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Free Agent Fever – Part 1

According to Kffl.com there are 554 free agents available going into the 2010 season.  Of these 239 are either unrestricted or unsigned and available.  All of them are available to compete for a spot on our beloved St Louis Rams team.  Here is a detailed list of the high profile offensive positions (plus the record of their 2009 team):

Player Name

2009 Rec

POS

Player Name 2009 Rec

POS

A.J. Feeley

8-8

QB

Chris Massey

1-15

FB

Brian St. Pierre

10-6

QB

Dan Kreider

10-6

FB

Chad Pennington

7-9

QB

Justin Griffith

5-11

FB

Charlie Batch

9-7

QB

Terrelle Smith

2-14

FB

Chris Redman

9-7

QB

Tony Richardson

9-7

FB

Daunte Culpepper

2-14

QB

Aaron Stecker

9-7

RB

David Carr

8-8

QB

Adrian N. Peterson

7-9

RB

J.P. Losman

5-11

QB

Ahman Green

11-5

RB

Jeff Garcia

5-11

QB

Alonzo Coleman

11-5

RB

Josh McCown

8-8

QB

Chester Taylor

12-4

RB

Kyle Boller

1-15

QB

Chris R. Brown

9-7

RB

Mark Brunell

13-3

QB

Jamal Lewis

5-11

RB

Patrick Ramsey

2-14

QB

Kevin Faulk

10-6

RB

Rex Grossman

9-7

QB

Larry Johnson

10-6

RB

Willie Parker

9-7

RB

Player Name 2009 Rec

POS

Player Name

2009 Rec

POS

Airese Currie

7-9

WR

Alge Crumpler

8-8

TE

Antonio Bryant

3-13

WR

Anthony Becht

10-6

TE

Arnaz Battle

8-8

WR

Ben Hartsock

9-7

TE

Bobby Wade

4-12

WR

Benjamin Watson

10-6

TE

Brandon Lloyd

8-8

WR

Billy Miller

10-6

TE

Chris Chambers

4-12

WR

Brandon Manumaleuna

13-3

TE

David Clowney

9-7

WR

Casey FitzSimmons

2-14

TE

Derrick Mason

9-7

WR

Dan Campbell

13-3

TE

Domenik Hixon

8-8

WR

Darnell Dinkins

13-3

TE

Greg Lewis

12-4

WR

David Martin

7-9

TE

Isaac Bruce

8-8

WR

Ernest Wilford

7-9

TE

Jeff Webb

4-12

WR

James Dearth

9-7

TE

Joey Galloway

9-7

WR

Jerame Tuman

10-6

TE

Josh Reed

6-10

WR

John Paul Foschi

10-6

TE

Justin Jenkins

6-10

WR

Kris Wilson

13-3

TE

Kassim Osgood

13-3

WR

L.J. Smith

9-7

TE

Kelley Washington

9-7

WR

Leonard Pope

4-12

TE

Kevin Walter

9-7

WR

Michael Gaines

5-11

TE

Lee Evans

6-10

WR

Randy McMichael

1-15

TE

Marty Booker

9-7

WR

Reggie Kelly

10-6

TE

Mike Furrey

5-11

WR

Sean P. Ryan

4-12

TE

Muhsin Muhammad

8-8

WR

Will Heller

2-14

TE

Nate Burleson

5-11

WR

Sean Morey

10-6

WR

Terrance Copper

4-12

WR

Terrell Owens

6-10

WR

Torry Holt

7-9

WR

Over the next several months I’ll supply you with stats of all the top performers (for all positions) and you can decided who should be chosen by the St Louis Rams.  Today I’ll start with some of the quarterbacks, (after the jump)

1 AJ Feeley – Feeley was signed by the Eagles in 2001.  He spent 2001 on the bench as a third string QB.  In 2002 when both the first and second stringers went down with injuries (McNabb and Detmer), Feeley came in and won the next 4 of 5 games.  In 2003 he was again relegated to the bench for the entire year (no snaps).  In 2004 he was traded to Miami were he became their starting QB.  Unfortunately, he played poorly and ended up sharing snaps with Jay Fielder.  In 2005 he spent the whole season on the bench; first for Miami and then midway through the season with San Diego.  In 2006 he was signed back by the Eagles and has played in a few unimportant games.

2 Brian St Pierre – First signed into the NFL by the Steelers in 2003.  2003-2004 he was their third string QB. He played in a few games, but basically did nothing.  In 2005 he was signed to the Ravens practice squad and then cut before the season opened.  In 2006 he was signed to the Steelers practice squad and subsequently added to the team (Roethlisberger had an appendectomy).  He spent that season cut and resigned then cut and resigned and cut again by the Steelers.  (I can’t find anything on him regarding 2008 so I don’t think he played anywhere.)  In 2009 he was signed to the Cardinals where he held the third string position for the entire year. St. Pierre threw his first completion in the NFL on January 3, 2010 versus the Green Bay Packers (post season). Two plays later, he threw his first interception to Tramon Williams. With three minutes left in the fourth quarter, St. Pierre threw his first TD completion to Larry Fitzgerald.

3 Chad Pennington – Pennington is our first QB who has experienced sustained playing time.  He came into the NFL in 2000 and was signed by the NY Jets.  As you know Pennington has had some success.  He led the Jets to post season victories in 2003 and 2004.  In 2004 he signed a 7 year $64.2 million contract.  He started that season off 5-0, but as you also know he has been riddled with injuries.  He injured a rotator cup in 2004 and was out for 3 games.  Although taking his team to the post season, his performance was mostly sub par after the injury.  In 2005 he was diagnosed with a substantial tear in his right rotator cuff, as well as a large bone spur on that shoulder.  Surgery after surgery brought him into 2006 and a restructured contract to stay with the Jets. 2006 was one of Chad’s best seasons.  He threw for 3,352 yards, 17 TDs, and 16 INTs.  He again took his team to the post season losing in the first round to the Patriots.  Chad won the ‘NFL Comeback Player of the Year’ award.  In 2007 the roller coaster headed down the track as Chad started the season with another injury (high ankle sprain).  Even with some dramatic and high caliber play, Chad was benched as the Jets sunk to a 1-7 record.  2008 saw the Pennington coaster shoot back to the top.  He was traded to the Dolphins and signed a 2 year $11.5 millions contract.  2008 was a career year for Chad.  He threw for 3653 yards, 19 TDs, 17, INTs, led his team to another post season appearance, again winning the ‘Comeback Player of the Year’ award and coming in second place for MVP voting.  Shortly after the start if the 2009 season Chad’s shoulder was injured again.  He decided to go with a 3rd surgery and now it is unclear if he intends to return to the NFL.

4 Charlie Batch – Batch has been around the NFL since 1998.  He was drafted by the Detroit Lions after having a stellar collegiate career at Eastern Michigan University.  His best professional years were from 1999-2001 as he passed for over 9,000 yards.  In 1999, right after Barry Sanders retired, he led his team to the post season, but was unable to play due to an injury.  In 2002 Batch was traded to the Steelers, but saw no action.   In 2003 he saw a little action for the Steelers (nothing really noteworthy) and then he was out all 2004 with a knee injury.  In 2005 he had two starts and two victories.  He was on the team during the Steelers 2005 Super bowl victory.  From that time until the present Batch has made numerous emergency starts for the Steelers and has played competitively.  In 2008 Batch sustained a broken clavicle and missed the entire season.  In 2009 he resigned with the Steelers and played in 1 game.

5 Chris Redman – Redman was signed by the Ravens in 2000.  He earned a 3-3 starting record through 2002 before a season ending back injury.  He played 2 games in 2003 before experiencing another season ending injury (a torn labrum in his right throwing shoulder).  Redman did not play football for another 3 years.  In 2007 he signed up with the Austin Wranglers (Arena Football League) only to be snatched up by the Atlanta Falcons a few months later.  In 2007 he played in six games, four of them being starts, and had a career high in completion percentage (58%), 1,079 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 90.4.  The Falcons picked up his contract at the end of 2007, but he did not play in 2008.  In 2009, filling in for an injured Matt Ryan starting in week 12, Redman threw 69 completions for 781 yards, 4 TDs, and 3 INTs.  He performed competently in all his emergency appearances.

More to come…  I’m looking forward to any comments regarding the QBs we’ve looked at so far.


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