Free agency coming to standstill
March, 30, 2009
Though it should be no surprise, the pace of free agency is going to slow down dramatically over the next two weeks. Only 161 unrestricted free agents remain. The pace had been fast and furious with 102 players moving to different teams and 74 reaching agreements to stay with teams. Many of the deals ahead are going to be of the one- or two-year variety, and most of the one-year deals will be at the minimum. Finding starters in the remaining market is going to be tough. Only about two dozen starters remain on the unrestricted list. Taylor's suitors: Interest in former Dolphin and Redskin Jason Taylor will pick up over the next two weeks, but the Dolphins and Patriots will be his main options. Taylor wanted to take three weeks to sort through his life and spend time with his family. Watch for the Dolphins' interest to grow. For Bill Parcells, signing him would be a bonanza. By trading Taylor last year, the Dolphins gained a second-round choice in this year's draft. If Miami can sign Taylor, it won't be paying the $8 million plus he was scheduled to make on his old contract.