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The Open Market
By Garth Pearce
Special to gzl-football.com

With season 2015 drawing to an end it's time for the regular off-season mayhem that is the trade period. Trade blocks have been coming thick and fast and the talent available might just be the best market out there in some time. The question is, are we overloading at certain positions and are there enough buyers out there to take advantage of the variety there is to choose from?
Let's examine each position to see who's been on the market to date:

Quarterback:
Ultimately it is the game of QB musical chairs that gives us the greatest variety of established starters on the list, with plenty of young talent out there for the taking. Blaine Gabbert, Andrew Luck (trade pending), Mark Sanchez, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ricky Stanzi, Matt Cassel, Ryan Tannenhill, Brandon Weedon, Tim Tebow, Ryan Nassib (trade pending) and Denard Robinson head an impressive list of players who could possibly have a new home in 2016. The real question is, as I've pointed out in previous articles, is there a market for so many QB's, or is the lack of success driving many to find that new x-factor? Andrew Luck has already been confirmed in a move to Buffalo as the Chiefs look to overcome their 8-8 hurdle and rookie Ryan Nassib is out of Tampa for possibly the cheapest QB price of this summer. The rest of the market is still there, but in most cases only if you're willing to part with at least a 1st round pick, and then some for many of these guys. You can't deny the ability is there at varying levels, plus the cost and effort of progression given to many of them and the value paid to draft or acquire them previously, so if you're in the market for a QB, which one do you want?

Halfback:
Not quite the pickings for a halfback, but some of the best in the game are here if you want a short term star to push your team towards glory. Arain Foster, LeSean McCoy, Roy Helu, Shonn Greene, Emmanuel Moody, Jerome Dwight (trade pending) and Andre Ellington highlight a lists that goes from superstar to ready for grooming with a few fillers in between. Some variety but not the most awe inspiring shopping list around.

Wide Receiver:
Another interesting collection here at receiver, especially if you like them tall. David Gettis, Chaz Schilens, Sidney Rice, Terrence Toliver and Tommy Streeter gives us a pack of 6'4" and bigger targets all on the market at once, but the options don't end just there. For those with more speed in mind or just well rounded players you can consider Torrey Smith, Edmond Gates, Emmanuel Sanders, Davone Bess, Pierre Garcon, Darvin Adams, Yamon Figurs or Jacoby Ford to name a few with skills to suit any GM and their requirements. The range is here just like for the passers and the price tags won't be as steep and quite frankly you can get any sort of player you're after.

Tight End:
Not a lot on offer for the Mr. Versatile position with a few veterans like Brandon Pettigrew and John Carlson, or someone a little rawer in Cameron Morrah on the block, but it doesn't inspire confidence to trade for a starter.

Offensive Line:
I'll put this all as one big basket case as the only true position you have to trade or draft specifically for is center, and those pickings are non-existent to date. For the tackles and guards there is a mixed bag, and we all know each GM has their own take on what sort of player works best so there may be something for you amongst the likes of Carl Nicks, Jermon Bushrod (trade pending), Mario Henderson, Davin Joseph, Jacob Bell, Todd Herremans, Leo Richards and Alvin Bailey if you're quick enough.

Defensive End:
Only a handful of names are on the market for DE but they give at least one option for each defensive base set. Obviously not the year go getting your pass rusher before draft time if you want to make the near perfect choice, but the guys here have some talent when you look at Connor Barwin, Lawrence Jackson and Demetruce Pair (trade pending).

Defensive Tackle:
Some big boys are on the market to plug up the middle of your defensive line when you consider the likes of Alameda Ta'amu, Cam Thomas, Kwame Geathers (trade pending), Marcus Raymond and Linval Joseph. Most of them won't cost you the earth either and have shown they can push their way around interior linemen to make backfield plays.

Outside Linebacker:
A few older names on this list and it's fairly short but each player is a value adder for any team and you'll get at least a year's return from the investment. Quincy Black, Stanford Keglar, Dan Skuta, Jeremiah Joseph (trade pending) and
Elvis Dumervil all have something to offer depending on taste.

Middle Linebacker:
The MLB's offer about the same number and variety as their outside counterparts with DeAndre Levy, Shea McClellin, Shane Skov, Manny Lawson and Casey Matthews rounding out the list. Value can be had at the established and the raw ends of the scale here, it just depends what you're looking for.

Corner Back:
Again not the most awe inspiring list out there but a few good pieces that can fill a hole and do the job nicely for any team. Most of these guys won't win any awards at the young and handsome contest but they bring experience and a variety of skill, most noticeably Tracy Porter at the top of his game, followed by the likes of Cary Williams, A.J. Jefferson, Jonathan Wilhite and Chris Houston who can get the job done.


Safety:
True quality won't be found amongst the safeties, not for a long term solution that ticks every box but the 49ers are offering a couple of free safeities in Reggie Nelson and Allen Sanchez if they appeal, whislt at the strong position you have Shamarko Thomas, Major Wright, Charles Godfrey and Michael Huff for a variety of prices and skill levels. These guys can all do the job to a good standard, but knowing most GM's are after that elusive tall fast safety who is a third corner on every down then it won't be found here.

The market is wide open and the selection available is impressive. As always it's best to get deals locked away early if you're after a certain player because someone else is likely eying them off as well.
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