Tag:NFL free agency
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 3:35 pm

2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

The lockout is over and that means the beginning of the NFL offseason and perhaps the most insane period of free agency the league's ever seen.

To keep you up-to-date on all the latest info, we're happy to present our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker, where we'll highlight the top free agents for each team, and update you on where they landed for the 2011 season. Follow us on Twitter @CBSSportsNFL for all the latest, breaking news as well.

Player Position 2010 Team
Marshal Yanda
 G Ravens
Agrees to $32M deal with Baltimore
Jared Gaither  T Ravens Agrees to deal with Kansas City
Le'Ron McClain RB  Ravens Agrees to terms with Kansas City
Josh Wilson CB Ravens Signs 3-year deal with Washington
Chris Carr CB Ravens Re-ups with Baltimore for 4 yrs
Willis McGahee
RB Ravens Agrees to terms with Denver
Kelly Gregg
DT Ravens Signs 1-yr deal with the Chiefs
Todd Heap
Ravens Signs two-year deal with Cardinals
Derrick Mason
Ravens Agrees to terms with NYJ
Haloti Ngata DT Ravens Given Franchise Tag
Dawan Landry  S Ravens Agrees to deal with Jaguars
Johnathan Joseph CB Bengals Agrees to 5-yr, $48.75 mil deal with Texans
Cedric Benson RB  Bengals Re-signs with Cincinnati
Dhani Jones LB  Bengals UFA
Antwan Odom
Bengals Released by Bengals, FA
Matt Roth LB  Browns Signs a 1-yr, $3 million deal with Jaguars
Eric Wright CB  Browns Agrees to deal with Lions
Jake Delhomme
Browns Released by Browns, FA
Ike Taylor CB Steelers Re-signs to 4-year deal with Steelers
William Gay CB  Steelers Re-signs with Steelers
Willie Colon Steelers Re-signs to a 5-yr, $29 mil deal with PIT
LaMarr Woodley LB  Steelers Given Franchise Tag
Player Position 2010 Team
Jason Babin DE  Titans Agrees to a 5-yr deal with Eagles
Randy Moss WR  Titans Retired
Stephen Tulloch LB  Titans Signs 1-yr, $3.25 mil deal with Lions
Kerry Collins QB  Titans Retired on July 7
Vince Young
QB  Titans Agrees to deal with Eagles
Dave Ball DE  Titans Signs with Titans
Bo Scaife TE  Titans Signs with Cincinnati
Chris Simms QB  Titans UFA
Jacob Ford DE  Titans Signs with Titans
Marques Douglas  DT Titans UFA
Kirk Morrison LB  Jaguars UFA
Mike Sims-Walker WR Jaguars Signs 1-yr, $3.7 mil deal with Rams
Trent Edwards QB  Jaguars Signs deal with Oakland
Adam Podlesh Jaguars Signs 5-yr deal with Chicago
Justin Durant LB  Jaguars Agrees to deal with Lions
Sean Considine S Jaguars Signs deal with Carolina
Joseph Addai  RB  Colts Re-ups with the Colts
Melvin Bullitt Colts Agrees to terms to re-sign with Colts
Ken Hamlin CB  Colts UFA
Charlie Johnson Colts Signs with Minnesota
Clint Session LB  Colts Agrees to 5-yr, $30 mil deal with Jaguars
Adam Vinatieri Colts Agrees on 3-year deal with Colts
Dominic Rhodes RB  Colts UFA
Tyjuan Hagler LB  Colts UFA
Aaron Francisco DB  Colts UFA
Daniel Muir DT  Colts Signs with St. Louis
Vonta Leach FB  Texans Signs 3-yr, $11 mil deal with Ravens
Jacoby Jones WR Texans Agrees on 3-year deal with Houston
Eugene Wilson Texans UFA
Jason Allen CB  Texans UFA
Rashad Butler Texans Agrees on 2-year deal with Houston
Zac Diles LB  Texans Signs with St. Louis
Bernard Pollard Texans Signs with Baltimore
Matt Leinart QB  Texans Agrees to terms to re-sign with Houston
Player Position 2010 Team
Paul Posluszny LB Bills Agrees to six-year deal with Jaguars
Donte Whitner S Bills Signs with San Francisco
Akin Ayodele LB Bills UFA
Ronnie Brown RB Dolphins Signs one-year deal with Philadelphia
Ricky Williams RB Dolphins Signs with Baltimore
Tyler Thigpen QB Dolphins Agrees to three-year deal with Bills
Chad Pennington QB Dolphins Unlikely to play in 2011
Tony McDaniel DL Dolphins Re-signs for 2-year deal with Dolphins
Channing Crowder
LB Dolphins Released by Dolphins, FA
Kevin Faulk RB Patriots Re-signs with New England
Shayne Graham K Patriots Signs with Washington
Sammy Morris RB Patriots Re-signs with New England
Ty Warren
DE Patriots Signs with Denver
Marcus Stroud
DT Patriots Released by Patriots, FA
Tully Banta-Cain
LB Patriots Released by Patriots, FA
Nick Kaczur
OL Patriots Released by Patriots, FA
Fred Taylor RB Patriots UFA
Jarrad Page S Patriots Signs with Philadelphia
Gerard Warren DE Patriots Signs with New England
Matt Light T Patriots Signs with New England
Antonio Cromartie CB Jets Signs with Jets
Braylon Edwards WR Jets Signs with San Francisco
Santonio Holmes WR Jets Agrees to 5-year, $50 mil deal with Jets
Damien Woody T Jets Announced retirement
Jason Taylor DE Jets Signs with Dolphins
Brad Smith WR Jets Agrees to 4-yr, $15 mil deal with Bills
Tony Richardson FB Jets UFA
Nick Folk K Jets Re-signs with New York on 1-year deal
Steve Weatherford P Jets Agrees to deal with NYG
Vernon Gholston DE Jets Agrees to deal with Chicago
Drew Coleman S Jets Agrees to deal with Jaguars
Kris Jenkins DT Jets Announced retirement on Facebook
Player Position 2010 Team
Vincent Jackson WR Chargers Will sign franchise tag, report to camp
Malcom Floyd WR Chargers Signs with San Diego
Darren Sproles RB Chargers Agrees to 4-yr, $14 mil deal with Saints
Eric Weddle S Chargers Agrees to 5-year, $40M deal with San Diego
Legedu Naanee WR Chargers Signs with Carolina
Jacques Cesaire DL Chargers Signs with San Diego
Stephen Cooper LB Chargers Signs with San Diego
Jeromey Clary T Chargers Signs with San Diego
Antwan Barnes LB Chargers Signs with San Diego
Kevin Burnett LB Chargers Agrees to terms with Dolphins
Nnamdi Asomugha CB Raiders Agrees to 5-year, $60M deal with Philly
Zach Miller TE Raiders Signs with Seattle
Michael Huff SS Raiders Re-ups with Oakland
Robert Gallery G Raiders Signs a three-yr deal with Seattle
Kamerion Wimbley LB Raiders Given Franchise Tag
Bruce Gradkowski QB Raiders Signs 2-yr deal with Bengals
Johnnie Lee Higgins WR/KR Raiders Agrees to deal with Philly
Tamba Hali LB Chiefs Given Franchise Tag
Ron Edwards DT Chiefs Signs with Carolina for 3 years, $8.25 mil
Brandon Carr CB Chiefs RFA (1st-round tender)
Ryan O'Callaghan T Chiefs Signs with Kansas City
Shaun Smith DL Chiefs Agrees to terms with Chiefs
Casey Wiegmann C Chiefs Signs with Kansas City
Daniel Graham TE Broncos Signs 3-year deal with Titans
Laurence Maroney RB Broncos UFA
Marcus Thomas DT Broncos Signs with Broncos
Matt Prater K Broncos Signs with Broncos
Ryan Harris T Broncos Signs with Philadelphia
Player Position 2010 Team
Olin Kreutz C Bears Signs with Chicago
Tommie Harris DT Bears Signs with Colts
Danieal Manning CB Bears Agrees to 4-yr, $20 mil deal with Texans
Drew Stanton QB Lions Agrees to 1-year deal to return to Detroit
Bobby Carpenter LB Lions Signs with Lions
Chris Houston CB Lions Signs with Lions
Julian Peterson LB Lions UFA
Kevin Smith RB Lions UFA
Cullen Jenkins DE Packers Signs 5-yr, $25 mil deal with Eagles
Atari Bigby S Packers UFA
Daryn Colledge G Packers Agrees to deal with Arizona
James Jones WR Packers Re-ups with the Packers on a 3-yr deal
Nick Barnett
LB Packers Signs 3-yr, $12 mil deal with Bills
Justin Harrell
DT Packers Released by Packers, FA
Brandon Jackson RB Packers Agrees to 2-yr, $4 mil deal with Browns
Mason Crosby K Packers Signs 5-yr $14.75 mil deal
John Kuhn RB Packers Signs with Packers
Sidney Rice WR Vikings Agrees to 5-year, $41M deal with Seattle
Ray Edwards DE Vikings Agrees to 5-year deal with Falcons
Pat Williams DT Vikings UFA
Ben Leber LB Vikings Signs with St. Louis
Tarvaris Jackson QB Vikings Agrees to deal with Seattle
Ryan Cook T Vikings Signs with Vikings
Ryan Longwell K Vikings Re-signs with Vikings on 4-year deal
Player Position 2010 Team
Charles Johnson DE Panthers Agrees to $76M deal with Carolina
DeAngelo Williams RB Panthers Agrees to 5-yr, $43 mil deal with Carolina
Ryan Kalil C Panthers Given Franchise Tag
James Anderson LB Panthers Agrees to 5-year deal with Carolina
Thomas Davis LB Panthers Agrees to 5-year deal with Carolina
Ed Johnson DL Panthers RFA
Richard Marshall DB Panthers Agrees to terms with Cardinals
Matt Moore QB Panthers Agrees to 2-yr, $7.5 mil deal with Miami
Dante Rosario TE Panthers Signs with Denver
John Kasay
K Panthers Released by Carolina, FA
Tyson Clabo T Falcons Agrees to 5-yr, $25 mil deal with Falcons
Justin Blalock G Falcons Re-ups with Atlanta
Harvey Dahl G Falcons Agrees to 4-year deal with Rams
Brent Grimes CB Falcons Signs with Atlanta
Jerious Norwood RB Falcons Signs with Rams
Jason Snelling RB Falcons UFA
Joe Nedney
K Falcons Released by Atlanta, FA
Michael Jenkins
WR Falcons Signs 3-yr deal with Vikings
Jamaal Anderson
DL Falcons Released by Atlanta, FA
Mike Peterson LB Falcons Agrees to deal with Falcons
Jermon Bushrod T Saints Re-ups with the Saints on a 2-yr deal
Lance Moore WR Saints Agrees to re-up with New Orleans
Heath Evans FB Saints UFA
Roman Harper DB Saints Signs with Saints
Courtney Roby WR/KR Saints Signs with Saints
Darren Sharper S Saints Signs with Saints
Davin Joseph G Buccaneers Agrees to re-up with TB for 7 yrs, $52.5 mil
Barrett Ruud LB Buccaneers Signs a one-yr deal with Titans.
Quincy Black LB Buccaneers Re-signs with TB for 5 yrs, $29 mil
Connor Barth LB Buccaneers RFA
Player Position 2010 Team
Marion Barber
RB Cowboys Released by Dallas
Roy Williams
WR Cowboys Released by Dallas; signs with Bears
Marc Colombo
OL Cowboys Released by Dallas, signs with Dolphins
Leonard Davis
OL Cowboys Released by Dallas
Kris Brown
K Cowboys Released by Dallas
Doug Free T Cowboys Re-signs with Dallas for 4-year, $32 mil
Stephen Bowen DT Cowboys Agrees to 5-yr, $27.5 mil deal with WAS
Alex Barron T Cowboys Signed with Saints
Marcus Spears DL Cowboys Agrees to deal with Dallas
Ahmad Bradshaw RB Giants Signs with Giants
Barry Cofield DT Giants Agrees to 6-year, $36M with Washington
Mathias Kiwanuka DE Giants Agrees to deal with Giants
Steve Smith WR Giants Agrees to a one-year deal with the Eagles
Kevin Boss TE Giants Signs with Oakland
Keith Bulluck LB Giants UFA
Michael Clayton WR Giants Signs with Giants
Plaxico Burress WR --- Signs 1-yr, $3.017 mil deal with Jets
Tiki Barber RB --- Released by Giants
Quintin Mikell S Eagles Agrees to 4-year deal with St. Louis
Michael Vick QB Eagles Given Franchise Tag
Stewart Bradley LB Eagles Agrees to 5-yr deal with Arizona
Jerome Harrison RB Eagles Signs with Detroit
Max Jean-Gilles G Eagles Signs with Cincinnati
Sav Rocca P Eagles Agrees to deal with Washington
Santana Moss WR Redskins Agrees to $15M deal with Washington
Carlos Rogers CB Redskins Signs with San Francisco
Jammal Brown T Redskins Signs with Redskins
Phillip Buchanon CB Redskins Signs with Redskins, suspended 4 games
Rocky McIntosh LB Redskins Signs with Redskins
Rex Grossman QB Redskins Signs with Redskins
Clinton Portis RB Redskins UFA
Player Position 2010 Team
Mark Clayton WR Rams UFA
Laurent Robinson WR Rams Signs with Chargers
Kevin Dockery CB Rams UFA
Brandon Mebane DT Seahawks Signs a 5-yr, $25 mil deal with Seattle
Matt Hasselbeck QB Seahawks Agrees to 3-year, $21M deal with Tennessee
Chester Pitts G Seahawks UFA
Jordan Babineaux S Seahawks Signs with Titans
Raheem Brock DL Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Leroy Hill LB Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Sean Locklear T Seahawks Signs with Redskins
Kelly Jennings CB Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Lawyer Milloy S Seahawks UFA
Olindo Mare K Seahawks Agrees to 4-year, $12M deal with Carolina
Chris Spencer C Seahawks Signs with Bears for a two-yr deal
Junior Siavii DT Seahawks Signs with Seahawks
Manny Lawson LB 49ers Signs with Bengals
Alex Smith QB 49ers Agrees to 1-year, $5M deal with 49ers
Aubrayo Franklin DT 49ers Signs with Saints
Ray McDonald DE 49ers Agrees to 5-year, $20M deal with 49ers
Troy Smith QB 49ers UFA
Takeo Spikes LB 49ers Agrees to 3-year deal with San Diego
David Baas C 49ers Agrees to deal with New York Giants
Brian Westbrook RB 49ers UFA
Travis LaBoy LB 49ers Signs with Chargers
Barry Sims T 49ers UFA
Steve Breaston WR Cardinals Agrees to 5-year deal with Chiefs
Deuce Lutui G Cardinals Signs with Cardinals
Alan Faneca G Cardinals Retired in early May
Ben Graham P Cardinals Signs with Cardinals
Alan Branch DT Cardinals Signs with Seattle
Derek Anderson
QB Cardinals Signs with Panthers
Gerald Hayes
LB Cardinals Released by Arizona

Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:10 am

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

Posted by Will Brinson

There's a new CBA in town and that means that teams need to get up to the cap floor and also get below the new salary cap. The first victim of this movement? Willis McGahee of the Ravens, apparently.

Or formerly of the Ravens -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Monday afternoon that the Ravens have already informed McGahee that they plan on releasing him.

Of course, they can't actually do so until Thursday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET. (I know this because I've been reading up on the league calendar!)

That the Ravens would dump McGahee was wholly expected -- he was due $6 million in 2011, and no one expected them to pay that much for a backup running back.

The good news for McGahee is that there's ample teams in the market for free-agent running backs, and he shouldn't go too long without some kind of employment.

UPDATED (5:49 P.M. ET): McGahee, it turns out, isn't the only unfortunate soul who will be cut Thursday. You can add Ravens NT Kelly Gregg to the list as well, though as Carroll County Times reporter Aaron Wilson reports, there's a chance Gregg could return to the team at a reduced salary.

The 34-year-old Gregg had two years left on his contract at $3.5 million per year.

UPDATE (7:10 P.M. ET): The Ravens are in full-on roster-slash mode apparently: according to reports from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post and Jamison Henley of the Baltimore Sun, the team has also informed Derrick Mason and Todd Heap that they'll be cut.

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 4:20 pm

NFL Lockout: Live updates throughout Monday

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

The lockout, kids. The 32 NFLPA reps voted unanimously to approve the CBA on Monday afternoon. That gives us a decade (!) of labor peace in the NFL. Life is good.

Now the chaos begins. Fortunately, we're here to provide you with live updates throughout the day/night/week (?!?!). So bookmark our NFL Lockout: Live Updates page and come back early and often.

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Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 3:48 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There may still be NFL labor uncertainty, but one thing is not in doubt: once the lockout ends, free agency will be a frenzied process as the league furiously preps for the 2011 season.

And from the sound of it, longtime Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck won't be back in Seattle. ESPN's John Clayton doesn't think the Seahawks are interested in paying a starter's salary to a 35-year-old oft-injured QB whose future might be as a backup and mentor.

"I don't know if they'll pay $5 million (per year), I don't know if they'll pay $6 million," Clayton said, according to ESPN 710, "but if there's no offer from Seattle, you take the best offer and it very well could be in Nashville."

As in: the Titans, a destination we wrote about last month. And while we'd expect there will be a market for Hasselbeck, especially to help bring along a young franchise quarterback like, say, Jake Locker, it's something of a surprise to hear that the Seahawks could be keen on Tarvaris Jackson, the former Vikings second-round pick who will be a free agent once the lockout ends.

Clayton says he's "getting the feeling" that Seattle could have serious interest in Jackson. ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer also suggested that Jackson could land in Seattle, telling ESPN 710 that, "(Seahawks new offensive coordinator Darrell) Bevell … always had an affinity for Tarvaris Jackson. And believe it or not, I think that might be the play here for the Seattle Seahawks -- I think it might be trying to get Tarvaris Jackson from Minnesota. … They've always liked him, they liked his starter potential. (Bevell) tried to make it happen for him in Minnesota and that might be the direction they're trying to go."

Dilfer add that "I don't like that plan, but if that's their plan and that's what they're trying to do, then more power to them."

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Jackson admits that he worked well with Bevell in the past. 

"We had a pretty good relationship, me and Bev did," Jackson said. "... It seems like a pretty good opportunity. I know the offense. That's a plus. Coach Bevell, he's very familiar with me and I'm very familiar with him. So that's always a plus."

We've written previously that the Seahawks, rumored to have offered a first- and third-round pick for Kevin Kolb earlier this offseason, shouldn't break the bank for an unproven commodity given all their other roster needs. Jackson, like Kolb, is still unproven, but he wouldn't cost nearly as much. And unlike Matt Leinart, who has ties to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll that go back to USC, Jackson doesn't come with baggage.

Worst case: instead of reaching or overspending for a stopgap QB, Seattle just goes with what they have -- Charlie Whitehurst -- and reevaluate things after the season.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 7:52 pm

Report: Asomugha 'too expensive' for Lions

Posted by Will Brinson

The most prized free agent in the upcoming offseason -- as previously noted by our own Pete Prisco -- is cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Many a team is expected to compete for Asomugha and, as we've previously discussed, there have been insane rumors about Nnamdi pulling in upwards of $19 million a year. One of the teams many folks expected to chase the former Raider were the Detroit Lions, an up-and-coming team in need of a cornerback.

However, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported on Monday afternoon that Asomugha is "too expensive" for the Lions' taste and that they'll look elsewhere for secondary help.

"Elsewhere" isn't exactly bad -- Jonathan Joseph, Antonio Cromartie and Ike Taylor are all fantastic "consolation" prizes for teams that don't end up landing Asomugha.

In fact, fellow EoF blogger Ryan Wilson recently noted that Joseph might actually be the "best free-agent cornerback option," simply because his value at $X million a year might be surpass whatever Nnamdi offers at $XX, particularly at his age."
Summer of Nnamdi

Birkett notes as much, pointing out that the Lions would like to add one of those guys "if the price is right."

Of course, none of this precludes Detroit from at least chasing Asomugha, though based on this, they'll eventually pull out of the running when his price tag gets too high.

If and when they do, though, it may be an indication of how much smarter the Lions' current regime is than the last.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 11:37 am

Texans chasing Nnamdi, 'long shot' to Cowboys?

Posted by Will Brinson

There's little question that, whenever the lockout finally ends, Nnamdi Asomugha will be the most sought-after player on the NFL's free-agent market.

And as more teams jump into the fray for help at the cornerback position, his price will only get higher. There'll likely be many teams chasing his services, but it appears that the Cowboys will not be one of them.

That's according to Matt Mosely of Fox Sports Southwest, who writes that he can "tell you with absolute certainty that Dallas sees Asomugha as a long shot."

Mosely says he's been told "only in our dreams" by folks in the Cowboys organization that such a signing and falls below signing Doug B. Free. (Not to mention it would require that Dallas release Terence Newman.)

Free's going to be pretty pricey, even though the 'Boys will end up moving him to right tackle once Tyron Smith's ready to take over on the left side. And while Dallas could definitely use Asomugha's talent to shut down some of the dangerous NFC East wideouts they face several times a year, they've got plenty of other issues to address.

A team that will have no choice but to chase Asomugha? That would be the Texans, whose pass defense flirted with being historically bad in 2010.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported Tuesday that Houston is "indeed prepared to be aggressive in free agency … and will be among the teams pursuing" Asomugha.

The bad news for the Texans is that they'll now be chasing a player who will demand more than Dunta Robinson did when he left Houston for the Falcons in free agency a year ago.

The good news is that the new CBA, provided it plays out as everyone believes, should end up pushing several talented cornerbacks (namely Jonathan Joseph) into the free-agent market.

That won't make Asomugha too much cheaper, but it will give teams that don't have the bankroll to say in the hunt with the Dan Snyders of the world a shot at picking u pa viable option anyway.

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 4:21 pm

Joseph might be best free-agent CB option

Posted by Ryan Wilson

When discussing soon-to-be free-agent cornerbacks, the conversation usually begins with Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha. He's long been considered one of the best cover corners in the league, often mentioned in the same breath as Darrelle Revis, and earlier this decade, Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson. But Asomugha's not the only prized cornerback likely to hit the open market when the lockout is resolved. In fact, he may not even be the best. That honor could go to Cincinnati's Johnathan Joseph, who at 27, is also three years younger.

It's easy to forget that the Bengals actually have playmakers, what with all the off-field distractions, but Joseph, the team's first-round pick in 2006, has quietly become one of the league's best young cornerbacks.

Under the terms of the old collective bargaining agreement, Joseph would be a restricted free agent in 2011 (and in March the Bengals gave him the highest restricted tender just in case). But it now looks like he'll be free to sell his talents to the highest bidder once a new CBA is reached.

One such team could be the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN's John Clayton, appearing on the Kevin Calabro radio show earlier this week, said that Joseph could be had for $8 million a year, which will be a lot less than Asomugha will command. And it doesn't sound like Joseph has any loyalties to the Bengals.

"He would leave Cincinnati for a dollar more than the Bengals are offering," Clayton said.

Which is a familiar refrain for both players and coaches.

This also means that the other big-named free-agent cornerback, Ike Taylor, should expect something in the neighborhood of $8 million a year. He's said previously this offseason that he won't give the Steelers a hometown discount. Pittsburgh is reportedly prepared to spend -- you guessed it -- in the neighborhood of $8 million per year to keep Taylor, who is 31.

That said, if the Steelers can get comparable productivity for the same price of a player four years younger than Taylor, maybe they should pursue Joseph.

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

The likely free agent pool for 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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