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NFL free agency: The top remaining players
By Gregg Rosenthal
The second phase of free agency is here -- the bargain phase. Over half of our initial top-85 overall free agents heading into free agency have signed, but there are plenty of good players still out there.
The remaining options are unsigned for a variety of reasons. Many of them want too much money and priced themselves out of a quick offer. Some have injury questions. This is the part of free agency where great GMs earn their money. Here are our top-40 players left, with a look at where they might land:
Potential difference makers
1. Sebastian Vollmer, T: It's amazing that he might get less money than Jermon Bushrod. Sign this man!
2. Andre Smith, T: The longer this goes, the better chance he will re-sign with the Bengals.
3. Greg Jennings, WR: Look for him to sign with the Vikings or the Packers shortly. He didn't have the market he expected.
4. Jake Long, T: Assuming his physical is now over, it looks like he's choosing between the Dolphins and the Rams. Jeff Fisher and Jared Cook both went to the Rams in this scenario.
5. Brent Grimes, CB: Coming off a torn Achilles' tendon makes Grimes a difficult player to evaluate, but the talent is there.
6. Aqib Talib, CB: The Patriots have patiently waited out the cornerback market. Talib seems destined to return to New England or join the Redskins.
7. Antoine Winfield, CB: Tough as nails and versatile, Winfield is a perfect short-term addition for a contender.
8. Ed Reed, S: The southern hospitality shown by the Texans should result in a contract, unless rapper Pitbull gets in the way.
9. Fred Davis, TE: Like Dustin Keller, he's coming off an injury-plagued year. Unlike Keller, there are big off-field concerns. The Browns or Redskins should get him.
10. Brandon Moore, G: He can start 16 games at a cheap price.
Starters with questions
11. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB: Teams may wait until Bradshaw is fully healthy this offseason to sign him.
12. Dwight Freeney, DE: The Patriots could sign him in an Adam Vinatieri-in-reverse type of move.
Best of the rest: Top available free agents
Take a look at the best remaining free agents and see where they might land.
13. Osi Umenyiora, DE: Osi is beginning to realize all those long-term offers from the Giants weren't so bad.
14. Richard Seymour, DL: He wants big money and could wait out teams looking for an injury replacement in camp.
15. Michael Huff, S/CB: A surprise late addition to the free agent market, Huff still has some good years left.
16. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB: San Francisco and New Orleans are the two most likely landing spots for Asomugha.
17. Eric Winston, T: He probably has to wait for Vollmer and Smith to sign.
18. James Harrison, LB: He's not getting a ton of interest, but he could go revenge mode by signing in Baltimore.
19. The wheel of starting kickers: A few kickers have signed, but Phil Dawson, Jason Hanson and Steven Hauschka still are out there.
Effective in the right role:
20. Adam Jones, CB: He's most likely to return to Cincinnati, especially if Terence Newman leaves.
21. Matt Shaughnessy, DL: One of our favorite value pickups, the former Raider has talked with the Cardinals and Titans.
22. Israel Idonije, DE: He doesn't fit in every system, but he should make a nice third DE for some team.
23. Beanie Wells, RB: The Steelers checked out Wells' knee. There are big health concerns here.
24. Rey Maualuga, ILB: He visited the Cardinals, but didn't get an offer he liked. The Giants or a return to the Bengals remains possible.
25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: There aren't a lot of obvious fits for Fitz. Maybe a return to the Bengals?
26. Daryl Smith, LB: Teams don't pay linebackers over 30 that don't rush the passer.
27. Antoine Cason, CB: He has an agent that likes to leak interest. A visit to the Cardinals hasn't resulted in a deal.
28. John Abraham, DE: He's battling Freeney for a potential job with the Patriots.
29. Shane Lechler, P: Punters are people, too.
30. Bryant McKinne, T: Like Seymour, McKinnie could be a late addition in the offseason for a team in need.
31. Mike Jenkins, CB: It's really not hard to find a cornerback this year. It is hard to find a really good one.
32. Adrian Wilson, S: He could join New England's veterans-looking-for-a-ring stew.
33. Sedrick Ellis, DT: I'm surprised some coach out there doesn't think he can turn Ellis' career around.
34. Felix Jones, RB: He'll get a job, but there's no guarantee he'll have much of a role.
35. Charles Woodson, S: If the ***** don't bite, we're not sure where Woodson could land.
36. Brad Jones, LB: He's a better signing than Erik Walden, who got big bucks from the Colts.
37. Brian Urlacher, LB: A return to Chicago seems inevitable despite reports of mild interest in Minnesota and Dallas.
38. Victor Butler, LB: He showed flashes of serious pass-rush potential in Dallas.
Best of the rest: Karlos Dansby, LB; Julian Edelman, WR; Michael Turner, RB; Kerry Rhodes, S; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR; Kevin Kolb, QB; DeAngelo Hall, CB; Antwan Barnes, LB; Brandon Gibson, WR; Shaun Phillips, OLB; LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB; Dawan Landry, S; Ronde Barber, CB/S; Nick Barnett, LB; Kevin Walter, WR; Jason Campbell, QB,; Peyton Hillis, RB; Michael Boley, LB; Bernard Scott, RB; Takeo Spikes, LB; Tracy Porter, CB; Cedric Benson, RB; Brandon Myers, TE.
Re: NFL free agency: The top remaining players
For the $8 Million a year we might give Long, I'd much rather grab Winston and Huff, but that's just me. I'm also interested in some of those bargain safeties and Peyton Hillis. He'd be a great compliment to our smaller guys and can be a workhorse if needed.I believe!
Re: NFL free agency: The top remaining players1. Sebastian Vollmer, T: It's amazing that he might get less money than Jermon Bushrod. Sign this man!
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interesting if the rams got peyton hillis for cheap...
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