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Monday, October 26, 2009
Pro Bowl balloting gets started

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

The NFL announced this afternoon that Pro Bowl balloting has begun.

You can vote here. You can cast ballots through Dec. 21.

If you’d like to hear my suggestions on who deserves the honor, here they are:

New Orleans: Basically, you wouldn’t be wrong in voting for any of the Saints on the ballot. But start with quarterback Drew Brees, receiver Marques Colston, tight end Jeremy Shockey, guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, safety Darren Sharper, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and punter Thomas Morstead.

Atlanta: Quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, center Todd McClure, receiver Roddy White, linebacker Curtis Lofton and punter Michael Koenen. If defensive end John Abraham picks it up in the coming weeks at all, he becomes a candidate.

Carolina: The only guy I feel real strong in recommending is linebacker Thomas Davis. Linebacker Jon Beason and tackle Jordan Gross went last year and I wouldn’t rule them out, but only if their play picks up in the coming weeks.

Tampa Bay: Remember, this isn’t like baseball. There doesn’t have to be a player from every team. But if you feel compelled to vote for a Tampa Bay player, tight end Kellen Winslow is probably the most deserving at the moment. Linebacker Barrett Ruud also could be a possibility.