NFL Free Agency: Cornerbacks

The Bears are four deep at cornerback unless there's a shakeup for salary cap reasons. The NFL has a few very solid cover cornerbacks set to hit the open market on March 2, followed by a handful of others worth taking a look at. Here are their free-agent options.

2005 Free-Agent Cornerbacks
A listing of the cornerbacks scheduled for NFL free agency in 2005. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent; ERFA=Exclusive Rights Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. The "Best of the Bunch" is ranked by's Lane Adkins. The "Rest of the Bunch" is sorted by free-agent type, then by most recent team. Comments provided for unrestricted free agents.
Player Free-Agent Type 2004 Team
Charles Woodson UFA Raiders
Woodson, simply put, is one of the top cornerbacks in the game. While the Raiders don't much want him back, he is the lesser of two highly talented cornerback evils and could be named the team's franchise player.
Andre Dyson UFA Titans
While Dyson is not a great cornerback he does have the skills to be one.A new home might benefit him.
Ken Lucas UFA Seahawks
Ken Lucas continues to fly under the radar screen, much like he has done over his entire career in Seattle.Lucas offers great size and speed and someone will sign him early.
Fred Smoot RFA Redskins
Smoot is certainly a player on the rise in the eyes of most league observers. In the past he has rebuffed overtures from the Redskins for a contract extension and looks poised to cash in big as a free agent.
Anthony Henry UFA Browns
The Browns like Henry but remained puzzled by him.He will likely sign elsewhere.
Gary Baxter UFA Ravens
Word is that the Ravens are planning on using their franchise tag on Baxter despite him coming off of a sub-par season in 2004. Baxter is a big phyical cornerback who if he is not tagged will get plenty of action early.
Aaron Beasley UFA Falcons
Though Beasley is getting long in the tooth, he provides a veteran cornerback with years of experience as a starter for a team that needs a veteran in the mix.
Renaldo Hill UFA Cardinals
In 2003 Renaldo Hill was the talk of the Cardinals and looked poised to strike it big. He apparantly is not in coach Dennis Green's long term plans, though, and he looks like he will play elsewhere in 2005.
Nick Harper UFA Colts
Harper is one of the Colts' best cornerbacks but he is also protected by the Colts cover-two scheme. Indianapolis wants him back but knows not to overpay to get him.
Jason Craft UFA Saints
Craft has been a disappointment in New Orleans.
Willie Williams UFA Steelers
The Steelers would probably like to keep Williams, but they will not overpay for him.
Kenny Wright UFA Texans
Wright will likely stay in Houston.
Kevin Mathis UFA Falcons
Offers depth and special teams play.
Lewis Sanders UFA Browns
Sanders offers prototype size and skills but has not lived up to expectations.
Deion Sanders UFA Ravens
The Ravens probably want to keep Sanders.
Robert Tate UFA Cardinals
Tate could re-sign in Arizona as a backup.
Tyrone Williams UFA Cowboys
Williams is on his last legs, but might find a team willing to take a chance on him.
Jimmy Williams RFA 49ers
Brian Williams RFA Vikings
Danion Sidney UFA Lions
Sidney can also play safety.
Player Free-Agent Type 2004 Team
Todd McMillon UFA Bears
McMillon will be an afterthought in free agency.
Jimmy Spencer UFA Broncos
Spencer might move to the coaching ranks full-time now.
Corey Ivy UFA Buccaneers
Ivy could get on as deep backup defensive back somewhere.
Michael Stone UFA Cardinals
Stone can play safety as well.
Jimmy Wyrick UFA Dolphins
Wyrick might generate some surprising interest.
Allen Rossum UFA Falcons
Rossum will be a hot commodity moreso because of his special teams skills than his coverage skills.
Kiwaukee Thomas UFA Jaguars
Thomas never developed for the Jaguars.
Terrell Buckley UFA Jets
Buckley could fit in as a veteran dimeback with a team looking to make a playoff run.
Jason Horton UFA Packers
Horton will try and move on to greener pastures.
Dale Carter UFA Ravens
Carter might have to retire.
Raymond Walls UFA Ravens
Walls will be a competant backup.
Pat Dennis UFA Redskins
Dennis has good size and little else.
Jason Bell UFA Texans
Bell is a depth player.
Jason Simmons UFA Texans
Simmons will re-sign if he can.
Derek Ross UFA Vikings
Ross is talented but his reputation may keep teams away.
Rashad Bauman RFA Bengals
Reggie Myles RFA Bengals
Kevin Thomas RFA Bills
Lenny Walls RFA Broncos
Donald Strickland RFA Colts
Joseph Jefferson RFA Colts
Pete Hunter RFA Cowboys
Andre Goodman RFA Lions
Chris Cash RFA Lions
Earthwind Moreland RFA Patriots
Keyou Craver RFA Saints
Kris Richard RFA Seahawks
Richard Kris RFA Seahawks
Demarcus Faggins RFA Texans
Rhett Nelson RFA Vikings
Christian Morton ERFA Browns
Ronyell Whitaker ERFA Buccaneers
Lance Frazier ERFA Cowboys
Lenny Williams ERFA Cowboys
Roderick Hood ERFA Eagles
Frank Walker ERFA Giants
Dwight Anderson ERFA Rams
Calvin Carlyle ERFA Ravens
Zach Norton ERFA Ravens
Vontez Duff ERFA Steelers

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