The Top 10 Players Still Available After Day 3 of 2014 NFL Free Agency

The Top 10 Players Still Available After Day 3 of 2014 NFL Free Agency

Day 3 of 2014 NFL Free Agency

With Day 3 of the 2014 NFL free agency winding down, it’s time to check out the players that are still available. A majority of the talented playmakers in this year’s crop of free agency went off the board on Day 1, while several followed suit on Day 2. At this point, any free agents who are still available are beginning to freak out because every passing day means less money. Check out the top 10 players who are still free to sign.

10. Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

10. Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

It came as no surprise that the Chicago Bears parted ways with Julius Peppers. The man took Chicago’s money and ran with it, as he never lived up to his contract. At 34 years old, Peppers’ days of signing mega deals are over. With that being said, he did record 7 ½ sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and 46 total tackles last season. Therefore, expect some team to take a chance on him.

9. Michael Vick

Michael Vick

9. Michael Vick

Michael Vick

The New York Jets are big on Michael Vick, and why shouldn’t they be? New York’s quarterback situation is a major predicament and Rex Ryan is no longer interested in fighting for his job in the last week of the season. I fully expect the Jets to sign Vick at some point in the near future. The only issue is Vick doesn’t want to compete for the starting job or be a backup. He wants to start outright. That’s an issue with Geno Smith on the team.

8. Jared Allen

Jared Allen

8. Jared Allen

Jared Allen

Elite pass rusher Jared Allen is looking for one last big contract before he hangs up his cleats. In fact, if he doesn’t get the money he’s looking for he might just call it quits all together. Allen can still get after the quarterback like nobody’s business, as evidence of his 11 ½ sacks last season. At this point, it’s likely that the Seattle Seahawks or Bears will land a deal with him. Don’t be surprised if the Green Bay Packers chime in too i

7. Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

7. Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley’s neck injury appears to be the only thing holding him back from signing a deal with the Seahawks. If Finley is cleared to play this season, which all signs point to it happening, then Seattle just found a new tight end. Finley has never lived up to his potential, but he’s still a young guy with plenty left to prove.

6. B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

6. B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

There have been conflicting reports on whether B.J. Raji will agree to Green Bay’s one-year, million offer. Many believed the defensive lineman would pass on the proposal, but all signs point to him taking it after a severe lack of attention thrown his way. There’s no rush to getting a deal done and there still should be suitors once more chips fall. However, it’s not going to be the contract Raji and his agent thought he would sign in 2014.

5. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

5. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

The thought was Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was going to re-sign with the Denver Broncos, but that changed once they inked a deal with Aqib Talib. The crazy part is he reportedly turned down a million offer from Denver. The cornerback should get a decent contract somewhere, but I can’t imagine it’s anywhere near what the Broncos were willing to pay him.

4. Henry Melton

Henry Melton

4. Henry Melton

Henry Melton

Henry Melton’s ACL tear from a season ago is the only reason he wasn’t signed on the first day of free agency. At some point soon, teams are going to smarten up and realize that he’s still the same productive defensive tackle prior to the injury. One of those teams could be the Minnesota Vikings as they plan to meet with him on Thursday.

3. Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley

3. Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley is the best available outside linebacker in free agency this year, which makes him a hot commodity. He’s been linked to the Oakland Raiders and recently the Tennessee Titans. In fact, if a deal with Oakland falls short, expect Woodley to sign with Tennessee, especially if his meeting with the organization on Friday goes well.

2. Jason Hatcher

Jason Hatcher

2. Jason Hatcher

Jason Hatcher

It appears Jason Hatcher is following a similar path as Woodley, despite the two playing different positions. Hatcher will not sign with the Raiders and will take a meeting with the Titans to see if there’s a good fit. The only issue in Tennessee is that he’s had more success in a 4-3 defense, while the Titans are implementing a 3-4 defensive scheme.

1. Alex Mack

Alex Mack

1. Alex Mack

Alex Mack

It was reported that the Cleveland Browns used their transition tag on center Alex Mack. That means he can still sign with another teams, but the Browns have the ability to match any offer within five days. With as many as four teams interested in Mack, it will be hard for him to turn down the most lucrative deal. The Baltimore Ravens remain the frontrunner to land him, but the Indianapolis Colts also are heavily invested.


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