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 Post subject: Free Agents available after this year...
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:47 pm 
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I borrowed this list from 67camaro over at AFMB, and I figured we could spend some time digesting this & come up with some possible scenarios.


""a list of all potential free agents come 2006, if their current deals aren't extended.



This list contains only those guys whose contracts expire after the season, and not any players who could end up on the open market if released from current contracts, such as Terrell Owens.



The list is subject to change based on renegotiations and other transactions. Teams have until December 31 to re-sign current players and allocate a portion of the signing bonus to the 2005 salary cap.



Players with the designation "RFA" have completed three seasons and are subject to the restricted free agency rules.



AFC East



New England: WR David Givens; G Stephen Neal; OT Tom Ashworth; WR Tim Dwight; WR Troy Brown; QB Doug Flutie; FB Heath Evans; RB Mike Cloud; WR Andre' Davis; TE Christian Fauria; S Michael Stone; LB Matt Chatham; CB Hank Poteat; LB Don Davis; K Adam Vinatieri; CB Chad Scott; WR Cedric James.



Miami: C Seth McKinney; FB Sammy Morris; OL Stocker McDougle; OL Alonzo Ephraim (RFA); QB Sage Rosenfels; WR Bryan Gilmore; RB Travis Minor; S Lance Schulters; LB Jason Glenn; S Yeremiah Bell (RFA); LB Nick Rogers; CB Kiwaukee Thomas; WR David Boston; WR Kendall Newson.



Buffalo: C Trey Teague; WR Sam Aiken (RFA); QB Shane Matthews; LB Angelo Crowell (RFA); CB Nate Clements; DE Ryan Denney; DT Justin Bannan; LB Mario Haggan (RFA); LB Josh Stamer (RFA); LS Mike Schneck; CB Kevin Thomas; DT Ron Edwards.



New York Jets: G Jonathan Goodwin; OT Scott Gragg; QB Vinny Testaverde; QB Kliff Kingsbury (RFA); DT James Reed; DE John Abraham; LB Kenyatta Wright; TE Chris Baker.



AFC North



Pittsburgh: WR Antwaan Randle El; QB Charlie Batch; WR Quincy Morgan; OT Barrett Brooks; TE Jerame Tuman; WR Sean Morey; RB Verron Haynes; DE Kimo von Oelhoffen; CB Ike Taylor (RFA); S Chris Hope; CB DeShea Townsend; LB Brett Keisel; LB Clint Kriewaldt.



Cleveland: WR Antonio Bryant; OT L.J. Shelton; C Mike Pucillo; TE Aaron Shea; DE Orpheus Roye; LB Andra Davis; LB Ben Taylor; CB Leigh Bodden (RFA); DT Ethan Kelley (RFA); LB Orlando Ruff; CB Ray Mickens; P Kyle Richardson; S Antwan Harris.



Cincinnati: FB Jeremi Johnson (RFA); WR Kevin Walter (RFA); G Scott Kooistra (RFA); TE Matt Schobel; QB Jon Kitna; FB Nick Luchey; WR Kelley Washington (RFA); TE Tony Stewart; S Ifeanyi Ohalete; DE Carl Powell; LB Marcus Wilkins; S Anthony Mitchell; CB Reggie Myles; CB Rashad Bauman; LB Hannibal Navies; RB Kenny Watson; LB Nate Webster.



Baltimore: RB Jamal Lewis; WR Patrick Johnson; TE Randy Hymes; OT Tony Pashos (RFA); TE Darnell Dinkins;QB Anthony Wright; RB Ovie Mughelli (RFA); RB Chester Taylor; TE Daniel Wilcox (RFA); RB Musa Smith (RFA); TE Terry Jones; DE Anthony Weaver; DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu; LB Tommy Polley; LB Bart Scott; S Chad Williams; S Will Demps; DE Jarret Johnson (RFA); DT Aubrayo Franklin (RFA); CB Dale Carter; CB Deion Sanders; P Dave Zastudil; K Aaron Elling (RFA).



AFC South



Indianapolis: WR Reggie Wayne; FB James Mungro; RB Edgerrin James; WR Troy Walters; WR Aaron Moorehead (RFA); DE Raheem Brock; LB David Thornton; LB Gary Brackett (RFA); LB Cato June (RFA); DT Larry Tripplett; DE Robert Mathis (RFA); LB Rob Morris; S Joseph Jefferson; S Gerome Sapp (RFA); LB Keith O'Neil (RFA); K Mike Vanderjagt; OT Makoa Freitas (RFA); LB Rocky Calmus; WR Brad Pyatt (RFA).



Jacksonville: G Vince Manuwai (RFA); OT Mike Pearson; C Dennis Norman; OT Ephraim Salaam; TE George Wrighster (RFA); WR Cortez Hankton (RFA); RB LaBrandon Toefield (RFA); LB Akin Ayodele; S Deke Cooper; CB Kenny Wright; DE Marcellus Wiley; DT Rob Meier; LB Tracy White (RFA); LB Tony Gilbert (RFA); CB Terry Cousin; LB Jamie Winborn.



Houston: WR Corey Bradford; WR Jabar Gaffney; WR Derick Armstrong (RFA); OT Seth Wand (RFA); G Fred Weary; G Milford Brown; OT Victor Riley; TE Matt Murphy; RB Jonathan Wells; QB Dave Ragone (RFA); LB Shantee Orr (RFA); LB Dashon Polk; LB Antwan Peek (RFA); LB Frank Chamberlin; LB Troy Evans; CB Jason Bell; S Ramon Walker; LS Bryan Pittman (RFA).



Tennessee: C Justin Hartwig; DE Kyle Vanden Bosch; LB Brad Kassell; S Tank Williams; LB Rocky Boiman; S Donnie Nickey (RFA); CB Tony Beckham; LS Jon Dorenbos (RFA).



AFC West



Denver: WR Charlie Adams (RFA); RB Ron Dayne; DT Monsanto Pope; DT Demtrin Veal (RFA); LB Patrick Chukwurah; LB Keith Burns; S Sam Brandon; DE Marco Coleman; TE/LS Mike Leach.



Oakland: OT Chad Slaughter; G Corey Hulsey; TE Zeron Flemister; RB Omar Easy; WR Randal Williams; LB Grant Irons; S Jarrod Cooper; DT Terdell Sands; DT Edward Jasper; LB DeLawrence Grant; LB Tim Johnson; CB Reynaldo Hill; S Reggie Tongue; CB Charles Woodson; DT Kenny Smith.



Kansas City: WR Chris Horn (RFA); OT Jordan Black (RFA); FB Tony Richardson; WR Marc Boerigter; QB Todd Collins; QB Damon Huard; DT Lional Dalton; DE Jimmy Wilkerson (RFA); DE Carlos Hall; CB DeWayne Washington; TE/LS Kendall Gammon.



San Diego: G Kris Dielman (RFA); QB Drew Brees; WR Reche Caldwell; WR Kassim Osgood (RFA); G Bob Hallen; TE Justin Peelle; FB Andrew Pinnock (RFA); DE DeQuincy Scott; DE Jacques Cesaire (RFA); LB Ben Leber; LB Matt Wilhelm (RFA); LB Stephen Cooper (RFA); CB Jamar Fletcher; S Clinton Hart (RFA); LB Carlos Polk; OT Courtney Van Buren (RFA).



NFC East



Dallas: OT Torrin Tucker (RFA); WR Peerless Price; OT Ethan Brooks; TE Dan Campbell; LB Scott Fujita; S Keith Davis (RFA); LB Scott Shanle (RFA); LB Eric Ogbogu; S Willie Pile (RFA); S Lynn Scott; DT Willie Blade.



Philadelphia: T Jon Runyan; WR Darnerian McCants; RB Lamar Gordon; TE Chad Lewis; RB Reno Mahe (RFA); DE N.D. Kalu; LB Keith Adams; DE Juqua Thomas; LB Zeke Moreno; S Quintin Mikell (RFA); CB Roderick Hood (RFA); K Jose Cortez; P Dirk Johnson (RFA).



Washington: TE Robert Royal; G Ray Brown; TE Brian Kozlowski; RB Rock Cartwright; S Ryan Clark; DT Cedric Killings (RFA); DE Demetric Evans; LB Khary Campbell; LB Warrick Holdman; S Omar Stoutmire; CB Ade Jimoh (RFA); LS Ethan Albright.



New York Giants: WR Tim Carter; WR David Tyree (RFA); OT Bob Whitfield; TE Visanthe Shiancoe (RFA); QB Tim Hasselbeck; WR Willie Ponder (RFA); TE Sean Berton (RFA); RB Chad Morton; DT Kendrick Clancy; LB Nick Greisen; CB Will Allen; DT Kenderick Allen (RFA); CB Frank Walker (RFA).



NFC North



Minnesota: WR Nate Burleson (RFA); C Melvin Fowler; RB Michael Bennett; WR Koren Robinson; G Toniu Fonoti; C Cory Withrow; QB Shaun Hill; RB Moe Williams; LB Keith Newman; LB Sam Cowart; S Corey Chavous; CB Brian Williams; DE Lance Johnstone; CB Ralph Brown; LB Raonall Smith; K Paul Edinger; S Willie Offord.



Chicago: G Terrence Metcalf; OT John St. Clair; C Roberto Garza; TE John Gilmore; QB Jeff Blake; TE Gabe Reid (RFA); LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (RFA); CB Jerry Azumah; LB Marcus Reese (RFA).



Detroit: OT Jeff Backus; G Kyle Kosier; C Brock Gutierrez; G Tyrone Hopson; TE Casey Fitzsimmons (RFA); QB Jeff Garcia; FB Paul Smith; RB Shawn Bryson; WR Troy Edwards; RB Artose Pinner (RFA); DE Cory Redding (RFA); LB Earl Holmes; LB James Davis (RFA); CB Andre' Goodman; S Terrence Holt (RFA); CB R.W. McQuarters; DE Jared DeVries; DE Kalimba Edwards; LB Wali Rainer; S Bracy Walker; S Vernon Fox; LB Nate Wayne; WR Kevin Johnson.



Green Bay: C Mike Flanagan; FB William Henderon; G Grey Ruegamer; OT Kevin Barry; QB Craig Nall; RB Tony Fisher; DE Aaron Kampman; DT Grady Jackson; DE Kenny Peterson (RFA); LB Paris Lenon; K Ryan Longwell; LS Rob Davis; RB Najeh Davenport; RB Ahman Green; S Earl Little.



NFC South



Carolina: C Jeff Mitchell; G Tutan Reyes; RB Ricky Proehl; WR Rod Gardner; OT Todd Fordham; QB Chris Weinke; RB DeShaun Foster; TE Mike Seidman (RFA); LB Will Witherspoon; S Marlon McCree; DT Kindal Moorehead (RFA); DE Kemp Rasmussen; LB Vinny Ciurciu (RFA); CB Dante Wesley; S Idrees Bashir; CB Ricky Manning (RFA); P Jason Baker; S Colin Branch (RFA); OL Matt Hill.



New Orleans: C LeCharles Bentley; G Montrae Holland (RFA); WR Az-Zahir Hakim; TE Zach Hilton (RFA); RB Antowain Smith; TE Lamont Hall; FB Fred McAfee; RB Anthony Thomas; DE Willie Whitehead; DE Darren Howard; LB Sedrick Hodge; LB Ronald McKinnon; CB Fakhir Brown; LB T.J. Slaughter; S Mel Mitchell; LB James Allen; WR Michael Lewis.



Tampa Bay: G Sean Mahan (RFA); QB Chris Simms (RFA); WR Ike Hilliard; WR Edell Shepherd (RFA); OT Todd Steussie; FB Jameel Cook; TE Dave Moore; DT Chris Hovan; S Dexter Jackson; CB Torrie Cox (RFA); CB Juran Bolden; K Matt Bryant.



Atlanta: OT Kevin Shaffer; WR Dez White; C Austin King (RFA); OT Barry Stokes; FB Fred McCrary; WR Jerome Pathon; QB Ty Detmer; S Keion Carpenter; DE Antwan Lake; LB Artie Ulmer; S Ronnie Heard; S Kevin McCadam; S Antuan Edwards; S Omare Lowe; K Todd Peterson; LB Erik Flowers.



NFC West



Arizona: G Reggie Wells (RFA); QB Kurt Warner; FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo; OL Adam Haayer; QB Josh McCown; FB Jarrod Baxter; WR J.J. Moses (RFA); WR Reggie Swinton; TE Teyo Johnson (RFA); FB Harold Morrow; RB James Jackson; DE Ross Kolodziej; DE Antonio Cochran; CB Robert Tate; DE R-Kal Truluck; S Quentin Harris; CB Raymond Walls; OL Ian Allen; OL Billy Conaty; DT Russell Davis; LB Gerald Hayes (RFA); DE Kenny King (RFA); DT Langston Moore (RFA); RB J.R. Redmond.



St. Louis: C Andy McCollum; TE Brandon Manumaleuna; WR Shaun McDonald (RFA); WR Kevin Curtis (RFA); G Tom Nutten; OT Rex Tucker; TE Cameron Cleeland; QB Jamie Martin; RB Arlen Harris (RFA); RB Aveion Cason; RB David Allen (RFA); DT Ryan Pickett; CB DeJuan Groce (RFA); S Adam Archuleta; S Mike Furrey (RFA); DE Tyoka Jackson; DT Damione Lewis; DE Brandon Green (RFA); LB Trev Faulk; CB Corey Ivy; CB Chris Johnson (RFA); CB Terry Fair; P Bryan Barker; FB Chris Massey; TE Roland Williams.



Seattle: WR Joe Jurevicius; G Steve Hutchinson; FB Mack Strong; RB Shaun Alexander; WR Peter Warrick; OT Wayne Hunter (RFA); TE Ryan Hannam; QB Seneca Wallace (RFA); RB Maurice Morris; S Marquand Manuel; DE Rodney Bailey; DT Rocky Bernard; DE Joe Tafoya; LB Kevin Bentley; S John Howell; CB Jimmy Williams; P Tom Rouen; K Josh Brown (RFA); CB Kevin House; WR Jerheme Urban (RFA).



San Francisco: WR Arnaz Battle (RFA); WR Brandon Lloyd (RFA); OT Anthony Clement; FB Fred Beasley; TE Trent Smith (RFA); QB Ken Dorsey (RFA); FB Chris Hetherington; WR Jason McAddley; RB Steve Bush; QB Jesse Palmer; LB Julian Peterson; LB Brandon Moore; LB Derek Smith; DE Travis Hall; CB Willie Middlebrooks; K Joe Nedney. ""


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I put the players of interest in bold, but I probably missed a few so let me know if I need to hgihlight someone.

Of these players, I think we should make the biggest play for Nate Clements, Charles Woodson, Tank Williams, LeCharles Bentley, Adam Archuletta, and either of the two big running backs, although I'm sure they would cost too much. Of these I would put them in this order:

1) Nate Clements - obviously the best defensive player coming into the FA market, Nate would provide the much needed compliment to D.Hall. We may be able to pull him in if he is looking to play for a winner.

2) LeCharles Bentley - due to playing in New Orleans, this guy has not received the credit he deserves outside of certain circles. Bentley would provide a devastating point man in our zone blocking scheme & allow us to take that next step in solidifying our offense.

3) Charles Woodson - although not getting any younger, he can still cover with the best of them when he isn't forced to tackle Jamal Lewis 10 times in a game. He may also get less than top dollar after suffering a broken leg & a checkered past with Oakland.

4) the rest - although the safeties are decent, neither is the kind of top flight multidimensional safety we really need. Both of the RB's will be looking for top dollar, and rightly so, after their stellar years this year. I wouldn't bother with any of these guys unless we can't pull a good S in the draft.

Ideally, we would sign Bentley & one of the corners, spend 3 of our first 4 picks to bring in a young, fast set of DB's to play Nickel & the Safety spot, if not both.


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 Post subject: Falcons need an def tackle also!
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One thing to remember about free agency is the top players mostly get franchised or protected so I really wonder how many will be avaialble.I haven't looked at the complete list but we certainly need a center with some beef Lecharles Bentley I like.I am tired of Mcclure getting pushed around and being handed a job. Second we need a def tackle,babineaux can't play the run and lavalais gets pushed around.Maybe Shopshire develops but Mora never plays him.I would prefer a veteran since rookies take awhile to learn the position.With the Colts having Edgerin James as a free agent I am not sure what they are going to do but I hope they let Larry Triplett go. Whoever the def tackle is better be able to stop the run since Coleman can get to the pass rusher.I know mckay likes quick small defenses but without the def line stopping the run the linebackers surely can't do it.

Corners cost an arm and leg in free agency and I don't think we have enough cap room for clements,he owuld be great to have.Webster signed for big bucks and we got burned with him.I am coming to the conclusion that Dunn won't get cut he means to much to the team.I hope he will renegotiate since the Falcons need cap space.

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 Post subject: I looked at most of th def tackles Orpheus Roye is the man
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 1:59 am 
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If we can't get Larry Tripplett I want Orpheas Roye from cleveland.I went through most of the def tackles on the free agent list and roye is bar far the most productive.

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Yeah I agree about Roye & Tripplett, but I would rather pick up Bentley or Clement/Woodson and try to draft a couple of wide bodies in the hopes one is wide enough...lol...I just don't see either of those guys being the kind of big time presence in the middle we need to compliment Coleman. I was thinking if we pickup a corner & Bentley, we could draft Ngata or Huff in the first round & try to pickup someone decent at the other position in the 2nd. Another, probably cheaper, route would be to sign Bentley & Roye/Tripplett & go with drafting a D-backfield. It might be our only option if our cap room is as bad as it may be. Peerless definitely wasn't Price-less......sigh.


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 Post subject: My thoughts on free agency and draft
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 4:06 am 
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I think you can forget about corner the good ones just cost to much.The only way you get corners is through the draft.I was thinking about the draft and free agency here is my plan so far.

Option 1

A.Pass rush is suffering we don't know how long Brady Smith will be healthy over at NFL Countdown they have the Falcons drafting Tamba Hali from Penn State.I guess he is playing real well.I don't know Penn State players tend not to play well in the pros ala 1st rounder a few yrs ago from the Bears def end Michael Haynes.Darrly Tapp seems to have dropped some but if there is a pass rusher you take him. Now if there isn't a pass rusher Micahel Huff would be option 1,Laron Landry,Darnell bing and if we go corner Tye Hill or Will Blackmon.I would like to upgrade the off line but defense is needed first.Only if a Eric Winston or someone obvious dropped would I go off line. I think corner first safety second or vice versa is the way to go for now.Greg Blue hopefully is there in the second.

Free agency - I think you sign Roye and Bentley those guys already know how to play and remember the NFL game is much different than the college game so there is much less of a chance of a bust if we sign free agents.Roye's numbers are so much better than most the other def tackles he would be the guy I first sign.Bentley is 310 pounds and I remember him as a rookie an article I read said he ws just nasty on the field.So to recap:

A.draft corner or safety,or safety or corner..then sign Roye and Bentley

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1.Free agency Steve Hutchinson guard ..I know it is the most need but Hutchinson is a pro bowler and would really help out the line.You just can't pass on a guy like that.I am not sure what would be left in terms of money probably not much but then I may use the draft for the def tackle.
Draft - Ngata could be long gone by the time the falcons pick round one,Gabe White iffy,Gabe Watson iffy...depending on who is there in rounds 2-4 I would take a def tackle.There was a study done about def tackles and the draft turns out that you have as good of a chance to get a decent one from rounds 1-4.I would take the best player in round one Huff,Landry,Bing,Hill or pass rusher then round 2 safety,corner,de end the best player.

I doubt we would have enough money for Hutchingson and roye or Hutch and Bentley but we really need a def tackle and center badly so maybe something can be done in terms of contracts.I don't know but if it meant cutting or trading someone to get rid of salary for a draft pick I would do it.Duckett migjht be the guy,Dunn I think restructures and other players.

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I think you can forget about corner the good ones just cost to much.The only way you get corners is through the draft.I was thinking about the draft and free agency here is my plan so far.

Option 1

A.Pass rush is suffering we don't know how long Brady Smith will be healthy over at NFL Countdown they have the Falcons drafting Tamba Hali from Penn State.I guess he is playing real well.I don't know Penn State players tend not to play well in the pros ala 1st rounder a few yrs ago from the Bears def end Michael Haynes.Darrly Tapp seems to have dropped some but if there is a pass rusher you take him. Now if there isn't a pass rusher Micahel Huff would be option 1,Laron Landry,Darnell bing and if we go corner Tye Hill or Will Blackmon.I would like to upgrade the off line but defense is needed first.Only if a Eric Winston or someone obvious dropped would I go off line. I think corner first safety second or vice versa is the way to go for now.Greg Blue hopefully is there in the second.

Free agency - I think you sign Roye and Bentley those guys already know how to play and remember the NFL game is much different than the college game so there is much less of a chance of a bust if we sign free agents.Roye's numbers are so much better than most the other def tackles he would be the guy I first sign.Bentley is 310 pounds and I remember him as a rookie an article I read said he ws just nasty on the field.So to recap:

A.draft corner or safety,or safety or corner..then sign Roye and Bentley

Option 2
1.Free agency Steve Hutchinson guard ..I know it is the most need but Hutchinson is a pro bowler and would really help out the line.You just can't pass on a guy like that.I am not sure what would be left in terms of money probably not much but then I may use the draft for the def tackle.
Draft - Ngata could be long gone by the time the falcons pick round one,Gabe White iffy,Gabe Watson iffy...depending on who is there in rounds 2-4 I would take a def tackle.There was a study done about def tackles and the draft turns out that you have as good of a chance to get a decent one from rounds 1-4.I would take the best player in round one Huff,Landry,Bing,Hill or pass rusher then round 2 safety,corner,de end the best player.

I doubt we would have enough money for Hutchingson and roye or Hutch and Bentley but we really need a def tackle and center badly so maybe something can be done in terms of contracts.I don't know but if it meant cutting or trading someone to get rid of salary for a draft pick I would do it.Duckett migjht be the guy,Dunn I think restructures and other players.



Here's my thoughts:

I think we should get a stud CB with our first pick in the draft, cuz IMO if we could have 2 shut-down corners, we could stack more people in the "box", right now we are in fear that Webster will get beat, so we can't put 8 in the box, which lets them run all over us

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I think you guys missed one potentially great FA option: Will Demps! He has been an invaluable part of the Ravens' defense and has shown excellent abilities in coverage from the safety spot. I think he'd be a nice improvement over Keon and might just make Scott a ton better.

I do agree on the idea to get a CB early in the draft. There are always some great values out there after the best names are off the board. We need depth at CB mostly.

I think our LBs are great as long as they can stay healthy. But our DL is pretty sad after our best 3 guys. Lavalais isn't a starter IMHO. Babs is good, but he needs to get back to the UT position to be truly effective. I think another good DE would make a huge difference for this team. Brady being out has had a huge impact on our ability to get to the QB. It would be good to get a big run-stuffing DT to put next to Coleman. Someone who's tough to block with just one OL and can push his man into the backfield to breakup run plays.

Other than that, I feel good about our offense. Duckett looked the best I've ever seen him. For the first time, I felt like he could take over for Dunn should he be cut. I don't want to see it, but I would be less worried should we not be able to renegotiate. I don't see him wanting to leave either because he's having his best seasons with us. Regardless, I still think we could stand to draft one more RB who can be groomed and can have enough ability to take over in the future.


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Hate to break it to everyone but the Falcons are pretty broke for next season too. The cap according to Cappy's numbers looks to be sitting right around $5.8 million (adjusted for players Cappy still has listed probably puts us close to $7 million) with the following players in their contract year:

DE Brady Smith, OT Todd Weiner, C Todd McClure, WR Brian Finneran, FB Justin Griffith, QB Matt Schuab, OLB Demorrio Williams, DT Chad Lavalais.

I think Finneran, Griffith, Schuab, Williams, Lavalais are all priority for extensions. Griffith, Schuab, and Williams; will all likely demand a significant raise. But the point here is that Atlanta needs to worry about the O-Line in free agency and work on the defense in the draft. Shaffer is a FA at the end of this year and I doubt we bring back McClure next year. It's in the air whether or not Weiner gets re-signed or extended.

I'd like to see Atlanta pursue a center and a new tackle (whether that new tackles replaces Shaffer or Wiener is yet to be seen. I'm not sold on Shaffer thus far) this off-season. It would be nice to get someone like Roye, Tripplett, Clements, Demps; but they will all demand premium on the free agency market.

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Move Lehr to center and get Hutchinson in at LG. I'd feel pretty good about the interior at that point...


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I'd like Hutchinson too, but I doubt Seattle will let him walk and I would rather get Bentley & draft a Guard if we're going to improve the line. A lot of mocks have us taking a quality Guard in the 3rd round.

I am not sold on Demps to be honest. I can't really base it on anything other than the Ravens' D has been getting torched this year since they don't show Ravens' games on TV here.

What should be priority is getting bigger up front with guys who play with heart. Also, bringing in some speed in the D backfield would help as well as improving the O-line any way possible. I would not spend money on guys like Lavalais, Smith, Weiner, and McClure. We let T.Hall go because he was getting up there in age and I think we need to be looking towards 2 years from now instead of the next year all the time. I appreciate what the guys have done here, especially what T.Hall did, but it is time to build this team around our young stars.


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I don't think that the Falcons let Lavalais walk. He is a restricted free agent so would could net a pick if we do let him go though.

I think Smith, McClure, and Wiener will be resigned based on whether or not we can replace them. I think Smith & McClure won't come back but I don't think we let Weiner walk. Especially since good tackles cost a buttload of money. Smith could comeback if he takes veteran minimum and gracefully moves back into a backup role (where he could still be effective).

We can sign probably one big ticket free agent and then the role players to fill out the roster. I think we go after a defensive or offensive lineman in free agency and then draft a corner and safety in the first three rounds. Free agent corners and safeties are getting top dollar. D-Lineman aren't cheap but for performance on the dollar they give more then a corner or safety would.

Some food for thought... McKay drafted Lavalais, Babs, and Shrop with the idea that they would round out our DT unit. Infact i remember McKay saying something a long the lines of finishing off the DT spot in the last draft by drafting Babs & Shrop. I'm not so sure that Atlanta even considers signing a defensive tackle. I'm guessing they tackle a defensive end in the draft or free agency.

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I'm not sure I like the idea of Lavalais, shrop, babs, and Coleman being our tackle rotation...maybe Lavalais and Shrop will play better with a year under thier belt, but as of right now I'd love to see us get another bigger DT...

Safety is our biggest weak spot right now though I think...we need a safety that can come up and play the line and not be afraid to put a hit on someone...Scott looked like the type last year, but he's been disappointing this year...I don't know a whole lot about any of the players in the draft yet (I won't start tracking that until after the season) but I do think any additions we make in the secondary will have to be via the draft...like Dirty and several others have said db's are expensive and best acquired through the draft...I am sort of excited about next year (wow, that's looking way ahead) because we'll have our MLB's back and hopefully we'll have a another DE, FS, SS...I can't hate on Webster to much because he hasn't really been a huge problem this year, not a playmaker either, but he's not blowing coverages every game...getting Cash (and maybe Mathis, but I doubt it) back will help...

thankfully our offense is pretty much set expect for possibly one or two spots on our o-line...I think Dunn will be back since he's had a great year and we can't really let him go after that...we are set everywhere else...

we have a great base built now we just need to round it out...


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I always get Weiner & shaffer mixed up. I would not let Weiner walk as he has provided good backside protection for Vick.


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