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2007 Free Agent

Discussion in 'Green Bay Packers Fan Forum' started by Zero2Cool, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. Zero2Cool

    Zero2Cool I own a website

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    Anyone got a list of all the available free agents after the season has concluded?

    Position by position would be spiffy, especially if its by 'UFA' and 'RFA'.
  2. bsmith_501

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    Top Quarterbacks

    Matt Schaub, RFA, Atlanta Falcons
    The free agent quarterback class is light in 2007, but teams in true need of a field general may be highly interested in Schaub. He has an NFL arm and has shown flashes of possibly being a legitimate quality starting quarterback. It is likely that just a handful of teams would aggressively pursue Schaub, but if someone is willing to pay decent money and forfeit a draft pick for Schaub, he could be lured away from his spot behind Michael Vick. In the end, Schaub’s chances of re-signing with the Falcons don’t look good, as Schaub will pursue a bigger role in another offense.

    Chris Simms, UFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    The 2006 season went terribly awry for Simms. In 2005, he completed 61% of his passes and entered the current season determined to improve upon those efforts, but in just the third game of season against the Carolina Panthers, Simms was hit hard multiple times. After the game, Simms was taken to a hospital where surgeons performed a splenectomy, removing his spleen because of internal bleeding. If Simms is able to play the game again, and decides to strap on the helmet, his initial role could be greatly diminished because of health concerns.

    Damon Huard, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
    Huard had fallen off the NFL map somewhat in recent seasons. After starting as the Miami Dolphins quarterback in the ’99 and ’00 seasons, he played in just four games and attempted only one pass from the ’01 season through the ’05 season. An early injury to Chiefs starter Trent Green changed Huard’s fate. Huard played in parts of nine games while Green was out, and in those nine games, he showed that he was a quite capable NFL quarterback. Huard posted a 97.6 quarterback rating with a 60.6% completion rate, and his 11 touchdown passes to just one interception had to have made an impression on someone. Huard may be asked to play second fiddle in a new town, but if he shows the same talent that he did in replacing Green, he could make a run at a starting position, if there’s a team looking to take a risk on a veteran.

    Other Free Agent Quarterbacks

    Rohan Davey, RFA, Arizona Cardinals
    Shaun King, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
    John Navarre, RFA, Arizona Cardinals
    Tim Rattay, UFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Anthony Wright, UFA, Cincinnati Bengals


    Ahman Green, UFA, Green Bay Packers
    Injuries and protecting the ball have been Green’s Achilles’ heel. In 2003, Green rushed for over 1,800 yards. In 2004, his rushing total fell to under 1,200 yards. In 2005, he played in just five games and totaled 255 yards. He runs behind a suspect offensive line and takes a pounding, as do all of the Packers’ backs. He fumbles more than his team would wish, and yet, a healthy Ahman Green is a pretty good Ahman Green. So far in 2006, he’s played in four games, finding the endzone just once on the ground. He’s rushed effectively in two games, and struggled in his other two efforts. The former Nebraska Cornhusker could be looking for work outside of Green Bay because of injuries, fumbles, and inconsistency. As a free agent running back who will be 30, Green will settle for a backup role with a team looking for insurance.

    Michael Turner, RFA, San Diego Chargers
    Turner takes a beating and keeps going. Turner isn’t well known to the general public, but the kid has talent. He gets a handful of carries behind Ladainian Tomlinson and has maximized those carries, averaging six yards per carry in his short career. If Turner continues to have success in his current role, it won’t be long before teams start thinking about making an offer come free agency. With his expanded role in San Diego this season, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see Turner sign elsewhere, but the Chargers may look to keep their dangerous rushing combo together.

    Chris Brown, UFA, Tennessee Titans
    Brown might wind up back in Tennessee when all is said and done, but there could be interest from teams looking for a decent backup or desperate for a starter with some experience under his belt. A team might like to use Brown in a running back by committee scenario, if he has a good season as the main back with the Titans this season. His upright running style might make him an appealing change of pace back, and he did rush for over 1,000 yards in just 11 games during the 2004 season, but Brown’s health is a concern. In his three seasons, he’s never played in all 16 games.

    Other Free Agent Running Backs
    Correll Buckhalter, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles
    Najeh Davenport, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Nick Goings, UFA, Carolina Panthers
    Maurice Hicks, RFA, San Francisco 49ers
    Patrick Pass, UFA, New England Patriots
    B.J. Sams, RFA, Baltimore Ravens
    Marcel Shipp, UFA, Arizona Cardinals
    Antowain Smith, UFA, Houston Texans

    WR's and TE's:

    Drew Bennett, UFA, Tennessee Titans
    Bennett might not be considered a special wide receiver in NFL circles, but the UCLA product has great size and good hands as a second receiving option. An uncanny connection with quarterback Billy Volek in 2004 helped Bennett to 1,247 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. With Vince Young being named the starter, it’s been up and down statistically, so Bennett could easily move on—to a team more ready to compete in the present. Several teams could use Bennett to compliment a smaller and faster receiver, and if used properly, Bennett can put up strong numbers once again.

    Kevin Curtis, UFA, St. Louis Rams
    It is likely that Curtis hangs around St. Louis. He’s being used more and more in the offense and Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are only getting older. If Curtis leaves the Rams, it will be because he doesn’t feel utilized enough and another team wants his services with a nice pay check offer. The Rams may just work an extension and save the trouble of Curtis looking around in the off season, but if Curtis does hit the market, he’ll make a solid second wide receiver for a team willing to use his speed in the right way.

    Patrick Crayton, RFA, Dallas Cowboys
    Crayton benefits from the talent around him, but he’s also a solid option in the passing game. Terry Glenn missed the Cowboys week ten game, so Crayton filled in and caught five passes for 104 yards and a score. He’s posted more than 60 receiving yards in five games this season as the third-string wideout. His RFA status will make his move out of Dallas more unlikely, but with his potential, there will definitely be teams looking to bump him into the number two receiving slot.

    TE Eric Johnson, UFA, San Francisco 49ers
    The tight end free agent options are appealing. Johnson tops the list because it is almost absolute that he will be on his way out of San Francisco. The 49ers drafted Vernon Davis early in the first round, and Johnson won’t see the field once Davis proves he’s ready to start and play every down. Davis’ freakish athletic ability will make that a quick process, so Johnson is going to be looking for a new place to play on Sundays. In 2005, Johnson caught 82 passes for 825 yards and a pair of touchdowns, so a team looking for a pass catching tight end will take a chance on Johnson in the hopes that he can repeat that production.

    Other Free Agent Wide Receivers
    Marc Boerigter, UFA, Green Bay Packers
    David Boston, UFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Tyrone Calico, UFA, Tennessee Titans
    Andre' Davis, UFA, Buffalo Bills
    Bobby Engram, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Justin Gage, UFA, Chicago Bears
    D.J. Hackett, RFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Keenan McCardell, UFA, San Diego Chargers
    Shaun McDonald, UFA, St. Louis Rams
    Samie Parker, RFA, Kansas City Chiefs
    Jerome Pathon, UFA, Atlanta Falcons
    Willie Ponder, UFA, New York Giants
    Edell Shepherd, RFA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Travis Taylor, UFA, Minnesota Vikings
    Scottie Vines, RFA, Detroit Lions
    Bobby Wade, UFA, Tennessee Titans
    Peter Warrick, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Kelley Washington, UFA, Cincinnati Bengals
    Alvis Whitted, UFA, Oakland Raiders
    Ernest Wilford, RFA, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Other Free Agent Tight Ends
    Kyle Brady, UFA, Jacksonville Jaguars
    Daniel Graham, UFA, New England Patriots
    Ben Hartsock, RFA, Indianapolis Colts
    Zach Hilton, UFA, New York Jets
    Reggie Kelly, UFA, Cincinnati Bengals
    Jerramy Stevens, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Boo Williams, UFA, New York Giants


    Max Starks RFA Pittsburgh Steelers
    Starks is a starting tackle for a Super Bowl champion. That’s enough in itself to get some teams a little excited about the prospects of acquiring him. The fact that Starks is young, talented, and massive in stature—listed at 6’8”, 337 lbs.—just adds to the excitement pile. Another lineman that shouldn’t be going anywhere as the Steelers will not let Starks go without a fight. The best bet is that Starks will decide he wants to stay in Pittsburgh and sign an extension. If he hits the market, there will be a team or two willing to pay a big amount to entice the tackle to relocate.

    Leonard Davis UFA Arizona Cardinals
    Davis is a massive tackle that the Cardinals can’t afford to lose to free agency, but it seems likely that they will. The Arizona offensive line is already suspect, and losing Davis would be a huge step in the wrong direction, but the team may have to let him go and find a replacement. Davis has shown the ability to simply be a wall of protection for his quarterback and while teams might not line up for the chance to sign him, anyone looking for a tackle will have him high on the list.

    Mike Gandy, UFA, Buffalo Bills
    A relatively young starting left tackle, Gandy had been blocking for Willis McGahee over the past two seasons, and this season could go a long way in making Gandy an appealing free agent. He has talent, but isn’t considered among the league’s best linemen. However, a decent starting left tackle doesn’t just drop from the sky, so expect him to garner interest from a handful of teams, if Buffalo doesn’t re-sign him before the market opens.

    Other Free Agent Offensive Linemen
    Eric Steinbach, UFA, Bengals
    Jordan Black, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
    Dwayne Carswell, UFA, Denver Broncos
    Derrick Dockery, UFA, Washington Redskins
    Nat Dorsey, RFA, Cleveland Browns
    Chris Gray, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Norm Katnik, RFA, New York Jets
    Ryan Lilja, RFA, Indianapolis Colts
    Sean Locklear, RFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Vincent Manuwai, UFA, Jacksonville Jaguars
    Roman Oben, UFA, San Diego Chargers
    Brian Rimpf, RFA, Baltimore Ravens
    Eric Steinbach, UFA, Cincinnati Bengals
    Todd Steussie, UFA, St. Louis Rams
    Floyd Womack, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Kris Dielman, UFA, San Diego
    Damion McIntosh, UFA, Miami Dolphins


    Dwight Freeney, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
    Freeney originally signed for seven years in 2002, but having reached certain incentive levels in his contract has voided the final two seasons, making him a free agent at the end of this season. Freeney has posted double-digit sack totals in each of his four seasons coming into 2006, and has forced 23 fumbles in that time. He’s one of the top pass rushers around. He plays with an incredible motor, but he has been hampered by an injury this season, limiting him to just five tackles and no sacks. Yet, with some of the best speed at his position, many teams will be lining up for a shot at a player that can apply pressure on the quarterback quite often.

    Jared Allen, RFA, Kansas City Chiefs
    Perhaps the top defensive lineman that will see the market, Allen, has posted totals of 9 and 11 in the sack department in the two seasons prior to 2006, and he’s added 3 more this season. The Chiefs will do everything in their power to keep him, but teams on the outside looking in could see Allen as a free agent must. He’s young, plays with a big motor, and puts pressure on the quarterback often, evidenced by his 7 forced fumbles last season. Teams will line up for the type of player that Allen is, and being an RFA doesn’t change that much. Allen makes the list because of his talent, but it’s difficult to imagine that the Chiefs would allow him to slip away on the market. Expect the Chiefs to negotiate a contract extension or possibly use the franchise tag if Allen has another great season.

    Vonnie Holliday, UFA, Miami Dolphins
    He’s been an effective defensive tackle throughout his career, and when Holliday hits the market, his experience, talent, and size will make him a desirable option for teams that need defensive interior run support. Miami won’t want to lose him, as they have a collection of veteran players who could help make a Super Bowl push in the next few seasons, but Holliday can command a decent dollar amount if he seeks a new employer. Don’t be surprised to see the Dolphins re-sign him before free agency.

    Terdell Sands UFA Oakland Raiders
    The defensive tackle entered his fifth NFL season without much fanfare. He was stuck behind other players, and hadn’t been thought of as an impact player by most. However, the former Chattanooga player has shined when given the opportunity. One reason that Sands has been effective is his size. Standing 6’7” and weighing 335 pounds, Sands is enormous, and difficult to take out of a play. His height allows him to bat down passes if he cannot get penetration, and he has developed a decent awareness of where the ball is. In non-starter minutes, he’s still just two tackles away from his career season high, and he is earning more and more time each week. The Raider will be well-served to sign him to an extension, but Sands might look elsewhere if Oakland won’t guarantee him more playing time.

    Justin Smith, UFA, Bengals
    The Bengals 2001 first round pick, Smith has shown improvement over time and become a significant threat to the opposition’s quarterback. Smith has tallied 40.5 career sacks up to this point, and already has 6.5 in the current season, a pace that would make for a career best. Smith has also been a consistent tackler with more than 54 total tackles each season of his career. Smith is a big and quick pass-rusher, and he will command a good deal of attention on the market, and he should make a good deal of money.

    Other Free Agent Defensive Lineman
    Edward Jasper, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles
    Chad Lavalais, RFA, Atlanta Falcons
    Cory Redding, UFA, Detroit Lions
    Hollis Thomas, UFA, New Orleans Saints
    Robaire Smith, UFA, Tennessee Titans
    Bryan Thomas, UFA, New York Jets
    Michael Myers, UFA, Denver Broncos


    Lance Briggs, UFA, Chicago Bears
    Briggs benefits from having Brian Urlacher as a teammate, but that’s no reason to doubt that Briggs is a really good linebacker in his own right. He may be the most sought after linebacker in this free agent class, and the Bears will have difficulty in retaining all of the defensive talent they have in the next few seasons if they wish to spend more money on offensive help and re-sign other current players. The Bears could slap the franchise tag on Briggs to keep him around, but if they don’t, expect him to be leaving the Windy City and taking up residence for a new team that will try and feature him on defense. Teams needing a tough linebacker to plug holes and make tackles will put Briggs high on their list. Given the Bears history in this type of matter, it’s likely that Briggs will find a new place to punish offenses—but it will be very hard to let him go, so don’t be surprised to see him hang around in Chicago.

    Na'il Diggs, UFA, Carolina Panthers
    Diggs has been a steady linebacker for the Green Bay Packers since his second season in the league. Injuries forced him to miss seven games last season and he now has just a single season to prove to the Panthers that he deserves a larger contract. Diggs, while steady, isn’t necessity for Carolina, so expect to see him hit the market in the hopes that someone appreciates what he does on the field, maybe even over-appreciates what he does on the field. However, with the loss of Dan Morgan for the season, and perhaps longer, Diggs has a real chance to step up. Staying healthy will be the first step towards a successful contract year, and if he can perform like he did in Green Bay, a handful of teams should be interested in bringing Diggs into the fold. Anyone looking for a veteran linebacker to make some tackles and hold his own will show an interest.

    Cato June, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
    Recent legal trouble could hurt his stock, but June was a first time starter in the Pro Bowl this past season. He’s relatively young and a tackling machine, so it’s likely that the Colts will do what they can to retain his talents. There’s good chance that June hits the market, though, to see what other organizations have to offer him financially; the Colts inability to reach the Super Bowl may also factor into a decision to leave. June’s not an overpowering player, so a team interested in him will be looking at utilizing his speed as a top priority, in the same way that the Colts have done. June will be the most sought after linebacker on the market, and perhaps the most sought after defensive player.

    Adalius Thomas, UFA, Baltimore Ravens
    It could be difficult to keep Thomas around because of his emerging status as one of the better linebackers in the NFL. Last season, with Ray Lewis lost to an injury for ten games, Thomas shined for the Ravens defensive unit. Credited with 86 total tackles, nine sacks, and a returned touchdown on one of his two interceptions, he boosted his free agent potential and he could be one of the top two or three pursued players if he has a successful ’06 campaign. Someone will throw big dollars his way, which means he could be lured away from Baltimore.

    London Fletcher UFA Buffalo Bills
    Fletcher is good, plain and simple. He’ll be 32 heading into next season, but he’s still producing with 56 total tackles credited to him so far this season along with a pair of sacks. Fletcher hasn’t missed a game in his career, and he’s also tallied 119 total tackles or more in every season since 2000. If the Bills don’t get him to sign an extension, expect Fletcher to garner attention from several teams looking for a veteran presence that can make things happen on the field. Wherever Fletcher ends up, he’ll be brought in to act as a defensive leader and to make big plays. Ultimately, he could be the cream of the crop in terms of available linebackers.

    Other Free Agent Linebackers
    Chase Blackburn, ERFA, New York Giants
    Chad Brown, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
    James Darling, UFA, Arizona Cardinals
    Randall Godfrey, UFA, San Diego Chargers
    Kawika Mitchell, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
    Rob Morris, UFA, Indianapolis Colts


    Nate Clements, UFA, Buffalo Bills
    Clements should be the top target of teams looking for help in the secondary. He’s young, highly regarded, and very talented. Buffalo would like nothing more than to have him signed to an extension as quickly as possible, but his talent—he does have two Pro Bowl selections—may lead him to test the market. Without an extension, the Bills must decide if they are willing to franchise tag Clements once again to guarantee his presence on the gridiron for one more season. Since Clements has not been adversely affected by NFL officiating changes, most NFL teams will pursue the cornerback if he hits the market.

    Asante Samuel UFA New England Patriots
    Samuel has shown growth over the course of his three-plus years of experience, and at only 25 years of age, he’ll be a hot commodity. If the Patriots don’t sign him to an extension, suitors will be lining up to try and acquire the talented cornerback. His coverage skills have developed and some are even talking about a possible Pro Bowl invite. This season is quickly becoming a breakout year, and it could lead to a nice payday for Samuel, which doesn’t bode well for the Patriots; but, expect the Patriots to try hard to lock up the UCF product with an extension.

    Ken Hamlin, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Hamlin is a talented safety with the potential to get even better. After an injury caused him to miss ten games last season, Hamlin has rebounded mightily this season with 70 total tackles, three interceptions, and a pair of sacks. Hamlin is on pace to equal his interception high, and his two sacks are tied with his career high. The athletic defensive back could be a valuable asset to most teams, and the Seahawks will work hard to re-sign him.

    Other Free Agent Cornerbacks
    Roc Alexander, RFA, Denver Broncos
    Jordan Babineaux, RFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Jason David, RFA, Indianapolis Colts
    Randall Gay, RFA, New England Patriots
    Nick Harper, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
    David Macklin, UFA, Arizona Cardinals

    Other Free Agent Safety
    Tyrone Carter, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Deon Grant, UFA, Jacksonville Jaguars
    Michael Lewis, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles
    Donnie Nickey, UFA, Tennessee Titans
    Tony Parrish, UFA, San Francisco 49ers
    Ernest Shazor, ERFA, Arizona Cardinals
    B.J. Ward, RFA, Baltimore Ravens
    Gibril Wilson, RFA, New York Giants
    Michael Lewis, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles


    Josh Brown, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
    Brown is probably the best kicker on the market next off season, so he gets a mention. Team’s looking for a proven leg will make an offer, but I don’t see Brown going anywhere.

    Other Free Agent Kickers

    Rian Lindell, UFA, Buffalo Bills
    Josh Scobee, RFA, Jacksonville Jaguars
    Lawrence Tynes, RFA, Kansas City Chiefs

    Other Free Agent Punters

    Michael Koenen, ERFA, Atlanta Falcons
    Matt Turk, UFA, St. Louis Rams
  3. Zero2Cool

    Zero2Cool I own a website

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    i seen that at foofut.com too but im too lazy to sort throught it :p thx
  4. Philtration

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    I don't see the Bears letting Briggs go. He was just named to the pro bowl again today and he is only 25.
    I watch him play every week and he is even better than what most of the people around the league think he is.
    If they had to make a choice on who would go based on money I think that they would let Adewale Ogunleye leave and replace him with Mark Anderson before losing Briggs.
  5. sbp_387

    sbp_387 Cheesehead

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    I say we go after Clements or Samuel
    That would help out passing D and this way we can still go for a stud RB in the first round...
  6. fvre4mvp

    fvre4mvp Cheesehead

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    Didn't the Bears try to franchise him if not that I think they offered him a 6 yr deal for 35 mil earlier in the year and he turned it down. I remember reading that he wanted urlacher money. They also need the cash to resign tommie harris and a couple other starters which comes up after next year.
  7. jdlax

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    I'd like to see Drew Bennett brought in to play with Driver and Jennings, especially if they have any doubt about Koren Robinson coming back and contributing.
  8. porky88

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    Justin Smith is on my wish list. I think he'd be a great compliment to Aaron Kampman at DE and work well with us.
  9. packerfan1245

    packerfan1245 Cheesehead

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    nnnooooooo. keep ahman hes the man!!!!!!!!!!
  10. scotty

    scotty Cheesehead

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    Slim pickens in those QB corps.
    I do think Chris Simms has enormous potential, or at least he did, but now with the surgery and generally getting beaten around, I'm not sure what his future holds. I wouldn't mind seeing him in the green and gold but I suppose there's no guarantee he would be better than Rodgers.
  11. Bobby Roberts

    Bobby Roberts Cheesehead

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    We're likely fine at QB unless Favre retires. In that case, it would be good to pickup a veteran backup, such as Rattay. Even so, it's likely that TT will retain Bouman instead as our veteran backup while giving the starting job to Rodgers.

    If Favre retires, then it'd be nice to pickup Schaub as competition, but it would be difficult and expensive with him being a RFA.

    Whether or not Favre retires, I wouldn't be surprised at TT drafting a late round QB again. That was something that Wolf did quite often and ended up paying off in trades. We will need to have capable backups in the future because it is extremely unlikely that the new starting QB will be able to start every game the way Favre has.

    GO PACK GO!!!
  12. IronMan

    IronMan Cheesehead

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    I like Eric Johnson of the 49ers.
  13. PackerLegend

    PackerLegend Cheesehead

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    Some Guys I think may help

    1 Asante Samuel
    2 Daniel Grahm
    3 Jared Allen first then Justin Smith
    4 Ken Hamlin
    5 Drew Bennet

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