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15 NFL Free Agents Who Could Start for Contenders

15 NFL Free Agents Who Could Start for Contenders

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Although the NFL's free agency period has cooled off considerably, there are still several players out there who are good enough to start for some of the best teams in the NFL. Even though most of the big-ticket free agents have already been signed, the players on this list have just as much, if not more talent. Here are 15 NFL free agents who could start for contenders.

15. Adrian Wilson

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15. Adrian Wilson

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Although he isn't the dominant force he once was, Adrian Wilson could still be a solid starter and contributor to any contender’s defense. He would be a welcome addition to a needy secondary.

14. Kevin Williams

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14. Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams
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Once upon a time, Kevin Williams was one of the best defensive tackles in the entire NFL. However, as he has aged, there is no doubt that Williams has fallen off a bit. That said, he is still a great run stuffer and could be a solid starter for a contender.

13. Ed Dickson

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13. Ed Dickson

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Stuck in the shadow of Dennis Pitta in Baltimore, Ed Dickson could become a solid starter if given the chance. He probably won’t ever be a star, but Dickson would be a welcome addition to a handful of contending teams across the league.

12. Jermichael Finley

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12. Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley
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Despite injury concerns stemming from a scary neck injury he suffered during the season, there is no doubt that Jermichael Finley has the talent to start for a contender. It's just a matter of making sure he's healthy enough to play.

11. Jonathan Goodwin

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11. Jonathan Goodwin

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Starting every game over the last three years for the San Francisco 49ers, Jonathan Goodwin has proven time and time again that he is one of the most consistent centers in the league. Goodwin could easily start for any number of contending teams.

10. Brett Keisel

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10. Brett Keisel

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Although he’s far from the dominant defender he once was, Brett Keisel is still good enough to start on a handful of contending teams. Keisel is still a nice run stuffer, and with just enough left in the tank to still get to the quarterback every once in a while, Keisel is still a viable starting option.

Harvey Dahl

Harvey Dahl

9. Harvey Dahl

Harvey Dahl

One of the more consistent offensive linemen in the league throughout his career, Harvey Dahl is still a nice starting option for a contender that needs offensive line help.

8. Thomas Decoud

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8. Thomas DeCoud

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A solid safety for much of his time with the Atlanta Falcons, Thomas Decoud is easily the most talented remaining player at the position, and could be a starter on a few contenders across the league. Decoud isn’t a flashy player, but he is rock solid, and someone a contending team would love to have.

7. Nick Barnett

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7. Nick Barnett

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Although he is coming off a rough season in which he managed only 12 total tackles, Nick Barnett could still be a solid starter in the right situation. Barnett is as good as they come as a run stuffer, and could help shore up a contender’s linebacking corps.

6. Rob Bironas

Rob Bironas

Rob Bironas

6. Rob Bironas

Rob Bironas

Yes, kickers are people too. Just a few seasons ago, Rob Bironas was being praised as one of the best kickers in the NFL, however, he has fallen off a bit since then. That said, Bironas still has his trademark leg strength, and can rebound in 2014 in the right situation.

5. Chris Johnson

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5. Chris Johnson

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Chris Johnson has enough talent to be one of the best running backs in the NFL, however, his effort simply isn’t there. However, by placing Johnson on a contending team with the right supporting cast around him could lead him to return to his former self.

4. Quintin Mikell

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4. Quintin Mikell

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In 2013, Quintin Mikell was as solid as ever, racking up 59 tackles as a member of the Carolina Panthers. Not only did Mikell prove that there was something left in the tank last season, but he proved that on the right team, he can be a solid starter.

3. Pat Angerer

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3. Pat Angerer

Pat Angerer
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Pat Angerer isn’t going to win any beauty contests with his style of play. An instinctive linebacker, Angerer has struggled with injury problems the over the last few seasons, however, when healthy, he would be a solid addition to a number of teams.

2. Terrell Thomas

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2. Terrell Thomas

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A talented cornerback, Terrell Thomas is coming off a solid 67-tackle season. Thomas is a good coverage man, and as far as tackling is concerned, he is one of the better players at the position. No doubt, Thomas would be a welcome addition to contending teams across the league.

1. Mike Adams

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1. Mike Adams

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Perhaps the most well-rounded player left at his position, Mike Adams isn’t the flashiest player, but he is a very reliable player. Adams is the type of player that contending teams love to have, and he is good enough to warrant a starting spot on several contending teams.