NFL Free Agency: Lofa Tatupu's Offseason Knee Surgery Likely Scaring Teams Away

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NFL Free Agency: Lofa Tatupu's Offseason Knee Surgery Likely Scaring Teams Away
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Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu remains one of a very few big-name free agents yet to be signed by a team.

He's been linked in rumors to the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders this offseason but still doesn't have a new home.

One big reason is that Tatupu had offseason surgery on not one, but both of his knees.

But, as ESPN points out, injured knees didn't stop Tatupu from being productive in 2010:

Tatupu missed several practices throughout the season because of his ailing knees, but they never forced him to miss a game. Tatupu started all 16 regular season games and both playoff games for the NFC West champions.

Tatupu finished the regular season with 88 tackles, tied for second on the team. He also had a sack, a pair of forced fumbles and one interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Still, all that surgery is a major red flag to teams in terms of health.

Will his surgically repaired knees be able to withstand an entire NFL season? Or, will he have a setback and have to miss a game or two?

These questions won't be answered until some team takes a chance on him and signs him, likely to a one-year deal. Then we can see Tatupu in action and see how he looks.

Unfortunately, he's probably still asking for too much money and too many years in a new deal.

Until he settles for less money and a one-year contract, there probably won't be any team willing to take a chance on him and his questionable knees.

He has the potential to be a really good linebacker for a team, but he also has the potential to be a huge waste of money.

He'll need to stay healthy this season and perform well if he ever wants another big payday in the NFL.

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