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Playing for $omething extra

Senior Fantasy Writer
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The two reasons why men play football professionally are to win a ring and to get rich, and not necessarily in that order.

At the very minimum, a player who plays a full season makes half a million dollars. But that's just the beginning -- the more valuable a team feels someone is, the more someone will get paid when he signs a contract.

Thus, when a player knows that a chance to cash in is just a year away, he will do whatever he can to look good -- and that's exactly what Fantasy owners should want. So we're listing the relevant Fantasy players who, following the 2011 season, will be free agents and in a position to land some guaranteed bucks.

This summer, any player with four or more accrued seasons is a free agent, not like last year when a player needed six seasons to be set free. Any free agent with three years or fewer under his belt is either restricted or an exclusive rights player.

Some additional free-agent notes:

UFA: Unrestricted Free Agent -- A player who can sign anywhere.*
RFA: Restricted Free Agent -- A player who can sign anywhere but original team can match offer or receive compensation from new team. (Compensation will be added upon announcement of team designations.)
EXFA: Exclusive Rights Free Agent -- A player who can only negotiate with current team.
FRAN: Franchised Player -- A player who is guaranteed a one-year deal from his original team relative to highest-paid players at his position. The new team must give two first-round picks as compensation to original team if signed away.
*- released players also have this designation

Here's our list of players entering free agency this offseason, and here's our list of overpaid players headed into the 2011 season.

NFL Free Agents To Be (sortable)
Pos.Player'11 teamStatus as of '12 offseason
QBBrees, DrewNOUFA
QBCampbell, JasonOAKUFA
QBDaniel, ChaseNORFA
QBFlynn, MattGBUFA
QBHenne, ChadMIAUFA
QBJohnson, JoshTBUFA
QBOrton, KyleKCUFA
QBQuinn, BradyDENUFA
QBWhitehurst, CharlieSEAUFA
RBBall, LanceDENEXFA
RBBlount, LeGarretteTBEXFA
RBBush, MichaelOAKUFA
RBChoice, TashardBUFUFA
RBForsett, JustinSEAUFA
RBForte, MattCHIUFA
RBFoster, ArianHOURFA
RBGrant, RyanGBUFA
RBGreen-Ellis, BenJarvusNEUFA
RBHillis, PeytonCLEUFA
RBJones, ThomasKCUFA
RBLynch, MarshawnSEAUFA
RBMorris, MauriceDETUFA
RBRedman, IsaacPITRFA
RBRice, RayBALUFA
RBSlaton, SteveMIAUFA
RBSnelling, JasonATLUFA
RBStephens-Howling, LaRodARIRFA
RBTolbert, MikeSDUFA
RBTomlinson, LaDainianNYJUFA
RBWard, DerrickHOUUFA
WRBowe, DwayneKCUFA
WRBranch, DeionNEUFA
WRCaldwell, AndreCINUFA
WRCamarillo, GregMINUFA
WRColston, MarquesNOUFA
WRCrayton, PatrickSDUFA
WRDouglas, HarryATLUFA
WRGarcon, PierreINDUFA
WRGonzalez, AnthonyINDUFA
WRJackson, DeSeanPHIUFA
WRJohnson, SteveBUFUFA
WRLloyd, BrandonSTLUFA
WRManningham, MarioNYGUFA
WRMeachem, RobertNOUFA
WRMorgan, JoshSFUFA
WRNelson, JordyGBUFA
WRParrish, RoscoeBUFUFA
WRRoyal, EddieDENUFA
WRSimpson, JeromeCINUFA
WRWallace, MikePITRFA
WRWayne, ReggieINDUFA
WRWelker, WesNEUFA
TECarlson, JohnSEAUFA
TEDreessen, JoelHOUUFA
TEFinley, JermichaelGBUFA
TEShiancoe, VisantheMINUFA
TEShockey, JeremyCARUFA
TETamme, JacobINDUFA
KFeely, JayARIUFA
KGano, GrahamWASRFA
KLindell, RianBUFUFA
KNugent, MikeCINUFA
KRackers, NeilHOUUFA
KScobee, JoshJACUFA
KSuccop, RyanKCRFA
DLAbraham, JohnATLUFA
DLBiermann, KroyATLUFA
DLBryant, RedSEAUFA
DLCampbell, CalaisARIUFA
DLIdonije, IsraelCHIUFA
DLMathis, RobertINDUFA
DLNgata, HalotiBALUFA
DLRubin, AhtybaCLEUFA
LBBeason, JonCARUFA
LBFletcher, LondonWASUFA
LBHaggans, ClarkARIUFA
LBHawthorne, DavidSEAUFA
LBHenderson, E.J.MINUFA
LBJames, BradieDALUFA
LBJohnson, JarretBALUFA
LBLevy, DeAndreDETRFA
LBLofton, CurtisATLUFA
LBNinkovich, RobNEUFA
LBSpencer, AnthonyDALUFA
LBTimmons, LawrencePITUFA
LBThomas, BryanNYJUFA
DBBarber, RondeTBUFA
DBBranch, TyvonOAKUFA
DBDeCoud, ThomasATLUFA
DBFinnegan, CortlandTENUFA
DBFlowers, BrandonKCUFA
DBGodfrey, CharlesCARUFA
DBGriffin, MichaelTENUFA
DBHall, LeonCINUFA
DBHarris, ChrisDETUFA
DBHope, ChrisTENUFA
DBLeonhard, JimNYJUFA
DBPolamalu, TroyPITUFA
DBThomas, TerrellNYGUFA
DBToler, GregARIRFA
DBWilson, AdrianARIUFA

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Browns QB Brian Hoyer: 'Maybe it's good we lost last week'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:08 am ET) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has expressed both anger over his effort Sunday at Jacksonville and hopefulness that the dud of the team performance will prove to be a positive in the long run.

Hoyer had his worst game with Cleveland, completing just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards. He also threw an interception, lost a fumble, had four tosses batted down and finished with a career-worst passer rating of 46.3.

"Of all the games I've every played, that's the worst I've ever felt after one, and it's something you have to deal with learning on the job," he told the Akron Beacon Journal. "...For the first time in my career in the NFL, I played a bad game, and it sucks. I take a lot [of blame] on myself, and that's why I probably wasn't too pleasant to be around the past two days."

Hoyer, however, claims that the team could benefit from the 24-6 defeat to a Jaguars team that had been winless entering play. After all, the Browns are preparing to play the 0-6 Raiders in Cleveland on Sunday.

"Maybe it's good we lost last week," he said. "I don't think we underestimated anyone. But I think now we see that no matter who we're playing, we have to be at our best, and there's no excuses and we have to go out and execute."


Jets WR Percy Harvin to media: Mum's the word
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Newly acquired wideout Percy Harvin has told media members covering the Jets on Wednesday that he has been instructed not to conduct any interviews with them, per the New York Daily News.

It remains to be seen if Harvin fulfills media obligations by being allowed to speak on Friday, as the team promised.

With the Jets already having careened out out of the playoff race, the controversial acquisition of Harvin from Seattle has undergone great scrutiny. Harvin spoke on Monday about the circumstances involed in his departure from the Seahawks - including fights with fellow receivers Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate.


Falcons WR Harry Douglas back at practice, might play Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:45 am ET) After missing the last 10 practices, Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas finally returned to the practice field Thursday, coach Mike Smith announced. Smith added Douglas, who has missed the last four games, was limited in practice.

Smith hinted at a possibility of Douglas playing Week 8 against the Lions. Smith said the team will have to monitor Douglas' status over the next few days, per the team's official website.


Titans' Whisenhunt explains why Akeem Ayers was traded to Patriots
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:36 am ET) Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt expressed Wednesday part of the reason the team traded Akeem Ayers to the Patriots was that he didn't provide a big enough boost on special teams, according to The Tennessean. Ayers, who was inactive for five of the team's seven games, was a second-round pick in 2011.

"I think we had an opportunity, and I think it was good for both parties,'' Whisenhunt said. "It gave Akeem a chance to get a fresh start, and it gave us a chance to get something in exchange for that.

"I think really a big part of it was special teams. When you're in that role, you've got to be able to contribute special teams wise, and we needed that, and we just didn't feel like we were getting enough in that area."


Healthy Gerhart could put squeeze on Jaguars RB Robinson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:30 am ET) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart appears on the verge of returning to game action after missing the last two weeks with a foot sprain. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

"He said he felt pretty good," Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union. "I think the last two weeks have been tough on him, but today he felt a lot better and felt like it was beneficial to have that time off."

Now it must be determined if he's still the featured back. He managed a 2.6 YPC average in 48 attempts before going down. Meanwhile, Denard Robinson emerged in Week 7 to rush for 127 yards on just 22 carries in the team's first victory of the season, a lopsided defeat of Cleveland.

"I think we'll continue to mix and match a little bit," said offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch. "I don't exactly how that will all play out yet."

The Jaguars host Miami on Sunday.


Seahawks coordinator 'disappointed' about Harvin's tenure with team
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(10:29 am ET) Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell expressed his disappointment wide receiver Percy Harvin wasn't able to have more personal success with the team prior to being traded to the Jets last week. Bevell, who was the Vikings offensive coordinator during Harvin's first two years in the NFL (2009-10), was hoping his history with Harvin would be a major factor during his tenure with Seattle.

"I was disappointed, you know. I was disappointed. I did have a history with him, and I thought it would be a different outcome. But I guess that’s just the way it went," Bevell said, per The News Tribune. "I think we have a phenomenal atmosphere here. It’s led by coach (Pete) Carroll. I think he gives the guys great freedom to be who they want to be. I think he sets the tone for the whole program. It’s an upbeat program. Obviously we are very positive here. It’s just disappointing."

Harvin recently expressed his disappointment with how he was used on offense in Seattle. Bevell said he called bubble screens and hitch routes for Harvin to keep teams from double-teaming him downfield.

"I had many conversations with him about it, just about his role and the things that we would ask him to do. He never articulated that to me," Bevell said. "I mean, he caught a deep ball in the Washington game (40 yards for what would have been a touchdown but for a personal foul on guard James Carpenter that negated the catch); unfortunately it got called back. But the thing was we wanted to make sure he was going to be involved in the game and get the touches. You know, you can just double team somebody and just take him out of the game (with deeper balls). He never did. But we’ve moved on past that. It’s left in the past."


Report: Lions blew protocol Sunday in case of LaAdrian Waddle
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:19 am ET) The Lions allowed right tackle LaAdrian Waddle to return to the game Sunday against New Orleans after slamming his head to the turf on the extra point that secured the victory, the Detroit Free Press has reported.

Jim Caldwell admitted that Thursday despite claiming that he and general manager Martin Mayhew followed NFL concussion protocol "to the letter."

Waddle stayed in the game for the kneel-down play that ran the final seconds off the clock. "We knew exactly when it occurred and what happened within the context of it," Caldwell said. "It was the last play of the game for him. It was actually on a field goal, the PAT at the end. It's the last play of the game for him."

Protocol requires that a player must be removed if a brain injury is suspected. Yet Waddle was indeed in the game thereafter. Why was he allowed to return to the field?

"Well, in terms of they knew exactly what happened to him in terms of he banged his head on the ground after where he gets up," Caldwell said. "It wasn't to the point where they thought he was concussed at the time. The final snap of the game, we knew it was only one snap, then the doctors reviewed him, took a look at him, it wasn't one of those situations where he felt he had to go in the locker room right away. But they did know he banged it when he came off, and that he was good."

Waddle did not participate in Wednesday practice.


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