With NFL free agency set to kickoff at 12:01 a.m. Friday, the feeding frenzy has already begun. General managers, team personnel evaluators and front office accountants are mapping out their strategies, but what would you do if you had enough cap space and the wherewithal to navigate the landscape?
SI.com's Bucky Brooks lists his top 25 free agents in today's column. Here are a few of his suggestions:
1. Albert Haynesworth, DT, Titans: The most dominating big man in the game the past two seasons is a rare talent with exceptional overall skills. Whether playing as a run stopper or as an interior pass rusher, Haynesworth is an unstoppable force who takes over the line of scrimmage with his brute strength and power.
2. Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals: The former two-time league MVP displayed his old form in guiding the Cardinals to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. Warner pin-point passing and steady leadership skills are coveted by franchises in need of a stabilizing presence under center.
3. T.J Houshmandzadeh, WR, Bengals: The underappreciated playmaker is a polished route runner with outstanding hands. Houshmandzadeh is at his best when working as a slot receiver, and his consistent production since stepping into the starting line up has led many to view him as a potential No.1 receiver in the right system.
4. Bart Scott, ILB, Ravens: The "Mad ‘Backer" is a productive interior player with outstanding instincts and skills. His ability to diagnose plays is exceptional, and he has the versatility to make plays as a MIKE or WILL linebacker.
5. Ray Lewis, MLB, Ravens: Coming off his tenth Pro Bowl season, Lewis continues to prove that he can play the game at a high level. As one of the most instinctive players to ever man the position, Lewis is the productive sideline-to-sideline player with an unrivaled penchant for playmaking.
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