NFC West: Leigh Bodden

Download: 2010 NFL projected free agents

February, 20, 2010
I've taken the NFL's list of projected free agents and put it in a format you'll find quite powerful.

Download it here.

And if you're not quite sure how to maximize the information, check out the demo.

This file lets you sort all 235 projected unrestricted free agents, plus all fourth- and fifth-year restricted free agents, by accrued seasons, team, position, starts, agent and division. I've added sheets with the breakdowns used for earlier items on which agents have the most UFA clients, how many projected UFAs each team has by position and the number of projected UFAs by division.

I've updated the file to reflect Troy Williamson's new deal with the Jaguars and Leigh Bodden's recent hiring of agent Alvin Keels.

The chart below is also based on information in the file. It shows all quarterbacks projected to become UFAs this offseason. Chad Pennington might be the most appealing name on the list. The Rams could certainly do worse.

Rosenhaus leads UFA agent scorecard

February, 18, 2010
The NFL's list of projected unrestricted free agents for 2010 included one column showing agents and another showing starts.

This made it easy to see which agents had the most projected UFA clients, and how many starts those clients averaged in 2009.

The result is the chart below. Drew Rosenhaus has more than 100 clients across the league, more than any agent. The NFL lists 15 of them on its projected UFA list, including Terrell Owens and three NFC West players (Randy McMicahel, Anthony Becht and Olindo Mare).

Agents Peter Schaffer and Brian Mackler are next on the list with seven projected UFA clients apiece, but no agent with at least four players listed can match Tony Agnone for players with lots of 2009 starts. Agnone's list features 16-game starters Casey Rabach, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Bobbie Williams, plus seven-game starter Michael Gaines.

The NFL has no agents listed for Phillip Daniels, Tully Banta-Cain, Leigh Bodden, Mike Furrey, Damion Cook, Tank Johnson and Matt Ware.

Jeff Feagles, Jeff Zgonina, Daunte Culpepper, Paul Spicer, Clinton Hart and Vernon Fox are listed as representing themselves.

Posted by's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Kurt Warner isn't visiting the 49ers to gain leverage with the Cardinals, according to agent Mark Bartelstein. Bartelstein: "People assume things are being done to create leverage and that's not true. Anyone who knows Kurt Warner knows that's not the moral plane he operates under. He would never do something to create leverage."

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers' interest in Warner reflects a new aggressiveness under team president Jed York. Kawakami: "Everything about the idea of Kurt Warner coming to visit the 49ers sounds like a fine match, ideal in every way, birds chirping and a new day dawning. Everything except for the 49ers' conservative philosophy, newly hired offensive coordinator, soggy home field, unproven receivers and even more unproven immediate prospects."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat questions whether Mike Singletary's recruiting powers will mean much in landing Kurt Warner. Maiocco: "Only after a player signs with the 49ers [for more money] will he say, 'It wasn't about the money; I chose the 49ers because I want to be a part of something special here with Mike Singletary.' "

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Bartelstein refuses to disclose which teams Warner plans to visit. Bartelstein said he promised those teams he wouldn't say anything publicly about the visits. Not to worry. Teams must disclose all free-agent visits to the remaining teams, which makes it pretty tough to conceal visits.

Darren Urban of contrasts the Cardinals' offer to Warner with what Warner is asking from the team. Urban: "The Cardinals are offering around $20 million for two seasons. Warner is seeking a two-year deal closer to $13 million or $14 million per season. He is also believed to be seeking greater guaranteed money than that offered by the Cards."

Revenge of the Birds' Andrew602 lists guard Reggie Wells among the Cardinals' candidates for offensive player of the year. Warner, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald are the other nominees.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks pried Colin Cole away from Green Bay even though Packers coach Mike McCarthy listed re-signing Cole among the team's offseason priorities. An NFL scout described Cole this way: "Not overly athletic, but athletic enough. He keeps the linebackers clean." 

John Morgan of Field Gulls takes an initial look at Cole's efforts during a Week 5 game against the Falcons. Enjoy the nice, clean screenshots.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Rams' remaining options in free agency. The Rams are not in the mix for running back Derrick Ward despite a phone conversation between Ward and Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo. Talks with Ron Bartell's agent hit an impasse over the weekend. Safety James Butler remains an option. Thomas: "Free agent possibilities at safety include Sean Jones [Cleveland], Jermaine Phillips [Tampa Bay], and Jim Leonhard [Baltimore]. Options at cornerback include Phillip Buchanon [Tampa Bay], Bryant McFadden [Pittsburgh], Jabari Greer [Buffalo] and Leigh Bodden [Detroit]."