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T Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs
This could be one of the more fascinating situations this offseason. There was so much speculation regarding Albert’s return in 2013, but the team slapped the franchise tag on the former first-rounder and retained his services. Now the first-time Pro Bowler could be getting ready to hit the open market in March. Would the Chiefs designate him the club’s franchise player for the second straight year?
T Jordan Gross, Carolina Panthers
One of the steadiest players at his position, Gross has started all 16 games eight times in 11 seasons and has been named to a pair of Pro Bowls in his time with the Panthers. The team’s first-round pick in 2003, the reliable blocker has played in and started 167 contests. Carolina won the NFC South this past season, making its first playoff appearance since 2008, and Gross was a pivotal part of that success.
G Jon Asamoah, Kansas City Chiefs
You don’t really think Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles gets all of his yards by himself? Despite the fact that Asamoah missed two games and started only nine games in 2013, he was still a key component on Kansas City’s offensive front and an attack that finished 10th in the league in rushing yards. Asamoah could be a bargain for some team looking for a young and experienced guard should he choose to leave.
G Zane Beadles, Denver Broncos
A Pro Bowl performer in 2012, Beadles has been a fixture on the Broncos offensive front in his four seasons with the team. The four-year veteran has started 62 of 64 games, including all 16 contests each of the last three years. Beadles is a former second-round pick from Southern Utah who was a solid part of Denver’s top-ranked offense this past season. Denver allowed a league-low 20 sacks in 2013.
C Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns
In December, Mack was named to his second Pro Bowl and teams with veteran left tackle Joe Thomas to give the Browns a pair of stars on one of the league’s underappreciated offensive lines. Team success has eluded Cleveland for more than a decade in terms of a playoff appearance. Will Mack be around when the Browns begin again in 2014, starting with their latest head coach?
T Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens
T Zach Strief, New Orleans Saints
C Jonathan Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers
C Roberto Garza, Chicago Bears
G Richie Incognito, Miami Dolphins