So the long awaited free agency period of the NFL begins. Who will win? Who will lose? Most people would think that the team that is not afraid to open up their wallets and pay quality cash for quality players. Are they really quality players? The youngest free agent is Karlos Dansby who is 28. All other free agents are over 30 years old.
Most of the time when a player reaches the age of 30 or 30+ their production starts to go down some. Players such as Julius Peppers, who has been a game changer, might experience a small bidding war for his services. Rumor has it that the Redskins, who year after year overspend in free agency, while continuing to field an average team despite the team’s over spending. The Chicago bears are also in the race. They spent last year’s 1st round pick and this year’s 1st round pick on Jay cutler. Their defense was anything but monsters of the midway. They put fear into no one last year. They need someone who has game changing force on defense.
I have heard that Pepper’s will probably receive $40,000,000 with his new deal. Is a 30 year old player really worth that amount? Are teams better off spending less on multiple decent free agents who can help fill holes on a roster? On the other hand, you spend all your cash on one player when you have multiple holes to fill out your roster. If you are the general manager, which move makes more sense?
I live in Nashville Tennessee. I have learned from watching the Titans over the years. Their approach to free agency is to wait. Many teams come out of the free agency gate like they have money burning a hole in their pocket. The Titans have not over spent for free agents in nearly 10 years, and they remain competitive year after year. Free agency is simply a way to fill holes in their roster with veteran players.
Here is a list of quality free agents that will not command mad dollars and would be good fits for many teams:
Jason Taylor, DE, Miami: Despite being 36, he remains an effective pass-rusher
Adewale Ogunleye, DE, Chicago: He has lost the consistent effectiveness he once had earlier in his career
Casey Rabach, C, Washington: There's always a need for a starting-quality center
Chad Clifton, OT, Green Bay
Nate Burleson, WR, Seattle
Tully Banta-Cain, OLB, New England: after his 10 sack performance in 2009, makes him a hot commodity.
Chad Pennington, QB, Miami: many teams could use a veteran quarterback, especially for insurance reasons.
Chris Chambers, WR, Kansas City: has seemed to be reborn after the chargers released him.
Aaron Kampman, DE, Green Bay
Kevin Walter, WR, Houston: Could be the biggest bargain of the free agency signing period. Also check out this site at
Most of the other available free agents will command the kind of money which will leave a team financially strapped. Teams that sit back and target the mid range free agents are bettering their teams. Check out this fantasy football site at http://www.sofantasyfootball.com/