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2/23/2006

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Free Agent's I'd Take

Unlike last year we don;t have the full luxury of going on a big spending spree this free agency season; however, I would like to nab at least 1 or 2 of the following free agents available:

LeCharles Bentley - C/G - New Orleans Saints
Bentley has been solid for the most part, and has been a force to deal with. The attractive part of signing Bentley is his versatility. He excels at guard and at center. Center is a big question mark for us going into the 2006 season. Al Johnson never got on track and seemed to be overcome and overpowered by larger NT/DTs all year long. Andre Gurode actually faired better then Johnson, but are either of these two the answer, and is the rotation of the two the answer. I would say no for now. Bentley would be a great fit, but he will be highly seeked since quality offensive lineman this free agency season is quite light on talent.

Jason Fabini - OT - New York Jets
At 31 he is getting up in age, but would be a upgrade to Rob Pettiti at RT. Fabini was a player that Parcells liked while he was with the Jets. A reunion and "Parcells Guy" return could be in the making here. Taking care of RT before the draft would give us more room to draft another position player that we need like LB, FS, DT.

Adam Vinatieri - K - New England Patriots
Not much needs to be said about Vinatieri, he is Mr. Clutch as far as kickers go. Rarely misses, and in games where FGs decide games, Vinatieri would be the difference maker. Last season, we could have won at least 3 games decided by FGs, and missed FGs. Let's get him signed, sealed, and delivered!

Chris Hope - FS - Pittsburgh Steelers
Hope would be a real upgrade for the FS, Hope is more the prototypical FS we need next to the hard hitting Roy Williams. Hope plays well in coverage, makes good reads, and has great gametime experience playing against some of the NFLs best offenses. Let Davis return to ST fulltime and bring in Hope to complete the secondary.

Other players I'd like to consider:
Matt Bryant - K - Tampa Bay Bucs
Ryan Longwell - K - Green Bay Packers
Julian Peterson - OLB - San Fran 49ers

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