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The Market’s Dry

Welcome to the Free Agent edition of the Brew Crew Corner. Most of the big names have either stayed put or left for new teams. The remaining list of names reads like the last round of a keeper draft, full of disappointing prospects and players on the decline. Most teams are done looking through the FA list and will now focus solely on the draft to fill the positions that are still in need. There still can be some draft day deals in the works and post-draft cuts to come. Don’t forget players who could still to be released such as Torry Holt and Ladainian Tomlinson. Where they land will greatly affect their value from last year.

list as of 3/8/09

QUARTERBACKS

Player Name

  FA Status

      ’08 Team

                          ’09 Team

Matt Cassel    Signed

          New England Patriots    

     Kansas City Chiefs

Chris Simms

   Signed

          Tennessee Titans           

     Denver Broncos

These two signed with a new team. The significant is Cassel’s trade to

Kansas City.

Cassel will now have to put a franchise on his back and make them a contender again while proving that he can play rather than benefiting from the system the Patriots had in place. The Simms move may not seem like much, but with Jay Cutler unhappy and the Broncos retooling the team in the post Mike Shanahan era, anything is possible. I think Cutler stays but keep in eye on the situation leading up to the draft.

Player Name

  FA Status

      Team

Kurt Warner

   Re-signed

     

Arizona Cardinals

Kerry Collins

   Re-signed

     

Tennessee Titans

Kyle Orton

     Re-signed

     

Chicago Bears

Luke McCown

Re-signed

     

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers

Warner and Collins keep retirement at bay with re-signing. Matt Leinart and Vince Young wait in the shadows and may never be relevant again. Orton stays on in

Chicago, which ends the Rex Grossman experiment.

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

Ryan Fitzpatrick 

      Signed

          Cincinnati Bengals

     Buffalo Bills

Brett Basanez   

      Signed

          Carolina Panthers

      Chicago Bears

Bruce Gradkowski 

    Signed

          Cleveland Browns

     Oakland Raiders

Damon Huard     

     Signed

          Kansas City Chiefs

    San Francisco 49ers

J.T. O’Sullivan     

    Signed

          San Francisco 49ers

  Cincinnati Bengals

Dan Orlovsky      

    Signed

          Detroit Lions

            Houston Texans

Six QBs land on new teams to do the same job they did in their last stop, which is holding the clipboard. Nothing more to see here. Keep it moving.

Player Name

  FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

Ken Dorsey    

UFA (Cut)      

Cleveland Browns     Free Agent

Gus Frerotte  

UFA (Cut)      

Minnesota Vikings     Free Agent

Trent Green   

UFA (Cut)      St. Louis Rams         Free Agent

Brad Johnson UFA (Cut)      Dallas Cowboys        Free Agent

These players have been cut and should probably be out the league soon.

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                          ’09 Team

Jeff Garcia          

   UFA

              Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

      Free Agent

Rex Grossman    

    UFA

              Chicago Bears               

     Free Agent

Byron Leftwich    

     UFA

              Pittsburgh Steelers       

      Free Agent

J.P. Losman         

    UFA

              Buffalo Bills                   

   Free Agent

Patrick Ramsey    

    UFA

              Denver Broncos             

    Free Agent

Charlie Batch       

    UFA

              Pittsburgh Steelers       

      Free Agent

Brock Berlin         

    RFA

              St. Louis Rams              

    Free Agent

Kyle Boller           

    UFA

              Baltimore Ravens            

   Free Agent

Brooks Bollinger  

     UFA

              Dallas Cowboys             

    Free Agent

Todd Bouman      

     UFA

              Baltimore Ravens            

   Free Agent

Anthony Wright   

     UFA

              New York Giants             

   Free Agent

Charlie Frye         

    UFA

              Seattle Seahawks           

    Free Agent

Joey Harrington   

     UFA

              New Orleans Saints        

    Free Agent

Drew Henson      

    RFA

              Detroit Lions                  

   Free Agent

Jamie Martin         

   UFA

              San Francisco 49ers       

    Free Agent

Marques Tuiasosopo

 UFA

              Oakland Raiders             

   Free Agent

The remaining free agents are a mix group of backups and busts. Garcia and Grossman may be the only QBs that may compete on a new team.

RUNNING BACKS

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

Derrick Ward     

     Signed

          New York Giants

       Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fred Taylor        

     Signed

          Jacksonville Jaguars

  New England Patriots

Maurice Morris   

     Signed

          Seattle Seahawks

     Detroit Lions

Correll Buckhalter 

    Signed

          Philadelphia Eagles

    Denver Broncos

LaMont Jordan   

      Signed

          New England Patriots

Denver Broncos

J.J. Arrington      

    Signed

          Arizona Cardinals

      Denver Broncos

There weren’t any big name RB free agents as there were in the past.

Taylor becomes the new Corey Dillon in

New England and will keep Laurence Maroney irrelevant. Ward landed on a team he could steal the starting job and have good value in fantasy leagues. The Broncos have added plenty of bodies to the back field but I plan to stay away from

Denver‘s running game this season.    

Player Name

            FA Status

      Team

Brandon Jacobs 

      Re-signed

     

New York Giants

Darren Sproles  

      Re-signed

     

San Diego Chargers

Cedric Benson   

      Re-signed

     

Cincinnati Bengals

Kevin Jones       

     Re-signed

     

Chicago Bears

DeDe Dorsey     

     Re-signed

     

Cincinnati Bengals

Jacobs resigning in

New York was key for them as they are a run-first team. Sproles’ signing has created an awkward situation for the Chargers as they make LT choose between a pay cut or a release. Rumors are that if released, he could sign with a team like the Saints. This will be one of the bigger stories to watch at the RB position this offseason.  

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                          ’09 Team    

Deuce McAllister 

     

UFA (Cut)

     

New Orleans Saints      

       Free Agent

Warrick Dunn    

     

UFA (Cut)

     

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers 

      Free Agent

Ahman Green    

     

UFA (Cut)

     

Houston Texans          

      Free Agent

Reuben Droughns 

   

UFA (Cut)

     

New York Giants         

      Free Agent

Maurice Hicks      

   

UFA (Cut)

     

Minnesota Vikings       

       Free Agent

These once-productive RBs are no longer viable options for any team to consider. 

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                          ’09 Team

Shaun Alexander 

     UFA

              Washington Redskins    

      Free Agent

Fred Jackson     

     RFA

              Buffalo Bills                    

  Free Agent

Rudi Johnson    

       UFA

              Detroit Lions                  

   Free Agent

Tatum Bell        

      UFA

              Denver Broncos              

  Free Agent

Dominic Rhodes 

       UFA

              Indianapolis Colts          

     Free Agent

Patrick Cobbs   

       RFA

              Miami Dolphins               

   Free Agent

DeShaun Foster 

       UFA

              San Francisco 49ers       

    Free Agent

Samkon Gado   

      UFA

              St. Louis Rams                

  Free Agent

Andre Hall        

      RFA               Denver Broncos               

Free Agent

Jesse Chatman 

        UFA

              New York Jets                

  Free Agent

Lorenzo Neal   

        UFA

              Baltimore Ravens           

   Free Agent

Chris Perry       

      RFA

              Cincinnati Bengals          

     Free Agent

Michael Pittman 

       UFA

              Denver Broncos            

    Free Agent

Aaron Stecker  

       UFA

              New Orleans Saints       

      Free Agent

Danny Ware     

      RFA

              New York Giants           

    Free Agent

Jason Wright    

       UFA

              Cleveland Browns         

     Free Agent

The list of RBs still out on the market shows how little talent is left. Of the group,

Jackson,

Rhodes and  Ware have the most potential to have some relevance in 2009.

WIDE RECIEVERS

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

T.J. Houshmandzadeh Signed  

      Cincinnati Bengals

     Seattle Seahawks

Terrell Owens  

        Signed

          Dallas Cowboys

        Buffalo Bills

Laveranues Coles 

     Signed

          New York Jets

                   Cincinnati Bengals

Jabar Gaffney   

      Signed

          New England Patriots

Denver Broncos

Bryant Johnson 

      Signed

          San Francisco49ers 

  Detroit Lions

Brandon Jones   

      Signed

          Tennessee Titans

      San Francisco 49ers

Anthony Mix       

     Signed

          Free Agent

    

          Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nate Washington 

     Signed

          Pittsburgh Steelers

    Tennessee Titans

The WR group had the most buzz so far this offseason with T.J. signing with

Seattle and T.O. going to

Buffalo. Coles may get a boost if Carson Palmer is healthy. The rest could be fill in players sometime during the season for your fantasy team.

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

Antonio Bryant 

       Re-signed

     

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers

Michael Clayton 

       Re-signed

     

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers

Devery Henderson 

   Re-signed

      New

Orleans Saints

Michael Jenkins 

        Re-signed

     

Atlanta Falcons

Roscoe Parrish 

       Re-signed

     

Buffalo Bills

David Anderson 

       Re-signed

     

Houston Texans

The most note worthy of the group is the re-signing of Bryant. With Ike Hilliard and Joey Galloway gone, Bryant benefits the most. It will be interesting to see what Parrish’s role will be now that T.O. is in the mix.

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

               

          ’09 Team

Marvin Harrison 

       UFA (Cut)

      Indianapolis Colts        

       Free Agent

Joey Galloway  

       UFA (Cut)

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

      Free Agent

D.J. Hackett     

       UFA (Cut)

      Carolina Panthers        

      Free Agent

Drew Bennett  

        UFA (Cut)

      St. Louis Rams             

     Free Agent

Marty Booker   

       UFA (Cut)

      Chicago Bears             

      Free Agent

Ronald Curry    

       UFA (Cut)

      Oakland Raiders         

       Free Agent

Mike Furrey       

     UFA (Cut)

      Detroit Lions               

      Free Agent

Ike Hilliard        

      UFA (Cut)

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

      Free Agent

Kelley Washington 

    UFA (Cut)

      New England Patriots   

      Free Agent

Unlike the QB & RB list of players cut, thus list still has some talent that will play a role on a new team. Add in Torry Holt if he is cut. Harrison and Galloway are the most likely to land a spot on a new team. Hackett had plenty of potential but never lived up to the hype do to injuries. 

Player Name

            FA Status

      ‘08 Team

                ’09 Team

Lance Moore     

      RFA

              New Orleans Saints

   Free Agent

Bobby Engram  

      UFA

              Seattle Seahawks

     Free Agent

Mark Clayton    

      RFA

              Baltimore Ravens

      Free Agent

Miles Austin      

      RFA

              Dallas Cowboys

        Free Agent

Hank Baskett    

      RFA

              Philadelphia Eagles

    Free Agent

Drew Carter     

      UFA

              Oakland Raiders

       Free Agent

Terrance Copper 

      UFA

              Baltimore Ravens

      Free Agent

Malcom Floyd    

      RFA

              San Diego Chargers

  Free Agent

Robert Ferguson 

      UFA

              Minnesota Vikings

     Free Agent

Sam Hurd          

     RFA

              Dallas Cowboys

        Free Agent

Darrell Jackson  

      UFA

              Denver Broncos

        Free Agent

Keary Colbert    

      UFA

              Detroit Lions

            Free Agent

Ruvell Martin     

      RFA

              Green Bay Packers

   Free Agent

Ashley Lelie      

      UFA

              Oakland Raiders

       Free Agent

Brandon Lloyd  

       UFA

              Chicago Bears

          Free Agent

Jerry Porter      

      UFA

              Jacksonville Jaguars

  Free Agent

Justin McCareins 

      UFA

              Tennessee Titans

      Free Agent

Shaun McDonald 

      UFA

              Detroit Lions

            Free Agent

David Patten     

       UFA

              New Orleans Saints 

  Free Agent

Reggie Williams 

       UFA

              Jacksonville Jaguars

  Free Agent

Koren Robinson 

       UFA

              Seattle Seahawks

     Free Agent

Amani Toomer   

     UFA

              New York Giants

       Free Agent

Demetrius Williams

    RFA

     

         Baltimore Ravens

      Free Agent

A long list of players that could still have some relevance in 2009, but it will take a good situation or an injury. Some of these players could also re-sign with their former teams.

Moore and Engram have the best potential.

TIGHT ENDS

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

Kellen Winslow 

       Signed

          Cleveland Browns

     Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Baker       

     Signed

          New York Jets

                   New England Patriots

Dan Campbell   

       Signed

          Detroit Lions

            New Orleans Saints

Robert Royal     

      Signed

          Buffalo Bills

             Cleveland Browns

The Winslow trade was a surprise for me as he was a key part of the offense for

Cleveland. Perhaps Eric Mangini didn’t want a hot head in the locker room. This puts Winslow on a team that still has QB issues but has a running game that could provide him with good matchups.

Player Name

            FA Status

      Team

Jim Kleinsasser  

      Re-signed

     

Minnesota Vikings

Jerramy Stevens 

     Re-signed

     

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers

It will be interesting to see what role Stevens has with Winslow now on the team. If

Tampa uses two TE sets then he will have some value.

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

Owen Daniels   

       RFA

              Houston Texans

        Free Agent

Jeff King            

    RFA

              Carolina Panthers

      Free Agent

Dominique Byrd 

       RFA

              St. Louis Rams

         Free Agent

Bubba Franks   

       UFA

              New York Jets

         

          Free Agent

Itula Mili            

      UFA

              Seattle Seahawks

     Free Agent

Marcus Pollard 

        UFA

              Atlanta Falcons

         Free Agent

Leonard Pope  

        RFA

              Arizona Cardinals

      Free Agent

Bo Scaife          

     FFA

              Tennessee Titans

      Free Agent

Ben Troupe      

       UFA

              Oakland Raiders

       Free Agent

Daniels will likely re-sign with

Houston. After catching 70 passes last year, they would be crazy not to keep him. Scaife has been franchised.

PLACE KICKERS

Player Name

  FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

Shane Andrus

Signed

          Free Agent

    

         

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers

Dave Rayner

  Signed

          Free Agent

             

Washington Redskins

Mike Nugent  

Signed

         

New York Jets

                  

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers

The kicker position is probably the quietest group this offseason. Nugent singing in

Tampa will mean Matt Bryant is out.

    

Player Name

  FA Status

      ’08 Team

Rob Bironas

   Re-signed

     

Tennessee Titans

Jay Feely

       Re-signed

     

New York Jets

Jason Hanson

Re-signed

     

Detroit Lions

Kickers staying with their teams. Nothing more, nothing less.

Player Name

            FA Status

      ’08 Team

                ’09 Team

John Carney     

     

UFA

             

New York Giants

       Free Agent

Shayne Graham 

      FFA

             

Cincinnati Bengals

     Free Agent

Martin Gramatica 

    

UFA

             

New Orleans Saints 

  Free Agent

John Kasay        

    

UFA

             

Carolina Panthers

      Free Agent

Matt Stover        

   

UFA

             

Baltimore Ravens

      Free Agent

Shaun Suisham   

   

UFA

             

Washington Redskins

Free Agent

A few names that are still available that teams will probably add during camp. Graham has been franchised.

And there you have it folks. FA 2009 isn’t as glamorous as it has been in the past but there are plenty of moves that will be significant this year. With the addition of so many new coaches, players will be used differently then they have before. Once the draft happens and the salary cap casualties fall, the pictures will be much clearer.

Thanks for reading.

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