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It too many good ot in free agencies too get a top five offense linemen.the colts and patroit dont get lineman in the first round they get them in the second and third round.Use all your free agent money to beef the offensive line.With free agent like ;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. then you go get Mcfadden and watch the mcfadden show.

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John Madden? :blink:

A franchise LT is a lot harder to find that a productive RB and they tend to last longer. The last time the Falcons took a LT from Michigan(Mike Kenn) he was with the franchise for 17 years. How many RB's have lasted that long with the Falcons? All the over the hill and mediocre guys on your list aren't franchise LT's. You're just another fantasy footballing Madden GM who cares about nothing but skill players.

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The reason the Colts and Pats can draft quality linemen in later rounds is b/c their FO can evaluate talent. Something the Falcons have never been good at. IMO our line is priority #1 besides GM/coach. All the playmakers in the world could not perform behind our line. If we put a focus on the line in BOTH fa and the draft, I think we'll be surprised by the turn around Norwood and Redman could make.

I for one am hoping we go Jake Long in the first (unless someone like Clady moves up past him) and possibily someone like Alex Boone with our first pick in the 2nd. Then look at future playmakers in the 2nd and 3rd.

Here's what I'd love to see our line look like going into 2008:

LT: Long or Clady

LG: Faneca or Starks

C: Datish or McClure

RG: Blaylock

RT: Boone

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We don't need McFadden because we already have basically the same player. Norwood is just like McFadden with the only difference between the two is that McFadden is two inches taller and ten pounds heavier. He is still a guy that relies on his speed and that doesn't work at the highest level.

Draft a powerback with some speed like J. Stewart or Mendenhall and you have someone to COMPLEMENT Norwood rather than play exactly the same as him like we have with Norwood and Dunn together. It's nice to have a speed back for a change of pace, but its not nice to have JUST speed backs and no guys that can be given the ball 30 times if need be.

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