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    Smile A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    1. Charles Woodson, Oakland [31 tackles, 1 INT]
    It is no secret that Woodson has worn out his welcome in Oakland, and will be hitting the free agent market as early as he can. The primary reason stated by Oakland management will be that Woodson's skills have eroded to the point that he is no longer worth the money it will cost to keep him. While his on the field performance has certainly slipped over the years (culminating this season with a trip to the IR for a broken right leg) the real drain on Woodson's performance is better attributed to a lack of desire, and less to a lack of talent. Don't be fooled by the claims coming out of the East Bay, Woodson still has the ability to be a number one corner. What is missing is something to ignite the fire within him, something to push him to return to that elite level. An opportunity to play for a winner again, or to return to his midwest roots, may be the impetus Woodson needs to renew his career.
    Already 29, teams should be wary of giving him a long term deal, however, they should not be afraid to insert him into their starting lineup. At 6'1, 200 lbs, Woodson is big and physical, with the ability to chuck receivers off the line before they can get into their routes. Although he lacks the closing speed of the game's premier corners, he is still quick enough to make up ground on most receivers. A step below elite players like Champ Bailey and Chris McAlister, Woodson still has the talent to compete with almost any corner in the game.

    GOOD FITS: Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, Kansas City, Arizona, New York Jets, Dallas

    EARLY PICK: The Lions would make sense for the former Wolverine, as he could team with another free agent signing, Dre Bly, to form the division's second best corner duo. However, shaky management and lack of a defensive mindset may steer Woodson elsewhere. Teams like Pittsburgh and Kansas City would be ideal as they are already winners, a player or two away from being serious Super Bowl contenders. With Herm Edwards finally going to KC, both teams have defensive minded coaches who play a physical style. However, Cleveland and New England seem the best fits for Woodson. A native of Ohio, a return to his home state would give him the opportunity to work with Romeo Crennel, and to be the main fixture on a young, up and coming team. In addition, a team like the Browns is likely to be willing to over pay for Woodson, despite his injuries. If Woodson can sacrifice an immediate payday, then New England makes the most sense. Bill Belichik has a history of taking chances on players who wore out their welcome elsewhere (see: Corey Dillon, David Terrell, Rodney Harrison). Not all have worked out, but a player's personal history has never been a deterrant. After a hard fought season that saw the loss of numerous defensive players to injury, a physical corner like Woodson would fit in nicely in New England, and help return the Patriots to the top of the AFC.

    2. Nate Clements, BUFF [102 tackles, 2 INT]
    Clements has always been a good fit in Buffalo, and this season he did a solid job replacing Antoine Winfield as the team's primary corner. The 2 interceptions are not indicative of Clements' cover ability, as his 102 tackles reflect the amount of time he spent bringing down ball carriers who slipped through the pourous Buffalo run defense. Bigger than one might think, Clements was a very physical presence, forcing three fumbles, while remaining a ball hawk in the secondary, defending 13 passes.
    Yet, for all of his statistical accomplishments, Clements failed to show the flare and athletic superiority of the game's elite corners. That, however, hasn't stopped him and his agent from seeking to make Clements the NFL's highest paid corner. Although it is highly unlikely he will be paid more than the current leader in salary, Champ Bailey, it is guaranteed that his asking price will take him out of Buffalo. An above average defender, and only 26 years old, Clements would be a tremendous loss to the Bills. However, numbers like 50-60 million dollars will be too much for a team that is more than a player away from solving their problems. Look for Clements to bolt to the highest bidder, with little regard for intangibles such as a winning team or a defensive system that plays to his strengths (see: Duane Starks, Arizona).

    GOOD FITS: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Arizona, New York Jets, St Louis

    EARLY PICK: A lot of familiar names pop up, and that is to be expected. However, Clements, while younger and healthier than Woodson, will also be pricier. Teams like Cincy and Cleveland will most likely be the first to contact the Ohio native and former Buckeye, with Cincy bowing out for lack of need and cap room. The Jets will be reluctant to overpay when they have so many other holes to fill, while Arizona is stil reeling from the last free agent they signed to play cornerback. In the end, it will come down to whether or not Buffalo franchises Clements. If they do, they are likely to have a locker room cancer for the entire year. Assuming they are scared off by that prospect, expect teams like St Louis, Houston and Pittsburgh to get into a bidding war for his services.

    3. Will Allen, New York Giants [70 tackles, 0 INT]
    If your team is looking for a cornerback, and they can't break the bank, then keep a close eye on this Syracuse alum when he matches up with Steve Smith in the first round of the playoffs. Listed at 5'10, 196, Allen plays bigger than he looks. Physical off the line of scrimmage, he has the requisite speed to keep up with a majority of the league's number one wideouts. His lack of interceptions this season are more a result of teams wanting to take a shot at rookie Corey Webster on the other side of the field. A former first rounder, Allen has been a mainstay in the Giants' secondary from day one. A consumate professional, he is consistent, and makes few mistakes over the course of a game. After being more of a gambler early on in his career, he has settled into the role of the team's primary corner, spending most of his time focused on minimizing the effect of the other team's star wideout. He would make a solid addition to any team looking for more consistent play on the outside.

    GOOD FITS: Pittsburgh, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Arizona

    EARLY PICK: The first five teams on the list are all excellent places for Allen to consider. Strong franchises looking for a solid if unspectacular veteran presence to play opposite younger players (Colclough, Newman, Marlin Jackson, Rashean Mathis), except for in Denver, where Allen would be among the league's top #2 corners. In Minnesota, he would help in the rebuilding effort alongside Winfield, while Arizona would certainly look to him to be the number one guy while they bring first rounder Antrel Rolle along. In the end, however, the Giants are likely to pay whatever it takes to hold on to Allen. Outside of the linebacker position, the Giants have very few needs, and are certain to spend whatever money they have on keeping their top players in Giant blue.


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    Re: A few LB Free Agents anyone interested?

    I would take either Woodson or Clements. Losing can drain a player and getting an enthusiastic, defensive minded coach would probably ignite a fire under Woodson

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    Re: A few LB Free Agents anyone interested?

    These guys aren't linebackers, this topic is misleading LOL :tongue: LOL

    Ok who fixed the topic LOL
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    Smile Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    Quote Originally Posted by ramsbruce
    These guys aren't linebackers, this topic is misleading LOL :tongue: LOL

    Ok who fixed the topic LOL
    I never fixed it and I thought I had CB from the begining but this thread keeps putting LB instead of CB. Maybe the mods are trying to tell us that we need a LB more then a CB. I think some of these guys even if they played LB would make a few tackles every now and then unlike our LBs.




    Thank you to the Mods if I did mess up the title and they fixed it.

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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    I'd like me some Nate Clements. I'll pass on Woodson though. We need guys who are hungry on defense, not projects. Its the wrong situation for that.

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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    I'll take Clements, and pass on the other two.
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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    Though the Giants might ultimately end up resigning Will Allen, he's been nothing but a disappointment in his first four years.

    Decent "tackle the catch" guy and a serviceable CB, but can't catch a freaking cold...

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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    Woodson still has alot of talent would not mind seeing him in Ram blue if the price is right.

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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip32
    Woodson still has alot of talent would not mind seeing him in Ram blue if the price is right.
    He's a Poston stooge, so rest assured, the price won't be right.
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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    Oh thats right I forgot he was postonised well we can count him out

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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    Clements would be a great addition, but I doubt we've got the cap room to pay what he's going to ask and address other needs properly.

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    Re: A few CB Free Agents anyone interested?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece
    Clements would be a great addition, but I doubt we've got the cap room to pay what he's going to ask and address other needs properly.
    He may get Buffalo's tag as well.
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