2013 NFL Free Agency: Best of the rest
Many of the big fish have been bagged on day one but certain position groups have been ignored early on in the process. If your a team in need of a corner or defensive end you have to feel good about the chances of landing a solid one at the right price.
The corner market has become saturated with talent as last minute cuts added Nnamdi Asomugha and Antoine Winfield to an already crowded crop of corners. With a few exceptions, the corner market was untouched leaving the big names for the taking. Likewise, the defensive end group went relatively unfazed on day with plenty of options left out on the open market.
While some teams started with a bang, it’s the days after day one that you normally find the bargains and this year appears to be no exception. It’s likely that many on the market will sift through visits and contractual details as the pace slows to a snails pace (in comparison). With this fact in mind we look at the best of what’s left of the 2013 NFL free agent crop.
Jason Campbell, Drew Stanton, Josh Johnson, David Carr, Brady Quinn, Bruce Gradkowski, Matt Leinart
If you are looking for a starter, you’re in trouble unless you plan on making a trade. The best of this group (Chase Daniel) was snatched up early by the Chiefs. Drew Stanton is a name getting some attention. He’s is reportedly meeting with the Cardinals. Jason Campbell will have his suitors as a veteran backup as well.
Couple of predictions: Jason Campbell – New York Jets, Drew Stanton – Arizona Cardinals
Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush, Ahmad Bradshaw, Beanie Wells, Shonn Greene, Rashard Mendenhall, Felix Jones, Danny Woodhead, Peyton Hillis, Bernard Scott, Mike Goodson, Michael Turner, Leon Washington, Rashad Jennings, La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Justin Forsett, Brian Leonard
The running back class isn’t strong by any means. It’s become apparent that the Lions could be the leaders for Reggie Bush and the Packers could be inking Steven Jackson. There isn’t much out there in terms of full-time starters past an aging Jackson but a couple of solid backups.
Couple of predictions: Beanie Wells – Pittsburgh, Rashard Mendenhall – Arizona
Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Brandon Gibson, Kevin Ogletree, Donnie Avery, Donald Jones, Ramses Barden, Domenik Hixon, Josh Cribbs, David Nelson, Steve Breaston, Kevin Walter, Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards, Austin Collie
Miami backed up a Brinks truck to Mike Wallace’s doorstep on day one of free agency. The market for other 2013 WR’s was fairly cool. Greg Jennings may be headed back to Green Bay after not getting bowled away by an offer on day one. I still think Welker remains with the Pats and the chips start falling with Danny Amendola.
Couple of predictions: Danny Amendola – Tennessee Titans, Julian Edelman – Minnesota Vikings, Josh Cribbs – New England Patriots, Brandon Gibson – New York Jets
Brandon Myers, Dustin Keller, Fred Davis, Kevin Boss, Ben Watson, Dallas Clark, Dante Rosario, Kellen Winslow
The tight end market got off to a flurry with Martellus Bennett leading things off by going to the Bears. It didn’t slow up a bit with Jared Cook going to the Rams after flirting with the Dolphins and Browns. There’s still some intrigue left on the tight end market with Brandon Myers and Dustin Keller leading the way.
Couple of predictions: Brandon Myers – Cleveland Browns, Fred Davis – Washington Redskins
Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith, Jake Long, Eric Winston, Winston Justice, Bryant McKinnie
Jermon Bushrod, Sam Baker, Gosder Cherilus, and Phil Loadholt were all taken off the market on day one of free agency. The big names are still left for the taking in Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith, and Jake Long. Long is most likely heading to St. Louis barring a physical leaving a thinning market to plenty of teams with tackle needs.
Couple of predictions: Sebastian Vollmer – San Diego Chargers, Andre Smith – Cincinnati Bengals, Eric Winston – Philadelphia Eagles
Lance Louis, Brandon Moore, Willie Colon, Geoff Schwartz, Kevin Boothe, Eben Britton
Looking for a guard…you’re in trouble. A couple of decent guys left but Andy Levitre, Louis Vasquez and Donald Thomas were snatched up quickly. Brandon Moore is a guy getting some love which speaks to the market at the position.
Couple of predictions: Brandon Moore – Buffalo Bills, Geoff Schwartz – Cleveland Browns
Fernando Velasco, Dan Koppen, Jeff Faine
There’s no centers on the open market. The really bad news is that there isn’t much in the draft (maybe two starters out there total).