Monday, March 12, 2012
NFL Offensive Free Agents
Obviously this year is a special year in the free agent market with one Peyton Manning currently out there without a job. Not often do you see a top 10 quarterback all time (yep, I went there) up for grabs. That alone will make things very interesting this free agency season but let's take a closer look at some of the other options out there...
The most interesting on the whole list (besides Peyton obviously) has to be Matt Flynn. Like Kevin Kolb last year, he is a quarterback who will probably get paid way too much, given his small sample size of real game time play. Matt Flynn played in a system where you are forced to throw over 35 times a game so I feel his numbers are a bit skewed (even though 6 TD's in one game is nothing to sneeze at either) This is not to say Matt Flynn cannot succeed in the NFL, it's just that nobody who plays a couple games can really be worth that much money.
Another thing to look at too is if Peyton decides to play for the Cardinals, that pretty much means the end of Kevin Kolb in Arizona. That would be the makings of another interesting storyline...
Since the top 4 running backs that were free agents are either signed or have a franchise tag on them, this is probably the least interesting of all free agency positions. With that being said, a guy like Mike Tolbert could fit very well with a lot of different teams. You don't expect Tolbert to be your feature back but he will get you in the end zone if you are close enough. I imagine the Chargers will think twice before letting go of another running back to free agency (see Example A, Darren Sproles)
-Ted Ginn Jr.
This list has some pretty notable receivers not named Vincent Jackson. There are a lot of teams out there in desperate need to upgrade their receiving corps, notably our Minnesota Vikings. Anyone of these players on this list could make a case for being a #2 receiver behind Percy Harvin (and a couple probably a #1) There are a couple guys on this list, like Harry Douglas or Ted Ginn, who could be appealing some teams because they have some skills in the Special Teams department as well.
There is not a whole lot to look at on this list but I would guess someone will take a chance on Dallas Clark. Marcedes Lewis and Visanthe Shaincoe are two other legit tight ends that are on this list. If Shaincoe could just keep his "3rd leg" on the offensive line of scrimmage/not commit multiple false starts a game, he would have been much more productive these last couple of years with the Vikes.
There is a fair amount of talent out there this year for Offensive Line. Usually a valuable guard or tackle is hard to come by in free agency but this year looks to have some true potential at these positions. Of the bunch, obviously Carl Nicks is on the top of the list. He will command a large contract but a team desperate to help out a star Running Back and/or young QB (in my opinion, O-line is the most glaring need for our Vikings (yes, even more than our Secondary)) will be willing to pay for his talents.