NFC East: Kevin Mawae
Working off Domowitch's list, I'll offer my top remaining unrestricted free agent at each position:
Jake Delhomme, Panthers
LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers
Terrell Owens, Bills
Note: The 29-year-old Josh Reed would be a lot less of a headache.
Randy McMichael, Rams
Note: McMichael is 30 but he's capable of scoring five or six touchdowns in the right offense.
Mike Gandy, Cardinals
Ryan Lilja, Colts
Kevin Mawae, Titans
Charles Grant, Saints
Jimmy Kennedy, Vikings
Larry Foote, Lions
Keith Bulluck, Titans
Note: Even at age 32, a highly productive player
Rod Hood, Titans
Note: What a weak, weak group. I used to like Dre Bly, but he's a declining player
Darren Sharper, Saints
Note: The Giants treat Antrel Rolle like some sort of All Pro while Sharper is on the street. I know Sharper is getting long in the tooth, but he can still play. The Broncos went after an aging Brian Dawkins. Some team should do the same with Sharper. Cowboys, anyone?
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In his Q&A on what's next for the NFLPA, John Clayton mentions several potential candidates to replace Gene Upshaw, including former NFLPA presidents Trace Armstong and Troy Vincent. He also brought up former Vikings running back Robert Smith and current union president Kevin Mawae.
Another name that has been mentioned today is former Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston, who has been very outspoken on behalf of retired players over the past couple of years.
And if you want another outside-the-box guy, I'm hearing some talk that super-agent Tom Condon could receive consideration. He's a former player (Chiefs) and he's worked with Upshaw in the past. He's obviously no stranger to players since he and his staff at CAA represent about 120 of them. And he's used to going toe-to-toe with owners. The more I think about this name, the more sense it makes.
The players should consider every option, and that includes someone from outside the football fraternity. If you were worried that Upshaw had been too close to the owners in the past, maybe you consider someone from Major League Baseball union chief Donald Fehr's staff (Michael Weiner). I know that sounds like an awful idea, but a lot of players have wanted the union chief to have a more adversarial relationship with the owners.
If that's truly what they want, now's the time to speak up.