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Mister Pittsburgh
02-08-2011, 01:19 PM
2011 NFL Free Agent Defensive Backs
By: Roshan Bhagat
Top Cornerbacks:

Champ Bailey (DEN) – With the Broncos in a period of transition, this may very well be Champ Bailey’s final season in Denver. While injuries have lessened his effectiveness the last couple years, he returned to form this season to stay among the league’s 5 best corners. There have been no talks of a contract extension so far, but Champ remains committed to returning to the Broncos if the interest is mutual.

Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK) – It should say something about the importance of statistics when a player can have an All-Pro season, yet not achieve minimal performance marks, which renders the rest of his contract null and void. The Raiders are unable to place the franchise tag on Asomugha, making the league’s best corner the prize of free agency. There’s some buzz that he wants to go to a Super Bowl contender such as the Jets or Packers (where he has ties with Woodson). The Packers seem like an unlikely destination given their strong, highly paid secondary and the Jets may want to pursue him, but that would leave holes in their roster elsewhere. This will be the most exciting story to follow this offseason.

Brent Grimes (ATL) – Grimes had a fantastic season for an improved Falcons defense. Going into the final week, he’s one back of the leader in deflected passes. As an undrafted player, he’s worked his way and improved each season to become one of the league’s better corners now. With the secondary struggles in Atlanta over the past few years, they’ll show their appreciation for Grimes in the offseason.

Carlos Rogers (WAS) – Rogers has been a solid cover corner for years now and one of the leaders in Washington’s secondary. Still, I’ve never seen anyone in the league with worse hands than Rogers. An average set of hands would have allowed him at least a couple more picks per season and that’s why he doesn’t generally get the credit he deserves. Some Redskins fans will cringe if the Redskins bring him back, but in reality, they could do much worse from a starting corner.

Johnathan Joseph (CIN) – The Bengals’ corners awakened in 2009 to help lead a good pass defense, but 2010 turned out to be a different story. Both Joseph and Hall regressed and the results in the Bengals secondary showed. Joseph is physical and aggressive and good in any scheme. If the Bengals do hit him with the franchise tag, Joseph has said he’ll sign it on the first day, though he’s holding out hope that the two sides can reach a deal before that point.



Ronde Barber (TB) – Though Barber and the Buccaneers haven’t discussed a new contract, he’s returned to playing at a high level and Coach Raheem Morris has given Barber plenty of praise asking him to return to the team in 2011. It should just be a matter of getting the business side sorted out if Barber decides he wants to continue playing.

Antonio Cromartie (NYJ) – Cromartie is one of several big names hitting the market this year for the Jets. He hasn’t panned out as the elite playmaker many media outlets expected he would opposite Darrelle Revis, but he has given the Jets some flexibility at cornerback. Cromartie’s stiffness and long strides makes him an ideal candidate to be victimized by smaller, elite route running receivers, but he’s effective defending down the field. Because Kyle Wilson hasn’t lived up to expectations, the Jets may look to re-sign him with more urgency.

Ike Taylor (PIT) – Ike Taylor has been the lone, consistent cornerback for the Steelers over the past 5+ years. His ability to shadow receivers effectively and come up in run support has allowed the Steelers to do a little more creatively up front. With a lack of depth behind him, it would be surprising to see the Steelers let Ike Taylor to leave, even though he has lost a step.

Richard Marshall (CAR) – Marshall has been okay in coverage over the years, but good in run support. He won’t be at the top of the Panthers priority list, but if they do offer him a fair long-term deal, Marshall is ready to sign immediately.

Other Notable Free Agents:




Brian Williams (ATL)
Chris Carr (BAL)
Fabian Washington (BAL)
Josh Wilson (BAL)
Drayton Florence (BUF)
Richard Marshall (CAR)
Corey Graham (CHI)
Eric Wright (CLE)
CC Brown (DET)
Brandon McDonald (DET)
Chris Houston (DET)
Josh Bell (GB)
Jason Allen (HOU)
Travis Daniels (KC)
Brandon Carr (KC)
Al Harris (MIA)
Lito Sheppard (MIN)
Frank Walker (MIN)
Kyle Arrington (NE)
Usama Young (NO)
Drew Coleman (NYJ)
Stanford Routt (OAK)
William Gay (PIT)
Paul Oliver (SD)
Dashon Goldson (SF)
Kelly Jennings (SEA)
Roy Lewis (SEA)
Justin King (STL)
Roderick Hood (TEN)
Phillip Buchanon (WAS)


Safeties:

Quintin Mikell (PHI) – It looks like the Eagles will be set at safety if they can re-sign Quintin Mikell at strong safety next to rookie Nate Allen at free safety. Mikell hasn’t been as impressive this season as last, but is still one of the league’s better starting strong safeties. The Eagles secondary has struggled this year and will look to bring back one of their most consistent pieces in the back end.

Roman Harper (NO) – The Saints feel they have something going in the secondary and their top 10 defense reflects just that. The entire defense was snubbed from the Pro Bowl, but the tandem of Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper at safety is about as good as it gets. Jenkins, a converted corner, has developed into a fine coverage safety, while Roman Harper is a great hitter and tough in run support. Aside from reinvesting in their offensive line, Harper will be one of the team’s highest priorities this season.

Eric Weddle (SD) – Though Weddle hasn’t made too many impact plays this season, he’s been a great emerging player for them in the secondary. He’s a well-rounded player—which stems back from his days at Utah—who can play both the run and pass effectively. The Chargers have several expiring contracts, primarily on offense, but re-signing Weddle defensively seems like a solid logical bet.

Dawan Landry (BAL) – Dawan Landry is having a bounce back season after a pair of disappointing ones in coverage. The Ravens had high expectations following a superb rookie season, but had been beaten over the top too often the next two years. Though he hasn’t made as many impact plays as his rookie year, or even last season, Landry has been far more consistent and is building off of his career high in tackles.

Tanard Jackson (TB) – Jackson is an impressive young safety on the football field and figured to be a difference maker for the Buccaneers early this season. However, after the 2nd game, he was suspended indefinitely for his 3rd violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Buccaneers are standing behind him, but it comes as a big disappointment. He won’t be eligible to be reinstated until September 22, 2011, making him a big gamble for whoever looks to retain his services.

Bernard Pollard (HOU) – The Texans had reason to be ecstatic over their free agent signing of 2009, who immensely improved the team’s run defense. This year has brought a different tune and shown why Pollard was cut from the Chiefs last year to begin with. While he’s still strong in run support, he’s been victimized more than any other Texan for touchdowns this season. His lousy pass defense is further accentuated by poor cornerback play. Pollard is a marginal safety, but can be a decent fill-in for a team with an already strong secondary, something the Texans cannot claim to have.

Atari Bigby (GB) – Bigby has plenty of potential as a safety, but also embodies the definition of injury-prone. Rookie Morgan Burnett was playing well before his season-ending injury and Charlie Peprah has been more than adequate as his replacement. Peprah’s also a free agent, but should be a cheaper alternative to the hard-hitting Bigby.

Other Notable Free Agents:
Matt Ware (ARZ)
Haruki Nakamura (BAL)
Tom Zbikowski (BAL)
George Wilson (BUF)
Gerald Alexander (CAR)
Chinedum Ndukwe (CIN)
Gibril Wilson (CIN)
Danieal Manning (CHI)
Abram Elam (CLE)
Sabby Piscitelli (CLE)
Alan Ball (DAL)
Gerald Sensabaugh (DAL)
Charlie Peprah (GB)
Anthony Smith (GB)
Melvin Bullitt (IND)
Sean Considine (JAC)
Tyrell Johnson (MIN)
Husain Abdullah (MIN)
Brandon McGowan (NE)
Jarrad Page (NE)
Darren Sharper (NO)
Michael Johnson (NYG)
Deon Grant (NYG)
Brodney Pool (NYJ)
Eric Smith (NYJ)
Lawyer Milloy (SEA)
Reed Doughty (WAS)

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
02-08-2011, 01:58 PM
Nnamdi Asomugha, Brent Grimes, Carlos Rogers, or Johnathan Joseph would be SWEET! The Steelers just don't chase those kind of FAs and with all the new contracts due...Can't. I have my own list that are "Steeler Type" FAs. Unfortunately, not as "sparkly" as the list above.

Steelers CB targets:
Richard Marshall
Brandon Carr
Eric Wright

Oviedo
02-08-2011, 02:01 PM
Getting a CB who is better than what we have will be expensive. The money needs to go towards retaining Taylor and Woodley especially with Timmons and Poalamalu on the horizon.

Chadman
02-08-2011, 07:41 PM
Even signing a FA CB doesn't really negate the need to draft one reasonably high.

Carlos Rogers would be interesting, although he won't help the team as far as INT's go- sounds like Ike. He wouldn't be on a contract 'greater' than Ike either though, so you could get 2 really good coverage guys for what would be a reasonable price. Then draft a better 'hands' guy in the first couple of rounds to play Nickle...draft a 'ball hawk FS' to eventually replace Clark...

papillon
02-09-2011, 12:53 AM
Even signing a FA CB doesn't really negate the need to draft one reasonably high.

Carlos Rogers would be interesting, although he won't help the team as far as INT's go- sounds like Ike. He wouldn't be on a contract 'greater' than Ike either though, so you could get 2 really good coverage guys for what would be a reasonable price. Then draft a better 'hands' guy in the first couple of rounds to play Nickle...draft a 'ball hawk FS' to eventually replace Clark...

This is why I think Bailey should be the target. A good corner at the end of his career and would be able to help teach the rook. I would think he would be less expensive than most.

Not that the Steelers would do this, but if I had an option, I think Champ would be a good target.

Pappy

Crash
02-09-2011, 01:23 AM
Carlos Rogers (WAS) – Rogers has been a solid cover corner for years now and one of the leaders in Washington’s secondary. Still, I’ve never seen anyone in the league with worse hands than Rogers.

I guess he never watched Ike or Dewayne Washington 1998.

Mister Pittsburgh
02-09-2011, 08:11 AM
I thought this guy was interesting when coming out of the Cincinnatti Bearcats.

Haruki Nakamura (BAL)

frankthetank1
02-09-2011, 08:56 AM
i would like to see the steelers sign eric wright

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
02-09-2011, 11:21 AM
Bailey, next to Nnamdi, is the biggest name there but does he still have enough left in the tank to give us two years?

papillon
02-09-2011, 03:44 PM
Bailey, next to Nnamdi, is the biggest name there but does he still have enough left in the tank to give us two years?

Could he be worse than McFadden?

Pappy

flippy
02-11-2011, 12:48 PM
WOnder if Mike Tomlin could convince Ronde Barber to come win a championship in Pittsburgh for a discount.

And I wonder if he could finish out his career at FS?

Or CHamp Bailey?

Oviedo
02-11-2011, 12:54 PM
I see some guys from Minnesota on the list. Wonder if Tomlin could, or would want to, lure any here? Not sure if any are worth a darn.

CB:
Lito Sheppard (MIN)
Frank Walker (MIN)

S:
Tyrell Johnson (MIN)
Husain Abdullah (MIN)

The Sodfather
02-11-2011, 12:56 PM
I see some guys from Minnesota on the list. Wonder if Tomlin could, or would want to, lure any here? Not sure if any are worth a darn.

CB:
Lito Sheppard (MIN)
Frank Walker (MIN)

S:
Tyrell Johnson (MIN)
Husain Abdullah (MIN)

I thought the idea was to improve the secondary?

Oviedo
02-11-2011, 01:04 PM
I see some guys from Minnesota on the list. Wonder if Tomlin could, or would want to, lure any here? Not sure if any are worth a darn.

CB:
Lito Sheppard (MIN)
Frank Walker (MIN)

S:
Tyrell Johnson (MIN)
Husain Abdullah (MIN)

I thought the idea was to improve the secondary?

Like I said I don't anything about these guys