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The likely free agent pool for 2011

Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:34 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

The lockout is lifted…for now. The NFL will file an appeal with the Eighth Circuit Court on Tuesday seeking an immediate stay. If that stay is not granted, the 2011 League Year will begin.

With the absence of a new CBA, the 2011 League Year will almost certainly be under 2010 League Year rules. That would mean no free agency for players who do not have six years of accrued experience. Thus, like last year, a large portion of the top-flight younger free agents will not hit the market, but instead, will remain with their current club after being tendered as restricted free agents. RFA tenders were issued before the lockout. So were franchise tags. As you're about to see, this significantly decreases the quality of the 2011 free agent pool.

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This in mind, here is a list of the noteworthy players at each position who will be available on the open market as unrestricted free agents. (The players are listed in no particular order, though the better players are listed near the top.) If a player’s name is not on the list, it means he’s been tendered as an RFA or franchise tagged. This list does not include the small number of veterans who are still under contract with their current team but are all but guaranteed to be available at some point (such as Donovan McNabb, Vince Young, etc.) It also inlcudes recognizable players who were not given RFA tenders (though there were very, very few of them).

QuarterbackM. Hasselbeck (US Presswire)
Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
Marc Bulger, Ravens
Kerry Collins, Titans
Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings
Todd Bouman, Jaguars
Chad Pennington, Dolphins
Patrick Ramsey, Vikings
Jim Sorgi, Giants
Billy Volek, Chargers
Alex Smith, 49ers
Chris Simms, Titans
Rex Grossman, Redskins

Running Back
Cedric Benson, Bengals
Ronnie Brown, Dolphins
Ricky Williams, Dolphins
Darren Sproles, Chargers
Kevin Faulk, Patriots
Fred Taylor, Patriots
Sammy Morris, Patriots
Clinton Portis, Redskins
Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers
Vonta Leach, Texans
Dominic Rhodes, Colts
Deon Anderson, Dolphins
Ladell Betts, Saints
Heath Evans, Saints
Tony Richardson, Jets
Mewelde Moore, Steelers
Brian Westbrook, 49ers

Wide Receiver
Santana Moss, Redskins
Terrell Owens, Bengals
Braylon Edwards, Jets
Mark Clayton, Rams
Randy Moss, Titans
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Ravens
Donte' Stallworth, Ravens
Andre' Davis, Texans
Brian Finneran, Falcons
Kevin Curtis, Chiefs
Greg Lewis, Vikings
Kelley Washington, Chargers
Legedu Naanee, Chargers
Brandon Stokley, Seahawks

Tight End
Bo Scaife, Titans
Desmond Clark, Bears
Reggie Kelly, Bengals
Robert Royal, Browns
Daniel Graham, Broncos
Donald Lee, Packers
Ben Hartsock, Jets
Randy McMichael, Chargers
Chris Baker, Seahawks
John Gilmore, Buccaneers

Offensive TackleM. Light (US Presswire)
Jammal Brown, Redskins
Matt Light, Patriots
Damien Woody, Jets
Kevin Shaffer, Bears
Alex Barron, Cowboys
Jordan Black, Jaguars
Ryan O'Callaghan, Chiefs
Wayne Hunter, Jets
Langston Walker, Raiders
Khalif Barnes, Raiders
Trai Essex, Steelers
Barry Sims, 49ers
Ray Willis, Seahawks
Sean Locklear, Seahawks

Guard
Alan Faneca, Cardinals
Kyle Kosier, Cowboys
Robert Gallery, Raiders
Floyd Womack, Browns
Billy Yates, Browns
Reggie Wells, Eagles
David Baas, 49ers
Chester Pitts, Seahawks
Adam Goldberg, Rams
Derrick Dockery, Redskins

Center
Olin Kreutz, Bears
Jonathan Goodwin, SaintsC. Jenkins (US Presswire)
Chris Spencer, Seahawks
Casey Wiegmann, Chiefs
Casey Rabach, Redskins

Defensive End
Jason Babin, Titans
Cullen Jenkins, Packers
Shaun Ellis, Jets
Kenyon Coleman, Browns
Marcus Spears, Cowboys
Jonathan Fanene, Bengals
Robaire Smith, Browns
Jared DeVries, Lions
Jarvis Green, Texans
Vernon Gholston, Jets
Trevor Pryce, Jets
Bobby McCray, Eagles
Nick Eason, Steelers
Jacques Cesaire, Chargers
Demetric Evans, 49ers
Raheem Brock, Seahawks
Dave Ball, Titans

Defensive Tackle
Aubrayo Franklin, 49ers
Pat Williams, Vikings
Tommie Harris, Bears
Kris Jenkins, Jets
Bryan Robinson, Cardinals
Anthony Adams, Bears
Justin Bannan, Broncos
Ronald Fields, Broncos
Jamal Williams, Broncos
Damione Lewis, Texans
Ron Edwards, Chiefs
Gerard Warren, Patriots
Anthony Hargrove, SaintsS. Cooper (US Presswire)
Chris Hoke, Steelers
Craig Terrill, Seahawks

Inside Linebacker
Stephen Cooper, Chargers
Takeo Spikes, 49ers
Mike Peterson, Falcons
Kirk Morrison, Jaguars
Barrett Ruud, Buccaneers
Akin Ayodele, Bills
Hunter Hillenmeyer, Bears
Dhani Jones, Bengals
Eric Barton, Browns
Landon Johnson, Lions
Danny Clark, Saints
Keith Bulluck, Giants
Keyaron Fox, Steelers
Kevin Burnett, Chargers

Outside Linebacker
Ben Leber, Vikings
Andre Carter, Redskins
Thomas Davis, Panthers
Jason Taylor, Jets
Matt Roth, Browns
Mike Vrabel, Chiefs
Pisa Tinoisamoa, Bears
David Bowens, Browns
Julian Peterson, Lions
Kevin Bentley, Texans
Kawika Mitchell, Saints
Scott Shanle, Saints
Leroy Hill, Seahawks
David Thornton, Titans

CornerbackN. Asomugha (US Presswire)
Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders
Ike Taylor, Steelers
Carlos Rogers, Redskins
Fabian Washington, Ravens
Drayton Florence, Bills
Brian Williams, Falcons
Chris Carr, Ravens
Eric King, Lions
Lito Sheppard, Vikings
Frank Walker, Vikings
Jordan Babineaux, Seahawks
Phillip Buchanon, Redskins

Safety
Quintin Mikell, Eagles
Darren Sharper, Saints
Gerald Sensabaugh, Cowboys
Bernard Pollard, Texans
Lawyer Milloy, Seahawks
Brodney Pool, Jets
Roy Williams, Bengals
Gibril Wilson, Bengals
C.C. Brown, Lions
Derrick Martin, Packers
Eugene Wilson, Texans
Aaron Francisco, Colts
Ken Hamlin, Colts
Sean Considine, Jaguars
Jon McGraw, Chiefs
Pierson Prioleau, Saints
Deon Grant, Giants

Kicker
Adam Vinatieri, Colts
Ryan Longwell, Vikings
Shayne Graham, Patriots
Olindo Mare, Seahawks
Jeff Reed, 49ers

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Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 12:07 am
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

You missed Jonathan Joseph, CB Bengals



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:31 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:08 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

As usual Benoit's article is incomplete. Manny Lawson should be included in this list because I have been reading alot on how much the 49ers and their fans can't wait for Lawson to get out of town. The guy is worse than Kentwan Balmer. Terrell Owens can't be the second best free agent wide receiver. The guy is a cancer, a pain and a drama QUEEN. Note the emphasis on queen. Anyway, other than that I was entertained by reading the list. Now if Benoit would only come out with a list of where free agents will end up. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:54 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

CBS should add Oakland safety Michael Huff to this list. The Jets are desperate for safety help and I'd love to have a Longhorn.



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:52 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

Dude, i was just going to post this exact same post!!!  WHY NOT DRAFT AN OT AND SIGN  - done and done. You think Asomugha wouldnt want to play with the boy called Suh??? He'd love those tipped passes and knocked balls...lock him up Mayhew



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:40 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

NFL is back boys..hell yeah. Asomugha is coming to south beach with Palmer and Deangelo Williams...



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:39 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

God is not amused by Lions...remember....Rome used to feed christians to the Lions



Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:02 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

no salary cap for 2011....al davis is going to make it rain for the raiders..... $20 mil locked for 1 yr.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:16 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

Dear God,
If you can hear me or if you read this -- Can you use your almighty powers and have  sign with the Lions??  I don't ask you for much and go to church, not once, not twice, but three times on Sunday's -- that has to count for something, other than brownie points with my crazy ass wife's baptist family??  LOL

I won't ask you for anything in the near future.

Thank you!!!




Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:53 pm
 

The likely free agent pool for 2011

Tuff to get interceptions when teams avoid throwing the ball to you.


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