Tony Banks (Houston)
Banks has been a backup to David Carr in Houston and should only expect to serve in a reserve capacity at this point in his career. Still athletic, Banks still has a strong arm, but inconsistency and a knack for turning the ball have hampered him throughout his career.
Brought in to serve as insurance in the event starter Chad Pennington was injured, Fielder went down with a shoulder injury minutes into his first opportunity in New York. Has had some success as a starter, but is now in the twilight of his career and should be looked upon as a backup or emergency type starter.
Appears to have lost all confidence in his ability. Often throws into coverage and has proven to be very erratic. Unlikely he will suit up in 2006, unless a team comes calling for a veteran type to step in.
Looking to clear cap space and provide Ron Dayne a greater opportunity (as a backup), Anderson was a somewhat surprising cut for the Broncos. Not the fleetest afoot, Anderson has proven to be a powerful inside, downhill type rusher. On the downside of his career, Anderson has the ability to play, but shouldn't be counted on as a feature back at this point.
At one time Davis was as good as any back in the league. Knee injuries have robbed Davis of his surprising quickness and upper-body shiftiness. Still retains power, but is too great an injury risk to count on.
Simply a reserve at the running back position, Smart has had some success in the return game and should catch on with a team seeking a better than average kick return specialist.
Never reached the potential many scouts believed he possessed when coming out of Georgia Tech. Knee injury in college robbed him of playing time and quite possibly took some of his game from him. Hollings is a reserve at best at the professional level.
Murray (San Diego)
Special teams type player.
Has one role, of a blocking back. Good blocker that understands his role of sacrificing himself. Teams which utilize the two-back or H-back sets with a need should express an interest.
Has turned into a solid tight-end in the Broncos offensive system. Putzier release was in an effort to reduce the Denver salary-cap issues and no other reason. His blocking has improved, but should be deemed average, while excelling as a receiver. The interest in Putzier will immediate when the free agent player signing period commences.
As the Bills sought to gain salary-cap relief, Campbell was an easy target for the team. Has battled injuries throughout his career, when healthy has shown the ability to get open, and is a sufficient run blocker. Campbell should be looked at as a depth player for a team looking to fill out the roster with a veteran presence type player willing to play special teams.
James (New England)
Non-descript, special teams type player at best.
Morton (San Francisco)
Nearing the end of his career, still runs routes well, but has slowed and does not catch the ball nearly as well as in his days in Detroit. Can be a help as a reserve, but shouldn't be counted on to be a major contributor.
Special teams type player.
Age, size, and physical limitations make McIntosh a risky proposition at the tackle position. Due to the lack of top-flight talent at the tackle position in the game, McIntosh should remain in the game as a reserve.
He may be getting up in age (35), but Hopkins still possesses the ability and consistency sought at the left tackle position. At one time, He was close to being a dominant tackle, utilizing quickness and excellent handwork, now he depends on experience and desire to play the position at a high level. Due to age, Hopkins shouldn't be counted on to be much more than a two-year stop-gap player.
Morgan (St. Louis)
Reserve, special teams type player.
Reserve, special teams type player.
Fabini was a solid, workmanlike tackle for the New York Jets prior to a pectoral muscle tear midway through the 2005 season. Capable of manning either the left or right tackle position, Fabini has been a consistent lineman without significant injury concerns. Fabini remains strong at the point of attack due to a wide base and leg strength. Released as a salary-cap relief measure, Fabini will garner serious looks from teams seeking an above average, experience lineman.
A classic underachiever inside a mammoth frame. Williams was a highly touted lineman coming out of Texas, but has never achieved at the level expected of a high first-round draft selection. Overall play is inconsistent and sloppy, does not move well, and cannot reach the second level of defense. Williams can start on a team which can hide his deficiencies and will receive some looks based off his size and experience.
This cagey veteran will not wind down his career in Oakland. A marginal, fringe type player now, Stone still has the ability to run block well, but struggles against quicker defensive linemen. Inconsistent is getting to the second-level of the defense and can be beat without help over the duration of a game. May get some looks from teams wanting to add depth, especially in training camp.
Shields (Kansas City)
Just like a fine wine, Shields appears to get better with age. Still can control his man at the point of attack and run block with the best in the business. Shields plays with the find you and grind you attitude. Even at 35-years of age, Shields has the quickness and strength to pass block well. If Kansas City does not resign the veteran lineman, Shields will command immediate attention on the open market.
Serviceable at the point of attack, Loverne does not possess the strength and overall skill to make an impact at the guard position. Plays smaller than his size, can be overpowered by larger defensive linemen. Could be a starter on some teams and should receive some attention once free agency commences.
Was playing at a high level prior to a left triceps injury which cost him the majority of the 2005 season. Tough and highly respected, Mawae remains a solid center who can generate better than average results in the run and passing game, but should not be counted on to be an elite player at this advanced stage of his career (35-yearsold; 12-year veteran).
Deep backup, special teams type player.