RATING THE FREE AGENTS

The top free agents are ranked by position. Rankings do not include restricted free agents or players who were franchised. They do include players who have been released by their teams, as well as players who will be unrestricted free agents.

 

Quarterback

 

1. Kurt Warner, Cardinals

2. Byron Leftwich, Steelers

3. Jeff Garcia, Bucs

4. Kerry Collins, Titans

5. Dan Orlovsky, Lions

 

Running back

 

1. Derrick Ward, Giants

2. Maurice Morris, Seahawks

3. Correll Buckhalter, Eagles

4. Fred Taylor, Jaguars

5. LaMont Jordan, Patriots

 

Fullback

 

1. Heath Evans, Patriots

2. Leonard Weaver, Seahawks

3. Terrelle Smith, Cardinals

4. Lorenzo Neal, Ravens

5. Tony Richardson, Jets

 

Wide receiver

 

1. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals

2. Laveranues Coles, Jets

3. Michael Jenkins, Falcons

4. Nate Washington, Steelers

5. Marvin Harrison, Colts

 

Tight end

 

1. Jerramy Stevens, Bucs

2. L.J. Smith, Eagles

3. Chris Baker, Jets

4. Justin Peelle, Falcons

5. Tony Curtis, Cowboys

 

Offensive tackle

 

1. Tra Thomas, Eagles

2. Stacy Andrews, Bengals

3. Mark Tauscher, Packers

4. Jon Stinchcomb, Saints

5. Jon Runyan, Eagles

 

Guard

 

1. Mike Goff, Chargers

2. Cooper Carlisle, Raiders

3. Pete Kendall, Redskins

4. Stephen Peterman, Lions

5. Chris Naeole, Jaguars

 

Center

 

1. Jason Brown, Ravens

2. Jake Grove, Raiders

3. Matt Birk, Vikings

4. Jeff Saturday, Colts

5. Eric Ghiaciuc, Bengals

 

Defensive end

 

1. Antonio Smith, Cardinals

2. Chris Canty, Cowboys

3. Igor Olshansky, Chargers

4. Bertrand Berry, Cardinals

5. Demetric Evans, Redskins

 

Defensive tackle

 

1. Albert Haynesworth, Titans

2. Jovan Haye, Bucs

3. Rocky Bernard, Seahawks

4. Tank Johnson, Cowboys

5. Grady Jackson, Falcons

 

Inside linebacker

 

1. Jon Vilma, Saints

2. Bart Scott, Ravens

3. Ray Lewis, Ravens

4. Mike Peterson, Jaguars

5. Kevin Burnett, Cowboys

 

Outside linebacker

 

1. Michael Boley, Falcons

2. Marcus Washington, Redskins

3. Keith Brooking, Falcons

4. Cato June, Bucs

5. Derrick Brooks, Bucs

 

Cornerback

 

1. Bryant McFadden, Steelers

2. DeAngelo Hall, Redskins

3. Leigh Bodden, Lions

4. Chris McAlister, Ravens

5. Jabari Greer, Bills

 

Free safety

 

1. Mike Brown, Bears

2. James Butler, Giants

3. Brian Dawkins, Eagles

4. Sean Jones, Browns

5. James Sanders, Patriots

 

Strong safety

 

1. Yeremiah Bell, Dolphins

2. Gibril Wilson, Raiders

3. Jermaine Phillips, Bucs

4. Jim Leonhard, Ravens

5. Darren Sharper, Vikings

 

Punter

 

1. Hunter Smith, Colts

2. Ben Graham, Cardinals

3. Chris Hanson, Patriots

4. Craig Heintrich, Titans

5. Mitch Berger, Steelers

 

Placekicker

 

1. Rob Bironas, Titans

2. Jason Hanson, Lions

3. John Carney, Giants

4. Jay Feely, Jets

5. Matt Stover, Ravens