2012 NFL Free Agents: 4 of the Best Value Buys on the Market
Every year in the NFL, there are teams that spend a ton of money on the biggest names—and it backfires.
Last year's Eagles are the perfect example. They broke the bank for Nnamdi Asomugha, and he would up getting outplayed by several corners who signed lesser deals.
Here are some of the best value buys in this year's deep free-agent market.
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Bryant is a grossly underrated defensive lineman who dominates at the point of attack. He can line up anywhere in Seattle's 4-3 alignment.
Bryant is going to draw some attention, but I would be surprised if he got the kind of money that someone like Cullen Jenkins got last year.
If a team can get him for about $5 million per season, it would be an absolute steal. At age 27, he still has a lot of good football left to play.
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Another Seahawk defender, Hawthorne is a very effective linebacker who can line up on any spot as a 4-3 linebacker.
Other guys like Curtis Lofton and Stephen Tulloch will get the most publicity, but Hawthorne is right up there with the best 'backers on the market.
Seattle has a lot of cap room to keep him, but it may see more competition for his services than expected.
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Carey had one of his worst seasons as a pro in 2011, but much of that can be attributed to the fact that he was playing inside at guard as opposed to his more natural position at right tackle.
Right tackle-needy teams like the Chiefs and Jets should take a long look at bringing in Carey to at least compete for their starting job. If it works out, whoever signs him would be getting a starting tackle for a very low price.
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Bunkley is no household name, but his contributions in the middle of the Broncos defense were a big reason why their defense had such an enormous turnaround in 2011.
Bunkley is just as good as some of the more well-known defensive tackles such as Jason Jones but can probably be had at a much lesser price.
There will be some competition for Bunkley, but Denver has enough cap room to easily get him under contract.