Posted by Albert Breer January 29, 2010 10:52 AM
Some players are on the NFL's official All-Decade team for the 2000s and know it. Others are on that list and don't. Not yet, at least.
The guys who are playing, or who will show but not play because of the Super Bowl, have been told. They are ...
Eagles K David Akers
Redskins/Broncos CB Champ Bailey
Browns ST Josh Cribbs
Eagles/Broncos S Brian Dawkins
Steelers/Jets G Alan Faneca
Colts DE Dwight Freeney
Chargers TE Antonio Gates
Vikings/Seahawks G Steve Hutchinson
Raiders P Shane Lechler
Ravens MLB Ray Lewis
Colts QB Peyton Manning
Jets/Titans C Kevin Mawae
Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware
So what does it all mean? Well, Vince Wilfork, Brandon Meriweather and Logan Mankins are at the Pro Bowl, so they aren't on the All-Decade team, and since a kicker's been selected, Adam Vinatieri won't be the pick there (I'm pretty surprised by that). The big one, of course, is that Brady won't be selected, since Manning's already there. And you see Dawkins on the list, and you have to assume Ed Reed is the other pick (he's sitting out the Pro Bowl with an injury), which means Rodney Harrison wouldn't be in this group.
I would think there are two players in serious contention left with Patriots ties: WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour. With the receiver spots hotly contested, it might be Seymour with the best shot of getting on.
Could there be zero players from the team of the decade on this list? Wouldn't think so, but looking at everything objectively, that chance exists. We'll find out on ESPN's pregame show before the Pro Bowl.