Amidst the surprising signing of long time NFL veteran (and long time free agent) Terrell Owens, questions are raised about other former Pro Bowl players (and even some borderline Hall-of-Famers) who are still currently unemployed. With training camps now in full swing, and fantasy football drafts looming all over the world, the clock is ticking for some of these big time veterans to try and find a team.
Argueably the most decorated free agent on the market is quarterback Donovan McNabb. McNabb has been named to six Pro Bowls in his career. McNabb, the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, has been to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. After being unceremoniously ousted from the Philadelphia Eagles, McNabb’s career hit a quick down slope with short stints with the Washington Redskins and a Minnesota Vikings. McNabb still has talent, and if an injury or opening presents itself in the right situation, he may still get a chance.
A quarterback will have a hard time getting a gig this deep into training camp, but other offensive skill positions could be sought after often. Wide out Plaxico Burress is still looking for a team, as is veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey. Both men won a title with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Burress, at 6ft 5in, could still be a large target for a young quarterback or a team thin on receivers. Shockey, a former rookie of the year and tight end of the year, also won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints.
With every team in the NFL making their first round of cuts soon, there will be holes opening up all over the league. Some of these unemployed vets may not find homes in the 2012-2013 season, but if Terrell Owens can get signed after a year away from the league, then anything is possible.