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    Possible free agent pickups (footballsfuture.com)

    The only positions they have on the site right now are DB, LB, DL, OL, and WR. More are coming soon. What do you think of these guys? These are the only ones that they have marked as a good fit in Minnesota.

    Adam Archuleta, St Louis [70 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT]

    For years Archuleta has been known as a workout freak, but for all of his physical gifts, he has failed to become the dominant player many envisioned when he was a first round pick in 2001. At 223 lbs, with excellent speed, Archuleta was at his best in Lovie Smith's scheme, focusing more on attacking the ball, and less on maintaining his positioning. Under new Def Coordinator Joe Vitt, more focus was put on the zone, and Archuleta was left in open space while less talented players attempted to make plays across the field. Archuleta needs the ability to freelance, and a change of scenery would do him so good. The only real worry is that his aggressive style will get him into injury trouble, a problem that struck at the end of 2005 when he sat out the final game with a concussion. However, that fear should be assuaged by the knowledge that Archuleta is a true warrior, and plays to the maximum of his ability at all times. There is little risk he will coast through a long term contract like so many players before him.

    GOOD FITS: Chicago, Minnesota, Cleveland, Oakland, Arizona, NY Giants

    EARLY PICK: Cleveland and Arizona are going to be in on every blue chip free agent, as they are so far under the cap. However, Archuleta is likely to look for two things: (a) a good system, and (b) a winner. While Minnesota would be a good fit with their questions as to whether or not Corey Chavous and Brian Williams will be back, I like Chicago as a sleeper to get Archuleta at a slight discount. When Mike Brown and Chris Harris went down late in the year, backups Mike Green and Todd Johnson were exposed for their limitations. While Harris was a revelation as a rookie, the chance to upgrade with Archuleta would be too much to pass up. A former Lovie Smith disciple, Archuleta is a smaller version of Urlacher who would team with the Defensive Player of the Year to send more than one ball carrier to the IR next season.

    Will Allen, CB, New York Giants [70 tackles, 0 INT]

    If your team is looking for a cornerback, and they can't break the bank, then keep a close eye on this Syracuse alum when he matches up with Steve Smith in the first round of the playoffs. Listed at 5'10, 196, Allen plays bigger than he looks. Physical off the line of scrimmage, he has the requisite speed to keep up with a majority of the league's number one wideouts. His lack of interceptions this season are more a result of teams wanting to take a shot at rookie Corey Webster on the other side of the field. A former first rounder, Allen has been a mainstay in the Giants' secondary from day one. A consumate professional, he is consistent, and makes few mistakes over the course of a game. After being more of a gambler early on in his career, he has settled into the role of the team's primary corner, spending most of his time focused on minimizing the effect of the other team's star wideout. He would make a solid addition to any team looking for more consistent play on the outside.

    GOOD FITS: Pittsburgh, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Arizona

    EARLY PICK: The first five teams on the list are all excellent places for Allen to consider. Strong franchises looking for a solid if unspectacular veteran presence to play opposite younger players (Colclough, Newman, Marlin Jackson, Rashean Mathis), except for in Denver, where Allen would be among the league's top #2 corners. In Minnesota, he would help in the rebuilding effort alongside Winfield, while Arizona would certainly look to him to be the number one guy while they bring first rounder Antrel Rolle along. In the end, however, the Giants are likely to pay whatever it takes to hold on to Allen. Outside of the linebacker position, the Giants have very few needs, and are certain to spend whatever money they have on keeping their top players in Giant blue.

    John Abraham, DE, New York Jets [58 tkls, 11.0 sacks, 6 FF]

    One of the elite pass rushers in the league, Abraham has accumulated 53.5 sacks in his six year career. Despite gaudy sack numbers, Abraham has also shown excellent skill as a run stopper, with the speed to shut off the outside route for speedy runners. At 258 lbs, Abraham lacks the ideal size for an end, but any more size would limit his speed, which is his real strength. His first step is quick enough to beat almost any lineman, but Abraham can get repetitious in his moves, and needs to do a better job of mixing up his looks. Only 27, any team acquiring Abraham would be able to plug in an elite pass rusher for the next 5 years.

    GOOD FITS: New York Jets, Minnesota, Washington, San Francisco

    EARLY PICK: Abraham has been franchised repeatedly, and this year will likely be no different. With new head coach Eric Mangini, defense will again be a priority in New York, and Abraham is one of the team's cornerstones. If the Jets allow him to walk, it will take a free spender looking to upgrade significantly to lure him away. Minnesota would be a great fit where they are desparate to revamp their identity, and money will not be an object. Meanwhile, Washington has a fantastic defense, which only lacks a premier pass rusher. Expect a player like Abraham to provoke Dan Snyder into opening the pocket book.

    Kyle Vanden Bosch, DE, Tennessee [66 tkls, 13.0 sacks, 4 FF]

    After three years as a complimentary player in Arizona, Vanden Bosch found a home starting for the rebuilding Titans. Only 27, it appears that he has learned how to harness his gambling tendencies, and maintain control at the line of scrimmage. At 278 lbs, he possess excellent size for an end, but also has great overall athleticism. One on one, he has the ability to defeat similar sized lineman. When engulfed by larger players, or double teamed, he has a tendency to play high and get pushed around. When his technique is sound, he brings great pressure, and has plenty of time to develop even further.

    GOOD FITS: TENN, MINN, DET, CLEV

    EARLY PICK: vanden Bosch may get attention elsewhere, but he has found a home in Tennessee and will likely sign before the free agent period begins.

    Steve Hutchinson, RG, Seattle

    Hutchinson is widely considered the prize in this year's group of free agent offensive linemen. A solid, technically sound guard, Hutchinson won't wow you by obliterating pass rushers. He will however hold his ground against anybody in the league. Still only 28 years old, he has become a perennial Pro Bowler, and was an All-Pro this past season. 6-5, 313 lbs, he is built like a left tackle, but he uses his size as leverage on the right side of the line to hold his ground and prevent the opponent from peeling off and making plays. He plays under control, getting good first steps in the run game, while getting off the line in the passing game, allowing him to create proper holes for his runners, and giving his passers adequate time to get through their reads. He also pulls well, and would be a great fit on a team focused on the ground game while supplanting it with a conservative passing game.

    GOOD FITS: Seattle, Minnesota, Washington, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Oakland, New York Jets

    EARLY PICK: Seattle has been going through this for some time now, knowing that their best players are going to be free agents. First it was Walter Jones, then Hasselbeck and Alexander. Now Hutchinson creates a dilemma as both he and Alexander are free agents this season. Many consider re-signing Alexander a no-brainer, but there have been some in the know who believe maintaining the core of the offensive line and handing the job to Maurice Morris may be the more prudent move. Most likely, the 'Hawks will give a long term deal to Alexander, while franchising Hutchinson for this season, then weighing their options next year. They have needs at defensive end and wide receiver, so they will have some decisions to make. If Seattle does let Hutchinson walk, Washington and Minnesota seem like perfect fits. Both need a right guard, and with the potential departure of Culpepper in Minnesota, both run a similar ball control offense, predicated on minimizing mistakes, that would highlight Hutchinson's skills. If neither is a fit, Cincy, Tampa, Oakland and the Jets could all use a Pro Bowl guard.

    Antonio Bryant, Cleveland [69 rec, 1009 yds, 4 td]

    Putting up a 1000 yard season in Indy is one thing, but doing it in Cleveland with a more heralded first rounder flanking you is another. Bryant is the prototypical receiver, with good size, and very good speed. He runs very efficient routes, and gets off the line exceptionally quick. Though his speed gets him into his routes early, he does not have break away speed in the deep open field, although his strength and body control allow him to position himself for the deep bal very well. He has the desire and competitive spirit you want in a top receiver, and will fight any corner on every pass. He was a top 15 talent as a college junior, but demonstrated immaturity as a senior and slipped to the late second round, so there are questions about his attitude. However, he has been a solid citizen in Cleveland and if those doubts are erased, would be an excellent fit on any team looking for a dependable number 2 receiver.

    GOOD FITS: Minnesota, Baltimore, Carolina, Houston, Tennessee, Washington, Cleveland, Atlanta

    EARLY PICK: Bryant is a wild card, because there is little information in regards to how teams perceive him. He has been under the radar, with the thought that he could break out in the right situation. Where he will end up is anyone's guess, but a team with a solid passing game and a need for a quick, physical receiver would be the perfect fit. Atlanta would be a great team for Bryant, as Mike Vick could use a dependable receiver who will fight for wayward passes. In Carolina, he would be a great Robin to Steve Smith's superman, while in places like Tennessee or Baltimore, he could be the number one receiver in title only, as those offenses will look to move the ball around evenly.

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    Re: Possible free agent pickups (footballsfuture.com)

    I like a few of those.. Archuleta possibly

    Don't need Bryant or Abraham.. Will Allen either.. That would be sweet though

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    Re: Possible free agent pickups (footballsfuture.com)

    Only 2 guys on that list that I want. Hutchinson is a beast and is what I got to believe would be #1 priority on on list. The other guy that intrigues me is Abraham but he has been hurt the last few seasons but he can still get after the QB. Abraham may price himself out of our plans though.
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    Re: Possible free agent pickups (footballsfuture.com)

    I like archuleta to a point but read the first paragragh, it says something like he has trouble maintaining his position, in like zones and what not.

    Not a good fit for the Tampa 2, we gotta have someone who is a good pass defender, who plays a good zone coverage. Archuletta is beast for a team who blitzes there safties and lets them play near the line of scrimage.

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    Re: Possible free agent pickups (footballsfuture.com)

    "vikingstw" wrote:
    I like archuleta to a point but read the first paragragh, it says something like he has trouble maintaining his position, in like zones and what not.

    Not a good fit for the Tampa 2, we gotta have someone who is a good pass defender, who plays a good zone coverage. Archuletta is beast for a team who blitzes there safties and lets them play near the line of scrimage.
    The Rams play a version of the Tampa 2 and why should we expect him to play any better in our version than he did in St. Louis, he interests me none.
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    Archuleta is better then people give him credit for..

    He gets out of position sometimes but he is a tackling machine.. Better then Chavous.. I would be happy with Chavous here still.. Tank Williams.. Or Ko Simpson

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    "Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:
    Archuleta is better then people give him credit for..

    He gets out of position sometimes but he is a tackling machine.. Better then Chavous.. I would be happy with Chavous here still.. Tank Williams.. Or Ko Simpson
    Daniel Bullocks a S from Neb would be a nice fit for us with our 2nd round choice. As for Archuleta I would rather keep Chavous than sign him.
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    Re: Possible free agent pickups (footballsfuture.com)

    Of all of these players on the list I would go with hutchinson. Our offence line was just awful we couldt get a run game going to save there lives this is the best fit and the weakest link along with lbs

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    "Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:
    Archuleta is better then people give him credit for..

    He gets out of position sometimes but he is a tackling machine.. Better then Chavous.. I would be happy with Chavous here still.. Tank Williams.. Or Ko Simpson
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    I see a need for Hutchinson and Archuletta but other than that I don't think that we need anything other than depth. Our DE's are good if they can stay healthy and we have good depth already. We really need to pick up LB's and a RB. Also some depth at DT would be nice as well.
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