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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Harrison's Done


There are a few different free agents who I feel still have what it takes to help any team that signs them. Jason Taylor is an intriguing player still on the market. He was dealt from Miami to Washington last season for second and fifth round selections in the upcoming draft. However, due to his 8.5-million dollar salary and his unwillingness to workout at the team's headquarters, the Redskins decided to release him. Outside of this past season when he was only able to record 3.5 sacks because of injury, Taylor hasn't had less than 8.5 sacks in a season since 1999. While he isn't getting any younger, I still think that he'd be a great addition for a team as a situational pass rusher for a relatively inexpensive deal, assuming he'd be willing to sign on for that.

Two interesting veterans are Jon Runyan and Mark Tauscher, both offensive tackles, and both coming off of knee injuries. While both players may have something left in the tank, teams are going to be cautious in handing out a large salary to a player whose career could be on the verge of ending. While Runyan is expected to be sidelined for awhile, I think that Tauscher could be of good value for a team that has a need at right tackle (Minnesota), assuming his knee injury has cleared up.

Speaking of Minnesota, it's interesting to see that Darren Sharper, the Vikings safety who the team has opted not to re-sign, is still on the market despite reported interest by the Saints coming into free agency. New Orleans has obviously gone in a different direction and Sharper no longer appears to be the sure bet as a starting safety as he was when free agency started. A self proclaimed playmaker, it now looks like Sharper may struggle just to find a team that wants him.

Marvin Harrison is a player who is clearly close to the end of his career. After his incident in Philadelphia last offseason and then lack of elite production in 2008, the Colts opted to let Harrison go. However, Marvin has had trouble finding interest on the open market. With the 2009 draft rich in wide receiver talent, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't find a job this year.

Lastly, and possibly in the most limelight this offseason, LaDainian Tomlinson is a player who may not be over the hill yet, but he's certainly close. In June, Tomlinson will turn the dreaded age of 30, a benchmark for running backs to see their production dip. With career-low's in yards and carries in 2008, there seems to be less interest on the Chargers' part this year after Darren Sproles' outstanding end to the 2008 season. With second round pick Jacob Hester also waiting in the wings for carries, I wouldn't be surprised to see San Diego let Tomlinson go if he isn't willing to take a pay cut. For a player who two years ago was proclaimed as one of the top players in the entire league, it'd be a quite a disappointment to see his career head south so quickly.

By Shawn Zobel  |  March 10, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  | Category:  Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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