Published: March 5th, 2010 | Tags: 2010 Free Agency, Aaron Kampman, Antonio Bryant, Antrel Rolle, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Chester Taylor, Chicago Bears, Darren Sharper, Detroit Lions, Dunta Robinson, Gary Brackett, Indianapolis Colts, Julius Peppers, Kansas City Chiefs, Karlos Dansby, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Miami Dolphins, Nate Burleson, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Scott Fujita, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins
With the clock about to strike midnight in the East, here’s a look at how some of the top players could begin to come off the market. A handful of players will get new deals tonight, with DE Julius Peppers and LB Karlos Dansby likely in line for the biggest paydays.
Peppers — Washington is making a strong push and Dan Snyder generally gets his guy. Word is swirling that Peppers is on the verge of getting a massive contract from the Redskins. Seattle and Chicago are also suitors.
Dansby — Miami has been linked with him for quite some time and remain favorites.
CB Dunta Robinson — He’s Atlanta’s top target, and I expect them to get their man. Washington could be a dark horse.
WR Antonio Bryant — There is a healthy market for what many consider the top receiver on the market, and the Dolphins are again a key team to watch.
DE Aaron Kampman — If the Bears can’t land Peppers, this is their top prize. Seattle also in the mix.
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch — Seattle is a strong possibility. Detroit also will be in the mix.
RB Chester Taylor — Detroit, his hometown team, is a favorite. KC, Chicago, Denver and Buffalo are also interested.
S Antel Rolle — Chicago came on strong, and Miami and the Giants are also in the hunt. The Cardinals would like to keep him as well, but if he gets the $8-million per season he covets, that might out-price them.
WR Nate Burleson — Chicago, Baltimore, KC and Detroit will show interest, and Seattle would like to keep him.
I also expect, when all is said and done, that LBs Gary Brackett and Scott Fujita will end up back with their current teams, the Colts and Saints, respectively. S Darren Sharper could well end up back with New Orleans as well.