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Arrowhead Pride Weekly Free Agency Talk (2-12-11 to 2-19-11)


No one else has made one so here we go. 

Some great websites for Free Agent Lists 

http://www.footballsfuture.com/freeagents.html

http://walterfootball.com/freeagents.php

 

Pioli and Company have a lot of holes to fill this offseason. Nose Tackle, WR, LOLB, Depth Safety, C, RT Backup QB, Future Thomas Jones replacement, and possibly some KR and PR that can let McCluster and Arenas focus on their starting positions. So lets look at some of the feasible free agency options to fill these positions.

Options are narrowed down to players who could realistically leave their team and realistically join the Chiefs and also fit the teams needs from the specific position (i.e. gap stuffing NTs, pass rushing LOLBs, speedy WR)

descriptions via http://walterfootball.com/freeagents.php and rankings via me.

ages are as of September 1, 2011

NT

1. Paul Soliai, NT, Dolphins. Age: 27.

At 6-4, 355 pounds, Paul Soliai is a monstrous, run-stuffing nose tackle. Unless the Dolphins franchise him, Soliai will get a huge contract this offseason. 

2. Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks. Age: 26. 

Brandon Mebane has always been great against the run; this year, he added some pass-rushing skills to his repertoire, allowing him to serve as an every-down player in Seattle's defense. 

3. Aubrayo Franklin, NT, 49ers. Age: 31. 

Aubrayo Franklin is coming off great back-to-back years - but he's never played this well when not in a contract season. As I wrote last year, caveat emptor. 

4. Shaun Rogers, NT, FA . Age: 31

Had some of his best seasons with our current defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. We could use him to start a couple years and later be a depth DL.

LOLB

1. Ray Edwards, DE, Vikings. Age: 26. 

Ray Edwards had a tremendous year, registering eight sacks and shutting down the run on his side. The question remains: How will he fare without the opposition keying in on Jared Allen and Kevin Williams?  

2. Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 27. 

Moving from strongside linebacker to defensive end depending on the situation, Kamerion Wimbley totaled 9.5 sacks and really helped shut down the run. 

3. Manny Lawson, OLB, 49ers. Age: 27. 

Manny Lawson isn't the greatest pass-rusher in the world, but he does so many other things very well. Moving on to a team with a 4-3 defense might be ideal for the former first-rounder. 

Overall there are not too many pass rushing options via free agency outside of converting Ray Edwards.

WR

1. Steve Smith, WR, Giants. Age: 26. 

Steve Smith is an outstanding possession receiver; he caught 107 balls for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009. Unfortunately, he suffered a nasty knee injury in December and may not be ready for the start of the 2011 season. 

2. Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals. Age: 28. 

Steve Breaston's yardage totals the past three years: 1,006, 712 and 718. Unfortunately, he just can't stay healthy. 

3. Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings. Age: 25. 

Sidney Rice is one of the league's top young receivers. He caught 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009. He's only had one great year, hence just the four stars. 

4. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars. Age: 26. 

Mike Sims-Walker had a very good year in 2009 (63 catches, 869 yards, 7 TDs), but struggled with various leg injuries the past two seasons. He's a quality No. 2 wideout if he can stay healthy. That's a big if, however. 

5. Lance Moore, WR, Saints. Age: 28.  

A terrific slot receiver, Lance Moore bounced back from an injury-plagued 2009 campaign to catch 66 balls for 763 yards and eight touchdowns this season. 

Backup QB:

1.  Caleb Hanie (RFA), QB, Bears. Age: 25.  

A former sleeper of Mel Kiper's, Caleb Hanie handled himself very well in relief of Jay Cutler and Todd Collins in the NFC Championship. I'd like to see Hanie get a shot at a starting gig somewhere in 2012. For now, the Bears will have to use a second-round tender on the Colorado State product. 

2. Seneca Wallace, QB, Browns. Age: 31. 

Completing 63.4 percent of his passes on a 6.9 YPA, Seneca Wallace proved once again that he can be a capable backup in this league. 

3. Tavaris Jackson, QB, Vikings. Age: 28. 

Tavaris Jackson can be a decent backup quarterback in the NFL. No one aside from Brad Childress thinks he can start, however. 

4. Chad Pennington, QB, Dolphins. Age: 35.

Has connections with some of our current staff. If healthy, can be a serviceable backup.

5. Troy Smith, QB, 49ers. Age: 27. 

Troy Smith is a mediocre backup quarterback. He can make stuff happen on the ground, but his completion percentage (50.3%) was horrific this season. 

C

1. Ryan Kalil, C, Panthers. Age: 25.  

If the Panthers don't franchise Ryan Kalil, teams will be lining up to sign one of the top centers in the NFL. 

2. Lyle Sendlein, C, Cardinals. Age: 27. 

Arizona's best offensive lineman, Lyle Sendlein hasn't missed a start in three years. He needs to be re-signed. 

3.  Kyle Cook (RFA), C, Bengals. Age: 28. 

Kyle Cook has been a solid, dependable starting center for the Bengals the past two years. He deserves an extension. 

RT

1. Ryan Harris, OT, Broncos. Age: 26. 

A young, decent, zone-blocking right tackle, Ryan Harris struggled in Josh McDaniels' new offense. Harris will probably be heavily pursued this spring, though he's been injured a lot in the past two years. 

2. Marshal Yanda, OT/G, Ravens. Age: 26. 

Marshal Yanda had a pretty good season, surrendering only four sacks. He's capable of playing both right tackle and guard effectively, so that versatility should help him this offseason. 

3. Jared Gaither, OT, Ravens. Age: 25. 

Jared Gaither is a very talented offensive tackle, but he missed all 2010 with a serious back injury. Back problems don't go away very easily, so it's possible that Gaither may never be 100 percent again. 

4. Matt Light, OT, Patriots. Age: 33. 

Matt Light can still be a dependable left tackle, but he's past his prime. He struggled on a few occasions this season, surrendering seven sacks. 

Expound your thoughts, wishlists, re-signees, ect.

Please rec!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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