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WABronco
11-04-2005, 10:39 AM
The top 10
Colts RB Edgerrin James MVP of the first half of this season. How much of that is his desire to get paid? Probably not much, as he's always played with solid consistency. He's an annual Pro Bowl threat.

Jets DE John Abraham Can play DE in a 4-3 or LB in a 3-4 scheme. Abraham is one of the league's best pass rushers, always a premium.

Chargers QB Drew Brees Best player at the team's most important position. In another year he probably wouldn't rate this high but teams looking for a veteran QB don't really have any other options.

Saints OG LeCharles Bentley This guy is a complete beast and has shown great versatility by starring at center and guard. He's also got that great mean streak that the great offensive linemen possess.

Seattle RB Shaun Alexander Seattle has had serious talks recently with Alexander and even exchanged contract proposals. Positive: Alexander is the best red-zone back in the NFL. Negative: Shows little interest in blocking and receiving.

49ers' LB Julian Peterson Doubtful the Niners let him get away again but he, like Abraham, has shown great versatility.

Seahawks' G Steve Hutchinson The second-best lineman on the open market. He's a true Pro Bowl player a solid team guy.

Ravens RB Jamal Lewis Lewis has struggled this year. Still, he may end up being the most enticing option. Most of his problems this year were due to his lack of rehab time and work due to incarceration and a putrid offensive line. Put this tank on another team and he's back to Pro Bowl form.

Eagles RB Brian Westbrook Westbrook and the Eagles have been in very serious contract talks recently, but if they can't get something done, he'll have a decent market in a crowded class.

Patriots K Adam Vinatieri Mariano Rivera of the NFL.


UFAs by position

Offense
RBs This is the deepest position in free agency, even with two of the top five in serious contract talks right now. The RB group is highlighted by Colts' Edgerrin James, Seattle's Shaun Alexander, Baltimore's Jamal Lewis, Philly's Brian Westbrook and Green Bay's Ahman Green. Carolina's DeShaun Foster has had durability concerns but should get some love on the open market as well. Green's stock will take a hit with his latest injury.

QBs This is an abysmal group. One man and one man only will hit like he's nailed the triple Tabasco sauce in a Vegas progressive slot and that's the Bolts' Drew Brees. One way or the other he'll get a massive payday in 2006. The Bengals' Jon Kitna may be the best option in this group after Brees. After Brees and Kitna it drops down to the Cards' Josh McCown, who has actually lost his job to Kurt Warner. After McCown comes the Panthers' Chris Weinke and Lions' Jeff Garcia. Jamie Martin and Anthony Wright round out a poor list.

WR Looking for a top-flight burner? Better look in the draft. Pitt's Antwan Randle-El is tops on another weak list. Indy's Reggie Wayne and New England's David Givens round out the top three. After this trio, however, we get into guys who have already been castoff elsewhere, like Joe Jurevicius (who may be a nice pickup for a team with a burner on one side) and then, well, the list really goes south (i.e. Peter Warrick, Rod Gardner).

TE Not a bad group but nothing that would dazzle anyone either. The Cowboys' Dan Campbell is a great team guy and does the little things that often go unnoticed. The Jets' Chris Baker is a solid receiver and New England's Christian Fuaria is a legitimate red-zone target. Pittsburgh's Jerame Tuman, San Diego's Justin Peele and Matt Schobel of the Bengals round out a pretty good group.

C This is highlighted by the Saints' Pro Bowler LeCharles Bentley. The Packers' Mike Flanagan is a proven, solid vet who recently had a sports hernia surgery. He's not a star like Bentley but he's an upgrade to many rosters and great with the QB. Carolina's Jeff Mitchell and Miami's Seth McKinney, Justin Hartwick of Tennessee and Buffalo's Trey Teague finish the list.

OT The Lions' Jeff Backus, Falcons' athletic tackle Kevin Shaffer and New England's Tom Ashworth and Jon Runyan of the Eagles highlight this group. Backus is clearly the cream of this crop. Runyan is 33 years old and won't get paid like in the past. Then it drops down to a guy like Green Bay backup Kevin Barry, a massive body who is used as the team's third tackle and the Jags' Mike Pearson.

OG One name stands out and that's Steve Hutchinson of the Seahawks. After the strong former first-round pick comes guys like the Pats' Steve Neal and the Bears' Terrance Metcalf. Neal isn't bad but Metcalf isn't exactly what one would call the athletic type. Ouch, rough group.


Defense
DE This position is much, much deeper than the interior linemen who are free. The Jets' John Abraham leads the list followed by New Orleans' Darren Howard. Both were hit with the franchise tag last year. The Colts' Raheem Brock also helps to round out a pretty clear top three. Green Bay's rough, workmanlike and underrated Aaron Kampman as well as the solid Anthony Weaver of Baltimore comprise the next level. A wild card in this bunch is Tennessee's Kyle Vanden Bosch. When healthy his gas tank is always full. But teams will always be concerned with his injury history.

DT Very bad group. There is no A-list name at this position. List is highlighted (although this is probably not the proper word) by guys like the Colts' Larry Triplett, the Rams' Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis, rejuvenated Buc Chris Hovan and Packers' mammoth Grady Jackson. Lional Dalton of the Ravens rounds out the list.

OLB The 49ers' Julian Peterson has rebounded well from his Achilles' injury and it's doubtful they'll let him bolt but he leads this group. The Panthers' Will Witherspoon isn't a huge name but he's a very good player. The Colts' David Thornton and Chargers' Ben Leber are also thrown into the mix. The Giants' Nick Griesen is a guy who can play inside and outside and in his first year as a full-time starter has helped the first-place Giants D.

ILB Worst group on the board. Earl Holmes of Detroit, the Browns' Andre Davis and Niner Derek Smith lead the way.

CB The Bills' Nate Clements is a bona-fide No. 1 corner as is Charles Woodson but he's hurt, which will surely hurt his stock.. The Giants' Will Allen and Bears' Jerry Azumah are next. 'Zum is also a Pro Bowl special teams player and when healthy he's a true threat to make a play. The Broncos have pretty much already parted ways with Lenny Walls, who should cash in considering his size. More third corners on this list than No. 1s.

S This is a pretty decent group highlighted by the likes of Tank Williams of the Titans, the Rams' Adam Archuleta and Steelers' Chris Hope. Corey Chavous of the Vikings is also a solid player; he's followed by the Ravens' Will Demps and Fins' Lance Schulters.

K Adam Vinatieri, one of the greatest closers in sports history, Neil Rackers and Mike Vanderjagt highlight this group.


-Hmmmm, Chris Hope would look pretty good in a Denver uni...So would DeShaun Foster...

LordTrychon
11-04-2005, 11:02 AM
Thanks... a good read and something to think about... I don't see some of them getting onto the market though... they'll get contracts. :beer:

BroncoRT
11-04-2005, 11:07 AM
S This is a pretty decent group highlighted by the likes of Tank Williams of the Titans, the Rams' Adam Archuleta and Steelers' Chris Hope. Corey Chavous of the Vikings is also a solid player; he's followed by the Ravens' Will Demps and Fins' Lance Schulters.

Tank Williams would be good just for the name. With guys on our team named Courtney, Ashley and Ebenezer we need more guys like Tank and Champ. LOL! :D

y2cragie
11-04-2005, 11:26 AM
a year to early for Vinateri sadly. I'd like to see him in Denver when Jason retires.

WABronco
11-04-2005, 12:03 PM
If I could pick a couple guys for the Broncs to add, not worrying about cap of course:

Chris Hope
Steve Hutchinson
Larry Tripplet

Freestyle
11-04-2005, 12:13 PM
Denver's cap situation sucks, thats why I spend most of my time on the college football prospects. :D

Mat'hir Uth Gan
11-04-2005, 12:15 PM
Brees isn't going anywhere, he's the Chargers man. Phillip Rivers will be dealt if they don't keep both, which they can afford to do again.

However, Patrick Ramsey will be available along with Joey Harrington, Chris Simms, the previously mentioned McCown, and possibly Rex Grossman.

I'm headed out, so Ill go over this more indepth at a later point, but the top DT is Free Agency will be Gerrard Warren, and that's why we won't be able to afford to resign him, being 27.5 million over the cap already.

Also add Courtney Brown, Ebenezor Ekuban, and Trevor Pryce to the free agent DEs, unless all three take a significant pay cut and restructure, all 3 will be gone.


Oh, and the best kicker available is Neil Rackers by far. He leads the league with 24 touchbacks and has not missed a field goal this year in 18ish attempts, with lots of 40+. He's a total weapon.

Broncofan-13
01-16-2006, 02:41 AM
Bump,

I would like to see us get a veteran WR, like wayne, but It ultimately depends on his salary and the kind of cap room (or lack thereof) that we have.

SimonSteele
01-17-2006, 12:24 AM
I disagree with Mug. Certainly if we were to lose pryce, warren, brown, and ekuban we could resign at least ONE of them.

Momentum
01-17-2006, 11:14 AM
We will for sure have the money to sign 3-5 FA's like we do every year. IMO, Nalen and Brown will be the clear cut casualties, Lepsis will be given a cap friendly contract and Pryce will either take another paycut so we can keep Warren or he will be traded. I hate to say it, but Ashley Lelie will be the surprise cut. Warren and Lepsis are the #1 guys on our list. Antwaan Randle El should be the #1 FA on our list, and then possibly a safety but Cox is doing well. All other needs will be filled through the draft.

myoung
01-17-2006, 11:37 AM
We will for sure have the money to sign 3-5 FA's like we do every year. IMO, Nalen and Brown will be the clear cut casualties, Lepsis will be given a cap friendly contract and Pryce will either take another paycut so we can keep Warren or he will be traded. I hate to say it, but Ashley Lelie will be the surprise cut. Warren and Lepsis are the #1 guys on our list. Antwaan Randle El should be the #1 FA on our list, and then possibly a safety but Cox is doing well. All other needs will be filled through the draft.

I disagree. I dont think there is any way that Lelie gets cut. He stretches the field and his far more valuable that the receptions he makes. He gets that pass interference call on Sunday when none of our other receivers would have gotten it. No one else would have gotten to that spot to draw that call. And I don't think it was as bad as Boston is claiming. He clearly cut off Lelies path to the ball (which is written in the rules).

I agree that Nalen could be gone and that Brown is definately gone. I think Pryce is gone unless he significantly restructures. I also do not believe that Pryce is worth anything on the trade market. He would certainly be worth less than Warren was last year and we got Warren for a 4th rounder. so if anything maybe a 5th or 6th rounder. I would think heavy restructure would make more sense.

I agree with you that Lepsis will restructure with a cap friendly deal but our other tackles played alot and played well on the right side. I believe if we cant get a good deal with him he will be gone and we will draft a tackle late round 1 or in round 2. this is a deep draft for OTs and it gives us some flexibility with Lepsis. We may have to let him go because of his cap hit this year. He had a great year but right now we are in the best position possible to replace him.

I personally prefer Reggie Wayne over Randle El. But I would be happy with either. If we can't get them the next on my list would be Jurivicious.

OhNoKoolAid
01-17-2006, 04:00 PM
I disagree. I dont think there is any way that Lelie gets cut. He stretches the field and his far more valuable that the receptions he makes. He gets that pass interference call on Sunday when none of our other receivers would have gotten it. No one else would have gotten to that spot to draw that call. And I don't think it was as bad as Boston is claiming. He clearly cut off Lelies path to the ball (which is written in the rules).

I agree that Nalen could be gone and that Brown is definately gone. I think Pryce is gone unless he significantly restructures. I also do not believe that Pryce is worth anything on the trade market. He would certainly be worth less than Warren was last year and we got Warren for a 4th rounder. so if anything maybe a 5th or 6th rounder. I would think heavy restructure would make more sense.

I agree with you that Lepsis will restructure with a cap friendly deal but our other tackles played alot and played well on the right side. I believe if we cant get a good deal with him he will be gone and we will draft a tackle late round 1 or in round 2. this is a deep draft for OTs and it gives us some flexibility with Lepsis. We may have to let him go because of his cap hit this year. He had a great year but right now we are in the best position possible to replace him.

I personally prefer Reggie Wayne over Randle El. But I would be happy with either. If we can't get them the next on my list would be Jurivicious.

I don't want Pryce back under any restructured deal. For starters, he's paid so much now, any restructuring will still make him overpaid for his production. Pryce is lazy and takes too many plays off. He made headlines this season for one game, and was a virtual nonfactor for half of the season. For a right end, his speed and quickness are quite overstated. His ability to play the run is also overrated as evidenced by the team's ability to stop runs to his side, which we are currently 31st in the league, according to footballoutsiders.com. Pryce never should have been moved from defensive tackle, where he had Pro Bowl talent. Now, he's a lazy talent that won't always use his ability to the fullest. I'd rather see us restructure Brown's deal, since he's an elite run defender, than retain Pryce.

WABronco
01-17-2006, 07:20 PM
I don't want Pryce back under any restructured deal. For starters, he's paid so much now, any restructuring will still make him overpaid for his production. Pryce is lazy and takes too many plays off. He made headlines this season for one game, and was a virtual nonfactor for half of the season. For a right end, his speed and quickness are quite overstated. His ability to play the run is also overrated as evidenced by the team's ability to stop runs to his side, which we are currently 31st in the league, according to footballoutsiders.com. Pryce never should have been moved from defensive tackle, where he had Pro Bowl talent. Now, he's a lazy talent that won't always use his ability to the fullest. I'd rather see us restructure Brown's deal, since he's an elite run defender, than retain Pryce.

Agree completely...

I remember when Jason Whitlock nominated Pryce as a MVP candidate after his KC game. I thought he was crazy at the time, and still do...

Momentum
01-17-2006, 08:31 PM
Whitlock is a KC fan...

WABronco
01-17-2006, 08:32 PM
Whitlock is a KC fan...

No kiddin...

myoung
01-17-2006, 10:37 PM
I don't want Pryce back under any restructured deal. For starters, he's paid so much now, any restructuring will still make him overpaid for his production. Pryce is lazy and takes too many plays off. He made headlines this season for one game, and was a virtual nonfactor for half of the season. For a right end, his speed and quickness are quite overstated. His ability to play the run is also overrated as evidenced by the team's ability to stop runs to his side, which we are currently 31st in the league, according to footballoutsiders.com. Pryce never should have been moved from defensive tackle, where he had Pro Bowl talent. Now, he's a lazy talent that won't always use his ability to the fullest. I'd rather see us restructure Brown's deal, since he's an elite run defender, than retain Pryce.


I probably didn't emphasize the word heavy in my restructure statement for Pryce. When I typed it in I almost put in for a restructure to the vet minimum. that is the type of situation I think he should be asked to do. Realistically I dont think it goes that far.

I am not a big Brown fan either. I personally would prefer to let them both go and draft Kiwi and Lawson in the first round. We might suffer in the run D but we would have the speed rushers we sorely need. I know I am in la la land at this point though so I need to slap myself back into reality.

speedracer2411
01-19-2006, 01:43 PM
ooooooooo Adam Archuleta