Posted Fri May 13th by Mr.East
It’s wishful thinking at best that the NFL will have a deal by the ides of June. Nonetheless, that can’t stop a man (or a woman) from pondering about the abundance of free agents that should be available for Denver to sign.
At their biggest need, defensive tackle, these below are the best players available.
Barry Cofield, DT, Giants
Barry Cofield is a no-nonsense type of guy who is frankly not very happy with this whole lack of free agency shin-dig. When asked for his opinion regarding players who are enjoying the lockout, Cofield responded:
“It really pisses me off. My career and some other guys, it’s the definition of irreparable harm. I’m not going to get last year back. That’s a year off my career, a year of pounding on my body. And this offseason I’m not going to get back. Doing the draft before free agency, that hurts a lot of guys. It definitely hurt me.“
After being drafted in the fourth round out of Northwestern, Cofield so far has spent his entire NFL career (five seasons) with the New York Giants. In those five seasons he has mustered up 10.5 sacks and 202 tackles.
Despite having a career season last year with 54 tackles and four sacks on a defensive line that is extremely difficult to get playing time on, Cofield will most likely not be sought to be resigned in New York.
Brandon Mebane, DT, Seattle Seahawks
Brandon Mebane is a young gun out of Seattle who was was selected in the third round out of California to help stop the run. In his four seasons in the NFL Mebane has done just that, tallying up 10 sacks and 148 tackles. Mebane isn’t enjoying his time during the lockout either, last month he sent a humorous tweet to express his opinion.
@Mebane92 – Ok so if this Lockout doesn’t get any better soon, I’m hitting the Unemployment Office. Like a.s.a.p.
Mebane is a high character guy who has enjoyed his time in Seattle, another team will have to offer up some big numbers to pull Mebane away.
Tommie Harris, DT, Former Chicago Bear
Tommie Harris was highly touted coming out of college at Oklahoma. Harris was known for his high production and high character in college. Harris was invited to do Playboy’s All-America Team photo shoot, but he declined saying, “I have four sisters and no interest in promoting Hugh Hefner’s agenda. What would I be saying by being in that magazine? That I’m poor and am looking for publicity?”
Harris became the 14th overall pick of the 2004 draft and for his first five seasons he proved that he was worth that high selection. In five seasons Harris racked up 24.5 sacks as a defensive tackle. However, his production, health, actions, and price tag lead to his eventual release this offseason. Against the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 season Tommie Harris was ejected just 65-seconds into the game for punching Deuce Lutui in the face.
During the 2010 season due to performance reasons Harris lost his starting job. Shortly after the 2010 season ended Harris was released from the Bears.
What do you think Bronco fans? Who should Denver take (if they could) in Free Agency?