||03-09-2005 12:56 PM
Here are some rfa that Pasquarelli posted on ESPN
Here is a look at a dozen other three-year veterans, all with compensation levels below the third round, who could generate interest before the restricted free-agent signing period ends on April 15:
RB Najeh Davenport, Green Bay (compensation level: fourth round): A big (251 pounds) and powerful tailback who will run over people in the secondary, Davenport has averaged 5.1 yards per carry in three seasons. He has never started a game but appears capable of being a workhorse-type back.
LB Scott Fujita, Kansas City (compensation: fifth round): Surprising that the Chiefs made him the low-level tender because he is a quality defender, quick and active, and has started the past 2½ seasons. A player with compelling length (6-feet-5 and 250 pounds) and good movement skills. Over the last two seasons, in which he started every game, Fujita has 204 tackles, 8½ sacks and six passes defensed.
DE Carlos Hall, Tennessee (compensation: seventh round): Long, lean outside pass rusher who started 13 games as a rookie in 2002, filling in for the injured Jevon Kearse. Posted eight sacks that year and has 13½ sacks and 120 tackles in 45 career appearances. At 261 pounds, might not hold up against the run over the long haul, but at worst would be an intriguing "nickel" player.
DT Rocky Bernard, Seattle (compensation: fifth round): Only three starts in 42 regular-season appearances, but just 25 years old and a very active inside player. Has 9½ career sacks and, while not a masher, can get through the gaps and occasionally attack the pocket. Visited with Houston officials last Friday and the Jets are said to be interested as well.
RB Chester Taylor, Baltimore (compensation: sixth round): The caddie for Ravens star Jamal Lewis for three seasons and very productive as a third-down back or spot starter. Has seven career starts, four of them in 2004, and he averaged 93.3 yards in those four starts last season, including a 139-yard outing. Also had a career-best 30 receptions for 184 yards in '04.
OG/OT Kyle Kosier, San Francisco (compensation: seventh round): Tough, versatile blocker who has 29 starts in three seasons. Started nine games at left tackle for the 49ers in 2004 and gave a good accounting. His best position, however, is guard. His progress has probably been stymied a bit by the fact San Francisco has moved him around so much to fill holes on its blocking unit.
DE Aaron Kampman, Green Bay (compensation: fifth round): Neither big nor quick but gives an honest effort every snap and is deceptively productive. Has started 26 games and collected seven sacks. Started all 16 games at left end in 2004 and registered 68 tackles and 4½ sacks. Might be even more effective if his snaps were reduced a bit.
OG Eric Heitmann, San Francisco (compensation: seventh round): Not quite as versatile as teammate Kosier, but hard to overlook a solid young player whose résumé has 36 starts. Bounced back from a severe ankle injury that he suffered in 2003 to start all 16 games last season.
FS Brian Russell, Minnesota (compensation: none): Led league with nine interceptions in 2003 but had only one pick last season. Vikings coaches didn't think he was tough enough and that he tackled poorly in space. But as a two-year starter, and a defender who gets around the football, he certainly is worth a look.
RB Verron Haynes, Pittsburgh (compensation: fifth round): Has never started a game and is probably a player destined to be a career backup, but a very good one. Can do a lot of things for a team, including playing on special teams, maybe returning kickoffs. Was the Steelers' third-down back for much of 2004, and is an accomplished receiver, but also averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
CB Kevin Thomas, Buffalo (compensation: sixth round): Used as a "nickel" corner by the Bills and that is probably where his future lies. Has just one career interception, but his size (6-0, 182), speed and overall football awareness will earn some interest.
QB J.T. O'Sullivan, Green Bay (compensation: sixth round): How does a quarterback who has appeared in just one game in three seasons, and has yet to register his first pass attempt, merit consideration? Because O'Sullivan, acquired by the Packers from New Orleans in a trade last season, has good physical tools, pocket presence, a good enough arm and an excellent grasp of the West Coast offense.