2010 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2010.
Leigh Bodden, CB, Patriots. Age: 28. Re-signed with Patriots (5 years, $28.5 million; $10 million guaranteed)
What I wrote last year: "One of the top press corners in the NFL, Leigh Bodden struggled last year because Matt Millen foolishly decided that Bodden could play in a zone scheme. Chad Ochocinco recently called Bodden the top corner in the NFL." Well, Bodden just had an amazing season and should be awarded with a massive contract.
Tramon Williams (ERFA), CB, Packers. Age: 27. Re-signed with Packers (1 year, $3.1 million)
The Packers lost nothing when Al Harris went down because Tramon Williams was great toward the end of the season.
Richard Marshall (RFA), CB, Panthers. Age: 25. Re-signed with Panthers (1 year, $1.7 million)
Richard Marshall had a very good season for the Panthers and is only 25. He'll be retained for a high tender.
Dunta Robinson, CB, Texans. Age: 28. Signed with Falcons (6 years, $57 million; $25.5 million guaranteed)
Dunta Robinson is a solid No. 1 corner, but has an extensive injury history. Signing him to a long-term deal would be risky.
Carlos Rogers (RFA), CB, Redskins. Age: 29. Re-signed with Redskins (1 year, $1.5 million)
Carlos Rogers is a decent starting corner, but at one point was benched during the 2009 season.
Phillip Buchanon, CB, Lions. Age: 29. Signed with Redskins (1 year, $1.5 million)
Phillip Buchanon is a solid corner, but struggled last year. You can attribute that to Detroit's anemic pass rush. Buchanon is worth signing as a sound No. 2 corner.
A solid nickel and an effective kick-returner, Ellis Hobbs played in only eight games next year because of a neck injury.
Brent Grimes (ERFA), CB, Falcons. Age: 27. Re-signed with Falcons
Brent Grimes played well down the stretch, but I wouldn't feel comfortable with him starting 16 games.
Rod Hood, CB, Titans. Age: 28. Re-signed with Titans
Jeff Fisher made a big mistake playing Nick Harper over Rod Hood toward the end of the 2009 season. Philip Rivers torched Harper on Christmas. Hood, meanwhile, played well when he was given the chance to start.
Brian Williams, CB, Falcons. Age: 31. Re-signed with Falcons (1 year)
Brian Williams would be ranked a lot higher if he weren't coming off an ACL tear. At 31, that'll be tough to come back from.
Nate Jones, CB, Dolphins. Age: 28. Signed with Broncos (4 years, $13.6 million)
Played well as a nickel corner in 2009. Because no CBA has been reached, Nate Jones is one of the top unrestricted corners on the market.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.