03-01-2005, 11:19 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
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NFL FREE AGENCY: MARKET REPORT
Which players will provide the returns of a summer blockbuster? And who are the potential big-money flops that will bring to mind Alexander (the movie, not the running back)? Vinnie Iyer rolls credits on the 2005 free agent class by positions.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ QB: Will Chargers move Brees?
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ RB: Stocked with franchise backs
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ WR: The fight to get Plax
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ TE: Is Bubba Franks available?
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ OL: Plenty of solid veterans
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ DL: Is Pryce right in Denver?
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ LB: Big names, bigger questions
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ CB: Fight for the Law
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ S: Darius could be moved
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ Spec.: "Idiot kicker" for hire
Featured attraction: Fred Smoot, Redskins. Though Smoot still is learning the nuances of coverage and needs to play with more control, his natural skills are very attractive.
Also starring: Andre Dyson, Titans. With his burst and ball skills, he has developed into one of the league's steadiest cover corners.
Right for any part: Gary Baxter, Ravens. He has settled in as a top-flight corner because of his size (6-2, 215) and agility. He also can excel at free safety for a team that won't lean on him in run support.
Rising star: Ken Lucas, Seahawks. He still is trying to convert his athleticism into savvy play in coverage, but he's a solid starting corner.
Lower-budget option: Anthony Henry, Browns. His ball skills are outstanding, and he will make some big plays. But a team will have to live with the big plays he gives up.
Market update: With the Patriots having cut star cornerback Ty Law, several teams have reportedly expressed major interest. Expect Law to be one of the most high-profile free agent signings.