free agents or even the 10 best, but simply the 10 free agents who will make for the most interesting off-season discussions, both in NFL front offices and at sports bars.

Kendrick Clancy, defensive tackle, Giants

With Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora at end for the Giants, not many people in New York have paid attention to the importance of Clancy to the defensive line. After playing five years in Pittsburgh, Clancy signed a one-year contract with the Giants this year and has been a very disruptive presence in the middle. Against the Chiefs, Clancy had a great play on a second-and-1 run by Tony Richardson, shoving Kansas City center Casey Wiegmann backward and into Richardson's path to stuff the play.

The Clancy signing was a big reason for the major improvement in the Giants' run defense, but he probably won't get any huge contract offers. Why? He's a one-dimensional player who registered his first career sack this season. If he were a one-dimensional player at the other extreme, terrorizing opposing quarterbacks but leaving big holes for opposing running backs, some team would give him a lot of money. Instead, some team will get a very good player at a reasonable price.

Corey Chavous, strong safety, Vikings

Chavous might be the smartest player in the NFL. He always seems to know the tendency of opposing receivers, which is why Minnesota uses him as something of a third cornerback, often engaging in man-to-man coverage on wide receivers.

However, Chavous turns 30 in January and looks like he's slowing down. He's also not great in run support. A team with a young secondary would be wise to bring Chavous on board as something of a coach on the field, but a team that needs a safety who can make plays all over the field should look elsewhere.

LeCharles Bentley, center, Saints

No one has noticed because, well, he's playing for the Saints, but LeCharles Bentley has had an excellent season. Bentley has a rare combination of power when taking on huge nose tackles and quickness when he needs to get up to the next level to block a middle linebacker. Notice that while the Saints are 17th in our adjusted line yards stat, they're eighth on runs up the middle.

There has been some talk that the league could allow the Saints to spend more money in 2006 to help make up for their status as the NFL's nomads. If that happens, they'd be wise to use as much of that money as necessary to keep Bentley around. New Orleans will most likely groom a new quarterback of the future next season, and if it does, the best protection that new quarterback could have would be Bentley keeping the up-the-gut pass rush away from him.

Hunter Hillenmeyer, linebacker, Bears

I call it the Az Hakim syndrome: A team will overpay for a player who has a supporting role on a great unit. In 2002, it was the Lions giving Hakim a $5 million signing bonus, forgetting that Hakim looked good mostly because he had NFL MVP Kurt Warner throwing him passes, and Pro Bowl receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce drawing coverage away from him. Hakim never turned into the #1 receiver the Lions thought he would become. Some team will do the same with Hillenmeyer, giving him more money than he's worth because of a foolish assumption that any player on the Bears' defense must be great. Hillenmeyer has limited range in coverage and misses too many tackles against the run. The Bears likely won't offer him a lot of money, and any team that does is making a mistake.

Chris Hovan, defensive tackle, Buccaneers

Hovan has had an up-and-down career. When Minnesota drafted him, he was hailed as the successor to John Randle as a dominant pass rusher from the inside. He played well against the pass and struggled against the run, and, like all tackles who fit that description, he got too much credit from the people who judge defensive linemen based solely on sacks. But last season everyone in Minnesota seemed to blame Hovan for the Vikings' defensive struggles, and Minnesota didn't want him around anymore.

Hovan made a very smart move by signing a one-year contract with Tampa Bay. He has played very well against the run, curtailing his tendency to sell out against the pass and therefore make himself susceptible to draws up the middle. Although Hovan almost always plays tackle, he has all the skills necessary to play end, especially in the 3-4, and some team looking for a player who can move all over its defensive line would be wise to sign him.

Adam Archuleta, strong safety, Rams

In terms of pure athleticism, very few players can match up with Archuleta. And because he's known as a workout freak, there's no chance of him signing a big contract, becoming complacent, and showing up to camp out of shape, as some free agents have.

On the other hand, Archuleta has been inconsistent on the field. For all his speed, there are times when slower tight ends get open against him. And he whiffed on a tackle on Maurice Hicks' long touchdown run against the Rams. Archuleta was a much better fit in the Lovie Smith defense, which encourages safeties to aggressively attack the ballcarrier, than he is in the Joe Vitt defense, which encourages safeties to read and react. If a team with the right scheme signs him, it would be a good move, but he's not a player any team should sign if it means making major roster moves to clear cap room.

Steve Hutchinson, guard, Seahawks

Last year, Seattle's front office did something many analysts said was impossible: It got tackle Walter Jones and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck signed to long-term deals in time to use the franchise tag on Shaun Alexander. This year Alexander's contract guarantees that he won't be given the franchise tag, which means Seattle likely will use it on Hutchinson.

But if Seattle decides that it can't afford to keep both Alexander and Hutchinson, Alexander is the guy they should say goodbye to. As well as Alexander has played this year, the strength of the Seahawks is the offensive line, and unlike running backs, offensive linemen often don't begin to decine until their mid 30s. Seattle would be much better off next year with Hutchinson blocking for a lesser running back than they would be with Alexander running behind a lesser line.

If Hutchinson leaves, the team that signs him will get one of the best straight-ahead blockers in football. He has great technique and great power. At 28, Hutchinson is in his prime, and even if he gets a contract that makes him the highest-paid guard in the league, signing him would be a wise investment.

Julian Peterson, linebacker, 49ers

He's only 27, but Peterson seems older than that, perhaps because he has suffered a torn Achilles tendon and is noticeably slower than he was as a rookie. Even if his pure speed is permanently diminished, Peterson is a good fit in the 3-4 that Mike Nolan has imported in San Francisco. Any 3-4 team looking for a linebacker should consider him.

However, reports have suggested that Peterson will seek a contract that makes him among the league's highest-paid linebackers, and any team that pays him that much is making a mistake. There was a time when Peterson had the power to take on tackles as a pass rusher and the speed to drop into coverage and keep up with running backs. That time has passed. Peterson still sometimes drops into deep coverage, but he doesn't have the great closing speed he once had. Peterson isn't a bad player, but the team that signs him probably will overpay for him.

Kevin Shaffer, offensive tackle, Falcons

Shaffer weighs only 290 pounds, and he plays for Atlanta offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, who has a reputation for being able to teach superior (and, some say, dirty) techniques to undersized players. But that doesn't mean Shaffer thrives only because Atlanta is the right place for him. Pay close attention to Shaffer the next time you watch the Falcons and you'll notice how quickly he gets out of his stance and to the man he needs to block. Any offensive line coach who would rather have a 340-pound mauler than Shaffer is making a serious mistake. The team that signs him will have made a major addition to its offense.

Kyle Vanden Bosch, defensive end, Titans

In four years with the Arizona Cardinals, Vanden Bosch did nothing but nurse his perpetual knee injuries. Now that he's healthy, he's been one of the best ends in the league, playing for a minimum-salary contract for the Titans. But he's much better as a pass rusher than he is as a run stopper, which means he won't be the right fit in every defensive scheme. That fact -- and his two previous ACL tears -- should limit the interest of most front offices. Tennessee got him for one season at a bargain price, but there's a good chance that the next team that signs him will overpay for him. He deserves a heavy raise, but he doesn't deserve a salary that would make him among the highest-paid defensive ends in the league.

This is the second annual Every Free Agent Counts. You can read last year's edition here.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 29 Dec 2005

54 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2006, 3:46pm by george nyarko


by DNL (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 12:15pm

Any lesser known skill players you'd have included, had you included lesser known skill players?

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 12:18pm

I'd throw in Jonathan Wells to that discussion. I think if he gets an opportunity to be the alpha-dog, he'll acquit himself very nicely.

by JonL (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 12:26pm

Maybe Chavous can talk some sense into Sean Taylor.

by wrmjr (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 12:38pm

In the skill players position, Jurevicious (SEA) and Wayne (IND) are both potential free agents next year. I think both could be candidates for getting overpaid, though both have played well this year.

by Israel (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 12:42pm

Kendrick Clancy also has one career interception, with the Steelers.

by Theo (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 1:37pm

@ Chris Hovan:
how does a lineman that sells out against the pass fit in 3-4?

by Just Another Falcon Fan (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 1:40pm

Where can one find penalty statistics? My mental image of LeCharles Bentley is that he's penalty-prone, but that could be guilt by association with the rest of the Saints OL.

by Kibbles (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 2:04pm

I call it the Az Hakim syndrome: A team will overpay for a player who has a supporting role on a great unit. In 2002, it was the Lions giving Hakim a $5 million signing bonus, forgetting that Hakim looked good mostly because he had NFL MVP Kurt Warner throwing him passes, and Pro Bowl receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce drawing coverage away from him.
It's true that this frequently doesn't work out, but wasn't Al Harris nothing more than a nickle CB in Philly? How'd that one work out?

Also, where did you get the list of who is going to be a free agent this season?

by bobC (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 2:17pm

What about posting free agents that will most likely prove to be "busts" in 2006?

My candidate is Jamal Lewis of the Ravens. IMO, he's been a bust this year and it will carry over into 2006.

by bobC (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 2:23pm

I'm amending my comment (#9)above to include.

....... unless he lands a job with the Broncos.

by Bad Doctor (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 2:31pm

#8, I'd disagree with the Harris assessment. He was never just a bit player on a world-beating defense. He was on a decent defense (though strong secondary) and matured from his early penalty-filled years to be the best nickelback in the league. I think GB was assessing him on his own merits, rather than the company he kept.

After reading the Audibles the other day, I am convinced that Wayne is poised to be Peerless Price II. Having such poor numbers in the red zone the last two years would suggest that his numbers are padded by getting a lot of space in a defense that is mainly concerned with James, Harrision, etc. (oh, and Manning throwing him the ball helps too). In the red zone, there's less space to work, and it may even be an indication that he can struggle with getting a clean break at the line or otherwise getting a cushion from a defender. Any thoughts?

by Aaron Boden (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 2:58pm

I wouldn't be upset to see Hillenmeyer leave the Bears, as I agree that he will be overpriced, and see them pick up a LB in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft. What does everyone think of Jerry Azumah as I beleive he a free agent after this year as well?

by Tacologic (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 3:41pm

I think that with Leon Joe playing well for the Bears with Hillenmeyer's injury, Chicago will be fine with LBs. They could spend a late round pick on a project, but also keep in mind they have 3 LBs on IR right now.

Azumah is a bigger hole to fill, as their backup CBs aren't that good. He hasn't been great this year, but in the past, his kickoff returns have been great. If they don't pay for his return, I'd expect a first day pick on a CB.

by Charles Jake (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 3:45pm


I'm a Bears fan, and I'd like to see them keep Azumah, but only at a reasonable price. They don't have much quality depth at CB , but I'd be leery of the 2 surgeries in as many seasons and the serious decline of his kick returns. If he wants to break the bank, I'd look elsewhere.

As for Double-H, he's nothing special, but in Lovie's system, he only plays two downs. And remember the flip side of the Az-Hakim thing: the Rams still haven't found a suitable replacement in the slot. The Bears need depth at LB though, b/c it doesn't say much for Odom and Reese that Double-H beat them out for the job.

by karl (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 3:54pm

Any other OL (center, LT) and young DT out there? Safeties? My Fins need help. A lot.

by Bobman (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 4:05pm

RE Reggie Wayne, I strongly suspect he knows what a good thing has has in Indy, and the Colts know what a good thing they have in him. He's not a #3/slot guy looking to become the #1 receiver, which is often a mistake. He's a good, solid #2. He COULD be a #1 on the right team, but would he rather be #1 on a struggling team, or #2 where there's always that chance of a SB ring...?

And with Manning, #1 and #2 is somewhat irrelevant--early this year, Wayne had more catches than Harrison, then it evened out. And on the field, Harrison and Manning are connected like twins, so for Wayne to even compete for catches, he's doing as well as anybody could expect. He's got good support from Stokley in the slot and solid receiving TEs, so he doesn't HAVE TO carry the team like many #1s do, then when the D blankets Harrison like last year's playoff game vs Denver, Wayne gets the opportunity to shine for 10 catches, 221 yards, and 2 TDs. That's not gonna happen if he has a rookie QB, or one who spends all his time on hs back.

There are a LOT of talented young WRs out there and I am not sure anybody's ready to give top dollar to Wayne, so I think and hope Indy inks him to a respectable 5-year deal, but not a bank-breaker. Not sure who his agent is, though, that can always be a problem. (I know his UofM buddy, Edgerrin James, has that cancer-on-all-football agent, Rosenhaus, and it's worked out okay for him for now...)

FWIW, I totally agree with MDS on the Steve Hutchinson vs Shaun Alexander analysis: look to Green Bay to see what happens when bad lines happen to good offenses after losing Rivera and Wahle this year. The decision may not have "fan appeal" but it looks like it makes solid football sense.

by Adam B. (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 4:07pm

Wayne could be a #1 in Philadelphia. I just don't think the Eagles will pay him the market rate.

by Levente, Hungary (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 4:24pm

I haven't seen many Colts games, but it seems to me that Wayne has a respectable yards after catch figure. When I saw him, he constantly jumped into holes and ran for extra yards.
So he looks like someone who wants to create something out of the situations. That could help at lesser teams, as well.

by Dave Rogers (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 4:47pm

I would be really interested in your opinion of David Givens emergence into free agency this year.

Rumor has it up here that he will be asking for #1 money. There is no way the Patriots will pay it.

Is he destined to be Alvin Harper with the Bucs, or does he have the stuff to be a #1.

My opinion, the guy is a serious gamer... but lacks requsite skill to be #1 option.

by Chris (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 4:51pm

I've always felt a strong line is the key to any offense. See - Kansas City, Minnesota in years past. The thing about a good linemen is that he makes the entire offense signifigantly better. Even bad QBs become average with a strong line. I think Joey Harrington could be a good QB for example if he had as much time to throw as Trent Green did.

A couple years ago, the Vikings played Frerotte for I think 3-4 games when Culpepper was injured - and the result was a lot of TDs. They've been mixing and matching RBs for years and this is the first year their offense has ever really been hurting them (in large part because of declined line play and the injury of Birk).

An all-star QB is hard to find, and an all star RB is hard to find and they're both very expensive. I think more teams would do better with above average QBs, WRs, and RBs and stellar lines that get those guys to play beyond their level statistically.

by andrew (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:10pm

#6 - Hovan hasn't sold out against the pass all year. Its like he realized what he'd been doing wrong. He's been a key part of the Bucs defensive resurgence, and I'd be surprised if they didn't try to resign him.

by SDS (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:13pm

I like your picks. It seems like this could be one of the better free agency classes in a few years...

One other player that I would throw in the discussion would be Will Witherspoon with Carolina. He is probably one of the better cover linebackers, and a great tackler (I think he is leading Carolina this year). He may not have the name recognition of a Julian Peterson, but I think you will hear his name thrown around this offseason. That is unless the Panthers are smart and resign him soon.

by Nate (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:24pm

14 - are you serious about the Rams having no-one in the slot? I would say the exact opposite, that Kevin Curtis is one of the best #3 WRs out there. He seriously buoted by fantasy team through the middle of the season when Bruce was out. Shaun McDonald ain't bad, either.
For the Bears, our depth at LB hurts, though Leon Joe has been a pleasant surprise. We have a number of LBs on IR, but they are more PS-level quality. I'm guessing that we pick an OL, CB, LB, and TE in the first 4 rounds.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:29pm

I think Azumah would be a great fit back in New England.

by TomC (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:41pm

I'd be very surprised if Belichik & Pioli pay top-tier money for Azumah. He's a great guy and a nice nickel back/return man, but his current salary is $2.75M, and I doubt he'll be looking to take a major cut.

by Zac (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:53pm

Oh man, I am salivating imaging some of these players in Green Bay.

by TomC (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:56pm

Sorry, $2.75M was Azumah's salary in '04. It's now $3.0M.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 5:58pm

I didn't realize he was making so much. But seeing how BB threw all kinds of money at Ty Poole and Duane Starks in the recent past, he's shown he's willing to spend money on guys that can cover. Plus, if Troy retires after this season, the Pats will need a punt returner. Dwight is UFA, and I doubt he'll be back.

by Jon M (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 6:21pm

Re: David Givens/Alvin Harper Syndrome

Amusing how GM's are so often willing to pay star money to role players from successful teams; I can't think of a single player, except possibly Lawyer Milloy, who's left the Patriots (Damien Woody, Patten, Smith, Law, etc) and lived up to expectations. That said, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Raiders make a run at Givens, now that Larry Brown is finally off their cap.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 6:41pm

Belichick & Pioli SOP is to get rid of a player one year too early rather than one year too late. Milloy wasn't particularly good, certainly not to justify his salary, his last year with the Pats, let alone his Buffalo career. The Pats seem to place a value on a position and not on a player. Interior linemen will always move on before Pats will give them a big payday (Woody, Andruzzi). WRs seem to be another position -- Belichick will draft one and sign him to a 4-6 year contract. When he gets too expensive, he'll be replaced by another low-paid player. He'll spend for a top QB, CB, and front seven defender.

I don't think Givens is going to command an exorbitant amount, and I think they'll find a way to keep him. If not, I think he'd look awfully good lining up across from Braylon Edwards or Ronnie Brown next season.

by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 7:09pm

In addition to 30.

The pats also have a whole bunch of wide recievers right now. I love givens, but they are doing pretty well at that position. They wont pay him big at the expense of a safety/corner/linebacker.

by Justus (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 7:49pm

#30 - "He’ll spend for a top QB, CB, and front seven defender."

So...the only defender he won't pay top money for is a safety? :) Except Rodney Harrison is one of the highest paid players on the team. And Vinatieri is the 4th highest paid player on the team. And Corey Dillon gets more than Bruschi, Warren, and Wilfork.

It looks to me like Belichick and Pioli will pay top money for anyone they think will help their team. Sometimes they think that person is an RB (Kevin Faulk is worth $2.7 million against the Pats' 2006 cap), sometimes they think it is a CB, sometimes they think it is a kicker, sometimes they think it is an OL (Matt Light is #5 on the Pats payroll).

by Nate (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 8:54pm

I personally think that Givens will get a pretty substantial payday this year, and that he will deserve it. However, some may be turned off by his lack of ideal size and speed. However, Givens can get open and catch the ball. A scout told me those are two important traits to have in a WR.

by Oswlek (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 9:20pm

Rich #31,

The WR stable is really not that set. Givens, Brown, Dwight and Davis are all UFAs next season, Branch's contract is up after the 2006 season and Johnson has probably written his ticket out of town this year. There is a reason why the Pats offered Mason a contract and (according to speculation) they were interested in moving up to get Mark Clayton in last year's draft.

The only other WRs of note are on the practice squad, PK Sam and Bam Childress.

by thad (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 9:25pm

Also Klancey had a super play against Dallas where he blew past the center, hit Bledsoe as the qb was trying to hand off, and caused a fumble that was recovered for a TD.

by BlueStarDude (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 9:50pm

Clancy's a solid player - MDS's write up is perfect - but re: #35: that play in Dallas was more due to backup center Andre Gurode's mental error.

by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 10:08pm

JonL (3)- What "sense" do you think Sean Taylor needs? I haven't seen that many Redskin games living in Colorado, but I thought he was playing solidly.

by JonL (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 10:33pm

I meant in a more "off the field" sense. But then, he's from The U, so I may be expecting a bit too much.

by NFC Central Freak (not verified) :: Thu, 12/29/2005 - 10:47pm

Hillenmeyer is a really smart guy (39 Wonderlic) with VERY limited physical skills. Hunter got the position by default and manages to not get in Urlacher's way.

That may read as unduly harsh, but HH is nothing more than a body.

Chavous, like his teammate Darren Sharper, can turn a game because of his smarts. He "cheats" into a position to make big plays. What is overlooked is that there are a good number of big plays that take place because Corey isn't where he is supposed to be. A team has to weigh whether his good plays outweigh the cost.

by Paytonrules (not verified) :: Fri, 12/30/2005 - 1:17am

The Patriots won't pay that much for Azumah because he's simply not that good. He was a converted corner and for some reason handed a starting job (early) under Jauron. If it wasn't for being a good kick returner - in 2003 mind you - he'd be almost worthless. He's become a better nickel back this year, which fits his skill set well, but he's certainly not a high priced free agent. If he was he'd have replaced Tillman at the beginning of the year when he was struggling.

by SJM (not verified) :: Fri, 12/30/2005 - 2:07am

Add to the bloated RB market both of Washington's backups, Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright. No one knows if either has the endurance to be a full time starter, but if the Jets miss Reggie Bush and CuMart decides to come back, can't you just see them signing Betts as insurance?

by Chris (not verified) :: Fri, 12/30/2005 - 3:13am

Nate Clements + Joe Jureviciuos = Jacksonville bound next year

by Björn (not verified) :: Fri, 12/30/2005 - 4:03pm

Denver needs to pick up another wideout. I, for one, am sick of the Todd Devoe/Charlie Adams experience. They are -26.4% and -31.7% in DVOA respectively. I can't find stats for muffed punts, but Adams seems to muff (what a word!) a punt every other week when he is returning kicks. This is bad enough, but it gets worse! Ashley Lelie is only 3% DVOA, and has caught less than 50% of the passes thrown at him. Compare that to Wes Welker of Miami, who has caught 57% of his passes, and is an impressive 17.5% DVOA. He would be ranked 40th in DPAR for WR's if the cutoff were one less. Lelie is ranked 39. Which brings us to Jurevicius. He's not a good fit for Denver, but his 21.7% DVOA suggests that he would be a good fit for someone. Minnesota, perhaps, if they can wheel and deal some cap space out of that disaster of a defence. All year I have been trying to decide which was more cost effective - the Minnesota defence, or the Maginot line. Right now, I'm going with Maginot.

by dave whorton (not verified) :: Fri, 12/30/2005 - 7:49pm

any websites show anything like yds after catch or yds after contact or red zone scoring?

by Rex (not verified) :: Fri, 12/30/2005 - 8:03pm

I'd like to see the Pats go after Edge. It would hurt the Colts and help them since he can run and catch better than Dillon. Yet if they have to give up draft picks, they shouldn't. I was always hoping they would get D. Rhodes when he was a restricted FA and would only cost a 6th.

Clearly Dillon is breaking down. I have no idea why they signed Dillon to a long extension but they can't go into next year without a real backup or running back of the future.

by Rollo (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 2:25pm

Jurevicious would be an excellent fit for any offense looking to add scoring potential/depth and that possesses a veteran QB able to find the 3rd or 4th option. I think the Bucs really will work on resigning Hovan because I don't see anyone else on their roster replacing him to play with Booger. With all the deep drops the MLB takes, the Tampa defense needs good D-line play to allow those athletic linebackers to recognize run and come around and make the play.

by dave whorton (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 8:33pm

eric moulds is another wr thats a free agent .

by dryheat (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 9:58pm

Actually, instead of paying Edge money, I'd like to see the Pats grab Jonathan Wells or make a move for RFA LaBrandon Toefield. Get a young vet at a reasonable salary, give him some carries in '06, and give him the honest-to-God opportunity to see what they can do as a full-time RB. I think all that either one is missing is the opportunity.

by arnezzi (not verified) :: Mon, 01/02/2006 - 8:39pm

Archuleta's enthusiastic style of play has left his undersized body very banged up. He played with a herniated disk or disks this year, and had problems with tackling and coverage.

by Skins_in_05 (not verified) :: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 1:18am

Hey #3...What's wrong with Sean Taylor? He's been blowing people up and making huge plays all year long. There is no way that Roy "No Cover Skills" Williams should have made the pro-bowl over ST. In fact I just went and spent $70 on a Taylor jersey a few days ago. Maybe I'm a homer but I ain't the only one. Anyway, I'm satisfied with Ryan Clark at the other saftey position. He's not an all-pro but he's more then solid. I think we have bigger holes, i.e WR, DE, then saftey.

by Skins_in_05 (not verified) :: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 1:21am

Now I see your answer. Taylor hasn't been convicted of anything so don't jump to conclusions. As far as your U comment goes, so is Portis and so is Moss. Probably our two most important players on the team. None of them have had a single incident. In fact, both have stepped up as leaders on the offensive side. I think Taylor is primed for the same thing if he hasn't already.

by browns 06 (not verified) :: Sun, 01/15/2006 - 6:16am

the browns would be good to pick up 3 playmaking free agents this offseason. I think we should go after david givens, will witherspoon, and jullian peterson. That would be great.

by Chuck (not verified) :: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 12:03am

The Chargers are ripe of Oline help. IF they get the right guys, and oben comes back, Chargers will run a football clinic and Schottenheimer will finally get his prize.

My prediction: Brees gets hurt week 7 against the Steelers after going 6-0 he hands the reins to young Rivers, who finishes the season late in the playoffs for Brees to come back and take the Superbowl.

by george nyarko (not verified) :: Mon, 09/04/2006 - 3:46pm

my name is george from ghana,i am a boy 17 yes of age.
plz sir, i am a footballer hear in ghana and am a coast player in ghana the name of my clud is stay stars,and am a striker, i have play 5 seasons for my team and i have win 3 goalkings in ghana coast leg.in 2002, 2003,2004. so plz sir, i am looking for a good agent who can help me to get me new club