Okay, so maybe the free agent wish list that I recently assembled was a little optimistic. Teams are beginning to focus more on retaining their own talent, proven by an unprecedented fourteen players being given the franchise tag this year. As a result, a majority of the big names are no longer available. A quick recap of how things have developed regarding my wish list of potential free agents:
|Jordan Gross||Carolina||Re-signed with Carolina (6 years, nearly $60 million)|
|Nnamdi Asomugha||Oakland||Re-signed with Oakland (3 years, $45.3 million)|
|Julius Peppers||Carolina||Designated franchise player by Carolina|
|T.J. Houshmandzadeh||Cincinnati||Set to become a free agent, Cincinnati opted to use franchise tag on Shayne Graham|
|Albert Haynesworth||Tennessee||Will likely become a free agent and command over $10 million a year|
The only two players who are still available are T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Albert Haynesworth; I’ve posted several times about how Haynesworth’s character and market value will keep the Seahawks away from him, but Houshmandzadeh is still a possibility. We’ll have to wait and see what direction the Seahawks will take in free agency.