NFL Free Agents
As soon as the clock strikes midnight tonight, the feeding frenzy that is the NFL free agency period kicks off. Like all sports, you’ll see some marginal players bring in head scratching contracts, as well as minor tweaks that make all the difference in the world. Brace yourself football fans. The NFL’s second season is about to begin.
Daunte Culpepper – He’s fallen quickly off of the map. Nobody is going to give him a starting job. I could see him replacing David Carr in Carolina or re-uniting with Mike Tice in Jacksonville should they not bring back Quinn Gray.
Quinn Gray - Quinn started slow in replacing David Garrard, but he warmed to the position. Jacksonville will likely bring him back as an insurance policy.
Cleo Lemon - Cleo will likely be turned loose because that’s what the Tuna does. He played well enough to get some looks as a backup. The Vikings need to upgrade their quarterback position so perhaps he gets a look.
Josh McCown – With Culpepper likely shown the door, Oakland will probably want to keep McCown around in case JaMarcus isn’t ready.
Scrub QBs - Ken Dorsey, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jamie Martin.
Chris Brown - Brown was decent at times last year. I’d say he played well enough for Tennessee to bring him back to push LenDale. Chris Henry is a pee test away from a year-long suspension so Chris Brown is a good insurance policy.
Julius Jones - While MB3 is a virtual lock to stay, JJ is a virtual lock to go. It would be interesting to see him join his brother in New York. Seattle is a possibility. I’m not sure if Chicago would give the “kid brother” a shot, although they could use him.
Michael Turner - Burner Turner may finally get a look as a starting tailback. Cedric Benson has been a bust so perhaps Turner can challenge for the gig. Atlanta or Carolina could use him to compliment their speedy backs. Shaun Alexander has lost a step so Seattle could be suitors.
Derrick Ward - Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw seemingly have the RB duties in check for the Super Bowl champs. Ward showed his skills last year. He’d be a nice backup to Edge in Arizona. He is a restricted free agent so he very well could remain in New York.
Scrub RBs – Vernand Morency, T.J. Duckett, Maurice Hicks, Mewelde Moore, Musa Smith, and LaBrandon Toefield.
Bernard Berrian - A lot of teams will be interested in Berrian. The Eagles, Vikings, Titans, Niners, and Bucs could all use his big play ability. He’d be a great compliment to Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City, but I’m leaning towards the Vikings for Berrian since they have a lot of cap room and have little talent in the passing game.
Andre Davis – Davis was a nice replacement for the Texans when Andre Johnson went down. He also was very successful as a return man. There will be a lot of interest in Davis to fill the 3rd or 4th receiver and return man roles. I think Houston gets a leg up on the competition and brings him back.
D.J. Hackett - Hackett looked good at times last year, but an ankle injury cost him a chance to showcase his abilities. Seattle is pretty stocked at WRs so bringing him back isn’t a certainty. Perhaps he joins Zorn in Washington.
Devery Henderson - He’s not a sexy pickup by any means. Unless New Orleans goes after one of the other free agent WRs, they likely just bring Devery back.
Bryant Johnson - Johnson could be the conosolation prize to those who miss out on Berrian. He good size and plenty of talent. He’d fit in nicely in Philly opposite of Reggie Brown.
Scrub WRs - Drew Carter, Antonio Chatman, Keary Colbert, Terrance Copper, Justin Gage, Doug Gabriel, Az-Zahir Hakim, Samie Parker, David Patten, and Marcus Robinson.
Alge Crumpler - Alge was cut by the Falcons so he’s looking for a new home. He visited Tampa Bay and will meet with Tennessee. He’d be a nice target for Vince Young.
Scrub TEs - Eric Johnson, Marcus Pollard, Ben Troupe, Jermaine Wiggins, and Kris Wilson.
Flozell Adams – I doubt the Cowboys will let their LT get away when they are so close. Unless someone blows him away, Flozell will be back protecting Romo.
Alan Faneca - There will be plenty of interest in Guard Alan Faneca. Seattle seems like a good choice. There are rumors that a deal is in place with the Jets.
Jake Scott - Indianapolis does not have a good cap situation, meaning their starting RG will likely leave. A good bet is Scott going to Pittsburgh to replace Faneca.
Tommy Kelly - If Warren Sapp weren’t retiring, I’d say it’s likely he’d be gone. However, he’ll likely land in Oakland. Denver could possibly approach him (although they prefer former Cleveland linemen).
Mike Rucker - Rucker isn’t the force he once was, but he still has value. He wants to return to Carolina, and is willing to accept a reduced role. That sort of flexibility leads me to believe he will, in fact, be a Panther one more year.
Scrub DLs – Jordan Carstens, Ebenezer Ekuban, Sam Rayburn, Justin Smith, Paul Spicer, Randy Starks, Renaldo Wynn
Lance Briggs - Briggs will have many suitors. San Francisco and Washington are believed to be the front-runners. Chicago could surprise everyone and retain him. Although they could use him, I don’t think the Patriots will be in the market for his services.
Tedy Bruschi - Come on. You know and I know that Tedy isn’t going anywhere. He’s a Patriots guy.
Scrub LBs - Boss Bailey, Danny Clark, Na’il Diggs, Kawika Mitchell, Mark Simoneau, and Demorrio Williams.
Randall Gay – Gay could stick around in New England when Asante Samuel leaves. The Jets were interested in him last year, and Mangini wouldn’t hesitate to take from Belichick.
Asante Samuel – As likely it is for Tedy Bruschi to stay in New England, it’s equally as likely for Asante to leave. He’s a great cornerback, but wants to be one of the top, if not the top, paid defensive players in the league. There is talk that Philadelphia is the frontrunner, with Dallas, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay in the mix.
Gibril Wilson - The Eagles and Broncos have expressed interest in Gibril. At this point Philly is believed to be the front-runner.
Scrub DBs - William Bartee, Jay Bellamy, Chris Carr, Mike Doss, Drayton Florence, Dominique Foxworth, Tory James, Karl Paymah, B.J. Sams, Chad Scott, Omar Stoutmire, and Derrick Strait.
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