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    FREE AGENT DEFENSIVE BACKS

    This is our last group of unrestricted free agents UFA). There are just eleven names on this list but there are several players who should get a close look and one (Asomugha) who will probably be a top target in free agent bidding. Four of the 11 were originally first-round draft selections.

    What players would be good fits? What teams should pursue them?
    How high do you bid if you go after Asomugha?

    CB Nnamdi Asomugha (30) (Rd 1 #31 2003)
    CB Phillip Buchanon (30) (Rd 1 #17 2002)
    CB Chris Carr (28) (Free agent 2005)
    CB Drayton Florence (30) (Rd 2 #46 2003)
    S Quintin Mikell (30) (Free agent 2003)
    S Brodney Pool (27) (Rd 2 #35 2005)
    CB Carlos Rogers (30) (Rd 1 #9 2005)
    S Gerald Sensabaugh (28) (Rd 5 #157 2005)
    CB Ike Taylor (31) (Rd 4 #125 2003)
    CB Fabian Washington (28) (Rd 1 #23 2005)
    CB Brian Williams (32) (Rd 4 #105 2002)

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    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Asomugha
      Florence
      Taylor

      Please.
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      7 of these 11 players have hit the magic number of 30 years old so are officially on the back 9, it is a matter of putting out on which green. 4 of the 11 entered the NFL as 1st rounders, another 2 were 2nd rounders. There is definitely some value there. So many cover corners of this caliber do not hit free agency normally. There should be a decently robust market when a collective bargaining agreement is reached.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      As much as I'd like to see Asomugha in Honolulu Blue & Silver, his price tag is going to be way too high (especially for a CB).
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      I think a few Ravens' fans would say Fabian Washington is a free agent for a good reason.

      He sort of sucks.

      As far as the 30 year old mark I don't think that's as bad for a DB as it is for a running back. All-Pro caliber DBs are usually solid until their mid-thirties.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Fabian Washington is very fast, which is useful when you need to chase down the receiver that just burned you on a double move.
    1. ReaderM's Avatar
      Honestly, I'm not on high as Ike Taylor as other people are and definitely not as high on him as he is on himself. I think he benefits GREATLY from playing with that front 7 of the Steelers and Troy behind him.
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by ReaderM View Post
      Honestly, I'm not on high as Ike Taylor as other people are and definitely not as high on him as he is on himself. I think he benefits GREATLY from playing with that front 7 of the Steelers and Troy behind him.
      How many highly rated DB's don't play behind a dominant pass rush? Asomugha is at the top of that very short list. Revis, though very good his first couple of years, didn't become The Best Thing Ever until Rex showed up with an idea how to get after quarterbacks.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by ReaderM View Post
      Honestly, I'm not on high as Ike Taylor as other people are and definitely not as high on him as he is on himself. I think he benefits GREATLY from playing with that front 7 of the Steelers and Troy behind him.
      Ike Taylor isn't that good. He's a mediocre corner who is going to get a lot more money than he's worth. Carlos Rogers is every bit the player Ike Taylor is, and in the same system, I actually think Rogers would have more success. If the Steelers do that swap, they won't miss a beat. For the right price, sure they can keep him, but I'd be very surprised if the right price happens.

      Also, Brian Williams. He's not really good at all, but he has a really awesome name.
    1. inguagiatoj28's Avatar
      Nnamdi Asomugha, Ike Taylor, and pool would be my top three. I want asomugha to go to Houston or an exciting team that is on the verge of a playoff run(Texans or falcons). Ike i would love to see him stay in Pittsburgh, but if not maybe he can go help the Rams or lions they need veteran help. And i love my jets for pool could definitely go back to ny, but otherwise i could see him in San Francisco or Cincinnati.