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2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilities

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists H.B. Blades (Pittsburgh) Buster Davis (Florida State) David Harris (Michigan) Ali Highsmith (LSU) James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) Rey Maualuga (Southern California) Sam Olajubutu (Arkansas) Paul Posluszny (Penn State) BRANDON SILER (FLORIDA) just thought I would throw ...

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Old 11-02-2006, 10:54 PM   #1
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2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilities

2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists
H.B. Blades (Pittsburgh)
Buster Davis (Florida State)
David Harris (Michigan)
Ali Highsmith (LSU)
James Laurinaitis (Ohio State)
Rey Maualuga (Southern California)
Sam Olajubutu (Arkansas)
Paul Posluszny (Penn State)
BRANDON SILER (FLORIDA)

just thought I would throw up the list of LB in next years draft up for the Dit-ka,

Brandon Siler is an interesting Jr. 6-2 235

possible FA at LB
Lance Briggs, UFA, Chicago Bears
Na'il Diggs, UFA, Carolina Panthers
Cato June, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
Adalius Thomas, UFA, Baltimore Ravens
London Fletcher UFA Buffalo Bills
Chase Blackburn, ERFA, New York Giants
Chad Brown, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
James Darling, UFA, Arizona Cardinals
Randall Godfrey, UFA, San Diego Chargers
Kawika Mitchell, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
Rob Morris, UFA, Indianapolis Colts

Remember we are loaded with one year contract at the position
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Old 11-02-2006, 11:00 PM   #2
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RE: 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilitie

some more
Free Agent Defensive Lineman
Dwight Freeney, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
Jared Allen, RFA, Kansas City Chiefs
Vonnie Holliday, UFA, Miami Dolphins
Terdell Sands UFA Oakland Raiders
Justin Smith, UFA, Bengals
Edward Jasper, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles
Chad Lavalais, RFA, Atlanta Falcons
Cory Redding, UFA, Detroit Lions
Hollis Thomas, UFA, New Orleans Saints

cornerbacks
Nate Clements, UFA, Buffalo Bills
Asante Samuel UFA New England Patriots
Roc Alexander, RFA, Denver Broncos
Jordan Babineaux, RFA, Seattle Seahawks
Jason David, RFA, Indianapolis Colts
Randall Gay, RFA, New England Patriots
Nick Harper, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
David Macklin, UFA, Arizona Cardinals

Safety
Tyrone Carter, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
Deon Grant, UFA, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ken Hamlin, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
Michael Lewis, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles
Donnie Nickey, UFA, Tennessee Titans
Tony Parrish, UFA, San Francisco 49ers
Ernest Shazor, ERFA, Arizona Cardinals
B.J. Ward, RFA, Baltimore Ravens
Gibril Wilson, RFA, New York Giants

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Old 11-02-2006, 11:04 PM   #3
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RE: 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilitie

I'd be shocked if Briggs was allowed to walk out of Chicago.
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Old 11-02-2006, 11:10 PM   #4
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RE: 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilitie

I do not think they can swing the money to keep him. they have the other starting LB locked up now and he is the last one. he could be odd man out due to the cap. he is wanting money up close to urlacher range.
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Old 11-03-2006, 08:58 AM   #5
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RE: 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilitie

James Laurinaitis and Buster Davis are beast. I don't know why there's always so much hype surrounding H.B. Blades, he's never lived up to his potential there and seems to always battle injury bugs.

Asante Samuel... aren't we looking for a good young cornerback? This should be the guy. We definately don't need another safety but that Ken Hamlin sure can hit.
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:04 AM   #6
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Now do not count on Samuel. Romur here has it Branch was low balled because of the money they need to sign him next year. Branch just would not go along with the program. his nose was broken because the Pats held him to the contract. All indications are Samual is aboard with the team and its plans
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:27 AM   #7
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RE: 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilitie

I'd take Clements over Samuel all day long, but either would be great FA pick-ups at a position we need to address. On another note......if Chicago lets Lance Briggs walk, we need to be on him like white on rice!
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Old 11-06-2006, 08:57 PM   #8
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RE: 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilitie

i would love to get asante samuel and randall gay.... right off the bat samuel becomes our #2 and gay would be our nickel back or at least challenge fred thomas.... that would allow us to finally get rid of craft macaroni and cheese and have a really dependable secondary.... gandhi, don't you think that briggs is as good as he is b/c of urlacher? look at roosevelt colvin.... looked great w/ the bears, not so good with the patriots.... just wanted your thoughts on that postulation....
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:00 PM   #9
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RE: 2006 Butkus Award Semifinalists and some FA possibilitie

personally, if we draft linebacker in the draft i'm really hoping one way or the other we come out of the draft with patrick willis or sam olajabutu.... these guys are the heart and soul to their defenses and loom large in the minds of opposing quarterbacks in the sec..... after watching the ravens game, adailus thomas would be a great pick up for us, but considering what we already have at the position i'm not sure how much action we'll see position in the offseason.... i think that offensive line and secondary help will be the focus along with defensive line youth....
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:02 PM   #10
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another guy i'd love to see in black and gold is alan branch, dt, michigan.... the guy is massive (6'5", 330+ lbs) and is a monster vs. the run and eats up space kinda like norman hand used to do for us....
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