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It is never to early to plan for the future, so I went ahead and put together a list of young and talented free-agents that will become unrestricted free-agents for the 2002 season. You will find no Quarterback listed because there is no real young hot quarterback that will be on the market after this season. You won't find any guys that are in their 30's on this list.
Defense Ends: There really are only three defense ends that have a high value in the free-agent market.
DE Kenny Mixon, Miami Dolphins
DE Simeon Rice, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DE Bryan Robinson, Chicago Bears
Line Backers: If you are looking for a young and talented linebacker there are a few in this group that could help your team in 2002.
LB Sam Cowart, Buffalo Bills
LB Kevin Hardy, Jacksonville Jaguars
LB James Farrior, New York Jets
LB Jeremiah Trotter, Philadelphia Eagles
LB Donnie Edwards, Kansas City Chiefs
LB Greg Favors, Tennessee Titans
LB Steve Foley, Cincinnati Bengals
LB Kailee Wong, Minnesota Vikings
Cornerback: There are a few top flight cornerbacks and with all the 3 and 4 wide receivers packages in the NFL you need 3 or 4 good corners to covers these guys.
CB Duane Starks, Baltimore Ravens
CB Bryant Westbrook, Detroit Lions
CB Dainon Sidney, Tennessee Titans
CB Corey Chavous, Arizona Cardinals
CB Fred Weary, New Orleans Saints
CB Tom Knight, Arizona Cardinals
CB Artrell Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals
CB Walt Harris, Chicago Bears
Safeties: This is a good group of safeties and these players will get looks from other teams.
S Eric Brown, Denver Broncos
S Shaun Williams, New York Giants
SS Tony Parrish, Chicago Bears
SS Pat Tilman, Arizona Cardinals
Running Backs: There are really only two young running back that have proven anything in the NFL that are free-agents.
RB Michael Pittman, Arizona Cardinals
RB James Allen, Chicago Bears
Wide Receivers: Most of these players have played up and down but could have a break-out year because they all have talent.
WR Germane Crowell, Detroit Lions
WR Donald Hayes, Carolina Panthers
WR Jerome Pathon, Indianapolis Colts
WR/PR Az-Zahir Hakim, St. Louis Rams
WR Jacquez Green, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Reidel Anthony, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Joe Jurevicius, New York Giants
WR Patrick Johnson, Baltimore Ravens
Tight Ends: The Chiefs won¡¯t allow Gonzalez on the open market but all other teams can dream.
TE Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs
TE Cam Cleeland, New Orleans Saints
TE David Sloan, Detroit Lions
TE Damon Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars
Offensive linemen: Talented group of young o-linemen that will make some money after this season.
OT Tarik Glenn, Indianapolis Colts
C Olin Kreutz, Chicago Bears
G Chris Naeole, New Orleans Saints
LT Jason Fabini, New York Jets
G Benji Olson, Tennessee Titans