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McGinn: Rating the NFL's top free agents

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    McGinn: Rating the NFL's top free agents
    Posted: Mar. 19, 2006
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    Bob McGinn
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    Bob McGinn, the Green Bay Packers beat writer for the Journal Sentinel, rates the best players among the 470 unrestricted free agents, the 90 or so players who have been released since Feb. 22 and the 34 players who didn't receive qualifying offers. The unrestricted signing period began at 11:01 p.m. March 10.

    Players are ranked in order of attractiveness based mainly on ability, production, age and health. About 95 players already have signed with other teams; they are marked by an asterisk (*). Another 51 players already have re-signed with their own teams; they are marked by two asterisks (**).

    So-called "street" free agents and players without qualifying offers are denoted by the (ex-) before their most recent teams.

    Once again, those tagged with the franchise-player or transition player designation are excluded from the rankings because the compensation for changing teams is prohibitive at two-first round draft choices. The list includes T Jeff Backus of Detroit, DE John Abraham of the New York Jets and CB Nate Clements of Buffalo. Atlanta and Seattle reportedly are pursuing Abraham.
    WIDE RECEIVERS

    Rank
    Name Team-New Team Age

    1.


    Terrell Owens*


    ex-Philadelphia-to-Dallas


    32

    2.


    David Givens*


    New England-to-Tennessee


    25

    3.


    Antwaan Randle El*


    Pittsburgh-to-Washington


    26

    4.


    Antonio Bryant*


    Cleveland-to-San Francisco


    25

    5.


    Keyshawn Johnson


    ex-Dallas


    33

    6.


    Joe Jurevicius*


    Seattle-to-Cleveland


    31

    7.


    Brian Finneran**


    Atlanta


    30

    8.


    Corey Bradford*


    Houston-to-Detroit


    30

    9.


    Jabar Gaffney*


    Houston-to-Philadelphia


    25

    10.


    Quincy Morgan


    Pittsburgh


    28

    Others, in order: Rod Gardner**, Green Bay; Andre' Davis*, New England-to-Buffalo; Reche Caldwell*, San Diego-to-New England; Tim Dwight, New England; Josh Reed**, Buffalo; Marc Boerigter, Kansas City; Ricky Proehl, Carolina; Troy Brown, New England; David Boston, Miami; Antonio Chatman, ex-Green Bay.

    Overview: With little help expected in the draft from a thin wide-receiver class, clubs spent early and heavily here. Givens, a two-year starter with just 59 receptions for a career high, signed for $24 million over five years ($6 million signing bonus). Randle El, a first-year starter, had only one TD catch this season. Still, he got $31.2 million over seven years ($10 million in bonuses). Bryant has anger-management problems and seven drops in '05, but had no trouble locating $13.9 million over four years ($5.25 million in bonuses). Even Owens, declared persona non grata in San Francisco and Philadelphia, quickly found a taker in Dallas. He'll reportedly get $10 million in '06, including a $5 million base salary and a $5 million roster bonus. With 11 of the top 13 players off the board, Johnson should get good money, too, even though he's 33 and has had arthroscopic knee surgery twice in a year. Jurevicius turned down more money from Seattle and San Francisco to sign with his hometown Browns ($10.5 million, four years, $2.25 million signing bonus). Finneran went back to Atlanta for $8 million over four years ($3 million signing bonus). Bradford, the ex-Packer, wasn't wanted back by lowly Houston but landed a four-year, $7.5 million deal ($2 million signing bonus). The Texans were through with Gaffney, too. The Patriots quickly signed the underachieving Caldwell after losing Givens and Davis (one year, $1.38 million, $575,000 signing bonus). Bidding against themselves, the Bills gave the slow-footed Reed $10 million over four years ($2 million signing bonus). The wide receivers with punt-return ability still on the board are Dwight, Brown, Chatman and New Orleans' Az-Zahir Hakim.
    TIGHT ENDS

    1.


    Dan Campbell*


    Dallas-to-Detroit


    29

    2.


    Jeb Putzier


    ex-Denver


    27

    3.


    Robert Royal*


    Washington-to-Buffalo


    26

    4.


    Matt Schobel*


    Cincinnati-to-Philadelphia


    27

    5.


    Ryan Hannam*


    Seattle-to-Dallas


    26

    6.


    Jereme Tuman**


    Pittsburgh


    29

    7.


    Mark Campbell


    ex-Buffalo


    30

    8.


    Justin Peelle


    San Diego


    27

    9.


    Chris Baker


    N.Y .Jets


    26

    10.


    Christian Fauria*


    New England-to-Washington


    34

    Others, in order: Darnell Dinkins*, Baltimore-to-Cleveland; Lamont Hall, New Orleans; Aaron Shea*, Cleveland-to-San Diego; Boo Williams, ex-New Orleans; Roland Williams, St. Louis.

    Overview: It's a deep year for tight ends in the draft and a thin one in free agency. Lions GM Matt Millen signs a different veteran tight end each year. This time it's Dan Campbell (five years, $11.38 million, $2.2 million signing bonus). He's a tough blocker but has had all kind of injuries. The Broncos tired of Putzier after just one season because he can't block at all. Royal has 31 catches in three seasons but the free-spending Bills still gave him $10 million over five years ($2.5 million signing bonus). The Eagles signed Schobel (five years, $10 million, $1.8 million in bonuses) to give them a second receiving type tight end. Hannam (four years, $5 million, $1.25 million signing bonus) is a solid backup, as are Tuman (three fours, $4.25 million, $900,000 signing bonus), Peelle and Baker. Mark Campbell is past his prime. Fauria's signing bonus was $190,000. Dinkins' signing bonus was $200,000.
    TACKLES

    1.


    Kevin Shaffer*


    Atlanta-to-Cleveland


    26

    2.


    Jon Runyan


    Philadelphia


    32

    3.


    L.J. Shelton*


    Cleveland-to-Miami


    29

    4.


    Tom Ashworth


    New England


    28

    5.


    Damion McIntosh


    ex-Miami


    28

    6.


    Brad Hopkins


    ex-Tennessee


    35

    7.


    Kenyatta Walker


    Tampa Bay


    27

    8.


    Jason Fabini*


    ex-N.Y. Jets-to-Dallas


    31

    9.


    Mike Pearson


    Jacksonville


    25

    10.


    Mike Williams*


    ex-Buffalo-to-Jacksonville


    26

    Others, in order: Todd Fordham, Carolina; Kevin Barry**, Green Bay; Stockar McDougle*, Miami-to-Jacksonville; Anthony Clement, San Francisco; Bob Whitfield**, N.Y. Giants; Todd Steussie, Tampa Bay.

    Overview: Shaffer, a seventh-round pick in '02 and 2½-year starter, didn't get what he wanted from the Falcons and got $36 million over seven years ($9.335 million in bonuses) from the Browns. With that, Browns LT L.J. Shelton went to Miami (four years, $15 million, $3.5 million signing bonus). McIntosh, the Dolphins' former left tackle, remains available and isn't bad. Runyan, a starting right tackle since 1997, is healthy and coming off a strong season. Ashworth, with 30 starts, is more of a battler than a talent. Hopkins was a cap casualty but still can do the job. On Saturday, the Cowboys signed Fabini (three years, $6 million) to plug a gaping time hole. Walker has the reputation for being hard to handle but improves each year. Pearson, a left tackle, should be back to form after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in 2004. Williams, the fourth pick in the '02 draft, was a bust in Buffalo but got $4 million over two years ($1.45 million signing bonus) from Jacksonville. Getting signing bonuses were Barry ($600,000, plus a $600,000 roster bonus), McDougle ($100,000) and Whitfield ($200,000).
    GUARDS

    1.


    Steve Hutchinson


    Seattle


    28

    2.


    Steve Neal


    New England


    29

    3.


    Milford Brown


    Houston-to-Arizona


    25

    4.


    Kyle Kosier


    Detroit-to-Dallas


    27

    5.


    Tutan Reyes


    Carolina


    28

    6.


    Ron Stone


    ex-Oakland


    34

    7.


    Toniu Fonoti*


    Minnesota-to-Tampa Bay


    24

    8.


    Jason Whittle*


    ex-N.Y. Giants-to-Minnesota


    31

    9.


    Jonathan Goodwin


    N.YJets


    27

    10.


    Mike Pucillo


    Cleveland


    26

    Others, in order: Lewis Kelly**, N.Y. Giants; Rex Tucker, St. Louis; Jeremy Bridges, ex-Arizona; Barry Stokes, Atlanta; Matt Stinchcomb, ex-Tampa Bay.

    Overview: The question here is why didn't Seattle designate Hutchinson as a franchise player ($6.93 million tender) rather than a transition player ($6.39 million tender)? On March 12, the Vikings gave him a seven-year, $49 million offer containing $16 million in guaranteed money. The "poison pill" portion of the offer is in dispute and scheduled for an arbitration hearing today. Other than Hutchinson (perhaps the best guard in the business), it's a weak group. The Cowboys, concerned with aging guards Larry Allen and Marco Rivera, signed what they regarded to be the best prospect on the first day of the signing period. That was Kosier, a part-time starter in San Francisco and Detroit who got $15 million over five years ($5 million signing bonus). Brown, with merely 16 career starts, got $12 million over four years ($3 million signing bonus). Neal, a two-year starter, is making visits. Reyes had a decent year for a change but the Panthers let him walk. Stone is over the hill. Fonoti flunked his physical in Oakland to void that signing but passed his physical in Tampa Bay. Whittle ($25,000 signing bonus) will be the Vikings' interior backup. Goodwin and Pucillo are backup types.
    CENTERS

    1.


    LeCharles Bentley*


    New Orleans-to-Cleveland


    26

    2.


    Justin Hartwig*


    Tennessee-to-Carolina


    27

    3.


    Kevin Mawae*


    ex-N.Y. Jets-to-Tennessee


    35

    4.


    Mike Flanagan


    Green Bay


    32

    5.


    Jeff Mitchell


    Carolina


    32

    Others, in order: Seth McKinney, Houston; Trey Teague, Buffalo; Bob Hallen*, San Diego-to-Cleveland; Alonzo Ephraim, ex-Miami; Melvin Fowler, Minnesota; Grey Ruegamer, Green Bay; Cory Raymer, ex-Washington; Cory Withrow, Minnesota.

    Overview: Packers coach Mike McCarthy helped coach Bentley for three years in New Orleans but said he didn't think it would have been wise for Green Bay to enter the bidding. After spurning the Eagles, Bentley signed on the first day for $36 million over six years ($8.25 million signing bonus plus $3 million roster bonus). Two days after losing Hartwig (five years, $17 million, $7 million in bonuses), the Titans signed the aging but still effective Mawae (four years, $13 million, $4 million signing bonus). Flanagan asked for too much from the Texans and still might re-surface in Green Bay. Mitchell has even more experience (118 starts) than Flanagan but won't be back because his job was given to Hartwig. This is one of the best positions in free agency. McKinney, 26 and Teague, 31, also are veteran starters. Hallen got a $200,000 roster bonus to leave San Diego. Raymer, the former Badger, is 33 but still wants to play.
    QUARTERBACKS

    1.


    Drew Brees*


    San Diego-to-New Orleans


    27

    2.


    Josh McCown*


    Arizona-to-Detroit


    26

    3.


    Brian Griese


    ex-Tampa Bay


    31

    4.


    Aaron Brooks


    ex-New Orleans


    29

    5.


    Jon Kitna*


    Cincinnati-to-Detroit


    33

    6.


    Gus Frerotte*


    ex-Miami-to-St. Louis


    34

    7.


    Kerry Collins


    ex-Oakland


    33

    8.


    Sage Rosenfels*


    Miami-to-Houston


    28

    9.


    Craig Nall*


    Green Bay-to-Buffalo


    26

    10.


    Anthony Wright


    Baltimore


    30

    Others, in order: Tony Banks, ex-Houston; Tim Hasselbeck**, N.Y. Giants; Charlie Batch**, Pittsburgh; Jamie Martin, St. Louis; Todd Collins*, Kansas City-to-Washington; Jeff Garcia*, Detroit-to-Philadelphia; Jay Fiedler, ex-N.Y. Jets; Jeff Blake, Chicago; Tommy Maddox, ex-Pittsburgh; Shane Matthews, Buffalo; Doug Flutie, New England.

    Overview: Brees is coming off major surgery on his right shoulder but that didn't stop the Saints from lavishing him with a six-year, $60 million deal ($8 million signing bonus, $12 million option bonus). If the Lions don't trade Joey Harrington, he'll be joining the unemployed before too much longer. Detroit signed Kitna (four years, $11.5 million, $3.5 million signing bonus) on Tuesday and McCown (two years, $6 million, $2 million signing bonus) on Thursday. McCown is a gifted athlete who has endured four offensive coordinators in four years. He was 11-12 as a starter in Arizona. Griese, who had passer ratings of 102.7 in 2000 and 97.4 in '04, underwent reconstructive knee surgery in October. He is being pursued by Chicago and Cincinnati. Released on Wednesday, Brooks was benched late in '05 but did post an 88.8 passer rating in '03 under McCarthy. Frerotte went 9-6 as Miami's starter in '05 with new Rams coach Scott Linehan as the team's coordinator. Kerry Collins is coming off a third straight shaky season. New Texans coach Gary Kubiak admired Rosenfels so much that he gave him $6.4 million over four years ($2 million signing bonus). With Brett Favre expected back and only J.P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb in the fold, Nall is headed to Buffalo. Wright has a good arm but tends to panic under pressure. Batch got an $800,000 signing bonus. Todd Collins hasn't played a meaningful snap since 1997 but got a $450,000 signing bonus. Eagles coach Andy Reid gave Garcia $2 million for one year ($1.2 million signing bonus). Fiedler, 35, had major shoulder surgery in December. Flutie is 43 and pondering retirement.
    RUNNING BACKS

    1.


    Edgerrin James*


    Indianapolis-to-Arizona


    27

    2.


    Jamal Lewis**


    Baltimore


    26

    3.


    Mike Anderson*


    ex-Denver-to-Baltimore


    32

    4.


    Chester Taylor*


    Baltimore-to-Minnesota


    26

    5.


    Michael Bennett*


    Minnesota-to-New Orleans


    27

    6.


    Maurice Morris


    Seattle


    26

    7.


    Ron Dayne**


    Denver


    27

    8.


    Jonathan Wells


    Houston


    26

    9.


    Sammy Morris


    Miami


    28

    10.


    Verron Haynes


    Pittsburgh


    27

    Others, in order: Stephen Davis, ex-Carolina; Antowain Smith, New Orleans; Tony Fisher, Green Bay; Najeh Davenport, Green Bay; Anthony Thomas, New Orleans; Lamar Gordon, Philadelphia; Arlen Harris*, ex-St. Louis-to-Detroit; J.R. Redmond, Arizona; Kenny Watson, Cincinnati; Mike Cloud, N.Y. Giants.

    Overview: James might not be in the prime of his career but he's close. That's why the Cardinals gave him $30 million over four years ($11.5 million in '06 bonuses). The Ravens lost Taylor to Minnesota (four years, $14.1 million, $3 million signing bonus) but re-signed Lewis (three years, $26 million, $5 million signing bonus), although the deal realistically is one year for $6 million. Hours after re-signing Lewis, the Ravens signed Anderson, a similar kind of runner, for $8 over four years ($2 million signing bonus). The Vikings preferred Taylor to Bennett, partly because he's a better receiver. Dayne went back to Denver for $3.29 million over three years ($750,000 signing bonus). Wells is a power back, Morris is a utility back and Haynes is a third-down back. Davis, 32, hasn't been the same player since undergoing microfracture knee surgery in November 2004. Yet, he isn't ready to quit. Smith might be 34 but when the Saints lost Deuce McAllister at mid-year he filled in competently. It took Davenport four injury-filled seasons to gain 1,068 yards. His average, however, was 4.9.
    FULLBACKS

    1.


    Mack Strong


    Seattle


    34

    2.


    Tony Richardson


    Kansas City


    34

    3.


    Fred Beasley


    San Francisco


    31

    4.


    William Henderson**


    Green Bay


    35

    5.


    Jerald Sowell


    ex-N.Y. Jets


    32

    Others, in order: Jameel Cook*, Tampa Bay-to-Houston; Heath Evans, New England; James Mungro, Indianapolis; Nick Luchey, Cincinnati; Paul Smith, Detroit.

    Overview: The top four have ranked among the NFL's finest fullbacks for years. By re-signing, Henderson became the first off the board. Strong might have had his best year, Richardson is a rugged blocker but so-so receiver and Beasley's interest in playing has been questioned. Sowell is smart and savvy in the West Coast system. Cook's new deal was for $5.1 million over five years ($1.1 million signing bonus). Luchey was active for just three of 15 games in '05 and might be running out of options.
    DEFENSIVE ENDS

    1.


    Trevor Pryce*


    ex-Denver-to-Baltimore


    30

    2.


    Darren Howard*


    New Orleans-to-Philadelphia


    29

    3.


    Anthony Weaver*


    Baltimore-to-Houston


    25

    4.


    Andre Carter*


    San Francisco-to-Washington


    26

    5.


    Kimo von Oelhoffen*


    Pittsburgh-to-N.Y. Jets


    35

    6.


    Brett Keisel**


    Pittsburgh


    27

    7.


    Kalimba Edwards**


    Detroit


    26

    8.


    Kenard Lang*


    ex-Cleveland-to-Denver


    31

    9.


    Carlos Hall


    Kansas City


    27

    10.


    Ryan Denney


    Buffalo


    28

    Others, in order: Brady Smith, ex-Atlanta; Demetric Evans, Washington; DeQuincy Scott, San Diego; Marcellus Wiley**, Jacksonville; N.D. Kalu, Philadelphia; Lance Johnstone, Minnesota; Jared DeVries, Detroit; Joe Tafoya, Seattle; Eric Ogbogu, Dallas; Tyoka Jackson, St. Louis.

    Overview: If the Packers hadn't re-signed Aaron Kampman (four years, $21 million, $11 million in bonuses), he would have been snapped up quickly. The top eight on the list are off the board. Pryce, with merely 18 tackles in his last nine games, got $24.5 million over five years ($10 million in bonuses) from the Ravens. That happened almost simultaneously as the Ravens were losing Weaver (five years, $26.5 million, $12 million in bonuses). He has 14½ sacks in four seasons. Howard, with 44½ sacks in six seasons, got $30 millionover six years, including $9.5 million in bonuses. On the same day that Howard joined the Eagles, the Redskins signed Carter (six years, $27.86 million, $9 million in bonuses). Carter (32 sacks) gives great effort but isn't instinctive. When the Steelers lost von Oelhoffen (three years, $9.2 million, $3.2 million signing bonus), they re-signed his invaluable backup, Keisel (four years, $13.1 million, $3.29 million signing bonus). Edwards, a second-round disappointment since '02, still got $20 million over five years ($5 million signing bonus) to re-sign. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan continued collecting former Browns when he signed Lang to rush the passer on third down. Hall, a former Titan, spent a lost season in Kansas City battling injuries. The only other player with starter's ability is Smith, but he's 32 and coming off foot surgery in October. Wiley got the veteran's minimum.
    DEFENSIVE TACKLES

    1.


    Gerard Warren**


    Denver


    27

    2.


    Ma'ake Kemoeatu*


    Baltimore-to-Carolina


    27

    3.


    Rocky Bernard**


    Seattle


    26

    4.


    Ryan Pickett*


    St. Louis-to-Green Bay


    26

    5.


    Larry Tripplett*


    Indianapolis-to-Buffalo


    2

    6.


    Ted Washington*


    ex-Oakland-to-Cleveland


    37

    7.


    Sam Adams


    ex-Buffalo


    32

    8.


    Grady Jackson


    Green Bay


    33

    9.


    Kendrick Clancy*


    N.Y. Giants-to-Arizona


    27

    10.


    Damione Lewis*


    St. Louis-to-Carolina


    28

    Others, in order: Russell Davis*, Arizona-to-Seattle; Justin Bannan*, Buffalo-to-Baltimore; Brentson Buckner, ex-Carolina; Gary Walker, ex-Houston; Lional Dalton, Kansas City; Willie Whitehead, New Orleans; Rodney Bailey*, Seattle-to-Pittsburgh; Ron Edwards, Buffalo; Ross Kolodziej, Arizona; James Reed, N.Y. Jets; Josh Williams, ex-Indianapolis; Jason Fisk, ex-Cleveland.

    Overview: This was one of the strongest positions in free agency. After 10 days, only Adams and Jackson remain available among the top 12. Warren decided quickly to stay with Denver (six years, $36 million, $6.7 million in bonuses). The Ravens lost the run-stuffing Kemoeatu (five years, $27.5 million, $8 million in bonuses), then tried to replace him with the pedestrian Bannan (four years, $8 million, $3 million signing bonus). The Rams lost Pickett and Lewis (two years, $3.9 million, $1.5 million signing bonus). Buffalo signed Tripplett (five years, $18 million, $6.5 million in bonuses) as its three-technique and wanted Pickett to play alongside him. Bernard, a rare interior pass rusher, re-signed for $13 million over three years ($5.4 million signing bonus). Washington got $6.8 million over two years, including a $2 million roster bonus. The Giants weren't happy about losing the unheralded but effective Clancy (four years, $8.1 million, $2 million signing bonus). Walker, Whitehead and Fisk are 33 but still can be effective. Buckner, a terrific leader, is 34 and eager for more.
    INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS

    1.


    Brandon Moore**


    San Francisco


    27

    2.


    Chris Claiborne


    ex-St. Louis


    27

    3.


    Nick Greisen


    N.Y. Giants


    26

    4.


    Dashon Polk


    Houston


    29

    5.


    Sam Cowart


    Minnesota


    31

    6.


    Junior Seau


    ex-Miami


    37

    7.


    Matt Chatham


    New England


    28

    8.


    Nate Webster*


    Cincinnati-to-Denver


    28

    9.


    Ronald McKinnon


    New Orleans


    32

    10.


    Wali Rainer


    Detroit


    28

    Others, in order: Brad Kassell, Tennessee; Earl Holmes, Detroit; Orlando Ruff, Cleveland; Tim Johnson, Oakland; Khary Campbell**, Washington; Kevin Lewis, N.Y. Giants; Rob Morris, Indianapolis; Jay Foreman, N.Y. Giants.

    Overview: At least teams can be thankful it's an abnormally good draft year at inside linebacker. There isn't much here. Moore became a starter in '05 and re-signed (five years, $8 million, $2.6 million signing bonus), but he's maybe more valuable at end on passing downs. Claiborne played adequately in the first half of '05 but it coming off a patellar tendon injury. Greisen's best position probably is the weak side but he also can play the middle. Polk and Cowart had decent years against the run. Coming off an Achilles' tendon injury, Seau might retire. Chatham is viewed more as a backup than a starter. McKinnon made tons of tackles in New Orleans, just as he did in Arizona from 1996-2004. Webster got a $200,000 signing bonus. Campbell got a $315,000 signing bonus.
    OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

    1.


    Will Witherspoon*


    Carolina-to-St. Louis


    25

    2.


    LaVar Arrington


    ex-Washington


    27

    3.


    Julian Peterson


    San Francisco


    27

    4.


    David Thornton*


    Indianapolis-to-Tennessee


    27

    5.


    Willie McGinest*


    ex-New England-to-Cleveland


    34

    6.


    Bart Scott**


    Baltimore


    25

    7.


    Akin Ayodele*


    Jacksonville-to-Dallas


    26

    8.


    Ben Leber*


    San Diego-to-Minnesota


    27

    9.


    Scott Fujita*


    Dallas-to-New Orleans


    26

    10.


    Na'il Diggs


    ex-Green Bay


    27

    Others, in order: Tommy Polley, Baltimore; Jamie Winborn, Jacksonville; Clint Kriewaldt**, Pittsburgh; Sedrick Hodge*, New Orleans-to-Miami; Brandon Short, ex-Carolina; Keith Adams, Philadelphia; Chad Brown, ex-New England; Kevin Bentley, Seattle; Keith Newman, Minnesota; Warrick Holdman, Washington; Jamie Sharper, ex-Seattle; Barrett Green, ex-N.Y. Giants; Paris Lenon, Green Bay; Rocky Boiman, Tennessee.

    Overview: Arrington and Peterson are two of the most attractive players remaining on the market regardless of position. Arrington is a tremendous talent but doesn't always pay attention to the scheme. He has visited the Giants and Miami, and is angling for a huge deal. Peterson had a torn Achilles' tendon in '04, has a severe learning disability, probably needs time to learn a new system and didn't mesh well with new coach Mike Nolan and position coach Mike Singletary. He has fantastic ability but doesn't always play to it. The big money went to Witherspoon (six years, $33 million, $9 million signing bonus) on the second day and to Thornton (five years, $22.25 million, $7 million signing bonus) on the third day. Released by the Patriots, McGinest rejoined Romeo Crennel (three years, $12.5 million, $3 million in bonuses). An up-and-comer, Scott re-signed (three years, $13.5 million, $6.5 million signing bonus). After signing Ayodele (five years, $17 million, $5 million signing bonus), the Cowboys let Fujita walk (four years, $12 million, $4 million signing bonus). The Vikings took a big-money flier on Leber (five years, $20.6 million, $6 million in bonuses). Diggs, Polley, Hodge, Short, Adams, Brown, Newman and Holdman all started in '05. Kriewaldt, the Shiocton native and former UW-Stevens Point player, turned down an overture from the Giants and re-signed (three years, $2.96 million, $800,000 signing bonus).
    CORNERBACKS

    1.


    Ty Law


    ex-N.Y. Jets


    32

    2.


    Charles Woodson


    Oakland


    29

    3.


    Brian Williams*


    Minnesota-to-Jacksonville


    26

    4.


    Fakhir Brown*


    New Orleans-to-St. Louis


    28

    5.


    Deshea Townsend**


    Pittsburgh


    30

    6.


    Eric Warfield


    ex-Kansas City


    30

    7.


    Andre Dyson


    ex-Seattle


    26

    8.


    Will Allen


    N.Y. Giants


    27

    9.


    Ahmed Plummer


    ex-San Francisco


    29

    10.


    Kenny Wright


    Jacksonville


    28

    Others, in order: Andre' Goodman*, Detroit-to-Miami; Renaldo Hill*, Oakland-to-Miami; Walt Harris*, ex-Washington-to-San Francisco; R.W. McQuarters*, Detroit-to-N.Y. Giants; Dante Wesley*, Carolina-to-Chicago; Terry Cousin, Jacksonville; Reggie Howard, ex-Miami; Duane Starks, ex-New England; DeWayne Washington, Kansas City; Denard Walker, ex-Oakland; Jason Bell*, Houston-to-N.Y. Giants; Tyrone Poole, ex-New England; Ray Mickens, Cleveland.

    Overview: Easily the biggest money deal to this point was signed by Williams (six years, $32 million, $10 million signing bonus). And, remember, he started out '05 as the Vikings' nickel back behind Antoine Winfield and Fred Smoot. The Rams paid Brown $12 million over five years, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. Townsend went back to Pittsburgh for $8 million over four years. Hill and McQuarters got $2 million in bonuses, Goodman and Harris each got $1 million, Wesley got $475,000 and Bell got $400,000. Law, a Pro Bowl selection in '05 with 10 interceptions, still was in and out of the lineup late in the season with a foot fracture dating to '04. Woodson suffered his second season-ending broken leg in three years in October and wasn't playing all that well before he went down. Warfield has off-field problems but still is steady. Dyson, small but fast, was a cap casualty. Allen is a talented five-year starter but just cannot play the ball. Plummer also has a lingering foot problem that helped lead to his release. Wright, a one-time nickel back in Minnesota, made the most of his chance to start in '05 and hopes to cash in.
    SAFETIES

    1.


    Adam Archuleta*


    St. Louis-to-Washington


    28

    2.


    Chris Hope*


    Pittsburgh-to-Tennessee


    25

    3.


    Marlon McCree*


    Carolina-to-San Diego


    29

    4.


    Tank Williams


    Tennessee


    25

    5.


    Corey Chavous*


    Minnesota-to-St. Louis


    30

    6.


    Marquand Manuel*


    Seattle-to-Green Bay


    26

    7.


    Will Demps*


    Baltimore-to-N.Y. Giants


    26

    8.


    Ryan Clark*


    Washington-to-Pittsburgh


    26

    9.


    Dexter Jackson*


    Tampa Bay-to-Cincinnati


    28

    10.


    Lawyer Milloy*


    ex-Buffalo-to-Atlanta


    32

    Others, in order: Lance Schulters, Miami; Tebucky Jones, ex-Miami; Shaun Williams*, N.Y. Giants-to-Carolina; Matt Bowen*, ex-Washington-to-Buffalo; Keion Carpenter, Atlanta; Marcus Coleman, ex-Houston; Idrees Bashir, Carolina; Jarrod Cooper**, Oakland; Ronnie Heard, Atlanta; Derrick Gibson**, Oakland; Iheanyi Ohalete, Cincinnati.

    Overview: There wasn't much here to begin with and there's almost nothing left now. Redskins owner Dan Snyder went overboard as usual on the first weekend, giving Archuleta $30.2 million over six years ($10 million in bonuses). Archuleta tailed off markedly in '05. McCree, Chavous and Manuel also found a new employer in the first three days. The Chargers gave McCree $16 million over five years ($6 million in roster bonuses the first two years) to team with Bhawoh Jue. Chavous also got $16 million over five years ($5 million in bonuses). Manuel got $10 million over five years ($2 million in bonuses). When Archuleta signed, Clark left Washington for $7 million over four years ($1.7 million signing bonus). The Giants said goodbye to oft-injured Shaun Williams (who signed with Carolina for minimum wage) and then signed Demps (five years, $11.4 million, $2.6 million in bonuses) to replace him. Jackson got $7.4 million over four years ($2 million in bonuses). Milloy got $6 million over three years. Schulters played better than Jones in '05 but the Dolphins said goodbye to both players. Bowen got $2 million over two years ($300,000 signing bonus). All the others started at least part time in '05 except Bashir, who started from 2001-'04 in Indianapolis.
    KICKERS

    1.


    Adam Vinatieri


    New England


    33

    2.


    Ryan Longwell*


    Green Bay-to-Minnesota


    31

    3.


    Joe Nedney**


    San Francisco


    32

    4.


    Mike Vanderjagt


    Indianapolis


    35

    5.


    Paul Edinger


    Minnesota


    28

    Others, in order: Matt Bryant**, Tampa Bay; Todd Peterson, Atlanta; Jose Cortez**, Indianapolis.

    Overview: All the action happened on the first day. Nedney went first (four years, $6.06 million, $1.56 million signing bonus), then Longwell (five years, $10 million, $3 million signing bonus) and finally Bryant (five years, $6.9 million, $1.5 million signing bonus). Soon Vinatieri will make a decision among New England, Green Bay and perhaps Miami. Neither Vanderjagt nor Peterson can kick off. Edinger won three games with late field goals in '05.
    PUNTERS

    1.


    Dave Zastudil*


    Baltimore-to-Cleveland


    27

    2.


    Jason Baker


    Carolina


    27

    3.


    Kyle Richardson


    Cleveland


    33

    4.


    Tom Rouen


    Seattle


    37

    5.


    Bryan Barker


    St. Louis


    41

    Others, in order: Sean Landeta, Philadelphia; Tom Tupa, ex-Washington.

    Overview: Zastudil is the only one off the board. He got $8 million over five years, including $2.1 million in bonuses. Baker had by far his best season in '05 of a checkered career and now wants to be paid for it. Richardson isn't bad. Rouen bounced back. Barker tops everyone's emergency list. Landeta, 44, has been considered by the Packers for the last year. Tupa, 40, has a bad back but wants to keep playing.
    SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS

    1.


    Keith Burns


    (RB)


    Denver


    33

    2.


    Artie Ulmer


    (LB)


    Atlanta


    32

    3.


    Kemp Rasmussen


    (DE)


    Carolina


    26

    4.


    Gary Stills


    (LB)


    ex-Kansas City


    31

    5.


    Fred McAfee


    (RB)


    New Orleans


    37

    Others, in order: S Kevin McCadam, Atlanta; FB Harold Morrow, Arizona; LB Kenyatta Walker, N.Y. Jets.

    Overview: Nobody has signed. Burns is expected to re-sign. He got away from Denver twice over the years. Like the others, Rasmussen isn't a real position player. Stills is lost as a linebacker.
    RETURN SPECIALISTS

    1.


    Eddie Drummond**


    (WR)


    Detroit


    25

    2.


    Chad Morton**


    (RB)


    N.Y. Giants


    28

    3.


    Reggie Swinton


    (WR)


    Arizona


    30

    4.


    Michael Lewis


    (WR)


    New Orleans


    34

    5.


    Troy Walters


    (WR)


    Indianapolis


    29

    Overview: Drummond is coming off a lousy year but the Lions showed how much they value him on the third day (five years, $5.67 million, $2 million signing bonus). On the same day, the Giants re-signed Morton (four years, $3.86 million, $700,000 in bonuses). Swinton wore out his welcome with coach Dennis Green. Lewis suffered major knee ligament damage in September.
    RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

    Keeping in mind that all a team must to do to retain any of the 79 restricted free agents is match an offer, here are some of the better bargains and the round from which a compensating draft selection would come. Offer sheets must be submitted by April 21.

    Wide receivers: Kevin Walter, Cincinnati-to-Houston, seventh round (Bengals didn't match Texans' four-year, $6.4 million offer); David Tyree, N.Y. Giants; sixth; Nate Burleson, Minnesota, third; Kevin Curtis, St. Louis, first.

    Tight ends: Zach Hilton, New Orleans, none.

    Tackles: Makoa Freitas, Indianapolis, sixth; Seth Wand, Houston, third; Torrin Tucker, Dallas, none.

    Guards: Reggie Wells, Arizona, sixth (Cardinals expected to match Bills' reported five-year, $17.6 million offer); Jordan Black, Kansas City, fifth; Montrae Holland, New Orleans, fourth.

    Fullbacks: Jeremi Johnson, Cincinnati, fourth.

    Defensive ends: Israel Idonije, Chicago, none (Bears have five days to match Bills' four-year offer worth reported $7.5 million); Jimmy Wilkerson, Kansas City, sixth; Grant Irons, Oakland, none; Brandon Green, St. Louis, sixth.

    Defensive tackles: Kenderick Allen, N.Y. Giants, none; Kindal Moorehead, Carolina, fifth; Antwan Lake, Atlanta, none.

    Inside/middle linebackers: Vinny Ciurciu, Carolina, none.

    Outside linebackers: Chris Clemons, Washington, none; Scott Shanle, Dallas, seventh; James Davis, Detroit, fifth; Hunter Hillenmeyer, Chicago, fifth.

    Cornerbacks: Ade Jimoh, Washington, none.

    Safeties: Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia, none; Keith Davis, Dallas, none.

    Kickers: Josh Brown, Seattle, seventh.

    Punters: Dirk Johnson, Philadelphia, none.

    Special teams player: Mario Haggan (LB), Buffalo, seventh.
     
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