Today, "Wait 'til next year," could become this year for some teams today with the beginning of the NFL Free Agency period. At midnight Friday, teams were allowed to sign free agents. If I were to create an expansion team based solely on current unrestricted free agents, here's who I'd pick.
Side note: The difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent is the amount of experience the player has. Unrestricted free agents have six or more seasons of experience and may entertain offers from any team at any time. Restricted free agents have three seasons of experience and their most recent team has the chance to match any offer they receive.
QB- Kyle Boller: Boller, I felt, got a raw deal in Baltimore; he was just starting to come into his own before the team released him. Boller went to St. Louis as a backup to Marc Bulger, but was thrust into the starting role when Bulger was injured. I think the kid can still play, and I'd give him a chance.
NEXT- Rex Grossman: If the right coach can get Rex to settle into his offense and forget the past, Rex may have some wins left in him. Just in case you forgot, three seasons ago, Grossman was in the Super Bowl.
RB-LaDanian Tomlinson: If I have to explain, you don't know much about football. Tomlinson has been one of the most explosive players in the league the last few years. A fresh start could give him the reinvigoration San Diego wanted last season.
NEXT- Le'Ron McClain (FB): I really liked what McClain brought to the Baltimore running game and feel he could be an asset to a team looking for a good blocking back.
WR- Kevin Walter: Walter gave the Texans an extra option when on rare occasions Andre Johnson was shut down. In each of the last three seasons, Walter has made at least 50 catches for 600 yards and has averaged 12.3 yards per catch over his seven year career with Houston and Cincinnati.
NEXT- Kelly Washington: Coming off a career-best season with 34 catches and 431 yards. This is a guy who's got a lot of football left in him.
TE- Ben Watson: This is a tricky position. Some teams need a pass receiver here, others need another tackle; and some teams want both. I feel with Watson, you're getting both. Watson has good size and strength and has 13 touchdowns over the last three seasons. In six seasons, Watson had his third highest yardage output last year.
NEXT-Alge Crumpler: Age is becoming a factor for the once dominant Crumpler. A guy who had over 500 yards for four consecutive years, failed to break 300 in either season with Tennessee, and in 2008, had a career low in catches. Crumpler is now 32 and looking for a new start.
OL- Tony Pashos: Pashos has made 55 career starts in 74 games. However, last year, only made one start and played five games. If he's healthy, he's a solid option at tackle.
NEXT-Mark Tauscher: Old? yes, experienced? yes, injury plagued? sure. Why? because he can still play at the highest level, and there's no replacement for 128 NFL starts at tackle. The guy has played his entire football career in the state of Wisconsin, will it stay that way?
DL- Julius Peppers: Duh. Let's face it, still one of the best pass rushers in the league, 10.5 sacks and two interceptions last year, plain and simple, a freak athlete. Peppers turned 30 in January, but with 81 career sacks and 309 tackles, I think it's worth the risk.
NEXT-Adewale Ogunleye: Biased? maybe. I still feel "Wale" was one of the few bright spots on a bad defense last year in Chicago.
LB- Gary Brackett: Has gained valuable experience over the last few seasons, going deep into the playoffs on multiple occasions. Has registered about 100 tackles in each of the last four years.
NEXT- Aaron Kampman: Kampman made the transition last year from defensive end to outside linebacker in Dom Capers 3-4 defense, and played the fewest games in a season in his career and had his third lowest production. I still like the guy with his and on the dirt working against an offensive tackle.
CB- Lito Sheppard: Was picked on a lot when he was in, just to stay away from Revis on the other side. still deflected eight passes and had a pick with 31 tackles. Will turn 29 next month.
NEXT- Deshea Townsend: Veteran corner, could be a good backup if needed. Only made two starts for the Steelers last season and had a pick and three breakups.
S- Darren Sharper: I think Sharper proved he's still got it, recording nine interceptions at age 34 last year. Sharper was key in shaping up the Saints World Champion secondary last season, and could have that effect again this year.
NEXT- Antrel Rolle: A youngster that can still patrol center field. Has recorded 10 picks over the last three seasons, and has 335 career tackles in five years.
K- Shayne Graham: Only one missed PAT over the last three years (which was blocked) and hit a career long 53 yard field goal this past season, going 23-of-28 in three pointers.
P- Dirk Johnson: A good "reliever" who has stepped in when the Bears, Cardinals, and Buccaneers needed an extra leg. Johnson has averaged greater than 40 yards per punt each season sice2002.