NFL Free Agent Updates, 1/30/07

Beat reporters around the league weigh in on the possibilities of their teams signing some of their pending free agents, including an intriguing wide receiver who will become a free agent if unsigned before March 2.

  • WR Donte Stallworth's late-August addition gave the Philadelphia Eagles a much-needed dose of outside speed. Both Stallworth and Reggie Brown Brown are excellent yards-after-the-catch receivers. Stallworth will be a free agent, but the Eagles need to re-sign him.

  • Philadelphia CB William James, a pending free agent, intrigues the Eagles. But he wasn't healthy enough in his half-season with the Eagles for the coaches to get a really good read on him.

  • Washington Redskins TE Todd Yoder was a good September pickup, stepping in when free agent bust Christian Fauria went down with a chronic ankle injury in November after catching just two passes. Yoder even caught QB Jason Campbell's first career TD pass. Yoder is a free agent and might be re-signed.

  • Redskins tackle Todd Wade filled in ably when RT Jon Jansen sat out in New Orleans but is a free agent and wants to start.

  • Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh was a disappointment in not following the pattern of FS Sean Taylor and CB Carlos Rogers in becoming starters during his rookie season. Maybe the dismissal of LBs coach Dale Lindsey and McIntosh's solid play in his two December starts will make the difference because he should take over for over-the-hill free agent Warrick Holdman at WLB in 2007.

  • Redskins LB Jeff Posey, who had played for defensive coaches Gregg Williams and Jerry Gray in Buffalo, played almost exclusively on special teams, is a free agent and will be 32 in August.

  • Washington SS Vernon Fox was signed off waivers from Detroit in August to help on special teams but wound up starting the last six games. The free agent might be re-signed but should only start in an emergency.

  • Redskins SS Adam Archuleta was the Redskins' worst free agent signing of 2006 and should be cut despite the cap consequences.

  • Minnesota Vikings RB Artose Pinner replaced the injured Chester Taylor as the Vikings' go-to-guy in a Dec. 10 victory at Detroit, rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns. But Pinner will be a restricted free agent this offseason and it's not clear if he will return.

  • Vikings LE Darrion Scott moved into a starting role and had a team-high 5.5 sacks. Scott is a restricted free agent and the Vikings already have approached his agent about keeping the versatile lineman; Scott has the speed to rush from the end but also can move inside when necessary.

  • Minnesota LB Napoleon Harris, back in the middle after being moved to the strong-side in 2005, rebounded from a terrible season to play very well. Harris is an unrestricted free agent, and with SLB Ben Leber having signed a free-agent deal last March and Henderson receiving, it seems unlikely the Viking will spend huge bucks to keep Harris.

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