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    restricted free agents....hmmm

    In fact, it is more typically the bargain players in restricted free agency -- young veterans who perhaps have outplayed their draft status but still received just the low-level qualifying offer -- who are most attractive. Here's a look at 10 players with compensation in the third round or lower who might garner interest:

    • WR Nate Burleson, Minnesota (compensation: third round): Has started 33 games in three seasons and posted 68 catches for 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004. Injuries limited his playing time and his production in 2005, but it's still hard to believe the Vikings, with all the cap room they possessed, didn't make him a higher qualifying offer. Could be a terrific No. 2 receiver if he stays healthy. Visited with Seattle officials last week but did not sign an offer sheet.

    • CB Ricky Manning, Carolina (compensation: third round): Former starter who moved into nickel role after the Panthers signed Ken Lucas in free agency last spring. Undersized, but a feisty defender who plays a physical style and gets around the football. Lots of playing time on his résumé. Nine career interceptions during the regular season and had three pickoffs as a rookie in the 2003 NFC Championship Game.

    • OG Vincent Manuwai, Jacksonville (compensation: third round): Has struggled at times, and seems to have fallen out of favor a bit with the Jaguars staff, but still a tough in-line blocker. At 312 pounds, can be a real load, and he has started 46 games in three seasons.

    • PK Josh Brown, Seattle (compensation: seventh round): A few teams are said to be considering making him an offer, but fear the Seahawks would match, no matter the terms. Has converted 63 of 80 field-goal tries and all but one of his 145 extra-point attempts. Is 23-for-37 from 40 yards or more and has connected on 7 of 12 field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more. At age 26, could have 10 or more productive years left in him.

    • OG Montrae Holland, New Orleans (compensation: fourth round): Like Manuwai, is a tough drive blocker, and has started 30 games, including 23 contests the past two seasons. Has had past problems with his knees, and that will always be a concern, along with weight issues. But can play both guard spots and is a nasty mauler when he's on his game.

    • LB Hunter Hillenmeyer, Chicago (compensation: fifth round): Not a very flashy defender, but a solid strong-side backer who makes the play he is supposed to make, and is rarely out of position. Became a full-time starter in 2004 and has averaged 80.5 tackles the last two seasons. Only has 3˝ sacks, but he can control the tight end and gets pretty good drops in the passing game.

    • WR Shaun McDonald, St. Louis (compensation: fourth round): Has been overshadowed by Curtis, who was also chosen in the 2002 draft. Started just three games in three seasons, but has 93 catches for 1,079 yards, and is quick enough to add yards after the catch. Coming off a 2005 campaign in which he posted a career-best 46 receptions. Can also return punts.

    • DT Kindal Moorehead, Carolina (compensation: fifth round): Doesn't have great size, so likely wouldn't be an every-down tackle, but should be a solid No. 3 guy in most teams' rotations, and can provide some inside push on third down. Has seven sacks for his career, so there's some pass-rush ability here. Résumé includes a dozen career starts.

    • LB Matt Wilhelm, San Diego (compensation: fourth round): Has appeared in just 25 games in three years, but when he's on the field, he makes things happen. Terrific size (6-2, 254 pounds) and might be able to play inside or on the strong side. Has 45 career tackles and one sack, and is an excellent special teams player.

    • CB Frank Walker, New York Giants (compensation: sixth round): Has had problems staying healthy and has appeared in only 20 games. But he's got the skills to develop into a decent nickel cornerback if he can stay on the field, and is a very good special teams player.




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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    I like Manning and Moorhead a lot. A lot of Panther's fans really like Moorhead. I think he could compete for a starting job here if Kennedy doesnt live up to expectations.
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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    dont want to lose a 3 for any of them

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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    I agree I like Manning alot, he always is around the footie and he has attuide!! and hes a sure tackler!!


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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by fred10licious
    dont want to lose a 3 for any of them
    r u joking me?????? what has a 3rd round produced for us before other than curtis????? what brian allen or hold on eric crouch???? what hmmm.... lamar gordon

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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    I forgot to add that would give a 3nd pick for manning!!!


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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    There is no way we go after any more big name free agents.
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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    A fifth rounder for Moorehead or Hillenmeyer might not be a bad idea. Wilhelm would be a solid pick up as well.
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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce4life
    r u joking me?????? what has a 3rd round produced for us before other than curtis????? what brian allen or hold on eric crouch???? what hmmm.... lamar gordon
    traded the rights for crouch to the packers for a 3 and traded Gordon to Fins for a 2 so thats not so bad. but your right FORGET BRIAN ALLEN

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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    lol, lets get Shaun Mcdonald. But in all seriousness, I like Hillenmeyer and Manning. If we lose Ivy, I like Manning to take his place. I am pretty sure Manning is more productive then Fakhir Brown.

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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by fred10licious
    traded the rights for crouch to the packers for a 3 and traded Gordon to Fins for a 2 so thats not so bad. but your right FORGET BRIAN ALLEN
    Didnt we lose Brian Allen , when the league added teams, we could only protect so many players ?, we even exposed Warner at the time, imagine if HE was never a Ram ??????:sad:
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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    we left brian allen unprotected yes but he was only with the rams one year and did competely nothing.... no we did not leave warner unprotected...

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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    found this article:
    RAMS LB ALLEN TAKEN BY HOUSTON TEXANS IN EXPANSION DRAFT
    Tuesday, February 19, 2002
    LB Brian Allen was the only member of the St. Louis Rams to be chosen by the Houston Texans in yesterday’s expansion draft.

    Allen, LB Mark Fields, CB Jacoby Shepherd, T Ryan Tucker, and RB Justin Watson were made available by the Rams, as each team was required by the NFL to make five players eligible for the draft.

    Allen was the 18th of 19 players selected by the Texans.

    Allen, 6-0, 232, was the Rams third round pick (83rd overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played in three games on special teams and had one special teams tackle. Allen was inactive for 13 games and three postseason contests.

    Allen played collegiately at Florida State, where he was a two-year starter. Allen collected 286 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, four interceptions and 16 passes defensed in his college career and was a semifinalist for Dick Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker following his senior season.
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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    was there a previous expansion draft before this ??? im almost positive we left Warner exposed in one of these ??
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    Re: restricted free agents....hmmm

    Ok now im answering my own post question ....LOL, it was the 1998 expansion draft that Warner was left exposed .... thankfully nobody else wanted him LOL .... the rest is history !!!
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