With football back and the preseason just around the corner, you can expect a major flurry of free agent activity in the coming days as teams strive to make up for lost time. Here are my top 5 available free agents that will command a hefty price tag.
1. Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Rice is the prototype big, deep threat that has teams salivating. He had a monster 2009 season where he caught 83 passes for 1312 yards and 8 touchdowns but was hampered in 2010 with an injury that kept him out of the first ten games of the season. If 100%, Rice will garner the interest of many, many teams . He is easily one of the most talented receivers in the league, plus his last name is Rice!
2. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Raiders
Make no mistake about it, the most important position on a defense is the cornerback position. With the league turning pass happy over the last decade, you need guys who can shut down opposing teams top receiving threats. Asomugha is one of those guys. In fact, he's one of the best in the league at it. Even though he's 30, a relative dinosaur in football terms, Asomugha can still lock down the best receivers in the league and will command a heavy price for his services.
3. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
Perhaps one of the best running backs you never really heard much of, Williams will be a prime addition for any team that gets him. While small for a running back at 5'9”, Williams has proven that he can carry the load for a team, having passed 1,000 rushing yards twice in his short 6 year career. His best season came in 2008 when he rushed for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns.
4. Carl Nicks, G, Saints
Nicks is a standout guard who has played in the NFL for three seasons. He has consistently improved with each year and made his first Pro Bowl in 2010. He has a powerful frame that is ideal for run blocking as well as quick, nimble feet that gets him in pass protection position in no time flat. With lineman being perhaps the most pressing area for many teams, Nicks will be in for plenty of interest.
5. Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
Solid receivers are hard to come by and solid receivers who show up in clutch moments are even rarer but Santonio Holmes fits that bill. Though his stats aren't any better than pedestrian, he only eclipsed 1,000 yards once in his 5 year career, he is still a receiver capable of being one of the best in the league. Get him on a team and in a system that won't change year to year and you will get a guy that will do the dirty work for you and be there to catch that game winning touchdown pass.
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