THE WISH LIST
According to the NFL Players Association, the contracts of about 600 players (out of some 1,500 all told) will expire on Feb. 1, 1993. If the players win unrestricted free agency before then, either by negotiation with the owners or by court decree, some of the game's premier performers will be up for grabs. SI asked a total of 11 NFL scouts, general managers and personnel directors to select their top 10 potential free agents from our short list of the best 45.
The result: Eagle defensive end Reggie White and Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith would be the most coveted. "I'm very surprised, because they put such a premium on quarterbacks in this league." said Smith of his high rating. "I thought a guy like Steve Young would have a higher value than I would."
Each player received 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for a second, eight for a third, etc. Here's the tally of ballots, with each player's age on Feb. 1, 1993.
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