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Ruben Brown, UFA, Chicago Bears

An aging veteran, Brown has a lot of experience opening holes for backs and allowing time for passers. He s a solid guard who holds down his position quite well. If he decides to stick around, he may have a couple of good seasons left. Teams won t line up to sign him, but there should be a handful that show interest.

Alan Faneca, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers

Faneca seems to be the most likely of this group to leave his current team. Rumors suggest that he plans on leaving after the season and contract extension talks have gone nowhere. Faneca is a quality guard who has started in five Pro Bowls and been selected as a first team All-Pro five times as well. He also still has some prime seasons of his career remaining. Faneca will receive the most interest at his position, could be the most coveted offensive linemen after the season, and should also be one of the most coveted players available in all of the NFL.

Flozell Adams, UFA, Dallas Cowboys

A veteran left tackle, Adams should hit the market and receive decent interest. A second-round pick in 1998, Adams has developed into one of the league s better offensive linemen. His size, experience, and performance will lure teams into making a considerable offer for his services. The Cowboys are developing young talent behind him, and depending on how that youth pans out the rest of the season, the team could allow him to leave in favor of saving some money.

Jordan Gross, UFA, Carolina Panthers

With Gross contract voiding at season s end, the Panthers will need to increase his salary in order to keep him around. The ownership seems to agree that he deserves a pay raise, and the team appears to want to keep him around as their starting right tackle. A former first-round selection who has played well, Gross will be looking for a considerably larger check come next season.

Ryan Lilja, UFA, Indianapolis Colts

A quality guard, Lilja is relatively young and has a Super Bowl ring to call his own. The Colts will do well to sign him to an extension, but there s a chance that Lilja tests the market. In reality, the system that Lilja plays within is a nice fit, and he gets to protect Peyton Manning, so he could easily stay.

Max Starks, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers

Starks is young and massive, and another Pittsburgh player that may leave the Steel City. He s 25 and is listed at 6 7 while weighing 337 pounds. His size and age will make him a desired player on many team s list. A top tier tackle will always garner interest and Starks may lead the free agent class at the spot because of the potential he has shown on the field.

Floyd Womack, UFA, Seattle Seahawks

A big, experienced guard, Womack could get a decent offer from any team missing out on a top tier target like Faneca. If Womack isn t the outright starter in Seattle this season, look for him to find work elsewhere with an expanded role guaranteed.

Jake Scott, UFA, Indianapolis Colts

Scott is the starting right guard for one of the top offensive line units in the entire NFL, and his ability to help protect Peyton Manning should equate to a nice contract number. Indianapolis has found a way to retain most of their line talent in recent seasons, and it should come as no surprise if Scott is locked into a long-term deal in the near future.

Todd Steussie UFA St. Louis Rams

Steussie has been a solid offensive tackle for several years, but he was placed on injured reserve earlier this season because of a foot injury. He s approaching forty years of age, but he may still have a good season or two in him. He should receive some attention as a free agent simply because of his experience and the position he plays.

Travelle Wharton UFA Carolina Panthers

A late third-round selection in 2004, Wharton has developed into a solid starting left tackle. He has been a key reason for the successes that the Panthers have had, and his absence in 2006 was a key reason for the team s struggles. Wharton s rookie contract will expire at season s end, and his value on the market should be fairly strong. A quality left tackle is hard to find, and team s looking to bolster an offensive line will have to consider Wharton. Carolina will likely make every effort to work out an extension.

Other Free Agent Offensive Linemen

OG P.J. Alexander UFA Atlanta Falcons

OT Nat Dorsey UFA Cleveland Browns

OT Trai Essex RFA Pittsburgh Steelers

OG Chris Kemoeatu RFA Pittsburgh Steelers

OT Cory Lekkerkerker RFA San Diego Chargers

OT Sean Locklear UFA Seattle Seahawks

OG Brian Rimpf RFA Baltimore Ravens

OG Keydrick Vincent UFA Baltimore Ravens

OG Fred Weary UFA Houston Texans

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stoned_jc7 (1/3/2008)
I wouldn't mind them spending a little money on a veteran guy. This isn't a position like RB. These big guys usually can last into their late 30's if they were any good to start with.

A little money is fine, just not Steve Hutchinson type money. I think some of these guys(mainly Faneca) are going to command a good bit of money. I'm all for picking up 1 or 2 of these guys if the price is right.

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i definately agree

i think we need to fill the LT position with a free agent as to not put two young players next to each other with Blaylock at LG.

McClure will probably remain at center

Now depending on the health of Forney or Weiner, either one or both the RG and RT positions should be filled through the draft with both of the pics being 2-4 rounders, we dont need to draft a lineman any lower than that as we have enough project o-linemen on the roster who are being groomed, whoever we draft needs to be ready to play right away or we might as well not waste a pick on them. At worst they could push the veterans ahead of them if they are healthy enough to return. Good competition will do the O-Line good.

so we should look something like:

RT-Weiner/Draft Pick

RG- Forney/Draft Pick

C- McClure

LG- Blaylock

LT- Vet Free Agent

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Max Starks, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers

Starks is young and massive, and another Pittsburgh player that may leave the Steel City. He s 25 and is listed at 6 7 while weighing 337 pounds. His size and age will make him a desired player on many team s list. A top tier tackle will always garner interest and Starks may lead the free agent class at the spot because of the potential he has shown on the field.

Here is a guy we can sign to a LONG term deal. Young and massive....how do you go wrong with that?

His youth is what intrigues me most. Many of the other guys while All-Pro's are long in the tooth.

Granted Faneca and Flozell are some fine players its a question of how much cap room we have to attack free agency.

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atlfalcon2184 (1/3/2008)
I like Nat Dorsey, mainly because he shouldn't cost too much. I don't want us throwing a ton of money at a 30+ year old O-lineman. I'd rather just build the line through the draft at this point.

i agree, we are not one good lineman away from the playoffs!! imo it would be best to build this baby from the ground up by drafting lineman to be here for years and grow together as a line:)

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1989fan (1/4/2008)
the guys I would be after:

Andrews, OG/OT, CIN

Smiley, OG, SF

Gross, OT, CAR

Dorsey, OT, CLE

McKinley, OG, CLE

Locklear, OT, SEA

Thats a pretty good list you got there 89... We are pretty much on the same page when it comes to FA offensive lineman. Andrews and Gross would be the first 2 i would try and lock onto, but i wouldnt be upset with Smiley and Dorsey/Locklear...

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falcons4life (1/4/2008)
Max Starks, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers

Starks is young and massive, and another Pittsburgh player that may leave the Steel City. He s 25 and is listed at 6 7 while weighing 337 pounds. His size and age will make him a desired player on many team s list. A top tier tackle will always garner interest and Starks may lead the free agent class at the spot because of the potential he has shown on the field.

Here is a guy we can sign to a LONG term deal. Young and massive....how do you go wrong with that?

His youth is what intrigues me most. Many of the other guys while All-Pro's are long in the tooth.

Granted Faneca and Flozell are some fine players its a question of how much cap room we have to attack free agency.

Young, massive, and soft as a teddy bear! What a magic combination!

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falcons4life (1/4/2008)
Max Starks, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers

Starks is young and massive, and another Pittsburgh player that may leave the Steel City. He s 25 and is listed at 6 7 while weighing 337 pounds. His size and age will make him a desired player on many team s list. A top tier tackle will always garner interest and Starks may lead the free agent class at the spot because of the potential he has shown on the field.

Here is a guy we can sign to a LONG term deal. Young and massive....how do you go wrong with that?

His youth is what intrigues me most. Many of the other guys while All-Pro's are long in the tooth.

Granted Faneca and Flozell are some fine players its a question of how much cap room we have to attack free agency.

this is hilarious. the problem with this guy is that he is not even starting!! he is a backup on pitt and he is going to leave because hes not good enough to start, but some stupid team is going to give him lots of $$$$ because they like his youth and bulk, when neither of those attributes have anything to do with being a succesful RT in the NFL.

good post, NOT!

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1989fan (1/4/2008)
the guys I would be after:

Andrews, OG/OT, CIN

Smiley, OG, SF

Gross, OT, CAR

Dorsey, OT, CLE

McKinney, OG, CLE

Locklear, OT, SEA

nice nice list. id love andrews for the OG position, and if we managed to get say, Ryan Clady at LT, added Nat Dorsey, and Andrews, wed have:

LT- Clady/Dorsey

LG- Blalock

C- McClure (grr...)

RG- Andrews

RT- Weiner/Dorsey

sounds pretty good to me. if we cut forney and weiner it would be wise to replace one of them with a fa. andrews would be my 1st choice for the RG position. dorsey could play RT as a starter if we needed him too.

that would be a much better offensive line than we have had in a long time.

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Atl_Takeover (1/4/2008)
I want Flozell Adams I know its highly possible that he signs back with the Cowboys and he is also 32 but I know he atleast has 3 or 4 more years left in the tank so this would give us time to develope a youngster to come inn and takeover when he call it quits.

I'm not sure the cowboys resign him because they have Pat McQuistan, Doug Free and James Marteen who can compete for the LT spot. All were highly rated OTs coming into the draft. Plus they have to resign Barber, Jones (i think he'll walk) and Hamlin. I figure Barber is a priority even if they enter the McFadden sweepstakes.

Speaking of McFadden i don't think the cowpokes trade up. To be honest, if they sit tight they can draft Felix Jones --another speedster who'll compliment barber just as well.

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Wharton is an interesting prospect, but isn't he the one that Abe dominated last year in the season opener? ****, with enough practice against Abe, he might get really good for us if we can get him. I'd rather have a vet LT from FA than have to rely on one from the draft, especially with the best overall LT in the draft being Ryan Clady out of BSU. It's too risky. I'd definitely take a look at Wharton if his only problem is the first one that would get solved; speed rushers.

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