Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NFL free Agents‏

Quarter Backs

Peyton Manning (IND) - Game on. After a lengthy divorce with the Colts, Manning will become the biggest name to hit the free agent market in some time. If Manning can pass a physical and show no signs of ill-health, a new Super Bowl contender will emerge in the coming weeks.

Matt Flynn (GB) - It is Matt Flynn-not Bart Starr, Brett Favre, or Aaron Rodgers-that holds the Packers franchise record for passing yards and touchdowns in a single game. As far one-week auditions go, Matt Flynn couldn't have fared any better. Flynn has the leadership, smarts, and presence on and off the field that teams covet in a starting quarterback. Having learned from McCarthy and Rodgers, Flynn is well aware of the preparations needed throughout the week to be successful in this league.

Alex Smith (SF) - The Niners slowly opened up the offense as the season progressed and Alex Smith handled the duties of a starting quarterback well. With a defense that led the league in turnovers, he minimized the offense's mistakes and the 49ers also tied an NFL record for fewest turnovers in a 16-game season. Though he still struggles to make all of the difficult NFL throws on a consistent basis-as shown in the NFC Championship game-Smith plays an efficient game that will interest in the Niners in returning him yet again.

Kyle Orton (DEN) - Orton is inconsistent and about as middle-of-the-road as they come at quarterback. He can spin the ball well, but doesn't make the quickest decisionsÑand sometimes not the best. He's not a quarterback that will truly impress anyone as a starter, but is comfortably one of the 32 best this league has to offer. He certainly won't be back in Denver and will probably have the opportunity to compete for a starting position for a team not resting their faith squarely on his shoulders.

Jason Campbell (OAK) - Prior to his injury that landed him on the IR and Carson Palmer on the next flight out to Oakland, Campbell was becoming a fairly efficient quarterback for the Raiders. Campbell is another quarterback like Orton that has some talent and will compete for a starting position somewhere, but unlike Orton, his greatest hindrance is his confidence and vision in determining when to push the ball down the field.

Donovan McNabb (MIN) - McNabb's best years are behind him; and he's probably destined to play out the rest of his career as a back-up. The Vikings quickly soured on him and reports out of Minnesota have suggested that he became complacent and never gave his best effort. He'll garner minimal interest in free agency.

Rex Grossman (WAS) - Not much has changed since his Chicago days. There's still good Rex and bad Rex. Without an elite defense, a team will struggle to field a .500 team under his command.

The Rest:Chris Redman (ATL)
Derek Anderson (CAR)
Caleb Hanie (CHI)
Josh McCown (CHI)
Shaun Hill (DET)
Drew Stanton (DET)
Brady Quinn (DEN)
David Garrard (FA)
Chad Pennington (FA)
Jake Delhomme (HOU)
Jeff Garcia (HOU)
Dan Orlovsky (IND)
Luke McCown (JAC)
Chad Henne (MIA)
JP Losman (MIA)
Sage Rosenfels (MIA)
David Carr (NYG)
Mark Brunell (NYJ)
Kevin O'Connell (NYJ)
Kyle Boller (OAK)
Vince Young (PHI)
Charlie Batch (PIT)
Dennis Dixon (PIT)
Byron Leftwich (PIT)
Charlie Whitehurst (SEA)
Kellen Clemens (STL)
A.J. Feeley (STL)
Josh Johnson (TB)
Richard Bartel (ARZ) - Restricted
Max Hall (ARZ) - Exclusive Rights
Tyler Palko (KC) - Restricted
Brian Hoyer (NE) - Restricted
Chase Daniel (NO) - Restricted

Running Backs
Peyton Hillis (CLE) - Not to pin it on the fictitious Madden curse, but it should be noted that even when Hillis played last year, he wasn't nearly as effective as the year prior. For a while, it appeared as if he had made his way into the Browns doghouse, but has since seemed to work his way back into their good graces. They'll look to re-sign him, but only if the price is right. For a running back coming off a season where he averaged 3.6 a carry, the market won't show him too much love if that's where he's headed.

Mike Tolbert (SD) - Tolbert is a terrific utility back and unique at his size. He can give an offense a bit of everything, but above all, he's an extremely powerful runner that will punch in the ball from the 1 with consistency. The Chargers do like him as a complement to Ryan Mathews, but bringing him back to San Diego will depend on his asking price considering they should be able to re-sign Jacob Hester at a cheaper price.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) - The Patriots made a pair of interesting moves last season by drafting Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. Ridley served as an effective back-up to Green-Ellis while Vereen was largely invisible. Though Green-Ellis failed to replicate his success of 2010, he played a pivotal role in short yardage situations and near the goal line, scoring 11 touchdowns on the ground this year. It's tough to get a read on the Patriots, but his track record for toughness and dependability (0 career fumbles) would be tough to wave away.

Cedric Benson (CIN) - Sturdy, but unspectacular. Benson won't draw much buzz as a free agent, but will be able to contribute as a between-the-tackles runner somewhere. With interest, he shouldn't be tough to pry away from Cincinnati, who only offered him a one-year, incentive laden deal a year ago. With the prospect of giving Bernard Scott more carries and bringing in a more explosive rookie, their interest in Benson seems very tempered this year.

Michael Bush (OAK) - Bush has shown talent for a couple years serving primarily in back-up capacities. When Darren McFadden suffered an injury this yearÑas he often does, Bush filled in admirably with one bruising downhill effort after the other. While there would be heavy interest in free agency should he reach that point, there seems to be plenty of it at home where the Raiders need to place a high priority on a back-up to the oft-injured McFadden.

Ryan Grant (GB) - James Starks clearly emerged as the favorite early in the year, but when injury slowed Starks down, Grant managed to recapture some of the old magic and become a factor again. Even with last year's 3rd round pick coming off a season-ending knee injury, the Packers aren't expected to re-sign Grant with the cheaper Starks and Brandon Saine on the roster.

The Rest:Chester Taylor (ARZ)
Jason Snelling (ATL)
Jerome Felton (CAR)
Tashard Choice (DAL)
Sammy Morris (DAL)
Spencer Larsen (DEN)
LenDale White (DEN)
Maurice Morris (DET)
Kevin Smith (DET)
Derrick Ward (HOU)
Jackie Battle (KC)
Thomas Jones (KC)
Le'Ron McClain (KC)
Steve Slaton (MIA)
Kevin Faulk (NE)
LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ)
Rock Cartwright (OAK)
Ronnie Brown (PHI)
Owen Schmitt (PHI)
Mewelde Moore (PIT)
Jacob Hester (SD)
Justin Forsett (SEA)
Moran Norris (SF)
Jerious Norwood (STL)
Cadillac Williams (STL)
Earnest Graham (TB)
Ahmard Hall (TEN)
Tim Hightower (WAS)
LaRod Stephens-Howling (ARZ) - Restricted
Kahlil Bell (CHI) - Restricted
Chris Pressley (CIN) - Restricted
Lance Ball (DEN) - Exclusive Rights
Brock Bolen (JAC) - Restricted
Lex Hilliard (MIA) - Restricted
Lorenzo Booker (MIN) - Restricted
Isaac Redman (PIT) - Exclusive Rights
Brit Miller (STL) - Restricted
LeGarrette Blount (TB) - Exclusive Rights
Kregg Lumpkin (TB) - Restricted

Wide Recivers

Vincent Jackson (SD) - Partially due to his actions and injuries in the past, the Chargers have been reluctant to sign Vincent Jackson to a long-term extension. However, after a third 1000-yard season with the Chargers, GM AJ Smith and Head Coach Norv Turner have expressed interest in keeping Jackson in San Diego for the long haul. If the Chargers don't have him locked up prior to the start of free agency, he may very easily leave on a tempting offer elsewhere.

Reggie Wayne (IND) - After missing the 1000-yard mark for the first time since 2003, Wayne finds himself a free agent. All of the talk out of Indy has been on Peyton Manning and his costly option The Colts have been an organization takes care of their own over the last decade, but for a team expected to enter rebuilding, it'll be interesting to see if that philosophy changes for in the transition. Many expect Wayne to be playing elsewhere next season.

Marques Colston (NO) - When healthy, Colston is a match-up nightmare for any corner. He's an incredibly physical, sure-handed receiver and a polished route runner. When he's available, he brings another dimension to the Saints offense that none of their other talented weapons possess. Though Brees has proven capable of running the offense without him, they're even more dangerous with him. He'll most likely remain with the Saints.

Brandon Lloyd (STL) - Lloyd quickly established himself as the Rams' top receiver after a trade landed him in St. Louis midway through the year. His explosive downfield ability and large catching radius make him a legitimate target to help Sam Bradford. The Rams will make a strong play to retain him and Lloyd has expressed interest in playing for coach Jeff Fisher.

Robert Meachem (NO) - Meachem is one of the younger receivers that could be a nice pick-up for an offense with a larger workload to offer. He's a good downfield threat and has nice instincts in the red zone. For a team with Drew Brees, Marques Colston, and Carl Nicks as free agents, the organization has some work to do to bring back all of their key guys.

Mario Manningham (NYG) - With Manningham behind breakout star Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, the Giants have found a nice threesome. Though the Giants have done a great job of developing players at the position, they would like to see some continuity for Manning. Unfortunately for them, other teams may look to give Manningham a promotion into the starting lineup and a bigger contract that goes along with it.

Laurent Robinson (DAL) - After spending some time in Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Diego, it didn't take Robinson a lot of time to find chemistry with Tony Romo in Dallas in his fifth year as a pro. He exploded on the scene replacing and playing behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin in the lineup at various points throughout the season, accumulating 858 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games. Though Robinson has reaffirmed that he wants to remain in Dallas, it may be hard for the Cowboys to pay him as a third receiver if he receives serious attention on the open market.

Mike Wallace (PIT) - Restricted - No receiver in the league forces safeties back like Wallace. His deep speed is second to none on the perimeter and he capitalizes on it with the ability to run those vertical routes proficiently. He's improving in other areas of his game and is an extremely valuable piece to the Steelers' offense. Keep in mind the highest Restricted tender would only net the Steelers a first round pick, which Wallace is certainly worth.

The Rest:Early Doucet (ARZ)
Harry Douglas (ATL)
Eric Weems (ATL)
Ruvell Martin (BUF)
Roscoe Parrish (BUF)
Lee Evans (BAL)
Legedu Naanee (CAR)
Roy Williams (CHI)
Andre Caldwell (CIN)
Jerome Simpson (CIN)
Eddie Royal (DEN)
Rashied Davis (DET)
Maurice Stovall (DET)
Braylon Edwards (FA)
Bryant Johnson (HOU)
Pierre Garcon (IND)
Anthony Gonzalez (IND)
Jerheme Urban (KC)
Devin Aromashodu (MIN)
Bernard Berrian (MIN)
Greg Camarillo (MIN)
Deion Branch (NE)
Matt Slater (NE)
Courtney Roby (NO)
Domenik Hixon (NYG)
Devin Thomas (NYG)
Plaxico Burress (NYJ)
TJ Houshmandzadeh (OAK)
Derek Hagan (OAK)
Chaz Schilens (OAK)
Steve Smith (PHI)
Jerricho Cotchery (PIT)
Arnaz Battle (PIT)
Hines Ward (PIT)
Patrick Crayton (SD)
Ted Ginn (SF)
Josh Morgan (SF)
Mark Clayton (STL)
Mike Sims-Walker (STL)
Micheal Spurlock (TB)
Donnie Avery (TEN)
Kevin Curtis (TEN)
David Anderson (WAS)
Donte' Stallworth (WAS)
Randy Moss (FA)
Stephen Williams (ARZ) - Exclusive Rights
Jordan Norwood (CLE) - Exclusive Rights
Jesse Holley (DAL) - Exclusive Rights
Kevin Ogletree (DAL) - Restricted
Stefan Logan (DET) - Restricted
Matt Willis (DEN) - Restricted
Danny Amendola (STL) - Restricted
Dominique Curry (STL) - Exclusive Rights
Preston Parker (TB) - Exclusive Rights
Top Free Agent TEs

John Carlson (SEA) - Carlson is currently rehabbing a torn labrum that has sidelined him for this entire season and his production dropped in 2010. That makes Carlson a potential sleeper pick-up in this free agent class. Though he's not a dangerous tight end in the mold of a Gates, Graham, or Gronkowski, he could become a sturdy combo-tight end in the more traditional sense.

The Rest:Reggie Kelly (ATL)
Kris Wilson (BAL)
Scott Chandler (BUF)
Jeremy Shockey (CAR)
Kellen Davis (CHI)
Bo Scaife (CIN)
Donald Lee (CIN)
Alex Smith (CLE)
Martellus Bennett (DAL)
Daniel Fells (DEN)
Dante Rosario (DEN)
Joel Dreessen (HOU)
Jacob Tamme (IND)
Anthony Becht (KC)
Leonard Pope (KC)
John Gilmore (NO)
Tory Humphrey (NO)
Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN)
Randy McMichael (SD)
Justin Peelle (SF)
Billy Bajema (STL)
Stephen Spach (STL)
Richie Brockel (CAR) - Exclusive Rights
Zach Potter (JAC) - Exclusive Rights
Jeron Mastrud (MIA) - Exclusive Rights
Jake Ballard (NYG) - Exclusive Rights
Bear Pascoe (NYG) - Restricted
Matthew Mulligan (NYJ) - Restricted
David Johnson (PIT) - Restricted
Kory Sperry (SD) - Restricted

Offensive Linemen
Carl Nicks (NO) - OG - After signing Jahri Evans to a 7-year, $56.7 million deal in 2010, the Saints will have to contemplate doling out a similar contract if they wish to keep Carl Nicks, one of the premier guards in the league. Committing that type of money to a pair of guards would be unheard of in league history. Though Nicks has said he would love to return, if he doesn't put a hometown discount on the table, there's a good chance the market shows him more love than the Saints can afford.

Chris Myers (HOU) - OC - Myers has found himself in one of the best possible situations in the league with the Texans. After years of searching, the Texans have been able to replicate some of the success HC Gary Kubiak had in Denver. Meyers is an outstanding system fit and will probably stay in Houston. For the past two seasons, no center has been a better in a zone fit than Myers.

Demetrius Bell (BUF) - OT - Bell is another under-the-radar player capable of protecting the blindside and is a vital piece to the Bills' offense. After suffering a season-ending injury midway through the year, the Bills struggled to protect Fitzpatrick. Coupled with the loss of Eric Wood in the middle, the line quickly deteriorated as did the team's chances for the playoffs. Bell is solid and dependable in all facets of the game and will most likely be back with the organization next year.

Evan Mathis (PHI) - OG - Playing in Howard Mudd's scheme, Evan Mathis appears to have found the perfect place for himself in Philadelphia. He put together and exceptional season keeping Michael Vick free from pressure and teaming with Jason Peters to open up ridiculous holes for LeSean McCoy. After a season like that, it would be shocking to see the Eagles not put forth their best effort to bring him back.

Jared Gaither (SD) - OT - Gaither joined the Chargers in Week 13 from Kansas City and picked up a quick five starts to close the season. In that time, he played exceptionally well as a pass protector for Philip Rivers. As a replacement for another oft-injured left tackle, Marcus McNeill, that the team committed big money to two years back, the Chargers will have to think long and hard about both of their futures and lack of dependability.

Ben Grubbs (BAL) - OG - Grubbs has been an above average lineman on one of the better units in the league over the past few years. He's proven to be an effective run blocker, especially on the move. The team is at its best when the offense can move defenders off the line and establish a run game, of which Grubbs is a big part of. Still, with Ray Rice a priority, it will bump Grubbs down just a notch, allowing room for his departure.

Scott Wells (GB) - OC - Like Meyers, Wells is an ideal system fit. The Packers have sought to get bigger and stronger at the position in the post-Sherman days, but there's no doubt that Wells has consistently outperformed all others. He's a heady center with little flash that could play well into his 30s. Though the Packers won't offer a lucrative deal, he's also unlikely to find that elsewhere as an undersized center. With Finley also a free agent though, money could take him to greener pastures.

The Rest:

D'Anthony Batiste (ARZ) - OT
Brandon Keith (ARZ) - OT
Kirk Chambers (ATL) - OT
Mark LeVoir (BAL) - OT
Frank Omiyale (CHI) - OT
Anthony Collins (CIN) - OT
Dennis Roland (CIN) - OT
Oniel Cousins (CLE) - OT
Artis Hicks (CLE) - OT
Jeff Backus (DET) - OT
Quinn Ojinnaka (IND) - OT
Guy Whimper (JAC) - OT
Barry Richardson (KC) - OT
Ryan O'Callaghan (KC) - OT
Vernon Carey (MIA) - OT
Pat McQuistan (MIA) - OT
Kareem McKenzie (NYG) - OT
Robert Turner (NYJ) - OT
Khalif Barnes (OAK) - OT
Stephon Heyer (OAK) - OT
King Dunlap (PHI) - OT
Trai Essex (PIT) - OT
Max Starks (PIT) - OT
Chris Kemoeatu (PIT) - OT
Tony Moll (SD) - OT
Adam Snyder (SF) - OT
Adam Goldberg (STL) - OT
James Lee (TB) - OT
Sean Locklear (WAS) - OT
C.J. Davis (CAR) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Geoff Schwartz (CAR) - OT - Restricted
Garry Williams (CAR) - OT - Restricted
Jermey Parnell (DAL) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Chris Clark (DEN) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Corey Hilliard (DET) - OT - Restricted
Lydon Murtha (MIA) - OT - Restricted
Patrick Brown (MIN) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Brandyn Dombrowski (SD) - OT - Restricted
Alex Boone (SF) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Deuce Lutui (ARZ) - OG
Mackenzy Bernadeau (CAR) - OG
Nate Livings (CIN) - OG
Mike McGlynn (CIN) - OG
Bobbie Williams (CIN) - OG
John Greco (CLE) - OG
Steve Vallos (CLE) - OG
Derrick Dockery (DAL) - OG
Montrae Holland (DAL) - OG
Russ Hochstein (DEN) - OG
Manuel Ramirez (DEN) - OG
Leonard Davis (DET) - OG
Mike Brisiel (HOU) - OG
Ryan Diem (IND) - OG
Jamey Richard (IND) - OG
Samson Satele (OAK) - OG
Dan Connolly (NE) - OG
Rich Ohrnberger (NE) - OG
Stacy Andrews (NYG) - OG
Mike Gibson (SEA) - OG
Pat McQuistan (SEA) - OG
Chilo Rachal (SF) - OG
Jacob Bell (STL) - OG
Tony Wragge (STL) - OG
Jeremy Zuttah (TB) - OG
Jake Scott (TEN) - OG
Chad Rinehart (BUF) - OG - Restricted
Kraig Urbik (BUF) - OG - Restricted
Dorian Brooks (PIT) - OG - Exclusive Rights
Ramon Foster (PIT) - OG - Restricted
Kory Lichtensteiger (WAS) - OG - Restricted
Todd McClure (ATL) - OC
Brett Romberg (ATL) - OC
Matt Birk (BAL) - OC
Andre Gurode (BAL) - OC
Geoff Hangartner - OC
Don Muhlbach (DET) - OC
Ryan Pontbriand (FA) - OC
Mike Pollak (IND) - OC
Jeff Saturday (IND) - OC
Casey Wiegmann (KC) - OC
Dan Koppen (NE) - OC
Nick Hardwick (SD) - OC
Scott Mruczkowski (SD) - OC
Ken Amato (TEN) - OC
Edwin Williams (CHI) - OC - Exclusive Rights
Jon Weeks (HOU) - OC - Restricted
Ryan Wendell (NE) - OC - Restricted
Justin Drescher (NO) - OC - Exclusive Rights
Mike Windt (SD) - OC - Exclusive Rights
Fernando Velasco (TEN) - OC - Restricted

Mat McBriar (DAL)
Matt Turk (JAC)
Daniel Sepulveda (PIT)
Donnie Jones (STL)

Jay Feely (ARZ)
Neil Rackers (HOU)
Nick Folk (NYJ)
Ryan Succop (KC) - Restricted
Graham Gano (WAS) - Restricted

2012 NFL Free Agent Defensive Linemen
Mario Williams (HOU) - DE - Mario Williams just suffered any players' nightmareÑa season ending injury in a contract year. Fortunately for Williams, he has a proven track record and had the production prior to the injury with 4 sacks through 4.5 games. For a Texans defense that survived without him and a franchise tag that would cost them $23 million, there seems to be reason to believe the former #1 overall pick may end up elsewhere next season. Imagine that, a former number one overall with 2 All-Pros that isn't re-signed after his rookie contract. It's not a sure bet, but very possible.

Jason Jones (TEN) - DT - When healthy, Jason Jones is one of the league's better interior pass rushers. He has an explosive first step in getting upfield and disrupting a quarterback's ability to step up into a clean pocket. However, last year the Titans moved him out to defensive end, where he struggled to match his productivity from years past. If that's where they expect to play Jones, his value will certainly be greater outside of Tennessee.

Antonio Garay (SD) - NT - Just as quickly as they lost Jamal Williams, the Chargers thought they had replaced him at nose tackle with another Pro Bowl caliber player. However, after a stellar 2010 season, Garay took a slight step backward in 2011. If the Chargers need to enter a bidding war for his services, it's reported they'll bow out rather quickly.

John Abraham (ATL) - DE - The Falcons went out this past offseason to acquire Ray Edwards to improve the pass rush. Though Abraham is aging, he's still easily the Falcons top pass rusher. His production, even on a snap count, can't be easily replaced, but the team still won't pay him the $8 million a year they did in 2011.

Sione Pouha (NYJ) - NT - The Jets aren't in a position with great depth in their front 7 where they can afford to allow productive starters to leave. Securing Pouha should be one of the organization's first objectives before they decide how to improve their roster through external acquisitions.

The Rest:

Vonnie Holliday (ARZ) - DE
Kroy Biermann (ATL) - DE
Cory Redding (BAL) - DE
Israel Idonije (CHI) - DE
Victor Adeyanju (CIN) - DE
Frostee Rucker (CIN) - DE
Derrick Harvey (DEN) - DE
Jason Hunter (DEN) - DE
Tim Bulman (HOU) - DE
Jamaal Anderson (IND) - DE
Tyler Brayton (IND) - DE
Jeremy Mincey (JAC) - DE
Matt Roth (JAC) - DE
Wallace Gilberry (KC) - DE
Kendall Langford (MIA) - DE
Phillip Merling (MIA) - DE
Igor Olshansky (MIA) - DE
Mark Anderson (NE) - DE
Andre Carter (NE) - DE
Shaun Ellis (NE) - DE
Eric Moore (NE) - DE
Jeff Charleston (NO) - DE
Turk McBride (NO) - DE
Dave Tollefson (NYG) - DE
Jarvis Moss (OAK) - DE
Trevor Scott (OAK) - DE
Victor Abiamiri (PHI) - DE
Juqua Parker (PHI) - DE
Aaron Smith (PIT) - DE
Raheem Brock (SEA) - DE
Anthony Hargrove (SEA) - DE
Jovan Haye (TB) - DE
Dave Ball (TEN) - DE
William Hayes (TEN) - DE
Adam Carriker (WAS) - DE
Kedric Golston (WAS) - DE
Marcus Benard (CLE) - DE - Restricted
Clifton Geathers (DAL) - DE - Exclusive Rights
Will Tukuafu (SF) - DE - Exclusive Rights
C.J. Ah You (STL) - DE - Restricted
Michael Bennett (TB) - DE - Restricted
Brandon McKinney (BAL) - DT
Ronald Fields (CAR) - DT
Anthony Adams (CHI) - DT
Amobi Okoye (CHI) - DT
Jonathan Fanene (CIN) - DT
Pat Sims (CIN) - DT
Brodrick Bunkley (DEN) - DT
Marcus Thomas (DEN) - DT
Andre Fluellen (DET) - DT
Howard Green (GB) - DT
Eric Foster (IND) - DT
Tommie Harris (IND) - DT
Daniel Muir (IND) - DT
C.J. Mosley (JAC) - DT
Amon Gordon (KC) - DT
Kelly Gregg (KC) - NT
Paul Soliai (MIA) - NT
Fred Evans (MIN) - DT
Letroy Guion (MIN) - DT
Gerard Warren (NE) - DT
Mike Wright (NE) - DT
Aubrayo Franklin (NO) - NT
Rocky Bernard (NYG) - DT
Jimmy Kennedy (NYG) - DT
Shaun Rogers (NO) - DT
Derek Landri (PHI) - DT
Trevor Laws (PHI) - DT
Red Bryant (SEA) - DT
Colin Cole (SEA) - DT
Gary Gibson (STL) - DT
Albert Haynesworth (TB) - DT
Tony Brown (TEN) - DT
Vance Walker (ATL) - DT - Restricted
Ryan McBean (DEN) - DT - Restricted
Sammie Lee Hill (DET) - DT - Restricted
Nate Collins (JAC) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Leger Douzable (JAC) - DT - Restricted
Kyle Love (NE) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Antonio Dixon (PHI) - DT - Restricted
Steve McLendon (PIT) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Clinton McDonald (SEA) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Jermelle Cudjo (STL) - DT - Exclusive Rights
Malcolm Sheppard (TEN) - DT - Exclusive Rights

2012 NFL Free Agent Linebackers
Curtis Lofton (ATL) - After finishing fifth in the league in tackles (147) and leading the team for the third consecutive year, Curtis Lofton will seek a high-end deal this offseason, perhaps like the one David Harris recently received from the Jets. Like Harris, he's a solid downhill linebacker and a key to the front 7.

Stephen Tulloch (DET) - Tulloch left the Titans to sign a one-year deal with the Lions. At 5'11, 240, Tulloch is a compact middle linebacker that can shed and tackle, which is a lot more than can be said about a lot of linebackers in today's game. The Lions will almost definitely be interested in locking up Tulloch long term, but they will likely not be the only interested suitor.

Dan Connor (CAR) - Early in the year, Connor got lost in the depth of the Panthers elite linebacking corps. However, with injury taking its toll on the unit, he was thrust back into the starting lineup playing solid football. With a deep linebacking unit, Connor will probably try to test the market to see if he can secure a guaranteed full time starting position elsewhere.

London Fletcher (WAS) - Though Fletcher will be 37 by the start of next season, he's coming off a season where he was as productive as any linebacker in the league. Both sides have expressed strong interest in each other, likely extending his stay in Washington.

David Hawthorne (SEA) - After another solid, but unspectacular season for the Seahawks, Hawthorne will have a crack at free agency. Hawthorne's play doesn't make him a must re-sign in Seattle, but his productivity as a starter will make the Seahawks at least extending an offer to him if the interest isn't excessive elsewhere.

The Rest:

Clark Haggans (ARZ)
Mike Peterson (ATL)
Brendon Ayanbadejo (BAL)
Jameel McClain (BAL)
Jarret Johnson (BAL)
Andra Davis (BUF)
Kirk Morrison (BUF)
Reggie Torbor (BUF)
Antwan Applewhite (CAR)
Omar Gaither (CAR)
Jordan Senn (CAR)
Brandon Johnson (CIN)
Manny Lawson (CIN)
Keith Brooking (DAL)
Bradie James (DAL)
Mario Haggan (DEN)
Joe Mays (DEN)
Wesley Woodyard (DEN)
Bobby Carpenter (DET)
Isaiah Ekejiuba (DET)
Erik Walden (GB)
Tim Dobbins (HOU)
Kevin Bentley (IND)
Ernie Sims (IND)
Philip Wheeler (IND)
Demorrio Williams (KC)
Ikaika Alama-Francis (MIA)
Marvin Mitchell (MIA)
Xavier Adibi (MIN)
E.J. Henderson (MIN)
Erin Henderson (MIN)
Gary Guyton (NE)
Tracy White (NE)
Jo-Lonn Dunbar (NO)
Chase Blackburn (NYG)
Jonathan Goff (NYG)
Bryan Thomas (NYJ)
Darryl Blackstock (OAK)
Ricky Brown (OAK)
Quentin Groves (OAK)
James Farrior (PIT)
Stephen Cooper (SD)
Na'il Diggs (SD)
Heath Farwell (SEA)
Leroy Hill (SEA)
Matt McCoy (SEA)
David Vobora (SEA)
Blake Costanzo (SF)
Tavares Gooden (SF)
Larry Grant (SF)
Chris Chamberlain (STL)
Bryan Kehl (STL)
Ben Leber (STL)
Brady Poppinga (STL)
Geno Hayes (TB)
Patrick Bailey (TEN)
Barrett Ruud (TEN)
Tim Shaw (TEN)
Keyaron Fox (WAS)
Rocky McIntosh (WAS) Dannell Ellerbe (BAL) - Restricted
Sergio Kindle (BAL) - Exclusive Rights
Garrison Sanborn (BUF) - Restricted
Thomas Williams (CAR) - Restricted
Vincent Rey (CIN) - Exclusive Rights
Titus Brown (CLE) - Restricted
DeAndre Levy (DET) - Restricted
Ashlee Palmer (DET) - Restricted
Cody Glenn (IND) - Restricted
Russell Allen (JAC) - Restricted
Jovan Belcher (KC) - Restricted
Cory Greenwood (KC) - Exclusive Rights
Austin Spitler (MIA) - Exclusive Rights
Kenny Onatolu (MIN) - Restricted
Aaron Maybin (NYJ) - Restricted
Jamaal Westerman (NYJ) - Restricted

2012 NFL Free Agent Defensive Backs
Top Cornerbacks:

Carlos Rogers (SF) - After having an All-Pro caliber season, Rogers will enter free agency looking for a long-term deal. With a pair of expiring contracts for their top two players in the secondary, the Niners may struggle to retain both before the start of free agency. Dashon Goldson is the more likely candidate to receive the franchise tag if neither have deals worked out by then, but losing the underrated Rogers would be a tremendous loss for the league's best defense.

Cortland Finnegan (TEN) - Despite some of his ÒdirtyÓ tactics as some may call it, Finnegan has been a top 10 corner for much of his career. He's strong in run support and solid in coverage. He lacks ideal size, but is a perfect fit for what the Titans do on the perimeter. There were rumors that Finnegan was displeased with the lack of contract talks coming into the year and it doesn't appear if they have taken off the ground even to this point. Finnegan seems open to returning on a long-term contract, but seems skeptical about the possibility of it coming to fruition.

Brandon Carr (KC) - At 25 years old and coming off another good year, the Chiefs will have to pay a strong starting corner salary to the 6'0, 208-pound Brandon Carr. Though the tandem of Carr and Flowers didn't live up to potential this year, there is strong hope that they will still develop into one of the best cornerback tandems in the league in the future. Carr still has an outside shot of seeing the franchise tag if they can't reach a long-term extension prior to the start of free agency.

Terrell Thomas (NYG) - Thomas was an above average number two cornerback prior to suffering a season-ending injury. He's also one of the best in the league in run support, so if he can make a full recovery, he would be a valuable pick-up for a team looking to get physical on the perimeter. With the trio of Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, and Aaron Ross (also a free agent), Terrell Thomas could be the odd man out.

Richard Marshall (ARZ) - Marshall has never been an elite corner, but has some solid seasons under his belt-and potentially none better than this year. He's a physical, capable starting corner and one of the best in the business in run support. Playing a combination of corner and safety (due to the injury of Kerry Rhodes), he was valuable and played a key role in the development and improvement of the Cardinals secondary in the second half of the season. The team will most likely make a play to retain him at a fair price.

Rashean Mathis (JAC) - Prior to suffering a torn ACL in the middle of the year, Rashean Mathis was having a flashback to the elite years of his past. When healthy, Mathis is still a strong cover corner, but at 31, the team will need to be fully confident in his recovery before allowing him to return to Jacksonville.

Other Notable Free Agents:

Kelvin Hayden (ATL)
Chris Carr (BAL) Dominique Foxworth (BAL) Reggie Corner (BUF)
Cletis Gordon (CAR)
Zackary Bowman (CHI)
Corey Graham (CHI)
Tim Jennings (CHI)
Kelly Jennings (CIN)
Pacman Jones (CIN)
Dmitri Patterson (CLE)
Alan Ball (DAL)
Frank Walker (DAL)
Brandon McDonald (DET)
Eric Wright (DET)
Jonathan Wilhite (DEN)
Jarrett Bush (GB)
Pat Lee (GB)
Jason Allen (HOU)
David Jones (JAC)
Dwight Lowery (JAC)
Travis Daniels (KC)
Will Allen (MIA)
Benny Sapp (MIN)
Antwaun Molden (NE)
Tracy Porter (NO)
Leigh Torrence (NO)
Will Blackmon (NYG)
Michael Coe (NYG)
Aaron Ross (NYG)
Justin Tryon (NYG)
Donald Strickland (NYJ)
Lito Sheppard (OAK)
William Gay (PIT)
Anthony Madison (PIT)
Bryant McFadden (PIT)
Marcus Trufant (SEA)
Roderick Hood (STL)
Justin King (STL)
Ronde Barber (TB)
Elbert Mack (TB)
Philip Buchanon (WAS)
A.J. Jefferson (ARZ) - CB - Exclusive Rights
Greg Toler (ARZ) - CB - Restricted
Lardarius Webb (BAL) - CB - Restricted
R.J. Stanford (CAR) - CB - Exclusive Rights
Jacob Lacey (IND) - CB - Restricted
William Middleton (JAC) - Restricted
Bruce Johnson (NYG) - CB - Restricted
Marquice Cole (NYJ) - CB - Restricted
Keenan Lewis (PIT) - CB - Restricted
Byron Westbrook (WAS) - CB - Restricted

LaRon Landry (WAS) - With an Achilles injury sidelining him last year, Landry enters this offseason without a contract and an injury that still isn't entirely healed. Going against doctors' wishes, Landry has decided to forgo surgery hoping the heel will improve on its own. With that type of risk hanging over, the Redskins appear disinterested in re-signing the safety who has looked like a star at times unless he's open to a low-risk, short-term contract. Whether it's what he wants, that may be the best he'll get even on the open market.

Thomas DeCoud (ATL) - DeCoud has been an adequate safety for the Falcons for the past three years in a league where adequate, consistent safeties are hard to find. On the bright side, the Falcons are projected to be close to $30 million under the cap. On the other hand, they also have to worry about re-signing Brent Grimes and Curtis Lofton to long-term deals on defense in addition to making a decision on defensive end John Abraham.

The Rest:
Hamza Abdullah (ARZ)
Sean Considine (ARZ)
James Sanders (ATL)
Haruki Nakumura (BAL)
Tom Zbikowski (BAL)
Bryan Scott (BUF)
Brandon Meriweather (CHI)
Craig Steltz (CHI)
Reggie Nelson (CIN)
Gibril Wilson (CIN)
Mike Adams (CLE)
Abram Elam (DAL)
Erik Coleman (DET)
Chris Harris (DET)
Dominique Barber (HOU)
CC Brown (JAC)
Courtney Greene (JAC)
Jon McGraw (KC)
Sabby Piscitelli (KC)
Husain Abdullah (MIN)
Tyrell Johnson (MIN)
Jarrad Page (MIN)
James Ihedigbo (NE)
Nathan Jones (NE)
Deon Grant (NYG)
Derrick Martin (NYG)
Jim Leonhard (NYJ)
Brodney Pool (NYJ)
Matt Giordano (OAK)
Steve Gregory (SD)
Paul Oliver (SD)
Bob Sanders (SD)
Atari Bigby (SEA)
Reggie Smith (SF)
Madieu Williams (SF)
Craig Dahl (STL)
Sean Jones (TB)
Corey Lynch (TB)
Jordan Babineaux (TEN)
Chris Hope (TEN)
Anthony Smith (TEN)
Rashad Johnson (ARZ) - Restricted
Jeromy Miles (CIN) - Exclusive Rights
Randy Phillips (DET) - Exclusive Rights
Quintin Demps (HOU) - Restricted
Bret Lockett (NE) - Exclusive Rights
Jerome Boyd (OAK) - Exclusive Rights
Tramaine Brock (SF) - Exclusive Rights
Darian Stewart (STL) - Exclusive Rights


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