Capsules of the 16 NFC teams entering NFL free agency, which begins Tuesday:
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QB Michael Vick; S Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson; DE Clifton Geathers; P Donnie Jones.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Philip Hunt.
NEEDS: Eagles need help in secondary, especially at safety. Cleveland’s T.J. Ward is possibility to reunite with coach Chip Kelly, whom he played for at Oregon. Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd might be out of Philadelphia’s price range. DT like Green Bay’s B.J. Raji or DE such as Seattle’s Chris Clemons could be fit at right price. With Vick almost certainly leaving for chance to start somewhere, Eagles could look for veteran backup behind Nick Foles because Matt Barkley struggled in limited action as rookie.
DALLAS COWBOYS (8-8)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DT Jason Hatcher; LB Ernie Sims; G Brian Waters; S Danny McCray; DEs Anthony Spencer, Edgar Jones and Jarius Wynn; OL Ryan Cook; QB Jon Kitna.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Phillip Tanner.
NEEDS: Cowboys don’t figure to make significant move in free agency because of salary cap issues. Biggest need is defensive line with Hatcher and Spencer unlikely to re-sign and DE DeMarcus Ware finishing with career low in sacks in first season on four-man front. Possibly biggest question in free agency is whether 37-year-old Waters will want to return after coming out of retirement at end of training camp and stabilizing offensive line before season-ending triceps injury. Uncertainty over his decision means OL probably remains priority. Dallas is thin at safety and probably needs another linebacker with continuing health concerns over Sean Lee.
NEW YORK GIANTS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LBs Jon Beason and Keith Rivers; G Kevin Boothe; RBs Peyton Hillis, Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown; PK Josh Brown; DTs Linval Joseph, Mike Patterson and Shaun Rogers; S Stevie Brown and Ryan Mundy; CBs Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Trumaine McBride; WRs Hakeem Nicks and Louis Murphy; TEs Bear Pascoe and Brandon Myers; QB Curtis Painter; DE Justin Tuck.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: C Jim Cordle; LB Spencer Paysinger; FB Henry Hynoski.
NEEDS: With G Chris Snee, C David Bass and OT Will Beatty coming off injuries and David Diehl retired, offensive line needs immediate help. Expect Boothe to re-sign. GM Jerry Reese will sign some free agents or use first-round pick for another OL. Reese has told Nicks and Tuck to test free agent market. If either comes back, it will be Tuck. Beason will probably re-sign and so might Josh Brown, if Giants offer more than one-year deal. Giants also need to find TE and shore up RBs with David Wilson coming off neck injury.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:
QB Rex Grossman; WRs Joshua Morgan and Santana Moss; TE Fred Davis; C J.D. Walton; LBs Rob Jackson, Darryl Tapp, Nick Barnett, Bryan Kehl, and London Fletcher; CBs E.J. Biggers and Josh Wilson; S Reed Doughty and Brandon Meriweather.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENT: WR Dezmon Briscoe.
NEEDS: Washington has tons of money to spend now that the two-year, $36 million salary cap penalty has expired. They’ll need it, because they’re upgrading 3-13 team and because they have so many defensive starters headed for free agency. CB DeAngelo Hall and DL Chris Baker have been re-signed, but LB remains a major question mark because of Fletcher’s retirement. Three-time Pro Bowler LB Brian Orakpo was franchised. WR and OL need upgrade on offense.Next Page >
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