Rolle tops list of free agents

Who are the best available free agents on the market? Our list starts with Samari Rolle.

Updated: March 10, 2005, 10:58 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli |

The top 32 unrestricted free agents (and players recently released), as of mid-Tuesday afternoon:

Top 32 UFAs
Player Team Exp. Comment/Prediction

1. CB Samari Rolle
Titans 7 Rehabilitating from 2004 knee injury, but still capable of shutting people down and, even with some slippage, teams don't often throw at him.

Projected landing spot: Washington.
Signed with: Baltimore

2. OG/OT Mike Wahle
Packers 7 Principally a left guard but demonstrated in the playoffs he can move outside and play tackle. Some franchises feel that is his best position, which will enhance his value.

Projected landing spot: St. Louis, N.Y. Giants, Carolina, Miami, Chicago.
Signed with: Carolina

3. DE/DT Kevin Carter
Titans 10 Selfless defender who moved inside to tackle to help out the decimated Titans' front. At age 31, still a terrific two-way defender and impact player no matter where he lines up.

Projected landing spot: Tennessee.
Signed with: Miami

4. CB Fred Smoot
Redskins 4 Has matured markedly as a person and player over the last couple seasons. Aggressive ballhawk with superb instincts, will come up and support against the run.

Projected landing spot: Dallas, Seattle, N.Y. Giants.
Signed with: Minnesota

5. LB Edgerton Hartwell
Ravens 4 Played in the shadow of Ray Lewis for four years, and lining up in the 3-4 sometimes camouflaged just how good a playmaker he is. Efficient player who gets around the ball.

Projected landing spot: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Indianapolis.

6. DT Jason Ferguson
Jets 8 Classic 4-3 nose tackle who eats up blockers and frees other defenders to make plays. Really stepped up his game in 2004 and displayed an ability to provide some inside push on the pocket.

Projected landing spot: Dallas, N.Y. Jets.
Signed with: Dallas.

7. WR Derrick Mason
Titans 8 Versatile and fearless receiver who, despite his lack of size, doesn't mind putting himself in harm's way. A little older than you'd like (31) but only four-year starter, so has some juice left.

Projected landing spot: Jacksonville, Baltimore, N.Y. Jets, Minnesota.
Signed with: Baltimore.

8. DE Marques Douglas
Ravens 5 Held up against the run in the Ravens' 3-4 front and several teams think he will blossom playing right end in a 4-3 alignment. Good two-way defender with pass-rush potential.

Projected landing spot: Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Arizona, Kansas City.

9. WR Plaxico Burress
Steelers 5 Long and lean and capable of getting deep. Didn't put up big numbers in 2004, largely because of injuries, but actually helped his stock by becoming an even better team player.

Projected landing spot: Baltimore, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets, Washington.
Signed with: N.Y. Giants

10. DE Reggie Hayward
Broncos 4 Is one of those players who is a real free agency creation. Not necessarily a special player, but still young and starting to emerge as a pass-rush force. Will be a quick signing.

Projected landing spot: Jacksonville, Arizona.
Signed with: Jacksonville.

11. SS Kenoy Kennedy
Broncos 5 Somewhat surprising the Broncos haven't tried a lot harder to keep him since he is such a physical presence in the interior secondary. A physical, sure tackler, only modest coverage skills.

Projected landing spot: Atlanta, New Orleans, Oakland.
Signed with: Detroit

12. OT Kareem McKenzie
Jets 4 Solid strongside blocker who a few teams feel might be able to line up on the left side. Can really move people around when motivated. Three-year starter but only 25 years old.

Projected landing spot: Cleveland, Arizona, Carolina.
Signed with: Giants.

13. CB Ken Lucas
Seahawks 4 Even though his performance tailed off in the second half of the '04 season, six of his 11 career interceptions came last season and he certainly is becoming a top-flight coverage player.

Projected landing spot: Seattle, Arizona, Indianapolis.
Signed with: Carolina.

14. FS/CB Dwight Smith
Bucs 4 Great natural cover instincts, superb burst to the ball, nice hands. Began career as a nickel corner, switched to safety in 2003, hopes to move back outside with a new team.

Projected landing spot: New Orleans, Detroit, Minnesota.
Signed with: New Orleans.

15. LB Jeremiah Trotter
Eagles 7 Had to beg the Eagles to take him back last summer but, in only nine starts, made enough plays to straighten out the Philadelphia run defense and earn a Pro Bowl spot.

Projected landing spot: Kansas City, Philadelphia.
Signed with: Philadelphia

16. OT Jonas Jennings
Bills 4 Tough, physical leftside blocker who still struggles at times with speed-rushers, but who is a hard worker and can play a lot of positions. Will benefit financially from playing the pass-protection side.

Projected landing spot: Chicago, N.Y. Jets, St. Louis.
Signed with: San Francisco.

17. CB Ty Law
Patriots 10 Obviously would rate among the top five free agents if he could guarantee a full recovery from the broken foot that sidelined him much of the 2004 season. Still a big-time talent.

Projected landing spot: Cleveland, Kansas City, Dallas, Oakland, Minnesota.

18. OG Marco Rivera
Packers 9 Will be 33 years old in April, but still performing at a very high level, and will generate surprisingly good interest. Powerful in-line blocker who can still root out 320-pound tackles.

Projected landing spot: Dallas, Carolina, St. Louis.
Signed with: Dallas

19. DT Pat Williams
Bills 8 Has played both nose tackle and the three technique positions inside and, despite his age (32), still active enough to be a difference-maker. Will freelance sometimes and not play the run as well.

Projected landing spot: Cincinnati, N.Y. Jets, Miami, Arizona.
Signed with: Minnesota.

20. CB Andre Dyson
Titans 4 Often eclipsed by Samari Rolle, but a good player in his own right, and just coming into his own at age 25. Not very physical but ranks among the top free agent corners in interceptions and breakups.

Projected landing spot: Oakland, Tennessee, Minnesota.

21. OT Fred Miller
Titans 9 There are quite a few teams that feel he has broken down and doesn't have a lot left. On the flipside, he has enough suitors, and plays the right position, to make himself a lot of money.

Projected landing spot: New Orleans, St. Louis.
Signed with: Chicago

22. CB Gary Baxter
Ravens 4 Didn't play nearly as well in 2004 as he did the previous season and posted only one interception. Has played safety and cornerback and desperately wants to stay at the outside position.

Projected landing spot: Baltimore, Cleveland, Jacksonville.
Signed with: Cleveland

23. RB LaMont Jordan
Jets 4 Great potential and power, deceptive outside speed, but has never logged more than 93 carries in a season and averaged just 65.5 attempts for his career. An intriguing guy, though.

Projected landing spot: Oakland.
Signed with: Oakland.

24. OG Rick DeMulling
Colts 4 Former seventh-rounder has gotten better every season and, until an injury sidelined him for a few games late last year, might have been a Pro Bowl candidate. Good in-line blocker.

Projected landing spot: Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Green Bay.
Signed with: Detroit

25. LB Kendrell Bell
Steelers 4 Onetime league defensive rookie of the year has suffered through a lot of injuries the past two seasons but, if healthy, will merit plenty of attention. Can play inside in 3-4, strongside in 4-3 front.

Projected landing spot: Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati.
Signed with: Kansas City

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Bengals 4 Not blessed with great speed, certainly more a No. 2 pass-catcher than a "lead" wideout, but coming off a big year. An excellent route-runner, has some run-after-catch skills and sneaky speed.

Projected landing spot: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Baltimore, N.Y. Giants.
Signed with: Cincinnati.

27. CB Anthony Henry
Browns 4 Finally overcame previous history of injuries in 2004 and developed as a cover guy on the rise. Can play it tough, comes up and supports against the run, and can run deep with receivers.

Projected landing spot: Dallas, Washington, Cleveland, Baltimore.
Signed with: Dallas.

28. DE Derrick Burgess
Eagles 4 His medical dossier, including a broken foot in two of his first four seasons, might be a red flag for some clubs. But had a terrific playoff series with three sacks and plays bigger than his size.

Projected landing spot: Arizona, Jacksonville, St. Louis.
Signed with: Oakland.

29. LB Antonio Pierce
Redskins 4 Never a full-time starter until Micheal Barrow was lost to injury in 2004, and then stepped masterfully into the middle 'backer role. Not flashy, but makes the plays he's supposed to between the tackles and is very smart.

Projected landing spot: Minnesota, Washington, Kansas City, N.Y. Giants.
Signed with: Giants.

30. DE Chike Okeafor
Seahawks 6 Doesn't have great speed but is still viewed as a solid-enough upfield rusher to garner interest from several teams. Plays the run a little better than he is credited for.

Projected landing spot: San Francisco, Seattle.
Signed with: Arizona

31. LB Morlon Greenwood
Dolphins 4 Doesn't often make the big hit or the game-altering turnover but can play both outside spots and performs with an economy of motion and a notable efficiency.

Projected landing spot: Minnesota, Kansas City, St. Louis.
Signed with: Houston

32. C Casey Rabach
Ravens 4 Very flexible interior blocker, can play guard or center, but seems best suited to the hub position. Can get out in front of screens and quickness allows him to block at the second level.

Projected landing spot: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington.
Signed with: Washington.

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