Friday, March 29, 2013

Best of the Rest? Top 10 Available Free Agents

1. Andre Smith (T)--

Has the potential to be a top right tackle in the league as he showed last year, and he deservedly wants to be paid that way. The Bengals have been holding out to this point as well as other teams in the league. My question is, what's the issue here? Best fit: re-signing with the Bengals

2. Karlos Dansby (LB)--

At 31 Dansby still has a few years of solid production. The Dolphins were just hell bent on spending money on new linebackers, even though their true weakness can be seen in the secondary. Best fit: New York Giants

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3. Dwight Freeney (DE/LB)--

Dwight Freeney still has 2-3 more years of solid production left in him. He was never suited for OLB in a 3-4 scheme. He's best as a 4-3 end with his hand in the ground, getting off the edge. I still see him as a 10 sack threat for the coming season in the right situation. Best fit: Denver Broncos)

4. Brandon Moore (T)--

Moore has solidly help anchor the Jets offensive line over the past few years. In fact, the only bright spot for the Jets last season might have been their offensive line play... although that's not saying much. Best fit: re-signing with the New York Jets

5. Brent Grimes (CB)--

At 29 years old, Brent Grimes still has what it takes to be a great corner. He is coming off an Achilles injury which is scary because of the rate of re-injury to the player's legs. However, I believe on a one year "show me" contract (like the one signed by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) that he could be worth the gamble. Signed: Miami Dolphins

6. Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR)--

Heyward-Bey is a 26 year old burner who was stuck to rot away in Oakland. In 2012 he suffered from a horrendous offensive attack/scheme. If you go back to 2011 he actually had 975 receiving yards and 4 TD's in only 15 games with Carson Palmer throwing to him. He was recently brought in for visits with the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions, both of whom have a number 1 receiver in town and a franchise QB. Signed: Indianapolis Colts

7. Brandon Lloyd (WR)--

Brandon Lloyd has proven he can be a solid WR in the right system and with the right QB. Last year in New England wasn't the best situation for him (clearly). He is no #1 receiver by any means, but as a #2 or 3 he could be a big get for a team. Best fit: San Diego Chargers

8. Kerry Rhodes (FS)--

He had a phenomenal season last year for the cardinals recording 67 tackles, 1 sack, 4 INT's and 2 forced fumbles. The Cardinals viewed him as expendable going on his age 30 season though in what was seen as a cap dump off. Best fit: re-uniting with the New York Jets

9. Charles Woodson (DB)--

He will start the season at 37, but his veteran leadership will be crucial to a team in contention as he would like to pursue another ring to add to his resume. Best fit: San Francisco 49ers

10. John Abraham (DE)--

At this point in his career (going on his age 35 season) he is mainly a pass rush specialist. But if used right he could be good for 7-9 sacks. His scheme flexibility is a big plus. Best fit: New England Patriots


  1. Just outside of the top 10-- Ahmad Bradshaw, Richard Seymour, and Nnamdi Asomugha. Feel free to comment with your own list of best free agents still available and your predictions on where they will land.

  2. As a Colts fan I wouldn't mind Heyward-Bey being brought in as a #2 receiver after losing Donnie Avery to the Chiefs. TY Hilton is more of a slot guy.