Marion Barber and 25 Players Who'll Be Playing For New Teams In 2011
There are a number of NFL players every season that will depart from their current team and look for other options. Whether it be contract issues or lack of team chemistry, some players accept that the team they are currently on is just not working out.
Some of these players leave their current team and within the next week are already regretting making the choice to change. But in some cases, the player who requested the trade has no regrets and has enormous success on their new-found team.
The players that are going to be listed range from fallen All-Stars to players that have never been able to get their footing in the NFL. Whether the players need new teams due to their personal poor performance or their team is failing to meet expectations, they are on there way out.
As the saying goes, 'The NFL stands for Not For Long.'
Here are 25 players that will have new teams in 2011.
QB- Arizona Cardinals
Derek Anderson was brought to Arizona in hopes that he could fill in the void left at the QB position and I'm not quite sure what the Cardinals expected to happen. Anderson started off the season poorly and within a few weeks was benched in favor of free-agent rookie Max Hall.
After the 'Max Hall experiment' had officially failed, it was Anderson that stepped back into the starting role. The Cardinals continue to lose games behind the arm of this mediocre QB and Arizona is looking for any other alternative.
Anderson's poor performance this season, added in combination with his latest media meltdown, is essentially the end of Anderson's career in Arizona. He can blame his offensive line all he wants, but his record reflects that of a losing QB.
Anderson has said, "That's fine, that's fine, that's fine, that's fine, that's fine," one too many times for Arizona, and he is gone following this season.
New Team in 2011- Miami Dolphins
WR- Cincinnati Bengals
Everyone who said that the T.O. and Ochocinco combination in Cincinnati would end in inevitable failure, would you please raise your hand?
It has officially failed. The combination does not work and the Bengals' record has actually been worse this season than it was without T.O. Although you could put some of the blame in the hands of Carson Palmer or the defense, T.O is still not helping the Bengals win.
It was a gamble to take T.O, and it has reached the point where he is not even worth the money or the issues. However, T.O has not created nearly as many problems with his current team, but it will happen one way or the other.
I think Owens has realized that Ochocinco's ego is just too much for even him to handle.
New Team in 2011- Cleveland Browns
QB- Philadelphia Eagles
We all know the story of Kevin Kolb. But I will still go ahead and give you the one sentence review of what happened: McNabb was traded, Kolb was the named the starter, and then following a concussion, Vick was able to impress enough and become the starter, thus resulting in Kolb becoming the backup.
Realistically the Eagles are gong to re-sign Vick and, if they can't reach an agreement fast enough, it will result in a franchise tag. That will just make Kolb an expensive backup that the Eagles really don't need and won't use.
Not to mention, Kolb has had the chance to feel what it is like to be a starter in the NFL and he is not going to want to go back to being a backup. The feeling between Kolb and the Eagles is going to be mutual and they will find him a new team.
Kolb is going to be a great player to have on draft day and I'm sure that Andy Reid will be looking to trade him to move up in the draft. Kolb is way too good to be a backup in the NFL, and I can name several teams that are in need of his help.
New Team in 2011- Arizona Cardinals
RB- Miami Dolphins
Ronnie Brown's relationship with the Dolphins organization has run thin, with his decreased production over the past season and the combination of it being his contract year.
The chances of the Dolphins re-signing Brown are slim and that means that other teams will be looking for his help as a power back that is able to throw the ball. Brown may have had decreased production, but he is still an incredibly talented back.
Brown, along with the Dolphins, is ready to move on.
New Team in 2011- Seattle Seahawks
RB- San Diego Chargers
If I was Darren Sproles, I would be kind of pissed off. Not only did they do away with one of the best RBs in the NFL, but they drafted a rookie and gave him the starting job.
I know that Sproles wants more money, along with a starting job and I just don't think that the Chargers are going to give it to him. His patience has been worn thin and I can hardly blame him. He has shown the effort and he has backed it with great performances when he was able to get the ball in his hands.
There is no way that Sproles stays on a team where he is not the starting RB and that means the Chargers are not going to be an option next season.
New Team in 2011- Indianapolis Colts
QB- San Francisco 49ers
Everyone expected the 49ers to run away with the NFC West and make a playoff appearance, and possibly even be Super Bowl contenders. That all changed when the 49ers had trouble even picking up a single win in the first five games. That was with Alex Smith as the starter.
Later in the season, Smith sustained an injury and the starting role was handed to Troy Smith and the 49ers started to win games. Mike Singletary made the decison to bench Alex and name Troy the full-time starter.
Alex is another QB that has lost his starting role due to poor performance and he is going to be looking for alternatives when next season comes around.
New Team in 2011- Seattle Seahawks
RB- Washington Redskins
The past few seasons, Clinton Portis can't seem to overcome injuries that have been plaguing him thoughout his career. Nothing has changed this season, as he has only been able to play in five games, with limited touches.
The Redskins have been able to find some new and young talent in the RBs of Ryan Torain and Kelland Williams, both of whom can easily carry the rushing load. With these two players on the rise, it is looking like Portis is going to be squeezed out of the rotation.
It's a shame to see a RB like Portis lose his spark and become essentially non-existent on his current team. It has been a trend that has been occurring over the past few seasons and I think this is the final year the Redskins will have him.
New Team in 2011- New England Patriots
QB- Houston Texans
Now Arizona is kicking itself. It looks like Matt Leinart would have been the best choice for a failing Arizona team, but too late. Leinart is now a member of the Houston Texans and has been put onto the inactive list for two straight weeks now.
Leinart is behind Matt Schuab and Dan Orlovsky and he is going no where fast in Houston. Leinart has really not been given a chance to see what he can do in the NFL and there are plenty of teams that would be willing to take a gamble on him.
When Leinart was a player at USC he showed a ton of potential and there were a number of teams that showed an immense amount of interest in him. Now he is a third-string QB on a team that will get him little-to-no playing time.
Leinart is going to be looking for a new team after this season and I am sure there are a few that will be looking right back. I'm guessing that it will be a draft day trade and the Texans will only get a late-round draft pick at the most.
New Team in 2011- Carolina Panthers
RB- Dallas Cowboys
Marion Barber went from being the man in Big D to just the third-down power back, after just one poor season. Now Felix Jones has stepped in and showed everyone how explosive and effective he is and Barber is unhappy about it.
Barber feels that he should still be the starting RB and there are number of NFL teams that feel the very same way. It might have been the coaching or the play-calling in Dallas, but something just didn't work, so Barber is going to be headed out.
A great power back with a few years of NFL experience is always in demand, and Barber fits into the category perfectly. Barber's recent decline in production is mainly due to his lack of playing time and the Cowboys' poor offensive line.
The Cowboys salary cap and Barber don't exactly look to be a solid fit either, and I think that this is one that both the team and the player are both on the same page. Barber is long gone at the end of the season.
New Team in 2011- Miami Dolphins
CB- Denver Broncos
Champ Bailey is one of the best corners in the entire NFL and, although he is having a relatively quiet season, he is still very much in demand. This is his contract year with the Broncos and there is not a high chance that he will re-sign with them.
The Broncos are now back into the rebuilding stage and Bailey is a corner that wants to be on a competing team and actually making the playoffs. The Broncos are a talented team, but they are missing some key components that will push them to the next level.
Bailey doesn't have the time to wait and he knows it.
New Team in 2011- New England Patriots
WR- San Diego Chargers
Vincent Jackson went from a San Diego favorite to the guy who wanted much more money than he was worth, then settled with the fact that he wanted some money instead of no money. I'm not sure what San Diego's opinion is of him, but I can't imagine it being too friendly.
Jackson wanted a new contract and he wants to go to another team, which means that, more than likely, his career with the Chargers is done. The Chargers clearly want him, but I just don't think that Vincent wants them.
The Chargers receivers are doing their jobs and with Philip Rivers throwing the ball, they will be fine without Jackson. Plus, Antonio Gates is just a bigger Jackson with less speed who can also block. Yeah, I just compared those two.
The relationship between the two is long over with and Jackson will be looking at all other alternatives at the end of the season.
New Team in 2011- New York Jets
DT- Oakland Raiders
I think we can chalk this one up as another Al Davis mistake, which really comes as no surprise when you think about it. The Raiders gave up their first-round draft pick in this year's draft for a guy that has 44 tackles and only a handful of sacks.
Nice one, Al.
This is another player that was traded to the Raiders who is going to be gone by next season and I think that with Seymour's recent behavior, it shows. It started with the whole training camp fiasco and now it has escalated to throwing haymakers at QBs.
Seymour may be a Pro-Bowl caliber defensive tackle, but he is just not the right fit in Oakland.
New Team in 2011- New York Giants
OLB- Buffalo Bills
Who thought that this relationship was going to last?
Shawne Merriman was picked up off the free-agent wire by the Buffalo Bills and so far this season he has an alarming six tackles. Great contribution to the team!
Merriman is a great player, and I would be shocked to seem him stay on a team that is in as rough shape as the Bills are. Merriman is another San Diego player that wants to win games, not get a big paycheck and just be one of the players in the rebuilding process.
This relationship was doomed from the start. Merrmian will be traded on draft day to another team.
Hey, Al! Look over here!
New Team in 2011- Philadelphia Eagles
WR- Dallas Cowboys
Outperformed is really the only word I can muster for Roy Williams this season. Dez Bryant has busted onto the scene and is just the better receiver. Following the trade from the Lions, everyone expected Williams to be the deep threat, physical receiver that Dallas was missing. He has been far from that.
The Cowboys have the speed and the talent in their receiving corps and Williams is just going to be squeezed out of the mix. He is not a valuable asset to the Cowboys anymore and it is showing with his minimal catches in games.
That is not even mentioning the lack of chemistry with Tony Romo. I have seen enough overthrows and under-throws from these two players that it is obvious they should not be playing together.
Even Jerry Jones is seeing that he is just not a necessary player in the Cowboys offense, and Jones will bring his hammer down after this season.
New Team in 2011- Minnesota Vikings
QB- Cleveland Browns
Jake Delhomme was bad in Carolina and he is bad in Cleveland. It is essentially just the same situation, but with a different team. Although he was demoted due to injury, Delhomme was lost in all of the Colt McCoy hype.
And with good reason. McCoy is winning games. Delhomme did not.
I know that Delhomme has had quite a few years of experience under his belt and he is the best choice for a young team, but the guy just doesn't win games. Blame it on his teams all you want, but Delhomme is just bad.
Delhomme is no longer needed with the Browns. With the recent new-found talent of McCoy, he is going to be gone at the end of this season.
New Team in 2011- Atlanta Falcons
RB- Cincinnati Bengals
I really like Cedric Benson. I think that he is an effective and hard-working running back. But it seems that he is just not working out in Cincinnati.
There is a lot of things that have gone wrong for the Bengals and the running game is just one of the many issues. After turning out only two 100-yard rushing games all season, I can't see the Bengals taking this guy back.
Their offense needs a quick-and-elusive back that can work well in the passing game, and Benson just doesn't quite fit the need. This is something the Bengals should have addressed a long time ago, but they are definitely going to next season.
The Bengals offense is just flat-out failing and Benson may be part of the problem. Either way, the Bengals are going to be cleaning shop next season and Benson is on his way out.
New Team in 2011- New York Jets
QB- Oakland Raiders
It seems that, once again, the QB controversy in Oakland has been put to rest, with Jason Campbell finally doing his job. Gradkowski is a reliable backup for any team and there are going to be several teams interested in him.
He is an accurate QB that can just get the job done.
The Raiders are going to be looking for draft picks and I'm sure some teams will be willing to give up some lower picks for him. Nothing in the top five rounds, but at least a sixth and below.
Gradkowski will probably never be a starter in the NFL but just one of those guys who can fill in for your team in tight situations.
New Team in 2011- Philadelphia Eagles
QB- Tennessee Titans
Talk about a disaster.
Vince Young is an amazing QB, but he just has no way to keep his emotions in check.
Following his latest temper tantrum, Jeff Fischer has essentially said that he is gone following this season. Although an incredibly-talented athlete, it just seems like the Titans organization doesn't want to put up with his attitude.
This really surprised no one. The Titans are in trouble at the QB position and, without Young, it may get even worse.
New Team in 2011- Jacksonville Jaguars
OLB- Pittsburgh Steelers
This is a great young player. The Steelers would be crazy not to re-sign a player like Woodley, but it is going to have to come at a price.
Lamarr Woodley realizes what his value is and he is going to try to get as much money as he can when his contract is due to be extended. This forms the perfect storm for the Steelers, as Woodley is having an excellent season and it is his contract year.
I don't think that the Steelers are going to offer him the amount of money he wants and Woodley will just explore other options.
New Team in 2011- San Diego Chargers
TE- New Orleans Saints
Jeremy Shockey is a great tight end. He can make the difficult catches, elude defenders, and his blocking isn't too bad either. This guy really is the complete package.
Unfortunately, he was benched in favor of Jimmy Graham, following an injury sustained earlier in the season. Shockey is a vocal guy. I can't imagine that when Sean Peyton passed the word along to Shockey, that he was taking the backseat to a rookie, he was too happy about it.
Shockey may be getting older, but that it doesn't show in his play. There are tons of teams in the NFL that need help at the TE position and Shockey is a perfect fit.
New Team in 2011- Kansas City Cheifs
CB- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronde Barber is a great veteran leader and he has had a great career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A lockdown corner who provides great support on the outside. Barber is best used when he is put into situations where he can tackle the ball carrier, racking up a stunning 1,038 tackles during his entire career.
The only issue with Barber is his age.
Next season Barber will be turning 36, and that is about eight years too old to be playing corner in the NFL. As receivers get better and faster, you can see Barber is having some trouble keeping up with the more speedy players.
Like I said, Barber is an excellent team captain and a great competitor. It's just his age is going to be the biggest issue come next season.
The Bucs are a team on the rise that is stocked full of young talent, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, and Barber just isn't in the future plans.
The most Barber will be re-signed for is a one-year deal and he will be playing backup to younger and faster corners. He will be playing the support role on whatever team he ends up on.
New Team in 2011- San Francisco 49ers
SS- Indianapolis Colts
Bob Sanders may be one of the best safeties in the NFL, but no one would really ever know. I can't name the last time I saw this guy actually playing and not just sitting the game out due to injuries. It seems like as soon as the Colts season starts, Sanders is injured immediately.
This will be Sanders second season in a row when he has not played, and the Colts are going to look to move on. It's a shame to see a player as good as this be injured so frequently, and it just seems to be becoming a regular occurrence.
Sanders knows that his time with the Colts is limited and he realizes there is no reason to still have him on their roster. I know it sounds rough, but it's the truth.
Not a lot of teams are going to be interested in a 29-year-old, injury-riddled defensive player. But there are always teams in the NFL that could use some veteran leadership.
New Team in 2011- Cleveland Browns
MLB- Philadelphia Eagles
Stewart Bradley is coming off an ACL injury in which he was benched all of last season, this being his first season back. Bradley has been incredibly disappointing so far.
It ranges from blown coverages, missed tackles, all the way to incorrect audibles. Bradley just can't seem to get out of his own way on the Eagles defense. I know that Bradley was looking really good in the few seasons he played before his injury, but he just can't seem to get back into the groove that he was in before.
The bad news for Bradley is that he is in his contract year with the Eagles and that means he is more than likely gone at the end of the season.
Maybe the Eagles just haven't given him enough time to recover, but they just don't have the time to let him rebuild. They need a MLB who is win-now and win-ready.
New Team in 2011- Houston Texans
DT- Shaun Rogers
Shaun Rogers is one of the best defensive linemen in the entire NFL and he is consistently making plays and getting the job done. But recently he has been outplayed by the Browns three-year player, Ahtyba Rubin.
The problem with Rogers is that he is getting kind of old to be playing DT in the NFL, next year turning 32 at beginning of the season. The combination of his age and the recent performance of Rubin has Rogers looking down the barrel of a new team in 2011.
Rogers stil creates serious problems for any offensive line and there are plenty of teams in need of new DT's. Rogers is the type of player that makes plays on his own and he can get the job done efficiently week in and week out.
New Team in 2011- Dallas Cowboys
RB- Houston Texans
Steve Slaton was supposed to be the Texans answer to their running back problems when he was drafted, and he has failed to live up to those expectations. Currently on the Texans roster, he is penciled in as the second back, but Derrick Ward still gets more carries.
Slaton is essentially just a special-teams player.
The Texans really have no use for a RB like Slaton, when they have Arian Foster and then Ward backing him up. There is just too much talent and Slaton just can't keep up with it.
Slaton may have a serious case of the fumbles, but he is still a valuable speed back to any team that needs a quick fix. He is a great running back for a pass-first offense and a RB that has great hands coming out of the backfield.
New Team in 2011- Green Bay Packers
WR- Tennessee Titans
Randy Moss has already been to three different teams in one season and his current team is the Tennessee Titans. Moss is the type of player who likes to win and this is something that the Titans have failed to do in the last stretch of the season.
Not to mention the fact that Moss has been non-exsistent in the Titans offense and his lack of participation is clearly frustrating. When Moss doesn't get the ball, he is unhappy. When Moss is unhappy, he wants a trade. Moss gets what Moss wants.
Moss, since going to the Titans, has made little-to-no impact and with Vince Young now done for the season, he has Kerry Collins throwing to him. Moss is going to finish with career lows and he is going to hate himself for ever leaving New England.
By the end of the season, I'm sure he will be on Jeff Fischer's bad side. Moss is just bad news and the TItans made a huge mistake by picking him up.
New Team in 2011- Washington Redskins
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