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SCOUT'S HONOR: Top offensive free agents

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Here¿s a quick overview of the top free agents on the market for this spring¿s signing period. There are not many sure things among the offensive players. Most of the top performers were taken off the market with a franchise or transition tag. ALSO SEE:
  • Quarterbacks

    Among the quarterbacks, Arizona¿s is the most intriguing. Plummer has been very erratic throughout his career, but he¿s shown glimpses of how special he could be if he was with the right franchise. Remember, and had ups and downs early in their careers. Pittsburgh¿s will draw some interest because he can make things happen with his athleticism, but remains inconsistent as a passer because he doesn¿t read defenses well and is too slow to locate his open receiver. Baltimore would like to return. I¿m never been that much of a Blake fan. Blake can make some big plays with his arm downfield, but he¿s too erratic. I also have a lot of questions regarding his leadership ability. Tampa Bay¿s has enough arm strength and can make some things happen on the field with his feet. Unfortunately, King doesn¿t see the field very well while struggling to find ideal timing and rhythm with his receivers. There¿s some intrigue with New Orleans back . He¿s a solid backup who is very smart and has a decent arm. But it¿s risky to view him as a 16-game starter in the NFL. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: QB
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  • Running Backs

    Once gets his release papers from Washington, a few teams interested in upgrading their running game will start calling the former Redskin. Davis is a solid, ball-control power back. He might have another two solid seasons left, but long-term durability is a question. Jacksonville backup is intriguing. He doesn¿t have much speed nor wiggle, but he¿s a strong power back who can keep the chains moving. He¿s had some fumble problems in the past, but has matured over the past year. Denver¿s hasn¿t seen much time over the past few years due to injuries. He shows good toughness and vision on the field. Gary also takes advantage of the cutback lanes that open up, but he¿s lost some of his burst since suffering a broken fibula and ACL injury over the past few years. Durability is really a question mark for Gary. Oakland¿s is strictly a between the tackles power back who needs a lot of carries to establish some rhythm. And durability has been an issue at this stage for Wheatley. Teammate has a lot of value as a goal-line runner with his tremendous power. Philadelphia¿s and Minnesota¿s were effective situational backs last season, but are very replaceable. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: RB
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  • Fullbacks

    There are a number of fullbacks available this spring. Miami¿s (re-signed by ) is the biggest name atop the board after coming off his best season as a pro. He finally had a solid year as a lead blocker after displaying questionable toughness and instincts in previous years. And Konrad also gives opponents matchup problems in the passing game. Although he had a great season, teams must be aware not to overpay Konrad.

    Cincinnati¿s (signed by ) remains an excellent lead blocker with his power. But he¿s up in years now and remains on the stiff side, which makes it hard to get a long-term deal. Oakland¿s should attract some attention. He¿s a little inconsistent as a lead blocker despite his toughness, but is comfortable in the passing game ¿ whether it¿s as a blocker or pass catcher. Seattle¿s continues to give the a good effort. He¿s a little on the one-dimensional side, but is a tough lead blocker who gets results in the run game. New England¿s is tough and versatile, but isn¿t exceptional in any one area. Philadelphia¿s is a little stiff, but is an effective lead blocker and displays adequate hands. New York Jet is a complementary back. He offers nothing as a blocker, but does a fine job as an outlet receiver in the passing game. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: FB

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  • Wide Receivers

    There¿s not much to get excited about at wide receiver. With given the franchise tag by Buffalo, sits clearly atop this class. Boston creates enormous matchup problems for opponents with his blend of speed and physical skills. Sadly, there are a lot of questions regarding his character off the field and he had a lot of knee problems in 2002. Tennessee¿s has been an enigma. He¿s shown flashes of developing into a playmaker at times, but injuries have really held him back. Dyson gets knocked off a lot of routes and drops too many balls. Having the injury-prone tag over his head doesn¿t bode well for Dyson. The same also applies for Arizona¿s . He remains too inconsistent for an intermediate receiver. And he drops too many balls and struggles to get open. Teammate has big speed downfield. But while he¿s made strides over the past couple years, Jenkins still drops too many balls and runs sloppy routes. New York Giant (re-signed by ) is a polished all-around receiver. Hilliard runs good routes and knows how to get open, but injuries have been a problem. Washington¿s has evolved into a serviceable possession receiver over the past year or two. He¿s smart enough to find opens and isn¿t afraid to work in traffic. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: WR
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  • Tight Ends

    There are a few decent options among the tight ends. Atlanta¿s has been overshadowed in Atlanta, but is a solid blocker who contributes in the run game. He has adequate hands, but lacks natural ball skills. Miami¿s should draw some interest for his production in the red zone. Weaver runs good routes and catches the ball well. He just an ordinary blocker. New York TE Dan Campbell is a valuable second tight end. He does a competent job as a blocker. While he does lack speed and natural ball skills, he does know how to find some openings. Campbell also provides good leadership ability. And Pittsburgh¿s (re-signed by ) has finally developed into an efficient pass catcher within short areas. He shows effort as a blocker, but doesn¿t really help in the run game. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: TE
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  • Centers

    There are a few decent options among the pivotmen. Indianapolis¿ (re-signed by ) is the glue to the ¿ offensive line. He certainly isn¿t very big nor athletic, but he¿s scrappy and toughness. Atlanta¿s will get overmatched physically at times, but he¿s smart and durable. He simply gets the job done with efficiency. St. Louis¿ is getting up in years, but remains an effective starter. He¿s very smart and relies mostly on his strength. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: C
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  • Guards

    New York Jet (signed by ) and Oakland¿s lead the guards. Thomas is a pretty good athlete who relies a lot on that ability rather than his strength. Thomas will get fooled at times by stunts and blitzes, but he¿s a very effective player. Collins is a strict power guy who muscles defenders in the run game and displays a nasty streak. But his stamina is a question mark. Tennessee¿s (re-signed by ) is nasty and has very strong hands. He¿s effective when he can get his hands on defenders, but is a little stiff and injury prone. New York Giant is a decent athlete who is scrappy and relies on good positioning. Whittle is also a solid long-snapper. St. Louis¿ is a sold pass blocker who is technically sound and maintains good positioning. He¿s just an average athlete and lacks ideal strength. But Nutten certainly is a risk because he¿s breaking down physically. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: G
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  • Tackles

    There are a few offensive tackles to watch including another Giant, (re-signed by ) and Pittsburgh¿s (signed by ). Petitgout is very smart and has good feet in pass protection. He's not very strong in the run game, but relies on good angles and positioning to be effective. Gandy has been a natural pass blocker who is very smart. He likely has another good year or two left. Dallas¿ (re-signed by ) and have both been underachievers. Adams is a very strong guy with good size. It¿s tough to get around his frame, yet doesn¿t finish guys off. He just lacks the fire in the belly at this point. Page on the other hand is more athlete, but has too many lapses in pass protection. He struggles to get some push in the run game. Among the top true right tackles are Houston¿s and New York Giant . Young is an enormous run blocker who gets results in the run game. His groin and knee injuries need to b monitored. Rosenthal is like a brawler who gets good results in the run game, but lacks enough quickness to matchup in pass protection. OTHER CAP CASUALTIES: T
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