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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