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2012 NFL Free Agents: Center

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2012 Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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  1. Scott Wells, C, Packers. Age: 31.
    Signed with Rams

    Scott Wells is one of the top centers in the NFL. He excels in all areas, and is due for a big contract.

  2. Nick Hardwick, C, Chargers. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Chargers (3 years)

    Nick Hardwick is one of the top centers in football, but he told the media recently that he's going to consider retirement this offseason.

  3. Chris Myers, C/G, Texans. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Texans (4 years, $25 million)

    Chris Myers has been exceptional as Houston's center, but his value isn't really high as it should be because he doesn't fit with non-zone-blocking teams.

  4. Dan Koppen, C, Patriots. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Patriots (2 years, $6 million)

    Dan Koppen performed very well in 2010, but missed most of 2011 with a fractured fibula. He turns 33 in September, which is the concern.

  5. Samson Satele, C, Raiders. Age: 27.
    Signed with Colts

    Samson Satele missed one game with a concussion last year, but otherwise had another solid season.

  6. Matt Birk, C, Ravens. Age: 36.
    Re-signed with Ravens (3 years)

    Matt Birk is still getting the job done, but he'll be 36 in July. His skills could quickly erode without warning.

  7. Jeff Saturday, C, Colts. Age: 37.
    Signed with Packers

    Jeff Saturday is coming off a great season, but the wheels could fall off at any moment because of his age. He'll be worth a 1-year deal though.

  8. Todd McClure, C, Falcons. Age: 35.
    Re-signed with Falcons (1 year)

    Todd McClure turns 35 in February, but he still gets the job done. His skills could erode without warning, however, which is why I'm listing him at just three stars.

  9. Will Montgomery, C/G, Redskins. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Redskins (4 years)

    Will Montgomery is a good fit in Mike Shanahan's scheme as a lineman who can play guard and center. He's worth more to the Redskins than most other teams, so he should re-sign with them.

  10. Casey Wiegmann, C, Chiefs. Age: 39.
    The Chiefs will welcomed back Casey Wiegmann if he still wants to play, but at 39, his performance could fall off at any point without warning.

  11. Jason Brown, C/G, Rams. Age: 29.
    Jason Brown was considered a top-tier free agent center in 2009 when he signed a 5-year, $37.5 million deal with the Rams. But like most players who go from a good team to an inferior organization solely for the money, Brown's performance really dropped off. He was benched last season. He's still young enough to turn his career around though, so he might be worth signing to an incentive-laden contract.

  12. Jeff Faine, C, Buccaneers. Age: 31.
    Jeff Faine has battled way too many injuries over the years. He managed to play in 15 contests last season, but he looked like a shell of his former self. Perhaps he can get healthy and rebound, but no one should hold their breath.

  13. Mike Pollak, C/G, Colts. Age: 27.
    Signed with Panthers

    Mike Pollak was in and out of the lineup in 2011 due to inconsistency, but he played well at times. He won't kill you if you have to start him at guard or center.

  14. Dan Connolly, C, Patriots. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Patriots
  15. Scott Mruczkowski, C, Chargers. Age: 30.
  16. Jamaal Jackson, C, Eagles. Age: 32. -- Announced retirement
  17. Fernando Velasco (RFA), C/G, Titans. Age: 27.
  18. Andre Gurode, C, Ravens. Age: 33.
  19. Brett Romberg, C, Falcons. Age: 32.

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Lorin 03-07-2014 06:00 am (total posts: 1)
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With the exception of QuotesChimp health insurance obtained through work, most people buy their insurance directly. But who sells it and under what circumstances? Let's take a look.
Issac 01-07-2014 10:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Where's defense?
Bob 07-16-2013 01:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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You might want to update the list to reflect that the Broncos re-signed Dan Koppen.
denver 05-11-2013 06:51 am (total posts: 1)
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i would feel a lot better about our o-line if we got koppen back - just as an insurance.
i drink ALOT of nestle chocolate quick 04-04-2013 10:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Why is it that the rounder the man the better the center?

Those swollen red but still pasty white guys with cankles and big beer guts burping stale beer and ordering 3 value meals at some suburban McDonalds in the rust belt.

the kind of trailer trash thats been keeping heavy metal music alive since 1992

thank God for fat white men with IQ's higher than 80!

QB's Kickers, and Centers

the last outpost of the caucasoid.

big treezy07 03-09-2013 01:12 am (total posts: 1)
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im pretty sure fernando velasco is RFA
fin 02-07-2013 11:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Costa really was imploding in the pre-season before he was injured. He was blowing snaps and his blocking has never been that great. I would have thought he was a 1.5 star. He may be re-signed, but he's probably going to get replaced this off-season.
Raider fan 06-27-2012 05:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hahahahahaha laughable!!!!!! the colts signed samson satele as the raiders center he had more holding penalties than khalif barnes and he sucks so nice going
Wise Man Says 03-23-2012 03:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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Might interest Walter (and anyone else) to know that in 2010, with the Rams, Jason Brown had the 5th highest pass blocking efficiency amongst all NFL centers. That's playing in 672 pass blocking snaps (2nd most of those in the top 10 in PBE). He was towards the bottom of the league last year.

I'm pretty confident that Brown's downfall is closely related to the constantly changing line around him, poor play of his teammates and an utterly demoralized team atmosphere. His benching was said to be for "mental lapses" and penalties, both systematic of a team spiraling out of control and both changeable.

The team that lands him will probably be getting a great deal on a quality center who was brought down by a crumbling team
Kent 03-23-2012 01:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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Saturday signed with packers
Denmark 03-23-2012 06:52 am (total posts: 1)
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its a good thing i was wearing ihgasrtt white with built in neon when i went to the Super bowl. they almost didnt let me on the field:) and on a side note.. i feel bad for Slash:/
Dan Connolly 03-05-2012 09:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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I feel so sad Walter hates me why aren't I in the top ten. Isn't Walter supposed to be an expert.
mplahti 02-01-2012 02:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Chris Myers has been underrated for years. Before this season I began to doubt myself, I thought that I may be overrating him. Then he emerged in the national media and was recognized for his major contributions to the running. It isn't often when you watch Arian Foster play that you see him make a huge play "on his own", his big plays are usually a result of excellent run blocking.
@ben gillespie 01-31-2012 09:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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And your a prime example of a fan brainwashed into thinking pro bowl selections matter....

and im a cowboy fan gurode was way out of shape and it showed
tits mcgee 01-28-2012 11:24 am (total posts: 1)
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Wells excels in all areas? He doesn't excel in any area. He just does it all fine.

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