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Free-agent landscape favors CBs, DEs

Cornerbacks and defensive linemen figure to be among the biggest winners in free agency, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.

Originally Published: February 23, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

This past week was one in which the teams held the advantage. An NFL-record 14 potential free agents were franchised, further depleting a shallow free-agent pool.

This week, the negotiating advantage slips to the players. Teams have until midnight ET Thursday to reach agreement with their players and prevent them from hitting the open market. Agents for the top free agents know how thin certain positions are.

Take cornerback. With Nnamdi Asomugha, Kelvin Hayden and Dunta Robinson ...

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