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hawaiiansteel
06-28-2011, 02:13 PM
Top 50 free agents: New rules could fill up deep pool

By Pete Prisco
CBSSports.com Senior Writer
June 27, 2011


As the NFL and its players move toward a potential labor agreement it's looking more and more like unrestricted free agency will be granted after four years, rather than the six it was in 2010.

That would mean the most hectic, crazy, free-for-all in free agency we've ever had. We would have a player pool as deep as it has been in a long time. In years past when putting together a list of the top-50 free agents, I've always struggled at the end of the list to come up with players I felt truly worthy.

This year, I had to cut good ones.

When the free-agency window opens, hold on for a wild ride. Good teams, with good general managers, will strike early and often. Those not prepared will get left in the dust.

It will be a buyer's market, considering the depth of the class, but there will be a lot of movement. There will be too many good players available for it not to be.

Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha tops my list, and might become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL when he does sign. But he is only one of a good corner class, which means a premium position has talented players available.

There are eight corners on my top-50 list. (Ike Taylor is rated as the 6th best CB) That means a team wanting to avoid spending big on Asomugha will have other options to upgrade a key position.

That's what this free-agent class will be about: Options. The pool is so deep.

Dive in, folks. It's going to be fun:

1. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Oakland Raiders: He is the top player on any list regardless of years of service. He will get a top-dollar deal, one that might make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.

2. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers: At 24, he is coming off his best season and one of the best by a defensive end last season. He had 11 ½ sacks, and he was around the quarterback a lot. He's also good against the run.

3. Johnathan Joseph, CB, Cincinnati Bengals: He didn't have a great season in 2010, but he's still at top cover player who can play man coverage, which makes him valuable.

4. Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota Vikings: His best sack season came in 2009 when he had 8½, followed by eight last season. But some team is going to pay him big money because he's got the potential for more, and he plays a value position. He's also pretty good holding up against the run, which means he can play either right or left end.

5. Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings: He had a breakout season in 2009, but he missed the first part of 2010 with a hip injury. That might be a concern, although he did come back and play well.

6. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers: He is a rangy safety in a league that craves them. Weddle is a former corner, which speaks to his pass-coverage skills. He will be a wanted commodity.

7. Zach Miller, TE, Oakland Raiders: He led the Raiders with 60 catches last season despite missing time with a foot injury. He would put up even bigger numbers if the passing game around him was better.

8. Brandon Mebane, DT, Seattle Seahawks: At 26, he has been a good starter for the Seahawks the past four seasons. He is a perfect 4-3 defensive tackle. Seattle would love to have him back.

9. Carlos Rogers, CB, Washington Redskins: He's been a good, sound starter for the past four years. He doesn't get a lot of picks -- bad hands -- but he is around the football.

10. Tyson Clabo, T, Atlanta Falcons: He's a tough-guy right tackle who makes up for his lack of athletic ability with a fighter's mentality. He uses all the tricks of the trade.

11. Michael Huff, S, Oakland Raiders: He was able to void his contract, which puts him on the market at the right time -- coming off his best season. He is a cover safety who improved in all areas last season.

12. Jared Gaither, T, Baltimore Ravens: He missed the 2010 season, but he is a young, athletic tackle who is a good pass protector. The Ravens missed him last season.

13. Marshal Yanda, T, Baltimore Ravens: Yanda can play both guard and tackle, which will help his value. He played well at right tackle last season, but I think he can be a Pro Bowl guard. The money, though, is at tackle.

14. Doug Free, T, Dallas Cowboys: He took over as the starter at left tackle last season and was the Cowboys best lineman. Was it a one-year thing or a sign of things to come? The Cowboys want him back.

15. Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo Bills: He's not a great athlete, but he's an instinctive player who has a nose for the football. He is a good, solid starter, but nothing more.

16. Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets: He is a tall, lanky corner who can excel playing man coverage. But he gives up a lot of plays and gets a ton of penalties. The skill set is certainly there for him to be a top corner, although he doesn't tackle well.

17. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants: He's battled through some injury and fumbling problems, but he's a good runner who is just 25 years old. He averaged 5.4 per carry last season. The Giants would love to have him back -- at the right price.

18. Stephen Tulloch, LB, Tennessee Titans: He was a tackling machine for the Titans in 2010. He is a smart, heady player who knows how to find the football.

19. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: He had a career-low 361 yards last season as he missed time with injuries. He is 28 now, so that might be a concern for a team looking to give him a long-term deal. Backs have a tendency to fade when they hit 30.

20. Jammal Brown, T, Washington Redskins: This former left tackle moved to the right side in his first season with the Redskins and did a decent job. He might be wanted as a left tackle, which would help his value.

21. Jason Babin, DE, Tennessee Titans: He is coming off a breakout season for the Titans. This former Texans first-round pick (2004) had 12½ sacks and played the run well. Can he do it again?

22. Cullen Jenkins, DE, Green Bay Packers: Jenkins is a rare 3-4 end who can rush the passer. He might move inside for a 4-3 team. The Packers would love to have him back but he should be a hot commodity when the market opens.

23. Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: He has some baggage -- see four-game suspension by the league for violating the league's policy on substance abuse -- but there is no denying he is talented. He had 52 catches last season, but made a lot of big ones. The issue is whether he's worth the risk.

24. Barry Cofield, DT, New York Giants: He was one of the Giants' better defenders in 2010. He is a good player against the run and at 27 he has some good football left his body.

25. Brent Grimes, CB, Atlanta Falcons: This smallish corner led the Falcons in picks with five and earned high praise from scouts. He is a fighter who doesn't back down from a challenge. He is a good leaper, which helps offset his 5-9 size.

26. Davin Joseph, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He is a mauler in the run game who missed five games last season after breaking his foot. Joseph struggles at times with quick tackles in pass protection. He was better in 2007 and 2008 than he was the past two seasons.

27. Stephen Bowen, DT, Dallas Cowboys: He is an aggressive up-field end who is coming of his best season at the right time. Look for the 3-4 teams to bid his price up. He's a real free-agent sleeper.

28. Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: At 6-5, he has the speed to stretch a defense. He averaged 19.4 yards per catch last season, which shows his big-play ability. He will be 30 when the season begins, which is a bit of a concern.

29. James Anderson, OLB, Carolina Panthers: He is one of the more underrated players in the league. Anderson had his best season in 2010 and might be ready to cash in on it.

30. Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets: He averaged 17.1 yards per catch last season, which shows his big-play ability. He also had seven touchdown catches. He has improved on cutting down his drops.

31. Quintin Mikell, S, Philadelphia Eagles: He is a solid player, but he's 30 and he isn't a difference maker. He isn't a rangy safety, which sometimes shows up. He missed tackles last season.

32. Chris Carr, CB, Baltimore Ravens: He was a 16-game starter in 2010 and showed great improvement. He is 28, so he has some good years left. He is also a return man.

33. Aubrayo Franklin, NT, San Francisco 49ers: This run-stuffing nose tackle was given the franchise tag in 2009, but the 49ers passed on that this time around. He is a good run player, and he improved as a penetrating rusher.

34. Ike Taylor, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He is 31, so age is a bit of a concern. But he played some of his best football last season. He fits in a scheme similar to the Steelers, who use a lot of zone. He did play more man at times last season and did a nice job.

35. Jermon Bushrod, T, New Orleans Saints: He was the starting left tackle the past two years and has improved. The question is whether he is anything more than just a solid player. If teams think he is, he could cash in big.

36. Justin Blalock, G, Atlanta Falcons: He outplayed fellow free-agent guard Harvey Dahl last season, which is why the Falcons want him back. He is good in the run game but has improved in pass protection. That gives him the edge over Dahl.

37. Kevin Burnett, ILB, San Diego Chargers: He is coming off his best season and with teams moving to more 3-4 he will have a market.

38. Barrett Ruud, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I had him ranked higher on an earlier list, but after evaluating him I am not as high on him. He's a good player, not a great one. He does have a knack for getting to the football, but he sometimes isn't as good in coverage.

39. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, New York Giants: He played in only three games because of a neck injury, but he had a sack in each one. When he's healthy -- and that's the key -- he's a good pass rusher.

40. Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints: He is the perfect slot receiver, a tough guy who isn't afraid to go over the middle. He has emerged as a big part of the New Orleans offense, and now it's time he gets paid like it.

41. Willie Colon, T, Pittsburgh Steelers: He missed all of the 2010 season with a torn Achilles tendon, but he played well in 2009. He has done a nice job as a pass protector while also improving as a run blocker.

42. Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens: He is a good run-support safety, but he sometimes struggles in coverage. He's also been bothered by injuries, including a spinal injury in 2008.

43. Quincy Black, OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He is a physical freak, a speedy, strong player who seems ready for big things. He missed five games with a broken wrist last season. He might be higher on this list at 27 years old if he didn't.

44. Manny Lawson, OLB, San Francisco 49ers: He was pretty good in 2010, better than the previous two seasons, but he doesn't get the sack numbers. That is a concern with a 3-4 rush linebacker. It doesn't look like the 49ers will bring him back.

45. Harvey Dahl, G, Atlanta Falcons: This nasty player is another who isn't great in terms of athletic ability but does a nice job compensating for it with his toughness. His play did drop off some in 2010.

46. Ray McDonald, DE, San Francisco 49ers: He is a 3-4 end who is just now coming into his own. With so many teams now playing that defense, he will get play on the market.

47. Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins: He caught 93 passes last season, but his best football is behind him. He isn't a No. 1 anymore, but he could help as a second or third option.

48. Clint Session, OLB, Indianapolis Colts: He missed much of the 2010 season with an elbow injury, but he was a standout in 2009. The Colts don't usually re-sign linebackers, so look for him to go.

49. Steve Smith, WR, New York Giants: He played in only nine games last season because of injuries, one to his knee. In 2009, he caught 107 passes, so he has the potential to put up good numbers as a slot receiver.

50. Josh Wilson, CB, Baltimore Ravens: He started the final nine games of 2010 and had a game-winning interception against the Texans. He has good speed and can play man coverage. At 26, he's the right age.

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Oviedo
06-28-2011, 03:22 PM
I think they have the wrong Willie Colon. Colon's run blocking is far superior to his pass blocking. They have it turned backwards which means they probably pulled this out of their a$$.

steelblood
06-28-2011, 04:25 PM
Prisco has lost all credibility. Does he actually watch football?

DukieBoy
06-28-2011, 06:25 PM
Prisco has lost all credibility. Does he actually watch football?

Prisco is his own show.
Football is secondary.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
06-28-2011, 07:29 PM
Prisco has lost all credibility. Does he actually watch football?

Prisco called Troy the most overrated player in the NFL....he lost credibility a long time ago.

steelblood
06-29-2011, 08:00 AM
Prisco has lost all credibility. Does he actually watch football?

Prisco called Troy the most overrated player in the NFL....he lost credibility a long time ago.

Wasn't that article from like ten days ago?

steelblood
06-29-2011, 08:00 AM
Prisco has lost all credibility. Does he actually watch football?

Prisco called Troy the most overrated player in the NFL....he lost credibility a long time ago.

Wasn't that article from like ten days ago?

hawaiiansteel
06-29-2011, 01:03 PM
I didn't know Willie Colon played guard at Hofstra, I thought he had always been an offensive tackle...


These free agents will be in high demand

Adam Caplan is our newest NFL reporter/insider at FOXSports.com. He has spent the past 10 seasons covering the league, specializing in player personnel, injuries and contracts.

Updated Jun 28, 2011


Once the NFL opens for business after the lockout is lifted, we could see a record number of players hit the open market — that’s if the new CBA allows players with four, five and six years of accrued service to become unrestricted free agents.

If the 2009 rules are in effect, not 2010’s, there would be approximately 130 players affected, according to the Sports Xchange, which means the unrestricted free-agent pool would be much deeper than usual.

Here’s a look at the top-15 players projected unrestricted free agents from the offensive side of the ball with at least four years of service:

1) DeAngelo Williams/Running Back/Carolina Panthers

Possible Suitors: Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins

Analysis: Williams is arguably the top free agent from the offensive side of the ball. However, some possible suitors filled their need at running back during this year’s draft. Still, the first-round pick of the Panthers out of the 2006 draft should receive plenty of attention in free agency if it’s deemed that he’s unrestricted.

The Panthers have younger backs such as Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson who are more than capable of handling the load if Williams doesn’t return for his sixth season with the team, which seems rather likely.

The Bengals, if they don’t re-sign Cedric Benson, will be in the market for a starting running back. Williams could handle a starting role for at least two to three more seasons.

While the Broncos have decent depth at the position, they don’t really have a running back who's capable of handling a lot of carries. Head coach John Fox is a power running game proponent, so it’s expected that he’ll look to add a back capable of handling a lot of carries.

The Dolphins need to add at least one veteran capable of handling a lot of work because of head coach Tony Sparano’s power rushing philosophy, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they pursued Williams. This way, they wouldn’t have to rely on second-round pick Daniel Thomas to handle most of the work so early in his career. And most teams believe in a two-man backfield.

2) Santonio Holmes/Wide Receiver/New York Jets

Possible Suitors: New York Jets

Analysis: The Jets have said they want to re-sign him and Holmes is on record that he wants to come back. A source who knows Holmes well told FOXSports.com that the wide receiver “is absolutely looking forward to playing the rest of his career in a Jets uniform.”

3) Ahmad Bradshaw/Running Back/New York Giants

Possible Suitors: Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Analysis: The talented Bradshaw will be an unrestricted free agent if the 2009 rules are in effect. If he winds up being an unrestricted free agent, there should be at least one team that steps up and makes a significant offer to sign him.

The Giants really have nowhere to turn if Bradshaw leaves in free agency, so they need to do whatever they can to re-sign him. Brandon Jacobs has been solid at times, but is wildly inconsistent.

The Dolphins are looking for speed at the running back position, so Bradshaw could fill that role and more. Bradshaw and rookie Daniel Thomas would make a great one-two speed and power duo.

4) Willie Colon/Offensive Tackle/Pittsburgh Steelers

Possible Suitors: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Analysis: The Steelers would like to re-sign Colon, who would be an unrestricted free agent under the 2009 rules, but he’ll likely receive a much better deal elsewhere once free agency starts. The Steelers might have selected Marcus Gilbert in the second round with the belief that he’ll eventually play right tackle, which would be a sign that they prepared for Colon’s possible departure. It should be noted that while Colon missed all of last season due to a torn Achilles’ tendon, he started running in November and is ready to play.

The Bills could pursue Colon to help alleviate their troublesome right tackle position. The Bills did re-sign veteran offensive lineman Mansfield Wrotto, but Colon would be an upgrade over him.

While Colon has played right tackle exclusively for the Steelers, he played guard in college. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Bears were interested in him to play right or left guard or right tackle.

As noted above, Colon did play guard earlier in his career, and the Vikings could be looking for an upgrade at right guard over Anthony Herrera.

The Seahawks said they will give Stacy Andrews a chance to start at guard, but there’s an opening at the other guard spot. And Andrews is no sure thing.

5) Lance Moore/Wide Receiver/New Orleans Saints

Possible Suitors: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Analysis: Moore, who has five years of service, would be a restricted free agent under the 2010 free-agency rules. While the Saints want to re-sign him, Moore should receive significant interest elsewhere once free agency starts if he’s unrestricted.

The Bears need to add at least one veteran wide receiver, so Moore would make sense to pursue. He would be a nice fit for offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s scheme.

The Browns could use a sure-handed wide receiver like Moore. He could quickly become one of Colt McCoy’s favorite targets. It doesn’t hurt that Moore hails from Columbus, Ohio.

If the Giants lose Steve Smith in free agency, signing a similar player like Moore would make some sense. However, third-round pick Jerrel Jernigan, whose style of play is similar to Smith’s, might have been selected because the Giants felt they could lose Smith.

The Seahawks really could use the sure-handed Moore in their offense. They really don’t have a proven player such as Moore on their roster.

As for the Redskins, Moore would fit in well with Washington’s timing-based West Coast offensive scheme. Plus, they have major depth problems at wide receiver.

6) Zach Miller/Tight End/Oakland Raiders

Possible Suitors: Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders

Analysis: Unfortunately for the talented Miller, the draft took place before free agency, and most teams filled their need at the tight end position.

If the Raiders are unsuccessful in re-signing him, the Buffalo Bills, who are in desperate need of improvement at tight end, could make a push to sign him. The Bills were hoping to get something significant from 2009 fourth-round pick Shawn Nelson, but he has just 20 receptions in his two years of play.

7) Braylon Edwards/Wide Receiver/New York Jets

Possible Suitors: New York Jets, Washington Redskins

Analysis: Edwards will probably be playing elsewhere this season since the team is expected to re-sign Santonio Holmes to a big contract.

The Redskins, who are hurting at wide receiver, really could use Edwards’ size and playmaking ability on offense.

8) Sidney Rice/Wide Receiver/Minnesota Vikings

Possible Suitors: Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins

Analysis: Had Rice not had hip surgery last summer, he could have commanded a huge contract on the open market. Then again, the Vikings would have probably re-signed Rice last year had he not gotten hurt.

The Redskins will need to sign at least two veteran wide receivers especially if Santana Moss doesn’t re-sign.

9) Steve Smith/Wide Receiver/New York Giants

Possible Suitors: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants

Analysis: Had Smith not been coming back from a serious knee injury, the Giants might have re-signed him prior to the March 4 transaction deadline. Even so, he should receive a decent amount of interest in free agency because of his solid skill set.

Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz would probably like to have a wide receiver like Smith, who is a terrific route runner and has great hands. The Bears clearly need to add at least one veteran to the mix.

The Browns are a receiver poor team, so Smith could make an impact right away if he’s healthy. He could give quarterback Colt McCoy a very reliable target for many years to come.

The Chiefs could use a slot receiver such as Smith to work underneath routes. While second-year wide receiver Dexter McCluster has speed to burn, it remains to be seen how the coaches will use him since he was injured for most of last season.

10) Matt Hasselbeck/Quarterback/Seattle Seahawks

Possible Suitors: Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins

Analysis: If the Seahawks are unable to re-sign Hasselbeck, they could get in the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes or try to trade for veteran Kyle Orton, who would likely cost a lot less to acquire.

It’s been reported that Hasselbeck has a relationship with Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer that goes back more than 20 years, so that team could pursue signing the veteran quarterback should they not re-sign Kerry Collins. But Hasselbeck wants to play at least a few more seasons, and the Titans might try to get Jake Locker, their first-round pick out of this year’s draft, playing time this season.

The Redskins run a West Coast offensive scheme, which happens to be the scheme Hasselbeck has played in during his entire 12-year career. It’s almost hard to believe that John Beck, who turns 30 in August, is the favorite to start at this point behind center since he hasn’t started a game since his rookie season in 2007.

11) Jammal Brown/Offensive Tackle/Washington Redskins

Possible Suitors: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins

Analysis: Considering the Redskins traded for Brown last year, it would be a bit surprising if they didn’t make an attempt to re-sign him. However, he would like to play left tackle, but Trent Williams is firmly entrenched at that position.

The Cardinals, who need help at right tackle, could pursue Brown. However, the Cardinals could choose to give Brandon Keith, who started nine games last season before getting hurt, a shot at the job.

The Falcons could pursue Brown if they don’t re-sign starting right tackle Tyson Clabo. While Brown prefers to play on the left side, there aren’t many starting left tackle jobs open around the NFL.

The Bills need to get better play from both tackle spots, so Brown could be on their radar. While 2008 seventh-round pick left tackle Demetrius Bell showed some improvement last season, he needs to be more consistent.

The Bears likely will be in the market for a tackle, it just comes down to what side they’re looking to for help.

The Chiefs’ interest in Brown or any other free-agent tackle would come down to their confidence in Barry Richardson.

12) Sean Locklear/Offensive Tackle/Seattle Seahawks

Possible Suitors: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins

Analysis: With the selection of James Carpenter in the first round, that will end Locklear’s seven-year tenure with the Seattle Seahawks.

Locklear is capable of playing on either side of the offensive line, but is probably better off on the right. And right tackle is the position which remains open for the Cardinals.

If the Falcons don’t re-sign Tyson Clabo, the right tackle job would be open. While Locklear could come right in and start, 2009 fifth-round pick Garrett Reynolds could get a shot at the job if Clabo isn’t back for his seventh season with the team.

The right tackle position was a big issue for the Bills last season, so Locklear could help solidify it for the next few seasons.

The Bears could sign Locklear to play on the right side. If they did, first-round pick Gabe Carimi could start at left tackle. However, some personnel sources believe Carimi is better off for the long-term playing on the right side.

Barry Richardson started 16 games last season for the Chiefs, but Locklear could be an upgrade for the team at right tackle.

The right tackle job for the Redskins is open since Jammal Brown is unsigned. The team could choose to try fifth-year pro Stephon Heyer at right tackle, but some personnel sources believe he would be better off as a swing offensive lineman (top backup at guard and both tackle spots).

13) Matt Light/Offensive Tackle/New England Patriots

Possible Suitors: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears

Analysis: With the selection of Nate Solder in the first round, the Patriots have essentially shut the door on the possibility of Light re-signing.

The Ravens need to solidify the left tackle position, and they could do so at least for the next few seasons with Light. If they signed him, Michael Oher could stay on the right side, where he could be more comfortable.

The Bills must do a better job in pass protection, so signing a veteran like Light could go a long way toward doing that.

The Bears had the worst offensive line in the NFL last season. If they signed Light, first-round pick Gabe Carimi could play on the right side.

14) Marc Bulger/Baltimore Ravens/Quarterback

Possible Suitors: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings

Analysis: The Ravens want him back as Joe Flacco’s backup, but Bulger should be able to find a starting job elsewhere.

The Cardinals, if they don’t land Kevin Kolb in a trade, will need to look elsewhere for a starter for at least the next few seasons. Bulger’s skill set would be a good fit for their offensive scheme.

The Panthers will need a veteran to start at least this season while the coaches get first-round pick Cam Newton ready to play.

The Dolphins will sign a veteran to compete for the starting job against Chad Henne. Bulger has played in offensive schemes similar to Miami’s throughout his career.

The Vikings plan to sign a veteran, but they also plan to get Christian Ponder up to speed on the offensive scheme rather quickly, which means he could be ready to play early on. It’s not out of the question that the Vikings target a veteran for a short-term deal, possibly for one season.

15) Joseph Addai/Running Back/Indianapolis Colts

Possible Suitors: Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Analysis: Addai has five years of accrued service, so he would be an unrestricted free agent under the 2009 rules.

Addai has proven during his first five years of play that he’s probably better off in a two-back system, not as the main back. But that’s not a knock on his talent; he’s versatile enough to handle a variety of roles.

If the Bengals don’t re-sign Cedric Benson, Addai could wind up being on their radar. But the Bengals are more of a power running team, so Addai might not be as good of a fit as some of the other veteran backs scheduled to become free agents.

The Colts selected powerback Delone Carter in the fourth round of this year’s draft, so they could very well be moving on from Addai.

The Dolphins must add another veteran capable of handling at least 8-10 touches/game, so Addai would fit that profile quite well. In fact, he could handle at least the third-down role right this season for the Dolphins while sharing the ball with rookie Daniel Thomas.

The Rams badly need a backup to take some of the load off of veteran running back Steven Jackson. They also need to develop his successor. However, Addai is actually a little older than Jackson. At the very least, Addai, if he is unable to find a bigger role with another team, could sign a short-term deal with the Rams to be Jackson’s backup.

The Buccaneers, with Carnell “Cadillac” Williams unsigned, need to add depth at running back. Addai would be a perfect complement to second-year back LeGarrette Blount.

Notes: While they are technically free agents, Peyton Manning, Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson received the franchise tag, making it highly unlikely that any team would be willing to sign them. Manning reportedly received the “exclusive” franchise tag, which means no other team but the Indianapolis Colts can negotiate with him.

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steeler_fan_in_t.o.
06-29-2011, 01:05 PM
Prisco has lost all credibility. Does he actually watch football?

Prisco called Troy the most overrated player in the NFL....he lost credibility a long time ago.

Wasn't that article from like ten days ago?

It was, but it was only the most recent example of Prisco's lack of understanding. He has had many viewpoints over the years which have been counter to ours. He is a writer who would prefer to stir the pot in order to create interest.

hawaiiansteel
06-30-2011, 02:41 PM
Colon's career has several paths when lockout ends

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 30, 2011

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His future has not generated as much speculation as Ike Taylor's but Willie Colon finds himself in a similar situation as the Steelers cornerback.

Colon wants to stay in Pittsburgh. But, like Taylor, Colon acknowledges that a decision he may have to make in the near future is a business one, too.

Colon is expected to be an unrestricted free agent once the NFL lockout ends. And a number of factors could complicate his returning to the team for which he started 54 consecutive games at right tackle from 2006-09.

They range from a potential crowd the Steelers have at tackle to how much of a priority the organization will make Colon when teams have a limited period to sign free agents and draft picks.

What may be low — or lower than some might think — on the Steelers' list of considerations when it comes to Colon: the foot injury he sustained a little over a year ago.

That is how well Colon is moving around after missing last season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon.

"You wouldn't even know anything's wrong with him," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

Colon shredded his right Achilles tendon while running sprints at the Steelers' facility last June. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder said he had fully recovered from the injury by January and that the lockout is all that prevented him from practicing during the offseason.

"When I've got to go against (LaMarr) Woodley and some of those other guys, then I will know where I'm exactly at," Colon said, "but right now, I feel great."

What may be more of a question for the Steelers is where Colon fits into their plans — both this year and beyond.

Flozell Adams, who signed with the Steelers last July, exceeded expectations after moving from left to right tackle. All indications are that he wants to return for the second and final year of his contract.

Also, the Steelers used their second-round draft pick in April on 6-6, 330-pound Marcus Gilbert, though they plan to try him at both tackle and guard before deciding where he best fits.

Even if Colon returns to the Steelers, he could be on the move.

Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive line coach Sean Kugler have said they are open to the possibility of Colon playing guard in 2011. That is something that could be particularly intriguing to the Steelers if left tackle Max Starks makes a healthy return from a neck injury — and if the coaches are confident they can coax another good year out of the 36-year-old Adams.

Perhaps the biggest factor working against such a move is the Steelers did not have the luxury of experimenting during the offseason since all practices were a casualty of the lockout.

"I'm not against it," Colon said of moving to guard, "but nevertheless, I feel like I'm a right tackle. We pull (left guard) Chris (Kemoeatu) so much that if I was to move to guard, I know I could add some balance. However, my heart is at tackle. I love the challenge of playing out there."

The Steelers and Joe Linta have never had serious discussions on a long-term deal for Colon. But Linta, Colon's agent, said he is ready to talk when the NFL re-opens for business.

"I think Willie's the No. 1 or No. 2 right tackle in football," Linta said. "I would hope they want him back but if they don't I feel confident someone will."

Colon, a self-described "blue-collar player," said he is looking for a fair deal when the time comes for him to sign a long-term contract. He also will look out for his family.

Colon's mother has Lupus and cannot work. She lives with Colon, who said he has been the "man" of the house since his father passed away prior to the Steelers' Super Bowl win against the Arizona Cardinals in early 2009.

"My heart is definitely in Pittsburgh but like my agent has stressed and I've stressed I've got to be able to help my family," said Colon, who signed a one-year, $2.52 million deal in 2010. "Being a Steelers is an honor in itself but with that said my goal is just to flat out be the best football player I can, if not for the Steelers then somebody."

STATUS UPDATE

Steelers right tackle Willie Colon, who has signed two one-year contracts as a restricted free agent since 2009, could become an unrestricted free agent. Here is a look at the two types of free agent he will be once a collective bargaining agreement is reached:

Unrestricted free agent: Colon has five years of accrued service and is waiting to see if that is enough for him to hit the open market once a new CBA is in place.

Chances: Highly likely. Owners want to rein in guaranteed money given to rookies, and they may have to give a little when it comes to granting players unrestricted free agency.

Restricted free agent: The Steelers have already extended Colon a one-year offer as a restricted free agent. If he signs it once the lockout ends and then signs elsewhere, the Steelers get a chance to match the offer or receive a first-round pick in return for Colon.

Chances: Slim. It's hard to imagine a new CBA in which players with at least five years of service don't become unrestricted free agents. They needed six years in 2010 but that was the exception, not the rule.

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RuthlessBurgher
06-30-2011, 03:32 PM
Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive line coach Sean Kugler have said they are open to the possibility of Colon playing guard in 2011. That is something that could be particularly intriguing to the Steelers if left tackle Max Starks makes a healthy return from a neck injury — and if the coaches are confident they can coax another good year out of the 36-year-old Adams.

Perhaps the biggest factor working against such a move is the Steelers did not have the luxury of experimenting during the offseason since all practices were a casualty of the lockout.

"I'm not against it," Colon said of moving to guard, "but nevertheless, I feel like I'm a right tackle. We pull (left guard) Chris (Kemoeatu) so much that if I was to move to guard, I know I could add some balance. However, my heart is at tackle. I love the challenge of playing out there."

There you have it. People have been complaining whenever anyone brings up the possibility of moving Colon to guard, because no one in the actual organization ever discussed this possibilty publicly, only fans. Well, now, you have the head coach, the o-line coach, and Colon himself acknowledging that very possibility. How would an o-line of Starks-Kemoeatu-Pouncey-Colon-Adams look? Pretty formidible, if you ask me. That's a lot of beef right there.

sentinel33
06-30-2011, 11:53 PM
Yeah. Starks-Kemoeatu-Pouncey-Colon-Adams.

This is even better than what I believe they were gonna go with before all hell broke loose on the O-line-Starks-Kemoeatu-Pouncey- "X" -Colon.

With Legursky, Gilbert and one of the Scott's in the backup roles.

Yes. Go with that. We could roll with that.

TallyStiller
07-01-2011, 03:28 PM
Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive line coach Sean Kugler have said they are open to the possibility of Colon playing guard in 2011. That is something that could be particularly intriguing to the Steelers if left tackle Max Starks makes a healthy return from a neck injury — and if the coaches are confident they can coax another good year out of the 36-year-old Adams.

Perhaps the biggest factor working against such a move is the Steelers did not have the luxury of experimenting during the offseason since all practices were a casualty of the lockout.

"I'm not against it," Colon said of moving to guard, "but nevertheless, I feel like I'm a right tackle. We pull (left guard) Chris (Kemoeatu) so much that if I was to move to guard, I know I could add some balance. However, my heart is at tackle. I love the challenge of playing out there."

There you have it. People have been complaining whenever anyone brings up the possibility of moving Colon to guard, because no one in the actual organization ever discussed this possibilty publicly, only fans. Well, now, you have the head coach, the o-line coach, and Colon himself acknowledging that very possibility. How would an o-line of Starks-Kemoeatu-Pouncey-Colon-Adams look? Pretty formidible, if you ask me. That's a lot of beef right there.

Question is, can we afford it?

RuthlessBurgher
07-01-2011, 03:45 PM
Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive line coach Sean Kugler have said they are open to the possibility of Colon playing guard in 2011. That is something that could be particularly intriguing to the Steelers if left tackle Max Starks makes a healthy return from a neck injury — and if the coaches are confident they can coax another good year out of the 36-year-old Adams.

Perhaps the biggest factor working against such a move is the Steelers did not have the luxury of experimenting during the offseason since all practices were a casualty of the lockout.

"I'm not against it," Colon said of moving to guard, "but nevertheless, I feel like I'm a right tackle. We pull (left guard) Chris (Kemoeatu) so much that if I was to move to guard, I know I could add some balance. However, my heart is at tackle. I love the challenge of playing out there."

There you have it. People have been complaining whenever anyone brings up the possibility of moving Colon to guard, because no one in the actual organization ever discussed this possibilty publicly, only fans. Well, now, you have the head coach, the o-line coach, and Colon himself acknowledging that very possibility. How would an o-line of Starks-Kemoeatu-Pouncey-Colon-Adams look? Pretty formidible, if you ask me. That's a lot of beef right there.

Question is, can we afford it?

If we can get Colon to agree to a short-term team-friendly deal to prove that his Achilles injury is fully behind him (and thereby giving him the potential to score an even bigger deal with us or someone else next year), then yes. After this season, Flozell retires and Gilbert will have a year under his belt to step in at RT even if Colon moves on as well.

TallyStiller
07-01-2011, 04:17 PM
According to these articles, he's the #4 free agent on the offensive side of the ball, and his injury problem is basically over with... if that's true, why would he sign a short term, small $$$ deal with us? Some sorry team with a patchwork line and a big checkbook like Buffalo or Arizona could offer him the money now. If that were true, I'm sure he'd take it, and just bypass the one year "prove it" deal we'd offer...

Check out the quote where his agent says "he's one of the best one or two right tackles in the league right now" and where he'd like to stay "if he's treated fairly". Just like "Resigned to spend more time with his family" is code for "Got out before they could fire his sorry @ss", "Wants to be treated fairly" is code for "Pay me". Gotta believe the injury scared him and only adds to the sense of urgency to get something done now.

The one thing that gives me hope is the discussion of moving him to guard... he talked about all the pulling Kemo does at LG, which is interesting. I could see him at that spot, and also taking up Kemo's cap space, while the true author of the infamous Super Bowl wounded duck pick 6 hits the bricks. If they have confidence in Colon's recovery, this is something I could see happening

Result: Starks - Colon - Pouncey - Foster/Legursky - Adams with Scott/Gilbert/the loser of the RG battle on the bench, and Kemo getting whomever ends up being the starting QB in Arizona killed.