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2006 NFL Free Agents
Updated: May 26, 2006

Free Agency has been a critical part of NFL teams plans since the salary cap made retaining big name players much more difficult. Below are the most notable free agents this season with at least enough potential to warrant tracking.

All players listed are Unrestricted Free Agents unless otherwise noted. (r) notes Restricted Free Agents   (f) notes Franchise Players   (t) notes Transition Players   (x) notes Released Players    (see key below)

The signing period begins March 3 and concludes on the first scheduled day of training camp.

Free Agents

Quarterbacks 2005 2006
Josh McCown ARI DET
Kurt Warner ARI ARI
Ty Detmer ATL  
Anthony Wright BAL CIN
Shane Matthews BUF  
Chris Weinke CAR CAR
Jeff Blake CHI  
Jon Kitna CIN DET
Jeff Garcia DET PHI
Craig Nall GB BUF
Tony Banks (x) HOU  
David Carr HOU HOU
Dave Ragone (r) HOU CIN
Todd Collins KC WAS
Damon Huard KC KC
Gus Frerotte MIA STL
Sage Rosenfels MIA HOU
Shaun Hill MIN  
Tim Hasselbeck NYG NYG
Jay Fiedler (x) NYJ  
Vinny Testaverde NYJ  
Doug Flutie NE  
Aaron Brooks NO OAK
Kerry Collins (x) OAK  
Mike McMahon PHI MIN
Charlie Batch PIT PIT
Tommy Maddox (x) PIT  
Drew Brees SD NO
Seneca Wallace SEA SEA
Ken Dorsey (r) SF SF
Jamie Martin STL NO
Chris Simms (r) TB TB
Brian Griese TB CHI
Tight Ends 2005 2006
Darnell Dinkins BAL CLE
Mark Campbell BUF NO
Mike Seidman (r) CAR CAR
John Gilmore CHI CHI
Matt Schobel CIN PHI
Tony Stewart CIN CIN
Aaron Shea CLE SD
Dan Campbell DAL DET
Jeb Putzier DEN HOU
Casey Fitzsimmons (r) DET DET
Matt Murphy HOU HOU
Marcellus Rivers HOU OAK
Brian Jones (r) JAC JAC
George Wrighster (r) JAC JAC
Christian Fauria NE WAS
Lamont Hall NO  
Zach Hilton (r) NO NO
Boo Williams (x) NO  
Visanthe Shiancoe (r) NYG NYG
Chris Baker NYJ NYJ
Zeron Flemister OAK  
Randal Williams OAK OAK
Chad Lewis PHI  
Jerame Tuman PIT PIT
Justin Peelle SD MIA
Ryan Hannam SEA DAL
Terry Jones Jr. SF SF
Brandon Manumaleuna STL SD
Dave Moore TB TB
Robert Royal WAS BUF
Running Backs 2005 2006
James Jackson ARI  
Obafemi Ayanbanejo ARI ARI
J.R. Redmond ARI  
Jamal Lewis BAL BAL
Chester Taylor BAL MIN
Musa Smith (r) BAL BAL
Stephen Davis (x) CAR  
DeShaun Foster (t) CAR CAR
Kenny Watson CIN CIN
Mike Anderson DEN BAL
Ron Dayne DEN DEN
Quentin Griffin DEN KC
Shawn Bryson DET DET
Artose Pinner (r) DET DET
Najeh Davenport GB GB
Tony Fisher GB STL
Ahman Green GB GB
William Henderson GB GB
Tony Hollings (x) HOU CHI
Jonathan Wells HOU  
Edgerrin James IND ARI
James Mungro IND IND
LaBrandon Toefield (r) JAC JAX
Tony Richardson KC MIN
Travis Minor MIA MIA
Sammy Morris MIA MIA
Michael Bennett MIN NO
Moe Williams MIN  
Mike Cloud NE  
Fred McAfee NO NO
Antowain Smith NO HOU
Anthony Thomas NO BUF
Chad Morton NYG NYG
Jerald Sowell (X) NYJ TB
Lamar Gordon PHI  
Reno Mahe (r) PHI PHI
Verron Haynes PIT PIT
Shaun Alexander SEA SEA
Maurice Morris SEA SEA
Mack Strong SEA SEA
Fred Beasley SF MIA
Aveion Cason STL  
Arlen Harris (r) STL DET
Rock Cartwright WAS WAS
Kickers 2005 2006
Todd Peterson ATL  
Aaron Elling (r) BAL  
Billy Cundiff DAL GB
Ryan Longwell GB MIN
Jose Cortez IND IND
Mike Vanderjagt IND DAL
Paul Edinger MIN  
Adam Vinatieri NE IND
Josh Brown (r) SEA SEA
Joe Nedney SF SF
Matt Bryant TB TB
Jeff Chandler WAS CLE
Wide Receivers 2005 2006
Reggie Swinton ARI  
Brian Finneran ATL ATL
Jerome Pathon ATL ATL
Dez White ATL  
Randy Hymes BAL JAC
Patrick Johnson BAL  
Sam Aiken (r) BUF BUF
Josh Reed BUF BUF
Ricky Proehl CAR  
Eddie Berlin CHI CHI
Kevin Walter (r) CIN HOU
Kelley Washington (r) CIN CIN
Antonio Bryant CLE SF
Keyshawn Johnson (x) DAL CAR
Peerless Price DAL BUF
Eddie Drummond DET DET
Troy Edwards DET JAC
Kevin Johnson DET  
Antonio Chatman GB CIN
Rod Gardner GB GB
Corey Bradford HOU DET
Derick Armstrong (r) HOU HOU
Jabar Gaffney HOU PHI
Troy Walters IND ARZ
Reggie Wayne IND IND
Aaron Moorehead IND IND
Brad Pyatt IND STL
Cortez Hankton (r) JAC JAC
Marc Boerigter KC GB
Chris Horn (r) KC NO
David Boston (X) MIA TB
Bryan Gilmore MIA SF
Kelly Campbell MIN MIA
Koren Robinson MIN MIN
Nate Burleson (r) MIN SEA
Troy Brown NE NE
Andre' Davis NE BUF
Tim Dwight NE NYJ
David Givens NE TEN
Az-Zahir Hakim (X) NO  
Michael Lewis (r) NO NO
Tim Carter NYG NYG
Willie Ponder (r) NYG NYG
David Tyree (r) NYG NYG
Darnerian McCants PHI PHI
Terrell Owens (x) PHI DAL
Sean Morey PIT PIT
Quincy Morgan PIT PIT
Antwaan Randle El PIT WAS
Reche Caldwell SD NE
Kassim Osgood (r) SD SD
Joe Jurevicius SEA CLE
Jerheme Urban (r) SEA SEA
Peter Warrick SEA SEA
Jason McAddley SF SF
Brandon Lloyd (r) SF WAS
Johnnie Morton (x) SF  
Issac Bruce (x) STL STL
Kevin Curtis (r) STL STL
Shaun McDonald (r) STL STL
Ike Hilliard TB TB
Edell Shepherd TB TB

Free Agency Key

Unrestricted Free Agent - A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired. He is free to sign with any club, with no compensation owed to his old club, through the first day of training camp. On the next day his rights revert to his old club if it made a "tender" offer (110 percent of last year's salary) to him by June 1. His old club then has until the 10th week of the season (November 10) to sign him. If he does not sign by the 10th week, he must sit out the season. If no tender is offered by June 1, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season.

Restricted Free Agent - A player that has completed three accrued seasons and their contract expires. He has received a "qualifying" offer (a salary level predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club. He can negotiate with any club through April 15. Then, because of the qualifying offer, his rights revert exclusively to his old club on April 15. Prior to April 16, if the restricted free agent accepts an offer sheet from a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because it has the "right of first refusal." If the old club does not match the offer, it can possibly receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer.

Franchise Player - A club can designate one franchise player in any given year. The salary level offer by a player's old club determines what type of franchise player he is. An "exclusive" franchise player -- not free to sign with another club -- is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player's position, or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. If the player is not offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries of last season at his position, he becomes a "non-exclusive" franchise player and can negotiate with other clubs. His old club can match a new club's offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match.

Transition Player - The player's club must offer a minimum of the average of the top 10 salaries of last season at the player's position or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. A transition player designation gives the club a first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet given to the player by another club after his contract expires. If the club matches, it retains the player. If it does not match, it receives no compensation.