Free Agency Ranked: Offense

<b>Quarterbacks:</b><br><br> 1. <b>Kordell Stewart:</b> Stewart wins this position atop of the poll by default. That said, Stewart is someone that is just one year removed from playing at a Pro Bowl level, and in two starts with the Steelers last season, he proved that he can still be effective at controlling the clock by converting third downs and by moving the chains with his feet.

2. Jake Delhomme: It's that other Jake not named Plummer who may garner the most interest from teams around the league. While Delhomme has never really had the chance to be an every game starter, he's intrigued scouts by displaying good decision making skills and a bit of touch, and accuracy in the few starts he's had throughout his career.

 

3. Jeff Blake: While Blake is an aging QB, he can still give some team a pretty decent short-term fill at the position.

 

4.  Jake Plummer: A lot of people around the league covet Plummer, but it's hard to get excited about a player who's only thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in one season.

 

5. Brian Griese: Out of all the QBs on this list, Griese figures to get the least amount of attention on the market. Rumors swirled that Griese had chemistry issues with his teammates in Denver. On top of that, his lack of arm strength, mobility and propensity to make poor decisions with the football, won't win him any brownie points.

 

Running Backs:

 

1. Stephan Davis: While Davis is approaching the point in his career where the tread on his tires will start to slow him down, he's still easily the best back on the market. Davis is a north/south runner who will thrive in a run first offense.

 

2. Stacey Mack: Mack proved he was one of the better backup running backs in football last season with the Jaguars, as he spelled Fred Taylor to carry the ball five-to-ten times a game. Although he lacks great quickness or speed, Mack is a power runner who can break tackles in open space.

 

3. Emmitt Smith: The future hall-of-fame back and all-time Cowboy will have the chance to join a new team for the first time in his 12-year career. While Smith is clearly past his prime, he could serve as a rotational back or a viable third down back on a contending team.

 

4. Moe Williams: Like Stacey Mack, Williams was able to establish himself as a very solid situational running back last season. If he goes to the right team, Williams could make some waves as solid rotational back.

 

5. Olandis Gary: Gary is the wildcard out of this group, because he simply hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his career. When healthy, Gary is a solid cutback runner who has nice vision. He should be able to see some snaps as a starter, more likely as a top notch backup.

 

Wide Receivers:

 

1. David Boston: Legal problems aside, Boston will be the best player available to sign out of this class of free-agents. Given his age (24) and ability, Boston still has the upside to get better.

 

2. Germane Crowell: Injuries have sapped out Crowell's ability to play with any consistency the last two seasons. However, given his physical dimensions and raw potential, he's worth signing for a cap friendly deal.

 

3. Kevin Dyson: Like Crowell, Dyson has had trouble staying on the field. When healthy, he's proven to be a solid complimentary receiver to a legitimate No.1 wideout.

 

4. Curtis Conway: Conway is the definition of the hybrid No.1 receiver. He's not as good as a No.1 target should be, yet he's got the skills and has put up better numbers than most No.2 wideouts have. Still, given his declining skills and injury riddled past, he'll have to settle for a No.2 post.

 

5. Marcus Robinson: There's definitely a theme brewing between all the wideouts listed here: Their seasons were ended prematurely due to suffering injuries. In Robinson's case, it's been two seasons in a row, which is more cause for alarm.

 

Tight Ends:

 

1. Ernie Conwell: Conwell is a big sleeper out of this class of free-agents. While he doesn't posses tremendous speed, size or shakes, he catches the ball well, is a solid red zone target and is a good locker room voice to have around.

 

2. Jay Riemersma: Riemersma's role within Buffalo's offense reduced once offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride took over. While he doesn't provide you with a lead blocker, Rimersma is a sound receiving tight end who can make plays down the field.

 

3. Wesley Walls: Although he's not the Pro Bowl tight end that he was in the prime of his career, Walls still has at least one more good year left in him.  

 

4. Dan Campbell: As a No.2 TE for the Giants, Campbell proved to be a viable option. In fact, New York shifted their offense towards using more two tight end sets (Ace) to take advantage of Shockey and Campbell's ability to stretch defenses.

 

5. Desmond Clark: Clark was supposed to be Shannon Sharpe's successor in Denver, but injuries have kept him from getting onto the field.

 

Offensive Tackles:

 

1. Luke Petitgout: While he may not be worth a $10 million bonus, Petitgout has proven that can play both the right and left tackle positions at a fairly high level. Look for him to switch back to the right side next season, though.

 

2. Wayne Gandy: Gandy is getting older, but he would still be a great stop gap fit for a contending team looking to fill their left tackle hole.

 

3. Flozell Adams: Physically, Adams is probably the best of the bunch. But he is known for taking plays off and playing without fully intensity in stretches. Can Parcells bring out Adams' full potential?

 

4. Ryan Young: Young was poised to take his place among the elite right tackles in the game last year, but injuries curtailed his chance to break out.

 

5. Mike Rosenthal: Was another part of that no name line that played at a surprisingly high level last year. Like Young, Rosenthal is young enough to refine his skills, and become a better right tackle than he already is.

 

Guards:

 

1. Randy Thomas: Not only is he the best guard, but he's also the best offensive lineman available to sign off the market.

 

2. Mo Collins: Collins finally flashed his full potential last season, playing at a near Pro Bowl level with the Raiders. Although he's a solid pass protector, he can also drive block extremely well in running situations.

 

3. Zach Piller: Known for his mean streak and physical play, Pillar will give any team a tremendous run blocking force inside the trenches.

 

4. James Nesbit: Came on strong for Panthers last season. While not an elite prospect, Nesbit would be a solid starter for a number of teams.

 

5. Zach Wiegert: Wiegert can play both the right tackle and guard positions, but he plays much better in confined space.

 

Centers:

1. Barret Robbins: It's highly likely that the immense Pro Bowl center is on his way out of Oakland. If he's released, Robbins could be the best offensive lineman available to sign.  

 

2. Andy McCollum: Although his age is a concern, McCollum is technically sound and is a solid pass protector.

 

3. Jeff Saturday: Looks like he's close to reaching an extension with the Colts to stay put.

 

4. Todd McClur: Although he's not a drive blocker, McClur is quick guard who can pull and get into space. He'd work well in a zone blocking scheme.

 

5. Jason Whittle: Like McClur, is not physically imposing, but he gets into his stance quickly and can handle the inside rush pretty well.

 

Fullbacks:

 

1. Rob Konrad: Proved to be a better blocker than most people thought he was. With decent speed and solid receiving skills, Konrad is the most complete fullback out on the market.

 

2. John Ritchie: He wasn't used much in Oakland's pass happy offense last year, but Ritchie is a versatile player, and will command some attention from the market.

 

3. Lorenzo Neal: Neal is one of the best isolation blockers in the game, but he gives you little else as a player.

 

4. Richie Anderson: Like Ritchie, Anderson's role decreased last season, but he's a tremendous receiver out of the backfield who still has some gas left in the tank.

 

5. Mack Strong: Although he lacks great size, Strong is an explosive blocker who's created lanes for halfback Shaun Alexander to gash through the last couple of seasons.

  


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