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Best Available Free Agents - Offense
Updated Best Available Free Agents-Offense
By Adam Caplan
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Jun 12, 2009
Here's an updated look at the best available free agents from the offensive side of the ball with brief analysis on close to 100 players.
Brett Favre - Still wants to play and should sign a contract by some time in July.
Michael Vick - Still suspended by the NFL and it's still very questionable if he'll play this season even if he gets reinstated.
J.P. Losman - Mistake prone, but talented signal caller. Should find a home by early August.
Gus Frerotte - Decent backup option.
Quinn Gray - Tried out for the UFL recently.
Drew Henson - Fits in as a third quarterback.
Brad Johnson - Failed miserably as Dallas' backup last season.
Brooks Bollinger - Fits in as a third quarterback.
Jamie Martin - His agent, Tom Mills, said Martin still wants to play.
Edgerrin James - Fits in as a solid second back and can also handle a third-down role.
Warrick Dunn - Probably has one to two years left as a second back.
Deuce McAllister - Knee problems have curtailed a once promising career. He said recently that he still wants to play.
Ahman Green - Has dealt with knee problems in recent years and may retire.
DeShaun Foster - Should find work as a second back after camps start.
Selvin Young - Solid change of pace back.
Najeh Davenport (KR) - Talented, but underachiever.
Rudi Johnson - Probably has a few years left as a second back.
Michael Pittman (FB) - Fits in as a second back and can play fullback if needed.
Tatum Bell - Fits in as a second back.
Chris Perry (KR) - He hasn't been the same since suffering ankle problems earlier in his career. Fits in as a second back.
Reuben Droughns (KR) - Fits in as a third back.
Aaron Stecker (KR) - Versatile, veteran back who probably has one decent year left as a third back.
Brian Calhoun - Talented, but underachieving third back.
Maurice Hicks (KR) - Fits in as a third back.
Jesse Chatman - Fits in as a third back.
Travis Minor (KR) - Fits in as a third back.
Cecil Sapp - He worked out for the Buffalo Bills recently.
Patrick Pass - After being out of the league for more than a year, he signed back with the Patriots, only to be let go less than a week later.
Andrew Pinnock - He was supposed to be the heir apparent to Lorenzo Neal with the San Diego Chargers, but it never quite worked out that way.
Jon Bradley - The Detroit Lions released him recently.
Plaxico Burress - The Chicago Bears make the most sense for his next team. They badly need a physical presence opposite Devin Hester.
Marvin Harrison - Turns 37 in August and it's questionable if he can still start after having knee problems in recent years.
Jerry Porter - Big receiver who still has some productive years left.
D.J. Hackett - Talented receiver who has had injury problems. Could challenge for a starting job though in a West Coast system.
Drew Bennett - Probably fits in as a third receiver.
Reggie Williams - Talented, but troubled receiver who may have a hard time finding a job any time soon.
Matt Jones - Started to realize his potential last season, but off-the-field issues are to blame for him being a free agent.
Amani Toomer - Fits in as a third receiver at this point in his career.
Marty Booker - Could find work this year as a third receiver.
Joe Jurevicius - Solid possession receiver, but has dealt with major knee problems the past year or so.
Ike Hilliard (Page Ranking) - Probably fits in as a fourth receiver at this point in his career.
Koren Robinson (KR) - Probably fits in as a fourth receiver at this point in his career.
Ashley Lelie - Speedy former first-round pick of the Broncos who fits in as a fourth receiver.
Darrell Jackson - Probably fits in as a fourth receiver at this point in his career.
Justin McCareins - Probably fits in as a fourth receiver at this point in his career.
Drew Carter - Talented receiver, but is coming off of an ACL injury.
Brandon Lloyd -Talented, but underachieving third or fourth receiver.
Travis Taylor - Journeyman former first-round pick of the Ravens who fits in as a fourth receiver at this point in his career.
Robert Ferguson - Physical fourth receiver.
Dane Looker - His agent, Rick Smith, said the veteran receiver wants to still play. Fits in as a fourth receiver.
Dante Hall (PR/KR) - Fits in as a fourth receiver and as a special teams returner.
Cliff Russell (KR) - Speedy receiver who never lived up to his potential.
Tab Perry (KR) - Talented but injury prone receiver.
Anthony Mix - Big possession type and fourth or fifth receiver.
Steve Sanders - Fits in as a fifth receiver.
Biren Ealy - Has some upside as a fifth receiver.
Owen Daniels/RFA/Houston Texans - Both sides seem to be far apart on agreeing on an extension.
Mark Bruener - May retire, but if he wants to play, he would fit in as a blocking/third tight end
Daniel Wilcox - Decent blocker who fits in as a second or third tight end.
Jerame Tuman - Fits in as a third tight end.
Courtney Anderson - One very highly regarded by the Raiders, but has bounced around quite a bit the past few seasons.
Nate Jackson - Athletic third tight end.
Martrez Milner - Just waived by the Jets and fits in as a third tight end.
Adam Bergen - Former undrafted free agent who fits in as a third tight end.
Levi Jones (LT) - Talented, long-time starter for the Bengals, but has suffered through various injuries over the past few years which have limited his play.
Mark Tauscher (RT) - May not be ready to play until after the regular season starts.
Jon Runyan (RT) - He still wants to play one to two years and should be ready to go some time in July or so.
Jonas Jennings (LT/RT) - Oft-injured since he signed a big free-agent contract with the ***** and probably is better off at right tackle because of his short arms.
Charles Spencer (LT/RT/G) - Very talented and versatile, but hasn't been the same after suffering a horrific leg/knee injury during his rookie season with the Texans.
Kwame Harris (LT) - Marginal starter, but could be a solid backup for a team in need of a LT.
Brandon Gorin (RT) - Got hurt before the season started last year and didn't play, but fits in as a fourth tackle.
Junius Coston (RT) - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Rob Petitti (RT) - Fits in as a fourth tackle.
Fred Miller (RT) - 36-year old tackle who probably will retire.
Seth Wand (LT/RT) - Big, slow-footed former third-round pick for the Texans.
Kendall Simmons - 30-year old interior lineman who started 80 games in seven years for the Steelers. Could find a starting job if a team loses a guard during training camp.
Pete Kendall - He turns 36 early next month, but probably still has two good years left in him.
Terrence Metcalf - Had started 25 games in seven years with the Chicago Bears.
Edwin Mulitalo - Oft-injured interior lineman who could be a pretty solid backup at this point of his career.
Chris Naeole - Turns 35 at the end of the regular season and probably will retire.
Fred Weary - Former third-round pick of the Texans who could be a solid third guard.
Evan Mathis - Decent backup with some upside.
Barry Stokes (RT/LT) - The 35-year old journeyman lineman has spent time with 10 teams in his career, but could find a new home before the regular season starts because of his versatility.
Lennie Friedman (C) - Basically a fourth interior lineman.
Melvin Fowler - Could fill in as a spot starter.
Jeremy Newberry - Solid backup who should find a job this summer.
Jason Whittle (G) - The 33-year old lineman is capable of playing four positions on the offensive line.
Steve McKinney (G) - He's pretty much at the end of the line, but could have one more season left. His versatility could get him a job.
Grey Ruegamer - Turned 33 this week, but we're told he still wants to play.
Matt Lehr (G) - Versatile veteran backup.
Cory Withrow - Undersized, but serviceable interior backup.
Matt Stover - Very accurate, but a liability on kickoffs.
John Carney - Veteran kicker still wants to play. He did a solid job for the New York Giants last season.
Martin Gramatica - Hasn't been much of a factor in several years and turns 34 this fall.
Mitch Berger - Journeyman punter who should get some looks if any punters who are currently employed get hurt.
Kyle Larson - Long-time Bengal punter who was released earlier this year.
Ryan Plackemeier - Former seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks who has bounced around a bit since being waived by them.
Re: Best Available Free Agents - Offense
Quite the list. Even being a (2-14) team there just doesn't seem to be much there that our RAMS would be interested in.
I'd like to see the defensive list.
Re: Best Available Free Agents - Offense
I might consider DeShaun Foster or Rudi Johnson (pending a physical).
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