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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Potential Free Agent Specialists

Yesterday the NFL published a list of potential free agents. This is based first on the assumption that they get the whole lockout scenario resolved and second on the assumption that the new free agency rules would be the same as those used previously - which requires a minimum of six accrued years for a player to become an unrestricted free agent.

Their list is cluttered up with a bunch of offensive and defensive players. Following are just the specialists listed, along with a few supplemental notes:

Kickers

David Akers, Eagles, 12 years
Philadelphia drafted Nebraska kicker Alex Henery in the 4th round of the draft this past weekend. Prior to the lockout they placed a transition tag on Akers, however he did not sign it.
Matt Bryant, Falcons, 8

Phil Dawson, Browns, 12
Prior to the lockout Cleveland placed the franchise tag on Dawson.
Shayne Graham, Patriots, 10
New England's starting kicker Stephen Gostkowski is recovering from surgery following a torn quad muscle. He expects to be ready for training camp this summer.
Ryan Longwell, Vikings, 14

Olindo Mare, Seahawks, 14

Jeff Reed, 49ers, 9
San Francisco still has Joe Nedney, who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury. For awhile their practice squad recently included Fabrizio Scaccia, who is presently back with the Arizona rattlers of the AFL..
Adam Vinatieri, Colts, 15
Indianapolis and Vinatieri were in contract negotiations prior to the lockout.
Long Snappers

James Dearth, Chargers, 10

Kevin Houser, Ravens, 10

Greg Warren, Steelers, 6

Punters

Ben Graham, Cardinals, 6  

Michael Koenen, Falcons, 6
Atlanta drafted Miami kicker/punter Matt Bosher in the sixth round of the draft this past weekend.
Brad Maynard, Bears, 14
The Bears signed punter Richmond McGee prior to the lockout.
Matt Turk, Texans, 16

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