Solid RFAs

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    • WR Nate Burleson, Minnesota (compensation: third round): Has started 33 games in three seasons and posted 68 catches for 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004. Injuries limited his playing time and his production in 2005, but it's still hard to believe the Vikings, with all the cap room they possessed, didn't make him a higher qualifying offer. Could be a terrific No. 2 receiver if he stays healthy. Visited with Seattle officials last week but did not sign an offer sheet.

    • CB Ricky Manning, Carolina (compensation: third round): Former starter who moved into nickel role after the Panthers signed Ken Lucas in free agency last spring. Undersized, but a feisty defender who plays a physical style and gets around the football. Lots of playing time on his résumé. Nine career interceptions during the regular season and had three pickoffs as a rookie in the 2003 NFC Championship Game.

    • OG Vincent Manuwai, Jacksonville (compensation: third round): Has struggled at times, and seems to have fallen out of favor a bit with the Jaguars staff, but still a tough in-line blocker. At 312 pounds, can be a real load, and he has started 46 games in three seasons.

    • PK Josh Brown, Seattle (compensation: seventh round): A few teams are said to be considering making him an offer, but fear the Seahawks would match, no matter the terms. Has converted 63 of 80 field-goal tries and all but one of his 145 extra-point attempts. Is 23-for-37 from 40 yards or more and has connected on 7 of 12 field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more. At age 26, could have 10 or more productive years left in him.

    • OG Montrae Holland, New Orleans (compensation: fourth round): Like Manuwai, is a tough drive blocker, and has started 30 games, including 23 contests the past two seasons. Has had past problems with his knees, and that will always be a concern, along with weight issues. But can play both guard spots and is a nasty mauler when he's on his game.

    • LB Hunter Hillenmeyer, Chicago (compensation: fifth round): Not a very flashy defender, but a solid strong-side backer who makes the play he is supposed to make, and is rarely out of position. Became a full-time starter in 2004 and has averaged 80.5 tackles the last two seasons. Only has 3½ sacks, but he can control the tight end and gets pretty good drops in the passing game.

    • WR Shaun McDonald, St. Louis (compensation: fourth round): Has been overshadowed by Curtis, who was also chosen in the 2002 draft. Started just three games in three seasons, but has 93 catches for 1,079 yards, and is quick enough to add yards after the catch. Coming off a 2005 campaign in which he posted a career-best 46 receptions. Can also return punts.

    • DT Kindal Moorehead, Carolina (compensation: fifth round): Doesn't have great size, so likely wouldn't be an every-down tackle, but should be a solid No. 3 guy in most teams' rotations, and can provide some inside push on third down. Has seven sacks for his career, so there's some pass-rush ability here. Résumé includes a dozen career starts.

    • LB Matt Wilhelm, San Diego (compensation: fourth round): Has appeared in just 25 games in three years, but when he's on the field, he makes things happen. Terrific size (6-2, 254 pounds) and might be able to play inside or on the strong side. Has 45 career tackles and one sack, and is an excellent special teams player.

    • CB Frank Walker, New York Giants (compensation: sixth round): Has had problems staying healthy and has appeared in only 20 games. But he's got the skills to develop into a decent nickel cornerback if he can stay on the field, and is a very good special teams player.

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