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2011 NFL Predictions: The 14 Biggest Free Agent Contracts

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJune 23, 2011

2011 NFL Predictions: The 14 Biggest Free Agent Contracts

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    Although there still isn't any football this offseason, there will eventually be a free agency period and players will have an opportunity to collect massive contracts.

    There are hundreds of free agents in the National Football League. The following slides will highlight the 14 biggest potential free agent contracts in terms of years and dollars for the players. They are ranked from the lowest to the highest contract.

Olin Kreutz, Center, Chicago Bears

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    Kreutz has spent his entire 13-year career with the Chicago Bears, earning six Pro Bowl selections and a spot on the All-Decade team for the 2000s.

    But he is 34 years old and has not earned a Pro Bowl selection since the 2006 season. 

    Predicted contract: 3 years, $12 million

Quintin Mikell, Safety, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Quintin Mikell has been an All-Pro or a Pro Bowler for each of the past three seasons, and he was named by Pro Football Focus as the most underrated player in the National Football League.

    But the 31-year old safety doesn't have many years left in his career.

    Predicted contract: 3 years, $15 million

Stewart Bradley, Linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Bradley was once one of the NFL's top linebackers. He was a Sports Illustrated All-Pro in 2008 but he missed the entire 2009 season with an injury. He struggled in 2010 and missed the final month with a dislocated elbow.

    Bradley isn't even a lock to start for the Eagles in 2011, meaning he may leave in free agency. Or he may sign a new contract and remain an Eagle.

    Prediction: 4 years, $16 million

Jason Babin, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans

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    Jason Babin finally emerged as a star in 2010--six years after he was taken in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft.

    Babin topped double-digit sacks last season. But he is 31 years old and has had only one great season.

    Predicted contract: 4 years, $18 million 

Michael Huff, Safety, Oakland Raiders

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    Huff has never been selected to the Pro Bowl but he has been a very effective safety since he was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

    He made 15 starts last season, collecting four sacks, three interceptions, and 67 tackles.

    Predicted contract: 5 years, $20 million

DeAngelo Williams, Running Back, Carolina Panthers

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    Williams is 27 years old but is coming off a disappointing season with the Panthers, where he rushed for just 361 yards in six games.

    He topped 1000 yards in the previous two seasons and has fewer than 1000 carries in his career. In other words, he has plenty of mileage left in the tank.

    Predicted contract: 4 years, $20 million 

Barrett Ruud, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Ruud, 28, has averaged close to 95 tackles for each of the past four seasons, topping 100 in 2008 and 2009.

    A former second round pick, Ruud has five to six seasons as a productive linebacker left in his career.

    Predicted contract: 5 years, $24 million

Johnathan Joseph, Cornerback, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Cornerback Johnathan Joseph is pretty unknown. That's what happens when you spend your first five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Joseph has 14 interceptions in the past four seasons and has averaged 15 pass deflections per season since beginning his NFL career.

    Predicted contract: 5 years, $25 million

Donte Whitner, Safety, Buffalo Bills

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    Whitner, 25, was drafted in the second round by the Buffalo Bills in the 2006 NFL draft.

    Last season, he had a career-high 94 tackles and started all 16 games for the first time in his NFL career.

    Predicted contract: 6 years, $27 million

Santana Moss, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins

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    Santana Moss has been an under-the-radar wide receiver for the majority of his career.

    At 32, Moss has recorded four 1000-yard receiving seasons, and topped his career high in receptions last season (93), while scoring six touchdowns. 

    Projected contract: 4 years, $28 million

Steve Smith, Wide Receiver, New York Giants

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    Steve Smith played in just nine games last season, catching 48 passes for 529 yards and three touchdowns. He is one year removed from a phenomenal 2009 season, in which he caught 107 passes for 1220 yards and four touchdowns.

    Predicted contract: 5 years, $36 million

Antonio Cromartie, Cornerback, New York Jets

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    Antonio Cromartie has been one of the best playmaking cornerbacks since he entered the league in 2006. 

    Although he's made just one Pro Bowl, he has recorded 18 interceptions in the past four seasons and helped the Jets advance to the AFC championship game in 2010.

    Predicted contract: 6 years, $45 million

Sidney Rice, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings

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    Rice missed half of the 2010 season with injuries and caught just 17 passes for 280 yards.

    But he had a brilliant 2009 season, catching 83 passes for 1314 yards and eight touchdowns with Brett Favre.

    Rice, 24, is probably the top wide receiver on the free agent market. 

    Predicted contract: 7 years, $52 million

Nnamdi Asomugha, Cornerback, Oakland Raiders

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    Asomugha is such a shut down cornerback that teams don't even throw in his direction. That's why he's lucky to record an interception or two per season.

    Last year, he had zero. All he did was hold opposing wide receivers to 13 catches for 205 yards and zero touchdowns. Oh, and he was thrown to 33 times.

    He might be the best defensive player in the league. His age is the only obstacle (30).

    Predicted contract: 5 years, $80 million

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