Free agency is officially here once again in the NFL, as when the clock strikes midnight teams will be able to start the frenzy which is to sign players from other teams to deals that working class Americans can only dream of. While there are not a ton of big name players as in years past hitting the market, there are enough players that will be out there that can make a big impact on teams looking to get better.
With that, Yahoo! Sports has put out their list of the top 100 free agents. While we won’t try and predict where the top 100 free agents will go, we’ll take an educated guess at where the top 10 will end up. The comment next to the players name was provided by Yahoo! and our guess is below that. Feel free to leave comments with your thoughts on where you think certian players will end up.
1. Albert Haynesworth, DT: Far and away the best free agent; $100 million isn’t out of the question.
Our Thoughts: Haynesworth will be in the Nation’s Capital next season, no doubt. The Redskins are going to throw him the $100 mil he’s looking for, and the big question now is he going to be worth it?
2. Kurt Warner, QB: Expect the deal to come in at two years, $22 million with Arizona.
Our Thoughts: Warner wants to stay with the Cardinals, and the Cardinals want him, so I can’t see why he won’t sign a deal like Yahoo! is talking, about $22 mil for two years.
3. Jason Brown, C/G: Likely to become the top paid interior offensive lineman in the game.
Our Thoughts: The Dolphins want Brown, and their run game could use solid lineman like him. He’ll be the highest paid O-lineman tomorrow at this time.
4. Ray Lewis, LB: Lots of talk about Dallas or the Jets, but look for him to return to Baltimore.
Our Thoughts: For whatever reason, the Ravens seem to be shying away from paying him like they were talking two weeks ago. I think the Cowboys interest is real, and he’ll wear a star on his helmet in 2009.
5. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR: Bengals are delusional enough to think he might return. Yeah, right.
Our Thoughts: The best WR on the market, he’s been talking about playing for just about anyone other than the Bengals, and I think the Eagles and Bears are two teams that could use him. The Eagles is the best landing place for T.J.
6. Bart Scott, LB: No discounts for the Ravens this time probably means no return to Baltimore.
Our Thoughts: The Ravens cannot afford to lose both Lewis and Scott, and I think that a return to the Ravens is in the cards for Scott, who is better than Lewis right now and is only going to get better.
7. Bryant McFadden, CB: Best cornerback among a lot of mediocre ones on this list.
Our Thoughts: Tough call, the Steelers want to keep him, he’s talked about playing with Miami, but I think the Steelers find a way to get him back and give him a shot at back-to-back rings.
8. Jabari Greer, CB: He’s going to get a lot of money ($7 million a year) after two decent campaigns.
Our Thoughts: Greer is a decent corner, but I wouldn’t think a ton of teams are going to make a big run at him. Look for Greer to end up with a team that needs corner help, like the Pats.
9. Phillip Buchanon, CB: Florida native likely to return to Tampa Bay. Bucs have the cash.
Our Thoughts: The Bucs have opened up a ton of cap space with their recent roster cuts, so he’ll be a Buccaneer again in 2009.
10. Derrick Ward, RB: Former seventh-round pick hits the big time in a shallow group of RBs.
Our Thoughts: The Browns have thrown out a feeler about Ward, but I think a lot of teams will eye him, and he’ll get a big deal to end up playing with the Eagles as the next Brian Westbrook.