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15 NFL Veterans Who Won’t Land Big Free Agency Deals

15 NFL Veterans Who Won't Land Big Free Agency Deals

NFL Veterans Free Agency

It is an exciting time of year for NFL fans as the 2014 free agency is set to kick off on Tuesday. A few big-named players will sign expensive deals. There also will be several veteran free agents who believe they are worthy of a multi-year contract but will have to settle for a deal that is far less than what they assumed they would get.

15. B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

15. B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

The Green Bay Packers offered B.J. Raji a one-year, million contract. At this point, it’s a deal worth taking as free agency won’t be kind to the defensive lineman. Raji’s production has fallen off drastically in recent years, which has driven his stock into the ground.

14. Brett Keisel

Brett Keisel

14. Brett Keisel

Brett Keisel

Brett Keisel is still very disruptive when it comes to getting after the quarterback. However, at 35 years old, the defensive lineman will have to settle for something less than he’s probably worth. The good news for him is it will most likely happen with a contender.

13. Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey

13. Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey

The Denver Broncos released Champ Bailey, which means there will be a feeding frenzy for the veteran cornerback. Wrong. Bailey is a world-class talent. However, he’s lost a step on the gridiron, which doesn’t bode well for a defensive back. Bailey will sign with another team, but it will be for far less than he wants.

12. Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman

12. Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman

The Chicago Bears aren’t interested in retaining Charles Tillman. Even though the ball hawk showed he still has game, his age and the fact that he has lost a step will force him into a low-risk contract. With that being said, several teams will open the door for him if he agrees to play safety.

11. Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden

11. Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden’s history of injuries and the fact that running backs won’t get the same offers as in years past spells a free agency disaster for McFadden. The Oakland Raiders will only retain him on a cheap contract, while several other teams aren’t interested in the gamble. McFadden will most likely be forced into a one-year contract that could showcase his talents in preparation for free agency in 2015.

10. Erin Henderson

Erin Henderson

10. Erin Henderson

Erin Henderson

The Minnesota Vikings released Erin Henderson in order to save .1 million. His career year in 2013 means there will be several teams inquiring about him. However, the fact that he has been arrested twice for a DUI in a span of three months means that a multi-year contract probably isn’t in the cards.

9. Felix Jones

Felix Jones

9. Felix Jones

Felix Jones

Running back Felix Jones was somewhat productive for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ horrendous rushing attack in 2013. For that reason, he should get a suitor in free agency. However, don’t expect the 26-year-old who has nearly 3,000 career yards to sign more than a one-year deal.

8. Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije

8. Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije went from a sack machine with the Bears to nonexistent with the Detroit Lions in the span of one season. A team will definitely take a chance on him because he’s only two years removed from a season in which he recorded 7 ½ sacks. However, it will be on another one-year deal and a cheap one at that.

7. Jared Allen

Jared Allen

7. Jared Allen

Jared Allen

Defensive end Jared Allen still has what it takes to be disruptive on defense as his 11 ½ sacks last season proves. Despite that, Allen hasn’t received a lot of attention in the build up to free agency. One thing for sure is that he won’t return to Minnesota. Another possibility is that he won’t receive the big contract he believes he deserves.

6. Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

6. Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

It wasn’t long ago that Jermichael Finley was considered the next big thing in the NFL. He had the potential to be the best tight end in the league. Unfortunately, he has yet to live up the hype. He will be cleared to play in 2014 but it doesn’t appear the Packers will take him in. Several teams are already interested in signing him, but it won’t be anywhere near the money Finley was hoping he would get once he hit the open market.

5. Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno

5. Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno suited at running back for the AFC Champions in 2013. Unfortunately, free agency is going to be cruel to running backs this year, which means Moreno will mostly likely stay with the Broncos on a minimal deal.

4. Mario Manningham

Mario Manningham

4. Mario Manningham

Mario Manningham

The San Francisco 49ers won’t re-sign Mario Manningham, which means he will have to find a new team in 2014. The organization that signs him could get a potential steal, especially since he will most likely have to sign a minimum contract after his season-ending knee injury last year.

3. Ryan Pickett

Ryan Pickett

3. Ryan Pickett

Ryan Pickett

The Packers have shown interest in retaining defensive lineman Ryan Pickett. The veteran was somewhat productive for Green Bay last season, which is why they want to re-sign him. However, that also means it will be for nothing more than a one-year contract.

2. Will Smith

Will Smith

2. Will Smith

Will Smith

Defensive end Will Smith missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL injury. The good news for him is that there are several teams that are interested in his service. With that being said, last year’s injury means he will have to sign a minimal contract in order to prove himself.

1. Willis McGahee

Willis McGahee

1. Willis McGahee

Willis McGahee

Willis McGahee’s inconsistent career is the biggest reason why he will struggle to find a job in 2014. There’s a chance a team will give him an opportunity simply because he has proven talent. However, he will have to take a bare-minimum contract in order for him to get a chance to shine.