Ah, My favorite time of the football season!
No, not the playoffs. The offseason!
Free agency, the NFL Draft, the projections that never come true. I love it all.
In this article, I'm going to list the top free agents available at every position. It looks to be a very exciting, and drama-filled offseason with big names like Julius Peppers, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin, Joey Porter, LaDainian Tomlinson, Aaron Kampman, and Shawn Merriman rumors floating around.
Kyle Orton, Denver
Kyle Orton established himself as a consistent quarterback after being traded to the Broncos after the Jay Cutler deal that lasted all offseason last summer.
Orton ended up having a better season than Cutler, and if the Broncos don't re-sign him, it won't be long before another team grabs him up and lets him compete for a starting job.
Chad Pennington, Miami
When Brett Favre signed a deal with the New York Jets two seasons ago, Pennington was the odd man man out, and quickly signed a deal with Miami and was the savior of the team, leading them from 1-15 to the playoffs.
Pennington may not re-sign with Miami, but he still has some game left and could easily find himself competing for a starting job next season.
Jason Campbell, Washington.
Matt Moore, Carolina. (RFA)
Tavaris Jackson, Minnesota. (RFA)
David Carr, New York Giants.
Daunte Culpepper, Detroit.
Jon Kitna, Dallas.
Brodie Croyle, Kansas City.
Troy Smith, Baltimore.
Ronnie Brown, Miami. (RFA)
Brown has developed into one of the best running backs in the league with the help of the "wildcat" formation. When the Dolphins lost Brown to injury, the team lost a lot of production, even with the help of Ricky Williams.
Leon Washington, New York Jets.
I hate the fact that Washington ended his contract year on injured reserve, and missed most of the season. He could have helped the Jets make it farther into the playoffs and into the Super Bowl.
Washington's explosiveness could help land him a huge deal, and possibly become the starting back for a new team.
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh.
Parker has gone down in production the past few years, mainly due to injuries. But he still has his speed, and with another opportunity on another team, he could return to the full form he was at three years ago.
Jerious Norwood, Atlanta. (RFA)
Jerious Norwood needs to be picked up by another team. He's worth the offer for a restricted free agent. He's stuck behind Michael Turner, Warrick Dunn, and Jason Snelling and hasn't been given the opportunities he should be given. If another team picks him up, he could be the Michael Turner of 2010.
Chester Taylor, Minnesota.
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans. (RFA)
Darren Sproles, San Diego. (RFA)
Jerome Harrison, Cleveland. (RFA)
LenDale White, Tennessee. (RFA)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay. (RFA)
Mike Bell, New Orleans. (RFA)
Le'Ron McClain (FB), Baltimore. (RFA)
Tony Richardson (FB), New York Jets.
Terrell Owens, Buffalo.
Owens has still got some game, and he's open to return to Buffalo. There are some rumors that he'll be joining Chad Ochocinco is Cincinnati.
Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay.
Derrick Mason, Baltimore.
Kevin Walter, Houston.
Vincent Jackson, San Diego. (RFA)
Miles Austin, Dallas. (RFA)
Brandon Marshall, Denver. (RFA)
Steve Breaston, Arizona. (RFA)
Steve Breaston could be huge for any team that would be willing to pick him up. It might take a lot to get him, but Breaston is very underrated, and could be a top-notch receiver if given the opportunity to be the number one receiver.
Malcolm Floyd, San Diego. (RFA)
Chris Chambers, Kansas City.
Lance Moore, New Orleans. (RFA)
Davone Bess, Miami.
Ben Watson, New England. (TE)
Kevin Mawae, Tennessee.
The veteran probably only has a year or two left in him, so signing a one year deal with Tennessee is probably the smartest thing to do here.
Chad Clifton, Green Bay.
Bobbie Williams, Cincinnati.
Logan Mankins, New England. (RFA)
Marcus McNeil, San Diego. (RFA)
Jared Gaither, Baltimore. (RFA)
Bobbie Williams, Cincinnati.
Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
Donald Penn, Tampa BAy. (RFA)
Willie Colon, Pittsburgh. (RFA)
Mike Gandy, Arizona.
Stephen Neal, New England.
Justin Hartwig, Pittsburgh.
Ryan Cook, Minnesota.