Well, we are nearing the time in which Ted Thompson starts to go FA shopping. So, I've scanned the FA wire.
At S, OJ Atogwe is a RFA. I'd be curious as to what it costs to lure him away from the Rams. Atogwe is a ball hawk. He had 8 picks last year.
I'd also like to visit with Michael Boulware. Ted Thompson drafted Boulware when he was with the Seahawks. Boulware had a spectacular rookie year. Since, he's been a disappointment, but I love his athletic ability and a change of scenery might be good for him. He was traded to the Texans last year and was a non-factor. I'd toss him a one-year contract and see if our culture can bring the best out of him.
At CB, if we could get Nnamdi Asomugha, this would be dreamy. Asomugha is one of the best young CB's in the NFL. The mere mention of him brings excitement.
I'd also like to bring Fernando Bryant in for a visit. He knows the NFC North. He's a veteran. He's made plays in his career. He brings attitude. He's physical.
At DE, I'd be interested in hearing what Mike Rucker is looking for at this stage of his career. He's the kind of guy that you could steal a year or two from.
At DT, I'd make Rod Coleman my FA prize...especially if he can come at the bargain that I'd anticipate. He was banged up for the majority of last year, but he's been a big time NFL performer. He'd replace Corey Williams pass rushing ability.
I'd also talk to Darwin Walker to see where his heart/head are at right now. Does he have the desire to play football anymore? If so, I'd see if I could toss him a 1-year deal.
At TE, Jerramy Stevens has been a buster in the past. He's an upgrade to what we've got on our roster today. And his NFL career is in jeopardy. I'd bring him in for a workout. He, too, is a player that Thompson drafted in Seattle.
At QB, Chris Weinke, Craig Nall, Daunte Culpepper, and Trent Dilfer are all options to consider as the back-up. Frankly, I'm looking for a guy that can come in and protect a lead in the 2nd half of a game. I'm not looking for a guy that can lead us to a 9 win season. I'm looking for someone that won't lose the game for us.
In the end, I'd be ecstatic with the addition of Rod Coleman and Michael Boulware. Give me Boulware in a 1-year deal. Make him show you that he belongs.