10 Best NFL Free Agents Still Available in 2013
The Best Available NFL Free Agents
Two major phases of the NFL offseason are now in the books - the initial free agency period and the draft. Many of the questions surrounding players and positions have been answered at this point, and now it's just a matter of fine tuning rosters across the league. Of course there are tons of undrafted rookie free agents to look at, but as we get closer to the start of the preseason, the veteran free agent signings are the most intriguing to watch.
This year there are plenty of big names left on the market as we head into the Summer. There are several noteworthy defensive players that still out there, and a decent amount of skill position players as well.
Veteran free agents often prepare to wait until training camp to sign with teams. At this point, if they aren't in any real talks, it becomes a waiting game. Eventually though, a player somewhere will go down, and the phone will start ringing. While these players are often brought in to fill a need on the field, many of them bring a lot of intangibles to the table as well. You can't really put a price on veteran leadership, and it's often one of the missing ingredients on a roster.
Make no mistake about it, these players are unsigned for a reason, and many of them are old. But with nearly any player you pick up this time of year, there's risk associated. It's not the cream of the crop left out there, but here's a look at the 10 best remaining free agents on the market:
Like him or not, Moss is a future hall-of-famer, with a some gas left in the tank. He showed last year that if put in the right situation, with a coach that can control his ego, that he can still be effective. The list of teams that could handle Moss is pretty small, and I won't be shocked if he remains unsigned for awhile.
Lloyd is clearly on the downside of his career, but he's still a proven veteran that some team will bring in for depth. He's coming off a season where he almost racked up 1,000 yards, but that was also with Tom Brady throwing him the football. Still, Lloyd will find a roster before too long.
Winston certainly isn't a top-tier tackle in the NFL, but he's no scrub, either. It seems financial reasons and character issues have kept him unsigned to this point, but eventually, someone will strike a deal with the right tackle.
The 33-year old former All-Pro remains unsigned after spending the last four years in Oakland. He's expected to want to keep playing, but money could be an issue. At this point in the offseason, Seymour isn't going to get the kind of offer he's used to, so that could factor into his decision of where to play in 2013. The Falcons have been mentioned as a possible fit, but so far Seymour hasn't been involved in any major talks.
The 'Burner' may no longer warrant his nickname, but it's hard to imagine Turner doesn't find a roster soon. He has the unfortunate designation of being an old running back, and in a league where RBs are playing lesser roles, his future doesn't look too bright. Still, in the short-term, he could be a solid addition to a backfield in need of depth.
Smith is arguably the best MLB still on the market, after not being re-signed by Jacksonville this year. He basically missed all of last season with an injury, so in theory, he should be fresh and ready to go. At 31-years old, there should be enough in the tank to get him by for a couple more seasons.
After it seemed Bradshaw would sign with the Steelers, they decided to pass, and now he remains as arguably the best back on the market. Clearly, there are concerns over his surgically repaired right foot, and it's safe to assume that's why he's still available. The good news, is that he's still only 27, and that he likely has plenty of carries left in him.
Urlacher remains one of the bigger mysteries on the market. Some think that he's played his last down, some think he'll return to Chicago, and others think he'll land a starting job on a new team. After an injury-filled 2012, durability is the main concern with the aging linebacker, but I think if put in the right situation, he can still be productive throughout an entire season.
Another aging defensive player still available, Abraham has been linked to a couple teams, but has yet to sign on the dotted line. He's basically a situational pass-rusher at this point in his career, but there are still plenty of teams looking for that very thing. Abraham will find work sooner, rather than later.
Most people agree that Woodson is the top remaining free agent, as he's just a couple years removed from winning the Defensive Player of the Year award. This has been made clear by several teams showing interest in him, namely the Raiders and Broncos. It's seems that Woodson is very close to a decision, and at this time, the safe bet is that he'll end up in Denver.