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Interesting Free Agents | Match & Max Edition
By Matt Spencer
Special to gzl-football.com

GZL's Offseason Heats Up with
Match Eligible & Max Bonus Free Agency

Interesting Free Agents Available for the Cap Healthy
Friday December 28th, 2012
Matt Spencer, GZL Media Group

QB Matt Cassel - Cassel has bounced around to 3 different teams (Chiefs, Raiders, and Giants) in the 4 seasons of GZL play and now he turns to the Free Agent market where teams could throw a lot of money at him. With last season's ravaging toll on starting quarterbacks, the price for average backups will have certainly risen beyond what it had been. Cassel provides awareness, but lacks elite arm strength or accuracy. He has shown that he can succeed as a full time starter as he did in 2012 with Oakland, throwing for 31 touchdowns to just 17 interceptions. It will be interesting to see where Cassel ends up and if he's willing to play 2nd fiddle and ride the pine hoping for an injury. The Giants don't retain the right to Match, so the best offer will get him.

HB Darren McFadden - Already in the news as a source leaked that the Buffalo Bills were hard after this gifted runner, McFadden will command a very large contract on the open market. His blend of speed and strength don't come around too often, and he's also a very talented pass catcher either out of the backfield or split out wide. With the Bears already locked on Matt Forte as their lead back and struggling with just under 4 million in cap space, I would not expect them to Match what is expected to be a very high offer.

MLB Manny Lawson - The Packers have let their star MLB test the Free Agent market and once again the Bills have announced their interest in the versatile defender. Strong against both the run and pass, Lawson sometimes struggles with play recognition which leaves him out of position. Once out of position though, from time to time his pure athletic ability makes up for the mistake and allows him to make a play on the ball. The Packers have been listening to trade offers for him, so that might be a tell tale sign that they intend on Matching an offer that isn't too ridiculous.

OLB Thaddeus Gibson - Gibson has 17 sacks over his 1st four seasons in the league and the Saints are allowing him to seek his market value. The team has plenty of cap space, but don't expect them to break the bank to keep him. If a team wants or needs a premium and young pass rusher on the outside, a sizeable contract could keep the Saints from Matching.

FS LaRon Landry | FS Earl Thomas | FS Reggie Nelson - These three athletic safeties all come with the Match Eligible sticker, so it would be surprising to see any of them let go unless the prices get out of hand. There's a breed for every suitor available, tall and strong, short and speedy, and a combination of both. Thomas is the most enticing of the bunch as he has 3 fewer seasons of wear on the tread, but Landry's imposing figure and incredible combination of speed and strength should allow him to collect a nice last contract before hanging them up.

K Joshua Day - Looking for a LONG term solution at Kicker? Send this guy a 7 year deal and force the Falcons to make some hard decisions. Although he missed more than 30% of his total kicks last season, he really came on late and made some nice kicks. With just 3 years of experience, he's ready to be groomed into one of the best in the league within a year or two.
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