Since there is a lot of free agent talk going around now, and soon to be in the future, I am compiling a list of the guys that will fall under the 2010 unrestricted rules. This means 6 years or more of service in the NFL. It also means if the league reverts to old rules that there will be no salary cap this year.
Some of my sources are no doubt out of date, as I have removed a few names from lists, such as Nathan Vasher and Champ Bailey who have both signed deals, and Peyton Manning who is never going to be a free agent. If you guys see someone in this list that has signed a contract, or been franchise tagged, let me know and I will update it. Please provide me with a trustworthy source link to verify the signing as well.
I think when you guys look through this list you will realize that the pickings are slim and there will be heavy competition for any decent players. No matter who is signed by whom we can rest assured that they are very likely to be overpaid. Anyone not on this list is either under contract, or falls into the 3 or 5 year category of free agency, which is restricted and most likely those players, if decent, will be tendered.
Anthony Adams (DT), Josh Bullocks (S), Desmond Clark (TE), Todd Collins (QB), Rashied Davis (WR), Olin Kreutz (C), Brad Maynard (P) and Pisa Tinoisamoa (OLB)
CC Brown (S), Vinny Ciurciu (ILB), Jared DeVries (DE), Dylan Gandy (C), Landon Johnson (OLB) and Eric King (CB)
Green Bay Packers
Cullen Jenkins (DE) and Matt Wilhelm (ILB)
Ben Leber (OLB), Greg Lewis (WR), Ryan Longwell (K), Patrick Ramsey (QB), Lito Sheppard (CB), Frank Walker (CB) and Pat Williams (DT)
Tyson Clabo (OT), Matt Bryant (K), Michael Koenen (P), Brian Finneran (WR), Mike Peterson (LB) and Brian Williams (CB)
Brian St. Pierre (QB) and Thomas Davis (LB)
New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Wilkerson (DE), Ladell Betts (RB), Matt Giordano (S), Jonathan Goodwin (C), Heath Evans (FB), Danny Clark (LB), Tony Hargrove (DT), Pierson Prioleau (S) and Darren Sharper (S)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Niko Koutouvides (LB), John Gilmore (TE), Barret Ruud (LB), Ronde Barber (CB) and Cadillac Williams (RB)
Kyle Kosier (G), Alex Barron (OT), Gerald Sensabaugh (S), Marcus Spears (DE)
New York Giants
Keith Bulluck (LB), Michael Clayton (WR), Deon Grant (S), Jim Sorgi (QB)
David Akers (K), Bobby McCray (DE), Quintin Mikell (S), Michael Vick (QB), Reggie Wells (G), Ellis Hobbs (CB, likely retiring due to injury).
Philip Buchanon (CB), Mike Furrey (WR), Rex Grossman (QB), DeAngelo Hall (CB), Santana Moss (WR), Casey Rabach (C), Jamaal Brown (OT), Carlos Rogers (CB)
Alan Faneca (G), Bryan Robinson (DT), Matt Ware (CB), Gabe Watson (DT), Jason Wright (RB), Hamzah Abdullah (S), Ben Graham (P)
St. Louis Rams
Adam Goldberg (G), Chris Hovan (DT), Michael Lewis (S), Mark Clayton (WR)
San Francisco 49ers
Demetric Evans (DE), Aubrayo Franklin (DT), Will James (CB), Jeff Reed (K), Barry Sims (OT), Takeo Spikes (LB), Brian Westbrook (RB), Tonny Wragge (G), David Bass (C), Travis Laboy (DE), Alex Smith (QB)
Jordan Babineaux (S), Raheem Brock (DE), Matt Hasselbeck (QB), Sean Locklear (OT), JP Losman (QB), Olindo Mare (K), Lawyer Milloy (S), Chester Pitts (G), Brandon Stokley (WR), Leroy Hill (LB), Ruvell Martin (WR), Matt McCoy (LB), Ray Willis (OT), Chris Spencer (C)
Marc Bulger (QB), Chris Carr (CB), Kevin Houser (LS), TJ Houshmandzadeh (WR), Donte' Stallworth (WR) and Fabian Washington (CB)
Cedric Benson (RB), Jonathan Fanene (DE), Dhani Jones (ILB), Reggie Kelly (TE), Evan Mathis (G), Terrell Owens (WR), Keiwan Ratliff (CB), Roy Williams (S) and Gibril Wilson (S)
Phil Dawson (K), Matt Roth (OLB), Alex Smith (TE), Robaire Smith (DE), Nick Sorensen (S), Seneca Wallace (QB), Floyd Womack (G) and Billy Yates (C)
Nick Eason (DE), Trai Essex (G), Keyaron Fox (ILB), Chris Hoke (DT), Mewelde Moore (RB), Ike Taylor (CB) and Greg Warren (LS)
Kevin Bentley (ILB), Shaun Cody (DT), Jarvis Green (DE), Vonta Leach (FB), Damione Lewis (DE), Karl Paymah (CB), Matt Turk (P) and Derrick Ward (RB)
Aaron Francisco (S), Tyjuan Hagler (OLB), Ken Hamlin (S), Dominic Rhodes (RB) and Adam Vinatieri (K)
Todd Bouman (QB), Sean Considine (S), Luke McCown (QB) and Kirk Morrison (ILB)
Jason Babin (DE), Dave Ball (DE), Kerry Collins (QB), Marques Douglas (DT), Rod Hood (CB), Randy Moss (WR), Donnie Nickey (S), Bo Scaife (TE), Chris Simms (QB), David Thornton (OLB) and Jamie Winborn (OLB)
Akin Ayodele (LB) and Drayton Florence (CB)
Ronnie Brown (RB), Chad Pennington (QB) and Ricky Williams (RB)
New England Patriots
Kevin Faulk (RB), Shayne Graham (K), Brandon McGowan (S), Matt Light (OT), Sammy Morris (RB), Fred Taylor (RB), Gerard Warren (DE) and Tracy White (LB)
New York Jets
Brodney Pool (S), Wayne Hunter (OT), Braylon Edwards (WR), Shaun Ellis (DE), Trevor Pryce (DE) and Tony Richardson (FB)
Kansas City Chiefs
Casey Wiegmann (C), Mike Vrabel (LB), Ron Edwards (DT), Jon McGraw (S), Terrance Copper (WR), Charlie Anderson (LB), Travis Daniels (CB), Shaun Smith (DT)
San Diego Chargers
Tyrone Carter (S), Billy Volek (QB), James Dearth (LS), Randy McMichael (TE), Jacques Cesaire (DE), Stephen Cooper (LB), Kelley Washington (WR), Kevin Burnett (LB), Travis Johnson (DE), Scott Mruczkowski (C), Darren Sproles (RB)
Michael Bennett (RB), Rock Cartwright (RB), John Henderson (DT), Langston Walker (OT), Nnamdi Asomugha (CB), Sam Williams (LB), Kyle Boller (QB), Robert Gallery (OG), Khalif Barnes (OT), Charlie Frye (QB), Daniel Loper (OG), Stanford Routt (CB)
Ronald Fields (DT)
I intend this to be more of a resource tool than any actual opinion in the original post. Therefore I will reserve any opinions on the above players, and if I feel they would be a good fit here in Detroit for the comments section.
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