First and 10: Best free agents and toughest names

We know, you’re good and ready for the lockout to end and for free agency to begin. As the Commissioner said in Radio City Music Hall last month, we hear you. So if we can’t start free agency yet, let’s at least talk about it. For Wednesday’s Instant Debate, we asked our panel of experts to discuss the top free-agent signings of the past decade. The consensus choice? Well, let’s just say he wanted to be a Dolphin, but ended up somewhere else.

Of course, if you want to talk about the best free-agent signing of all time, you’d have to look at a Hall of Famer who helped lead his new team to an NFL title that ended a 29-year drought. Jason La Canfora has that story.

We’re up to No. 18 on the countdown of the Top 20 games of 2010, and this one was a doozie. In Houston’s Week 2 come-from-behind win over the Redskins, Matt Schaub and Donovan McNabb combined for an uncanny 923 passing yards. Relive the magic here.

It’s time to look at the Jacksonville Jaguars on the “32 Teams in 32 Days” segment of “NFL Total Access” on NFL Network tonight. And to help us out, we’ll have tight end Marcedes Lewis in studio.

While Dhani Jones “tackles the globe” in his Travel Channel series, tackled Dhani in a recent Q&A, in which the Bengals linebacker discusses his love of bow ties and much more.

Wednesday’s Data Points chart looks completely out of whack, but there’s a reason for that. It details the up-and-down records of the four NFC South teams in the past four years. The trend: There is no trend.

As for today’s chat, we’ve got Jason La Canfora lined up to answer your questions. Get in the game here.

La Canfora has plenty to talk about. In addition to the free-agency story we referenced at the top of the blog, La Canfora wrote a couple of other interesting pieces this week: He speculated which teams might be good destinations for Chad Ochocinco this season, and he wrote about how the lockout actually might be good for soon-to-be-free Plaxico Burress.

Finally, while we join the sports world in mourning the passing of baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, we took it as an opportunity to look at the toughest names in football.

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