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Top 2008 Free Agent OL

By: Greg Davis

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Top Offensive Linemen

Alan Faneca, UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers

Faneca is the safest bet of the this group to be finding a new home. Contract extension talks have gone nowhere and 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.

Predicted 2008 Team: Bears – Chicago could be a nice fit to rejuvenate his career.

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.

Predicted 2008 Team: Cowboys – It’s hard to imagine the Cowboys not finding a way to keep him in town.

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. But with big dollars being paid out to Ryan Lilja, Scott might not fit into the budget plans.

Predicted 2008 Team: Pittsburgh – He’ll replace Faneca and help Big Ben stay safe as a starter.

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. However, Pittsburgh has given him their transition tag, so he’s likely to stick around.

Predicted 2008 Team: Pittsburgh – The transition tag will scare off most potential suitors.

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 of teams that show interest.

Predicted 2008 Team: Retirement– Brown could be back in the NFL, but surgery last season and his age will factor into his decision.

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. Seattle likes Womack’s ability to play where needed, though, so they may pay enough to keep him around.

Predicted 2008 Team: Seattle – Womack should continue to find Seattle accommodating.

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.

Predicted 2008 Team: St. Louis – Hard to imagine him as anything more than a backup.

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 Miami Dolphins
OT Sean Locklear UFA Seattle Seahawks
OG Brian Rimpf RFA Baltimore Ravens
OG Keydrick Vincent UFA Arizona Cardinals
OG Fred Weary UFA Houston Texans

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