Super Bowl 2011: 10 Participants Who May Be On Different Teams Next Year
Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, it is time to start looking at the off-season.
Both the Packers and the Steelers have put together Super Bowl worthy teams, but a few of their players are about to hit the open market, or might have acquired some trade value.
With that in mind, let's look at 10 Super Bowl participants who may be on different teams next year:
10. Mewelde Moore
Moore has moved into a backup role behind Rashard Mendenhall, but it could be argued that he has the potential to be a starter in this league.
Even if he isn’t starter material, his value is going to be high in free agency.
The new trend is to carry two starting quality running backs on your team, so Moore is going to attract a lot of attention from teams looking to solidify their running game.
9. Mason Crosby
I’m not sure what the market is for kickers right now, and I’m not sure why the Packers would let him go…
However, Mason Crosby is a free agent, and he can choose to go anywhere he pleases.
He's got a great leg, and could be considered one of the best kickers in the league.
I wouldn’t be surprised if a team looking for a kicker made a push for Crosby.
8. Atari Bigby
Atari Bigby has one of the best names in football, so that alone should attract him some attention on the free agent market.
In all seriousness, Bigby has been a great player during his time in Green Bay, but he has dealt with some injuries that have hindered his true potential.
The Packers have shown great depth, so I don’t expect them to bring Atari Bigby back next year.
7. James Jones
Jones has been very hot and cold for the Packers this year, but he will still be a very attractive option on the free agent market.
Jones is a big receiver that can run just about any route that you ask him too.
The only knock against him is that he sometimes lacks the concentration to make big catches, and if that continues it could really hinder his progress in this league.
6. Cullen Jenkins
Jenkins is one of the most valuable players on the Packers defense, but he doesn’t get the recognition because he is usually doing the small things that win you games.
Jenkins has a great combination of strength, size and speed, which is why I would be very surprised if the Packers let him go.
That being said, Jenkins is good enough to attract a very big contract from a team looking for his services.
5. Doug Legursky
Legursky stepped up in a very big way in replacement of Maurkice Pouncey.
He played well enough to contain B.J. Raji of the Packers, and he seemed to deal with the pressure of playing center on the world’s biggest stage with ease.
Pouncey is going to be the Steelers center moving into the future, so I expect that Doug Legursky will take his talents elsewhere unless the Steelers move his position on the line, which is unlikely.
4. Matt Flynn
The Packers might be interested in trading Matt Flynn in order to take advantage of his high trade value to teams searching for a quarterback.
Flynn almost led the Packers to victory over the Patriots in New England when he took the wheel from Aaron Rodgers for a game.
He’s got another year left on his contract, so there is a good possibility that the Packers will look to trade him and try to get a few draft picks to play with in return.
3. Ike Taylor
Ike Taylor is good enough to be considered a shutdown corner, and unless the Steelers make him an attractive offer, I can see him moving on from his time in Pittsburgh.
There are many teams in the league that would love to get their hands on Taylor, so I expect the offers to be big and plenty.
Don’t be surprised if you see Ike Taylor in a different jersey come next season.
2. Dennis Dixon
Dennis Dixon could be a very attractive option for teams looking to take a chance on a quarterback.
Dixon led the Steelers to a 3-1 record during Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension, but his season was cut short by injury, and he spent the rest of the year on the IR.
He has shown signs of being a good quarterback, but questions about his health and durability are really going to be turnoffs.
1. LaMarr Woodley
Woodley is the third head of the monster that is the Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
He is young and still hasn’t hit his ceiling, so his attractiveness on the free agent market will be second to none.
There will be a team looking for a stud linebacker and willing to pay Woodley a lot of money to spearhead their defense.