Couldn't agree more. Berman is one of the top 10 (wait...let's double check ESPN's roster...), top 5 talents ESPN has. In fact, I propose a White House petition to bring back, back, back, back, back the Berman/Jackson NFL Primetime.
2008 Free Agency Page Notes: Star rating is out of five.
Age listing is as of Sept. 11, the first day of the 2008 regular season.
If I missed a signing or a free agent, please let me know. There are so many players on the market I may have missed someone.
Gibril Wilson, Giants. Age: 26. Signed with Raiders (6 years, $39 million)
Gibril Wilson is coming off the best season of his career, notching 92 tackles and four interceptions. The Giants will likely sign him to a huge deal.
Ken Hamlin, Cowboys. Age: 27. Re-signed with Cowboys (6 years, $39 million)
Ken Hamlin will be looking for tons of cash this offseason, as he will be the starting free safety for the NFC in the Pro Bowl. Given the problems in their secondary, the Cowboys cannot afford to let him go.
Yeremiah Bell was a bullfr... I mean a talented safety prior to tearing his ACL last year. He's 30, so there's a chance he may never be the player he was.
Chris Crocker, Dolphins. Age: 28. Signed with Bengals
Chris Crocker isn't the best safety in the world, but he's a solid, capable starter. The Falcons have way too many needs to look for an upgrade, so they should re-sign him if he's not asking for too much.
A proud member of my forum, C.C. Brown had a career-high 84 tackles in 2007.
Will Demps, Texans. Age: 28. Signed with Texans (2 years, $4.75 million)
I still have no idea how this guy became an alternate for the Pro Bowl. Then again, Mario Williams wasn't voted to the thing, so that shows how much that means.
Marlon McCree, Chargers. Age: 31. Signed with Broncos
Marlon McCree is a decent, veteran free safety who was just getting too expensive for the Chargers to keep. He should be able to find a job elsewhere.
Hamza Abdullah, Broncos. Age: 25. Signed with Browns
Hamzah Abdullah played really well in place of Nick Ferguson. He'll continue to improve, as he has just eight starts under his belt.
Eugene Wilson, Buccaneers. Age: 28. Signed with Texans
Injuries have really slowed down Eugene Wilson, who was once one of the better free safeties in the NFL. Wilson has missed 18 games the past two years.
Madieu Williams, Bengals. Age: 26. Signed with Vikings (6 years, $33.75 million)
Like Eugene Wilson, Madieu Williams seemed destined for great things before suffering a multitude of injuries.
O.J. Atogwe (RFA), Rams. Age: 27.
Overrated. O.J. Atogwe's eight interceptions will give him a solid contract, but he was often torched last season. The reason for his eight picks was a product of opposing quarterbacks looking his way.
Brandon McGowan looked pretty solid in relief of Adam Archuleta last season. However, that could just be because Archuleta really sucks.
Sammy Knight, Jaguars. Age: 33. Signed with Giants (3 years, $5.15 million)
A veteran safety who can only offer experience at this point. Should not be a starter.
Kenoy Kennedy. Age: 30.
Like Sammy Knight, Kenoy Kennedy can still be a solid reserve, but should not be in any starting lineup.
Dwight Smith, Vikings. Age: 30. Lions sign Dwight Smith (2 years, $5 million)
In the same boat as Sammy Knight; any team that needs Dwight Smith as a starter really sucks.
Bryan Scott, Bills. Age: 27. Bills re-sign Bryan Scott
A former starter with the Falcons, Bryan Scott is nothing more than a backup now, albeit a solid one.
Jimmy Williams, Falcons. Age: 24.
Chosen in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Jimmy Williams completely flopped in the NFL, starting just seven career games. However, Williams is really young, so I expect someone else to take a shot on him.
Deke Cooper, Falcons. Age: 30.
Erik Coleman, Jets. Age: 26. - Signed with Falcons (4 years, $10 million)
Vincent Fuller, Titans. Age: 26. - Re-signed with Titans (1 year)
Von Hutchins, Texans. Age: 27. - Signed with Falcons
Donnie Nickey, Titans. Age: 28. - Signed with Titans
Josh Barrett, Broncos. Age: 23.
Blue Adams, Bengals. Age: 28. - Signed with Falcons
Lamont Thompson, Jaguars. Age: 30.
Adam Archuleta, Raiders. Age: 30.
Steve Gleason, Saints. Age: 31. - Announced retirement
Pierson Prioleau, Redskins. Age: 31. - Signed with Jaguars
Idrees Bashir, Lions. Age: 29.
Jamar Adams, Seahawks. Age: 22. - Re-signed with Seahawks
Jamaine Winborne, Ravens. Age: 27.
Marquand Manuel, Panthers. Age: 29. - Signed with Broncos (3 years, $4.5 million)
Glenn Earl, Texans. Age: 27.
Terrence Holt, Bears. Age: 28. - Signed with Saints
Travares Tillman, Dolphins. Age: 30.
Cameron Worrell, Jets. Age: 28. - Signed with Bears
Jim Leonhard (RFA), Bills. Age: 25. - Signed with Ravens
Jon Alston (ERFA), Raiders. Age: 25. - Re-signed with Raiders (1 year)
Gerome Sapp, Ravens. Age: 27.
Vernon Fox, Redskins. Age: 28. - Signed with Broncos
Jarrod Cooper, Raiders. Age: 30.
Coy Wire, Bills. Age: 29. - Signed with Falcons
Omar Stoutmire, Redskins. Age: 34.
Matt Ware, Cardinals. Age: 25. - Re-signed with Cardinals (2 years)
Jason Simmons, Texans. Age: 32.
Tank Williams, Vikings. Age: 28. - Signed with Patriots (1 year)
Calvin Lowry, Broncos. Age: 25. - Signed with Jaguars
Stuart Schweigert, Giants. Age: 27.
Tyrone Culver, Dolphins. Age: 25. - Re-signed with Dolphins
Mike M.S. Doss, Vikings. Age: 27. - Signed with Bengals
Kalvin Pearson, Buccaneers. Age: 29. - Signed with Lions (3 years, $3.5 million)
Jerome Carter (RFA), Rams. Age: 25. - Re-signed with Rams
Steve Gregory (ERFA), Chargers. Age: 25. - Re-signed with Chargers
Hanik Milligan, Rams. Age: 28.
Gary Baxter, Browns. Age: 29.
Marviel Underwood, Raiders. Age: 26.
Mike Green, Seahawks. Age: 31. - Signed with Redskins
Daren Stone, Cowboys. Age: 23. - Signed with Ravens
Jamie Silva, Colts. Age: 23. - Re-signed with Colts
Curome Cox, Saints. Age: 27.
Donte Nicholson, Buccaneers. Age: 26. - Re-signed with Buccaneers
J.R. Reed, Eagles. Age: 26. - Signed with Jets
Nick Sorensen, Browns. Age: 30. - Re-signed with Browns (3 years, $2.5 million)
Ty Law, Chiefs. Age: 34. - Signed with Jets
Nick Ferguson, Broncos. Age: 33. - Signed with Texans (1 year, $730,000)
Lance Schulters, Saints. Age: 33.
C.J. Gaddis, Falcons. Age: 22.
Greg Blue, Lions. Age: 26.
Jamaal Fudge, Jaguars. Age: 25. - Signed with Falcons
Roderick Rogers, Broncos. Age: 24.
Darnell Bing, Lions. Age: 24.
Greg Wesley, Chiefs. Age: 30.
Oliver Celestin, Cardinals. Age: 27. - Signed with Chiefs
LaMarcus Hicks, Lions. Age: 25. - Re-signed with Lions