|5||Von Miller||OLB/DE||6’3||246||Texas A&M|
|16||Anthony Castonzo||OT||6’7||305||Boston College|
|24||Stephen Paea||DT||6’1||303||Oregon State|
|27||Cameron Heyward||DE||6’5||294||Ohio State|
by Jason Ciano and Derek Allen
Cullen Jenkins (GB) Great 3-4 NT for any team – Packers depth may mean not pursued – great pass rusher – missed 17 games 3 years
Tadba Hali (KC) Led AFC with 14.5 Sacks – Non-exclusive franchised while team works out $$$ – Fits in any system
- Charles Johnson (CAR) 2007 third round pick -12 sacks and dominated left side – Tendered – Many possible dance partners
Jason Babin (TEN) Jumped to 12.5 sacks contract year from previous career best 5 – Accepting offers for his new home
Mathias Kiwanuke (NYG) Explosive pass rusher injured with herniated disk last year – Awesome otherwise – can go or stay
Shaun Ellis (NYJ) Still gettin’ it done with impressive motor but clock is ticking on longest tenured Jet – Team has many free agents and his contract may be last on their list
Ray Edwards (MIN) Longshot to return unless gives home team discount – Not team priority – Played well on good line – May 20th boxing match scheduled
More Free Agent Ends
|Kenny Iwebema||(ARZ)||Bryan Robinson||(ARZ)|
|Jayme Mitchell||(CLE)||Robaire Smith||(CLE)|
|Stephen Bowen||(DAL)||Jason Hatcher||(DAL)|
|Marcus Spears||(DAL)||Cliff Avril||(DET)|
|Turk McBride||(DET)||Mark Anderson||(HOU)|
|Wallace Gilberry||(KC)||Shaun Smith||(KC)|
|Tony McDaniel||(MIA)||Brian Robison||(MIN)|
|Anthony Hargrove||(NO)||Jimmy Wilerson||(NO)|
|Dave Tollefson||(NYG)||Victor Abiamiri||(PHI)|
|Nick Eason||(PIT)||Chris Hoke||(PIT)|
|Jacques Cesaire||(SD)||Travis Johnson||(SD)|
|Ray McDonald||(SF)||CJ Ah You||(STL)|
|Tim Crowder||(TB)||Greg White||(TB)|
|Dave Ball||(TEN)||Kedric Golston||(WAS)|
Haloti Ngata (BAL) One of the top 3-4 NT in the game – Non-exclusive franchised @ 12.5 milli, another team would have to give up two first-round picks in order to sign. May become a Raven for life if history repeats
Brandon Mebane (SEA) Great against run but new schemes demands more pass rushing – they might not give his worth as free agents and the draft are deep with lineman for less $$$$ – Coach indicates may not quite fit new system – may be able to stay with team if gives home team discount
Aubrayo Franklin (SF) Smaller Solid NT plays well in contract years – may be paid well when season starts if finds the right fit
Pat Williams (MIN) Aging and able but probably won’t be back as team drafts younger talent – Trust issues with management
More Free Agent Tackles
|John Henderson||(OAK)||Fred Evans||(MIN)|
|Gabe Watson||(ARZ)||Anthony Adams||(CHI)|
|John McCargo||(BUF)||Remi Ayodele||(NO)|
|Antonio Johnson||(IND)||Ron Edwards||(KC)|
|Matt Toeaina||(CHI)||Chris Hovan||(STL)|
|Eric Foster||(IND)||Clifton Ryan||(STL)|
|Andre Fluellen||(DET)||Alan Branch||(ARZ)|
|Shaun Cody||(HOU)||Barry Coefield||(NYG)|
|Daniel Muir||(IND)||Nick Hayden||(CAR)|
|Gerard Warren||(NE)||Paul Soliai||(MIA)|
David Harris (NYJ) Makes plays all day – voted by the Jets’ players the team’s MVP – franchised @ about 10 mil – sources say long-term deal in the works
Stephen Tulloch (TEN) – has been tendered but club hopes to lock him in multi-years – he’s due great money as one of the best 4-3 middle linebackers in the league – on Detroit’s radar
Paul Posluszny (BUF) under-rated, and has been tagged – gets even colder if they lose him in Buffalo – anchors defense
James Anderson (CAR) had great year – great run defender but team doesnt want to give him high dollars – will probably let go
Rocky McIntosh (WAS) good player, finished tender now wants new team. Outstanding in 4-3 – was in wrong system
Thomas Davis (CAR) Torn ACL last 2 years but will probably stay in town – mutual admiration society
Barrett Ruud (TB) Solid player – needs $$$$ 2 be happy/appreciated – both sides amenable for return
Takeo Spikes (SF) played well last year showing he still has some skills – may get 3 year contract – SD a good fit
More Free Agent Linebackers
|Stephen Nicholas||(ATL)||Tracy White||(NE)|
|Mike Peterson||(ATL)||Danny Clark||(NO)|
|Tavares Gooden||(BAL)||Scott Shanle||(NO)|
|Keith Ellison||(BUF)||Chase Blackburn||(NYG)|
|Jamar Williams||(CAR)||Keith Bulluck||(NYG)|
|Pisa Tinoisamoa||(CHI)||Thomas Howard||(OAK)|
|Nick Roach||(CHI)||Kamerion Wimbley||(OAK)|
|Dhani Jones||(CIN)||Stewart Bradley||(PHI)|
|Brandon Johnson||CIN)||Ernie Sims||(PHI)|
|D’Qwell Jackson||(CLE)||Omar Gaither L||(PHI)|
|Chris Gocong||(CLE)||Antwan Barnes E||(SD)|
|Matt Roth||(CLE)||Kevin Burnett L||(SD)|
|Jason Trusnik||(CLE)||Stephen Cooper||(SD)|
|Landon Johnson||(DET)||Brandon Siler||(SD)|
|Zach Diles||(HOU)||Travis LaBoy||(SF)|
|Kevin Bentley||(HOU)||Manny Lawson||(SF)|
|Clint Session||(IND)||Will Herring||(SEA)|
|Justin Durant||(JAC)||Leroy Hill||(SEA)|
|Kirk Morrison||(JAC)||Matt McCoy||(SEA)|
|Mike Vrabel||(KC)||David Vobora||(STL)|
|Quentin Moses||(MIA)||Quincy Black||(TB)|
|Ben Leber||(MIN)||David Thornton||(TEN)|
Brandon Carr – one of the best young corners in the league – started every game last 3 years – great value 5th round pick
Brent Grimes (ATL) first round tendered – a quality cover corner that makes plays – Looking for long-term money
Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK) Coach Hue not optimistic will return – All teams that can afford will take a look for one of the top covers in the NFL – Deserves premium contract – may be a good fit in Jax, Phi, or Dallas
Johnathan Joseph (CIN) Played uninspired, like the whole team did – partial to returning, provided there is a nice raise. Is still one of the best on the market
Carlos Rogers (WAS) Drops picks, or he would be in greater demand – waited 6 years to become FA – have money will play
Antonio Cromartie (NYJ) Big time player for a number 2 – lots of mouths to feed – can’t wait to sign a new contract anywhere
Ike Taylor (PIT) Stud athlete – only allowed 1 touchdown last year – Home team wants discount – 2 time Super Bowl champion hopes for decent contract here or elsewhere – coveted
Richard Marshall (CAR) Unhappy tendered last year instead of long-term – Lack of pass rush hurt defense and his statistics – team probably drafting new talent but may bring him back
More Free Agent Cornerbacks
|Brian Williams||(ATL)||Al Harris||(MIA)|
|Chris Carr||(BAL)||Lito Sheppard||(MIN)|
|Fabian Washington||(BAL)||Frank Walker||(MIN)|
|Josh Wilson||(BAL)||Kyle Arrington||(NE)|
|Drayton Florence||(BUF)||Usama Young||(NO)|
|Richard Marshall||(CAR)||Drew Coleman||(NYJ)|
|Corey Graham||(CHI)||Stanford Routt||(OAK)|
|Eric Wright||(CLE)||William Gay||(PIT)|
|CC Brown||(DET)||Paul Oliver||(SD)|
|Brandon McDonald||(DET)||Dashon Goldson||(SF)|
|Chris Houston||(DET)||Kelly Jennings||(SEA)|
|Josh Bell||(GB)||Roy Lewis||(SEA)|
|Jason Allen||(HOU)||Justin King||(STL)|
|Travis Daniels||(KC)||Roderick Hood||(TEN)|
|Brandon Carr||(KC)||Phillip Buchanon||(WAS)|
Quintin Mikell (PHI) A beast worth serious loot – equally effective again the run and in pass coverage – a rare player
Eric Weddle (SD) SD will be sorry if they let him go because of his contract needs – one of the best 3 or 4 in the league – deserves and will get big money
Dawan Landry (BAL) Stud support on line of scrimmage – improving pass coverage ups his value
Bernard Pollard (HOU) Leading tackler informed that he didn’t fit Wade Phillips 3-4 system. Great against the run but it’s a work in progress covering the pass – No hard feeling, movin’ on
Atari Bigby (GB) Plus safety that missed 12 games last 2 seasons – Coach says “business decision” and given walking papers
More Free Agent Safeties
|Matt Ware||(ARZ)||Gerald Sensabaugh||(DAL)|
|Haruki Nakamura||(BAL)||Charlie Peprah||(GB)|
|Tom Zbikowski||(BAL)||Anthony Smith||(GB)|
|George Wilson||(BUF)||Melvin Bullitt )||(IND|
|Gerald Alexander||(CAR)||Sean Considine||(JAC)|
|Chinedum Ndukwe||(CIN)||Tyrell Johnson||(MIN)|
|Gibril Wilson||(CIN)||Husain Abdullah||(MIN)|
|Danieal Manning||(CHI)||Brandon McGowan||(NE)|
|Abram Elam||(CLE)||Jarrad Page||(NE)|
|Sabby Piscitelli||(CLE)||Darren Sharper||(NO)|
|Alan Ball||(DAL)||Michael Johnson||(NYG)|
|Eric Smith||(NYJ)||Deon Grant )||(NYG)|
|Lawyer Milloy||(SEA)||Brodney Pool||(NYJ)|
|Reed Doughty||(WAS)||Roman Harper||(DAl)|
Kickers and Punters
The best of the best – and a good year for punters in the draft
Adam Podlesh (JAC) Almost 1/2 his kicks inside 20 – 43.8 yards per
Ben Graham (ARZ) 37 with nearly 1/3 inside the 20 with 43.4 per
Daniel Sepulveda (PIT) young with strong leg – tore achilles in 2010
Adam Vinatieri (IND) Best available and still clutch
Matt Prater (DEN) Tendered and coming off a good year
Ryan Longwell (MIN) a grizzled vet but still one of the best
- David Akers (PHI) Tagged – remembers management signed free agent competition last year
Every year in pro sports you hear about coaches on the proverbial hot seat; the Cincinnati Bengals have 99 problems but a coach ain’t one. The end of 2010 was especially difficult for Marvin Lewis until he signed a 2 year contract extension earlier this year keeping him on the payroll until 2013.
Maybe Michael “Mike” Brown (son of legendary coach Paul Brown) doesn’t want to fire Lewis because there would be no one left to blame for the sorry state of football in the Queen City.
Browns’s Bengals have set numerous records for NFL futility during his tenure including losing 200 games faster and winning 100 games slower than any team in NFL history. With a .361 winning percentage (115-201-1), the Bengals have only had 2 winning seasons out if the last 20.
Brown is incredibly loyal with his coaches, perhaps even to a fault.
David Shula lost 50 out of 69 games, setting the ignominius record for the fastest to lose 50 games in NFL history and Bruce Coslet resigned with a 21-39 record. Marvin Lewis has been his most successful coach during the regular season with a 60-67-1 (.471) record.
Firing Lewis may be the popular opinion in Cincinnati, but it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Brown knows Lewis can coach. He also knows how much he interferes with his job on a daily basis.
Keeping Lewis may not sell tickets but it at least makes sense. Cincy’s only 2 winning seasons in the last 20 were both division champion teams under Lewis. Although he has had 5 out of 8 seasons of .500 ball or better, hard-core fans blame him for the team’s 10-game losing streak in 2010, tied for the worst in franchise history with Shula’s 1993 disaster.
The 2010 team had much better talent with much higher expectations.
Heading into the 2011 season there are a lot of unknowns to be worked out. Will QB Carson Palmer reconcile with Brown? Will Brown back out of making personnel decisions and let coach Marvin Lewis in? Is a covered practice facility in the Bengal’s future. Or will the NFL’s smallest scouting department get an upgrade?
Also unknown, whether the hiring of Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator was a step up for the offense, or just a stepping-stone for Gruden.
Perhaps Brown knows what Lewis has known all along; he’s the best coach money can buy because lately he’s the only one willing to put up with one of the most inept owners in the NFL. Or perhaps they both know that it is better to dance with the devil you know than the one you don’t.
Peyton Manning (IND) Franchised, he will play at a high level for 3-5 more years. Owner offered contract but was unsigned. Promised to be made highest-paid in NFL.
Michael Vick (PHI) Franchised and ready to make real money. A real successful comeback. America loves them.
Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) Needs to win NOW, or will become a teacher to one of the new kids on the block. Needs good offensive line to flourish.
Matt Moore (CAR) Might turn into a good starter in the right system.
Alex Smith (SF) first pick 2005 SF offered contract before lockout. Lots of talent but has had 6 system is 6 years. May just need a change.
Matt Leinart (HOU) Not much risk, but do not expect much more than dancing with the stars. Great heart – does the talent level match?
More Free Agent Quarterbacks
|Brodie Croyle (KC)||Tarvaris Jackson (MIN)|
|Bruce Gradkowski (OAK)||Todd Collins (CHI)|
|Caleb Hanie (CHI)||Trent Edwards (JAC)|
|Chad Pennington (MIA)||Troy Smith (SF)|
|Dennis Dixon (PIT)||Drew Stanton (DET)|
|J.P. Losman (SEA)||Jim Sorgi (NYG)|
|Nate Davis (SEA)||Kellen Clemens (NYJ)|
|Rudy Carpenter (TB)||Kerry Collins (TEN)|
|Charlie Frye (OAK)||Kyle Boller (OAK)|
|Jordan Palmer (CIN)||Brian Brohm (BUF)|
|Todd Collins (CHI)||Billy Volek (SD)|
|Todd Bouman (JAC)||Brady Quinn (DEN)|
|Luke McCown (JAC)||Marc Bulger (BAL)|
|Brett Farve (MIN)||Rex Grossman (WAS)|
DeAngelo Williams (CAR) For a team that is close this is a guy who has and can deliver the mail! Played in just 7 games last year. Scored 20 TDs 2008. Averaged 5.0 ypc for career. Is he injury prone?
Arian Foster (HOU) Led the NFL in rushing. $480,000 exclusive tender and is the best value in NFL.
Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) Fumbles make him a bit of risk in spite of good production in running and passing game. Everyone agreeable to a new contract but may have to give home team discount because of $$$ already committed to running game.
Cedric Benson (CIN) Back to back 1100 yard seasons and 14 tds. Solid pounder, when he runs they win. Looked slow at times kast year, makes some wonder about his ambition or if a contract player.
Mike Tolbert (SD) Franchised. Darren Sproles (SD) tendered. San Diego trying to keep this pair together for another year.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) has been training 4-5 times per week at Angelo Dundee’s boxing gym this offseason. Fits system he’s in but NE may draft replacement. Solid producer, should get paid.
More Free Agent Running Backs
|LeRon McClain (BAL)||Jerome Harrison (PHI)|
|Ricky Williams (MIA)||Mewelde Moore (PIT)|
|John Kuhn (GB)||Brian Westbrook (SF)|
|Michael Bush (OAK)||Kenneth Darby (STL)|
|Ronnie Brown (MIA)||Michael Spurlock (TB)|
|Tim Hightower (ARZ)||Cadillac Williams (TB)|
|Jerious Norwood (ATL)||Jason Snelling (ATL) (FB)|
|Mike Bell (CLE)||Brian Leonard (CIN) (FB)|
|Laurence Maroney (DEN)||Lawrence Vickers (CLE) (FB)|
|Kevin Smith (DET)||Jerome Felton (DET) (FB)|
|Brandon Jackson (GB)||Korey Hall (GB) (FB)|
|Derrick Ward (HOU)||Lex Hilliard (MIA) (FB)|
|Joseph Addai (IND)||Naufahu Tahi (MIN) (FB)|
|Mike Hart (IND)||Tony Richardson (NYJ) (FB)|
|Patrick Cobbs (MIA)||Heath Evans (NO) (FB)|
|Sammy Morris (NE)||Marcel Reece (OAK) (FB)|
|Kevin Faulk (NE)||Ahmard Hall (TEN) (FB)|
|Fred Taylor (NE)||Vonte Leach (HOU) (FB)|
|Danny Ware (NYG)|
Free Agent Receivers
Sidney Rice (MIN) Whoever is throwing to this guy…he will get it…Hey Bears, this is a good catch.
Santonio Holmes (NYJ) Off field problems, on field antics, sounds like a Raider to us, Al, you listening? Braylon Edwards (NYJ) He wiped off the butter and found his hands.
Malcom Floyd (SD) Big play(19.4 yards per catch ) Floyd plays with injuries, but is a playmaker. Maybe bigger contract helps concentration.
Santana Moss (WAS) 93 catches – 1115 yards – Still productive but needs team with established QB to take advantage of his skills. KC a possibility but prefers to remain with WAS maybe for less money.
Steve Smith (NYG) Great possession receiver. On verge of stardom. Might be slow coming back from December injury.
Terrell Owens (CIN) Lots of production but who take a chance on him? Takes strong organization to keep his ego and antics in check.
James Jones (GB) Wants to be starter but stuck behind established veterans. Great talent but inconsistent. Team may look to draft WR.
Steve Breaston (ARI) Keep ya cell phone on, a lot of teams will be calling. Questions about his durability may limit to shorter contract.
More Free Agent Receivers
|Early Doucet (ARZ)||Lance Moore (NO)|
|Brian Finneran (ATL)||Courtney Roby (NO)|
|Donte’ Stallworth (BAL)||Derek Hagan (NYG)|
|TJ Houshmandzadeh (BAL)||Darius Reynaud (NYG)|
|Rashied Davis (CHI)||Brad Smith (NYJ)|
|Devin Aromashadu (CHI)||Johnnie Lee Higgins (OAK)|
|Chansi Stuckey (CLE)||Legedu Naanee (SD)|
|Sam Hurd (DAL)||Ben Obomanu (SEA)|
|Jacoby Jones (HOU)||Laurent Robinson (STL)|
|Mike Sims-Walker (JAC)||Danny Amendola (STL)|
|Kevin Curtis (MIA)||Mark Clayton (STL)|
|Hank Baskett (MIN)||Maurice Stovall (TB)|
|Greg Lewis (MIN)||Randy Moss (TEN)|
Marcedes Lewis (JAC) Franchised. Hopefully that wasn’t all he was working for.
Kevin Boss, NYG Tendered. Old school TE,. likes to get dirty.
More Free Agent Tight Ends
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)
Tyson Clabo (ATL) Anyone with O-line issues makes their team better by signing this guy. Looks like management not bringing back. Buffalo interested. Great size and superior skills with run blocking and pass protecting.
Doug Free (DAL) If ‘Boys do not re-sign, he will start somewhere else. Best offensive linemen last year
Jared Gaither (BAL) Incredible athlete and baller. Missed all of 2010 serious back injury. Is he worth the risk?
Jammal Brown (WAS) 2009 season had two surgeries in two weeks to repair a sports hernia and a torn labrum. Began to improve last year once free from pain. Former Pro Bowler.
Matt Light (NE) Had shoulder surgery in off season. NE getting younger across line, make be a victim the numbers game.
Jermon Bushrod (NO) Was great in 2010 and started 30 games last 2 years. Tender – Desires long-term contract. Not a great run blocker but displays superior pass protection skill.
Willie Colon (PIT) Missed the entire 2010 season with a torn Achilles, Pitt should re-sign if healed; if not, caveat emptor.
More Free Agent Offensive Lineman
|Alex Barron (DAL)||Langston Walker (OAK)|
|Ryan Harris (DEN)||Mario Henderson (OAK)|
|Corey Hilliard (DET)||Trai Essex (PIT)|
|Rashad Butler (HOU)||Jonathan Scott (PIT)|
|Charlie Johnson (IND)||Jeromey Clary (SD)|
|Ryan O’Callaghan (KC)||Barry Sims (SF)|
|Pat McQuistan (MIA)||Sean Locklear (SEA)|
|Ryan Cook (MIN)||Adam Goldberg (STL)|
|Zach Strief (NO)||John Greco (STL)|
|Wayne Hunter (NYJ)||Jeremy Trueblood (TB)|
|Khalif Barnes (OAK)||Stephon Heyer (WAS)|
Carl Nicks (NO) Tendered and an elite guard in the NFL. Every team has him on radar once he hits free agency next year. One of the best values in NFL at about 2.6 million, has started 45 of the last 48 games.
Logan Mankins (NE) Franchised Sat out the first seven games last year with contract dispute. Pats run to his side and he protects blind side well.
Davin Joseph (TB) Missed half season 2010 with broken foot. Should be fully healed by training camp. Bucs need to keep him in the fold or suffer.
Harvey Dahl (ATL) Best lineman on team, tendered. Look for big payday next year. Mean, tough, solid. Had ankle surgery after season.
Ryan Kalil (CAR) Franchised. They are going to run a lot this year best to keep Oline intact. Next year he looks for long-term deal. Olin Kreutz (CHI) Team leader, has made 129 consecutive starts. Best pass protector. Last chance for a nice big payday.
Daryn Colledge (GB) Underated and maybe traded as team is deep.
More Free Agent Interior Lineman
* Alan Faneca (ARZ) * Mike Pollak (IND) * Kasey Studdard
* Rudy Niswanger (KC) * Lyle Sendlein (ARZ) * Casey Wiegmann (KC)
* Justin Blalock (ATL) * Richie Incognito (MIA) * Chris Chester (BAL)
* Nate Garner (MIA) * Marshal Yanda (BAL) * Olin Kreutz (CHI)
* Kevin Boothe (NYG) * Evan Mathis (CIN) * Samson Satele (OAK)
* Jonathan Goodwin (NO) * Kyle Cook (CIN) * Reggie Wells (PHI)
* Nate Livings (CIN) * Scott Mruczkowski (SD) * Kyle Kosier (DAL)
* David Baas (SF) * Jason Spitz (GB) * Chris Spencer (SEA)
* (HOU) Leroy Harris (TEN) * Deuce Lutui (ARZ)
* Mike Brisiel (HOU) * Will Montgomery (WAS)