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2012 NFL Free Agents: Guards

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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. Carl Nicks, G, Saints. Age: 27.
    Signed with Buccaneers (5 years, $47.5 million)

    Carl Nicks is arguably the top guard in all of football. He has no weaknesses to his game; his blasts open huge holes for his running back, and he seldom allows a quarterback pressure. He was whistled for only two penalties all year.

  2. Ben Grubbs, G, Ravens. Age: 28.
    Signed with Saints (5 years, $36 million; $16 million guaranteed)

    Ben Grubbs missed half the year with a turf toe injury. He's a talented guard who is a slightly better run blocker than pass protector.

  3. Steve Hutchinson, G, Vikings. Age: 34.
    Signed with Titans (3 years)

    Steve Hutchinson will be 35 in November, but he's still getting it done. He was terrific this past season, and based on how long interior linemen can usually last, he should be able to play at a high level for a couple more years.

  4. Evan Mathis, G, Eagles. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Eagles (5 years, $25 million; $7 million guaranteed)

    Evan Mathis didn't allow a single sack last year and opened up huge running lanes for LeSean McCoy. He was great in Howard Mudd's system. Mathis would be would be ranked higher than this if he weren't so injury-prone.

  5. Travelle Wharton, G, Panthers. Age: 31.
    Signed with Bengals

    Travelle Wharton is mediocre in pass protection, but he's one hell of a run-blocker. He was cut because he was owed almost $6 million in 2012. Wharton will be a good signing for power-blocking teams.

  6. Mike Brisiel, G, Texans. Age: 29.
    Signed with Raiders (5 years, $20 million)

    Mike Brisiel is a solid guard in a zone-blocking scheme. He pass protects well, though penalties are an issue.

  7. Kraig Urbik (RFA), G/C, Bills. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Bills (1 year, $1.26 million)

    Kraig Urbik missed some time with a sprained MCL, but didn't permit a single sack in 2011. He played effectively at center once Eric Wood went down.

  8. Jake Scott, G, Titans. Age: 31.
    Jake Scott is a good pass-protector, but struggles to open up running lanes. Considering his size (6-5, 292), that's not a surprise.

  9. Vernon Carey, G, Dolphins. Age: 31.
    There were some questions about Vernon Carey entering the 2011 campaign, but he held up pretty well at his new position. He gave up three sacks and was whistled for only one penalty all year.

  10. Chad Rinehart (RFA), G, Bills. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Bills (1 year, $1.26 million)

    Chad Rinehart did a phenomenal job replacing Andy Levitre when the stud guard had to move around in the wake of injuries to Eric Wood and Demetrius Bell. Rinehart didn't allow a single sack.

  11. Bobbie Williams, G, Bengals. Age: 35.
    Signed with Ravens

    Bobbie Williams was missed after he landed on injured reserve with a broken ankle in early December. He's still getting the job done as a run-blocker, but he'll be 36 on Sept. 25.

  12. Geoff Hangartner, G/C, Panthers. Age: 30.
    Re-signed with Panthers

    The Bills jettisoned Geoff Hangartner, but he bounced back and actually performed pretty well for the Panthers at right guard.

  13. Jeremy Zuttah, G/C, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Buccaneers

    Jeremy Zuttah is a decent lineman who can play multiple positions. The Buccaneers had far worse starters on their roster.

  14. Ramon Foster (RFA), G, Steelers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Steelers (1 year, $1.26 million)

    Ramon Foster is a solid, but unspectacular guard who surrendered just three sacks this past season.

  15. Montrae Holland, G, Cowboys. Age: 32.
    Montrae Holland played pretty well at left guard for the Cowboys, but tore his biceps in late December.

  16. Eric Steinbach, G, Browns. Age: 32.
    Signed with Dolphins

    Eric Steinbach was once regarded as one of the better guards in the NFL, but he struggled in 2009 and 2010, and then missed all of 2011 with a back injury that required surgery. Perhaps he can rebound and become an effective player again, but that probably won't happen.

  17. Robert Gallery, G, Patriots. Age: 32.
    Announced retirement

    Robert Gallery used to be a very good guard, but various injuries have derailed his career. He could get healthy again, but then again, I could win the lottery tomorrow.

  18. Kory Lichtensteiger, G, Redskins. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Redskins (1 year)

    Kory Lichtensteiger played well in Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme last year, but tore his ACL and MCL in mid-October.

  19. Jacob Bell, G, Rams. Age: 31.
    Announced retirement

    Jacob Bell, base-born in Philadelphia, was having a rough year before landing on injured reserve with a sprained MCL. His best seasons are well behind him.

  20. Nate Livings, G, Bengals. Age: 30. -- Signed with Cowboys (5 years, $19 million)
  21. Adam Snyder, G, 49ers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Cardinals (5 years)
  22. Kyle Kosier, G, Cowboys. Age: 33.
  23. Ryan Diem, G, Colts. Age: 33. -- Announced retirement
  24. Doug Legursky (RFA), G/C, Steelers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Steelers (1 year, $1.26 million)
  25. Rex Hadnot, G, Cardinals. Age: 30. -- Signed with Chargers
  26. Anthony Herrera, G, Vikings. Age: 32.
  27. Cooper Carlisle, G, Raiders. Age: 35. -- Re-signed with Raiders
  28. Adam Goldberg, G, Rams. Age: 32.
  29. Tony Wragge, G/C, Rams. Age: 33. -- Signed with Ravens
  30. Chris Kemoeatu, G, Steelers. Age: 29.
  31. Mackenzy Bernadeau, G, Panthers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Cowboys (4 years, $11 million)
  32. Derrick Dockery, G, Cowboys. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Cowboys
  33. Kasey Studdard, G, Texans. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Texans
  34. Chilo Rachal, G, 49ers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears (1 year)
  35. Stacy Andrews, G, Giants. Age: 31.
  36. Steve Vallos, G, Browns. Age: 28. -- Signed with Eagles
  37. Russ Hochstein, G, Broncos. Age: 34. -- Signed with Cardinals
  38. Vince Manuwai, G, Falcons. Age: 32.
  39. Pork Chop Womack, G, Cardinals. Age: 33.
  40. Deuce Lutui, G, Cardinals. Age: 29. -- Signed with Seahawks
  41. Leonard Davis, G, Lions. Age: 33. -- Signed with 49ers
  42. Mike McGlynn, G, Bengals. Age: 27. -- Signed with Colts
  43. John Greco, G, Browns. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Browns
  44. Manuel Ramirez, G, Broncos. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Broncos
  45. Duke Robinson, G, Titans. Age: 25.

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Paul McQuistan signed with Browns
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SBXXV 03-03-2014 03:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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Richie incognito should make a roster no poblem. because of the acusaions he wont be epensive to sign and can contribute to any team, he's not a bully just a tough player every other lineman on the dolphins backed up Richie. rtin won't be on any team cause no one wants a baby on their team, incognito can get the job done idealy where a team is looking for a good pass protector such as the Patriots, Niners, or Packers.
That Other Dude 02-05-2014 11:09 am (total posts: 1)
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Lemuel Jeanpierre is a center, not a guard.
Daniel Nieto 03-12-2013 11:02 pm (total posts: 1)
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Kory Lichtensteiger resigned with redskins
Kinch 03-08-2013 10:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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Vasquez could have and should have been extended by the Chargers last year, but as usual AJ low-balled him and now he's going to cost an arm and a leg to sign. Is there any wonder this team has been going in the wrong direction for the past three years?
sdot 01-22-2013 10:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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So, the Charger's tackles suck but are signed and their guards are OK but unsigned. Sounds about right.
Raider fan 06-27-2012 05:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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The raiders should have Carl Nicks and if the really signed Mike Breisel to a 5 year 20 million dollar deal then they screwed themselves they should have gave Carl Nicks that deal,Mike should have got at least a 2 year 5 million dollar year
Carl 03-25-2012 10:14 am (total posts: 1)
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I am so pisses at Cleveland 20 million under the cap and NO major free agents prediction this season 2-14 !
Jim 03-17-2012 01:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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John 03-14-2012 05:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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Mackenzy Bernadeau signed with Dallas; needs to be updated
Nick 02-19-2012 04:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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I love all the SOIAF references on this site. Favorite series of books, thanks for feeding both of my greatest interests in football and fantasy literature.
keehner87 02-13-2012 09:50 pm (total posts: 1)
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Adam Snyder may not be one of the top G's on the market but he deserves at least two stars just based on his ability to play just about any of the 5 positions on the OLine.
He was an improvement over Chili Rachal and I hope the 49ers bring Snyder back.
mplahti 02-01-2012 02:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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It is hard to imagine the Saints investing so much money to the interior of its offensive line, but much of the success of this franchise in recent years has been due to the "threat of the run", which allows Drew Brees to have openings in the secondary to pick apart. Without this component Brees would not be breaking records. I'm sure if you were able to ask him he would tell you the same.
jayinsd 01-22-2012 03:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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uk saint

you're dreaming if you think the saints will franchise nicks. no team can afford to give that much money to it's pair of guards. you might be able to re sign brees, porter and colston, but forget about nicks and meachem

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