DeAngelo Williams’s much-anticipated pro wrestling career lasted usually one match. That means a former Panthers and Steelers regulating behind has rejoined a prolonged list of NFL veterans still looking for a organisation to play for in 2017, and he’s nearby a tip of a shorter sublist of those guys who are indeed value signing.
None of these remaining giveaway agents are firm to be stars, many won’t even be starters, and many will have to wait for teams to humour training stay or preseason injuries before they’ll accept many interest. But there are still a few players out there good adequate to play an critical purpose on an NFL patrol this year. Starting with Williams, here are a few, along with a clubs that could be good fits.
RB DeAngelo Williams
Williams put in a glorious service opening for a Steelers a initial 3 weeks of final deteriorate (66 rushes for 258 yards and dual touchdowns, and 14 receptions for 89 yards and a score), nonetheless he forsaken off a radar and was frequency used after Le’Veon Bell came off a cessation list in Week 4. Still, a 34-year-old behind is one year private from a 200-carry, 907-yard opening for Pittsburgh — during that he finished tied for fifth in a joining in sum touchdowns (11) and 11th in yards from struggle (1,274, third many of his career). He’s shown that he’s still a studious and earthy curtain with copiousness of detonate that, in a right system, could duty as a high-quality and gifted backup who can also minister as a receiver.
Best fits: It’d make a many clarity for Williams to hang with a Steelers, nonetheless if Pittsburgh is looking to go another direction, other teams that run heavy doses of power like a Giants, Bills, or Texans could intensify his ability set.
CB Darrelle Revis
The four-time All-Pro’s tumble from beauty in 2016 was discerning and brutal, nonetheless while it’s definite that Revis was awful during a initial month and a half of a season, he rebounded rather over a Jets’ final 10 games. Over that stretch, he was a 24th-ranked cornerback by Pro Football Focus and authorised usually a 58.7 percent locate rate — a decent performance, generally compared to his 99th ranking and 77.8 locate rate authorised over a initial 6 games. A zone-coverage-based organisation looking to supplement an gifted cornerback to a register could still do many worse than Revis. But a problem is that someone’s going to have to be unequivocally encouraged to tempt him to play: Revis can acquire $6 million from a Jets this year by simply sitting on his couch, and since that agreement contains off-setting language, a usually approach he’s going to make some-more than that is if some organisation is peaceful to go above that figure.
Best fits: After losing scarcely each member of their starting delegate from final year in giveaway agency, a Cowboys could finish adult holding a demeanour during a 31-year-old. The Bills have copiousness of need during a cornerback spot, too, after losing Stephon Gilmore in giveaway agency, and a Steelers could use an distillate of maestro believe to their immature delegate group. All 3 run copiousness of section looks that competence improved fit Revis’s abilities during this indicate in his career.
WR Anquan Boldin
Boldin usually never seems to delayed down. In truth, he was never unequivocally really discerning anyway, and a 36-year-old overcame his speed constraints again in 2016 to tilt in 67 passes for a Lions, including 8 touchdowns, that tied him for ninth in a NFL. Boldin isn’t a low threat, nonetheless he’s dangerous as a margin condenses — he led a Lions in red section targets (23), per Warren Sharp’s Football Preview, including a team-high 5 targets inside a 5-yard line. He’s a wily lane curtain who knows how to set cornerbacks adult with conduct fakes and crossover steps, and he’s among a best during regulating his physique to deflect off defensive backs.
Best fits: He clearly still has a place with a Lions, building a plain rapport with Matt Stafford as his confidence sweeping underneath final season. The Bills and Chiefs still need some-more arguable pass-catching weapons over a core of a field, and if Boldin is unfortunate to play, a Jets need someone to locate touchdowns out of a container after ditching Eric Decker as a top casualty.
LB DeAndre Levy
Levy was one of a improved inside linebackers from 2011 to 2014, and warranted All-Pro honors in his final full deteriorate (2014), racking adult 151 tackles (second in a NFL), 2.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. But hip and knee injuries have singular his time on a margin to usually 6 games in a past dual years, and Levy many recently had a second knee surgery in April. But if he can get healthy and behind to anywhere nearby full speed (which he admits he never was final year), he could be a unequivocally plain maestro further for a organisation looking to accelerate a linebacker corps.
Best fits: Even after drafting Jarrad Davis in a initial round, a Lions could still be a best choice for Levy, who would make clarity in a rotational or backup purpose there and could yield maestro mentorship to a rookie. Outside Detroit, linebacker is a Raiders’ many vivid need, and a Dolphins, Colts, and Giants could all use abyss and knowledge upgrades in a core of their defensive front sevens.
DL Jared Odrick
The Jags expelled Odrick in February, usually dual years into a versatile defensive lineman’s five-year, $42.5 million contract. The 29-year-old missed all nonetheless 6 games final year due to several shoulder and bend injuries, nonetheless in dual years in Jacksonville, Odrick purebred 6.5 sacks and 41 tackles, including a team-high 5.5 sacks in 2015. Odrick has a experience, length, athleticism, and distance to play usually about any position on a defensive line in both 4–3 and 3–4 schemes, a turn of flexibility that could land him atop a lot of teams’ lists should they humour any injuries adult front.
Best fits: With Gus Bradley now regulating a invulnerability for a Chargers, there’s laxity there between manager and player. The Redskins, Cowboys, and Cardinals could also use a flexibility that Odrick brings on their defensive lines.
DE Dwight Freeney
There’s no such thing as carrying too many pass rushers in a NFL, and even during 37 years old, Freeney can still get after a quarterback. He purebred 26.5 pressures per Football Outsiders (tied for 34th among all dilemma rushers final season), including three sacks and 10 quarterback hits as a rotational pass rusher. He was many dangerous late in games and in a playoffs, as Freeney was one of a league’s most fit pass rushers in final year’s postseason. He’s still got a discerning initial step, and hostile tackles still fear his law spin move.
Best fits: When he got home from hanging out with Jordan Spieth, Russell Wilson, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, and Freddy Freakin’ Couples in Cabo, Freeney told a Falcons he wants to play again in 2017 — and pairing him adult with Dan Quinn for another turn is a many judicious option. If Atlanta balks, though, 4–3 teams like a Seahawks, Jaguars, Saints, and Lions could all advantage from another plain pass rusher off a edge.
OT Ryan Clady
The Jets declined to collect adult Clady’s organisation choice in February, digest a four-time Pro Bowl left tackle a giveaway agent. Formerly one of a best in a game, Clady’s been a bombard of his former self over a past 4 years as he’s suffered from foot, knee, and shoulder injuries, blank 37 games along a way. He’s an damage navigator during this indicate in his career — a top-shelf talent when healthy, nonetheless a actor whom teams can't count on as a starter since he can’t consistently stay on a field.
Best fits: Though clearly an damage risk, a 30-year-old Clady has a building as a peculiarity backup during possibly tackle position for teams like a Bengals, Colts, or Seahawks, all of whom are shoal during those spots. The Lions, who usually mislaid left tackle Taylor Decker to a labrum injury, and a Saints, who mislaid left tackle Terron to, oddly, a accurate same injury, were both left scrambling to fill those voids and would also make copiousness of sense.
C Nick Mangold
The Jets forsaken their seven-time Pro Bowl core this offseason, too, and a 12-year vet — who missed 8 games final year with an ankle injury — has nonetheless to find a new home. At 33 years old, Mangold isn’t going to pancake many defensive linemen these days, nonetheless he’s proficient as a pass blocker and hasn’t authorised a sack in his past 33 games.
Best fits: With the standing of Max Unger’s harmed foot adult in a air, a Saints could use some assistance during a core position. The competition for a Ravens’ starting job stays open, creation Baltimore a judicious fit. The Chargers could use some word in a middle, too; right now, Spencer Pulley — heading into his second deteriorate with 0 career starts and usually 44 diversion snaps during that spot — is slated as a starter, nonetheless throwing Mangold out there subsequent to right ensure and first-round collect Forrest Lamp could offer a incoming rookie some much-needed maestro knowledge to gaunt on.
WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson carried a career normal of 17.0 yards per reception into final season, but, in singular action, averaged usually 11.5 yards per locate in 2016 — meaning we should substantially usually assume that a 34-year-old’s ability as a game-changer low down a margin is all nonetheless gone. Still, he’s a savvy lane runner, has never been fearful to go adult in traffic, and has always been clever during a locate point, so a organisation looking to find a chains-mover over a core or a red section hazard could muster Jackson out of a slot, a identical late-career pierce to a inside that’s valid profitable for guys like Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jordy Nelson.
Best fits: The Saints have a proven lane record with regulating a large container receiver (read: Marques Colston), and Jackson competence make some clarity in a Sean Payton–Drew Brees offense. The Chiefs, Jets, and Bills could also ascent a abyss and variegate their targets over a core of a margin by signing Jackson.
OL Austin Pasztor
The Browns let Pasztor travel in giveaway organisation after spending large bucks to pointer Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter, nonetheless it’s startling that no other organisation has picked adult a 26-year-old descent lineman yet. With 43 starts underneath his belt, Pasztor can play tackle or ensure (he started 15 games during right tackle final year and one during guard), and during misfortune could be a profitable pitch lineman for a series of zone-blocking teams.
Best fits: The Seahawks aren’t set anywhere on their line. Cincinnati could use some-more abyss during right tackle, even if Jake Fisher creates a large burst and thatch down a pursuit this season. The Ravens miss abyss there as well, and could use some additional word during right ensure with Marshal Yanda entrance off of shoulder surgery.
LB Perry Riley
The Raiders sealed Riley in Week 5 final season, and a 29-year-old maestro racked adult 48 tackles, a pass defensed, and dual forced fumbles in 11 games, grading out tied for 15th among all linebackers per Pro Football Focus. The solid coverage ’backer did copiousness to urge Oakland’s invulnerability final year, nonetheless stays unsigned.
Best fits: It’s a bit of a poser as to because a Raiders have not re-signed Riley (fellow linebacker and high propagandize teammate Bruce Irvin has mounted a energetic campaign for it to happen), as he’s a transparent fit and they miss abyss during a spot. But presumption Oakland moves on, a Jets, Broncos, and Chiefs could all ascent abyss in a core of their defenses by signing a eighth-year pro.
DB Leon Hall
At 32, Hall is no open chicken, nonetheless in an NFL where nickel and dime looks are hackneyed and matchups are key, a versatile defensive behind in Hall’s mold has copiousness of value. He was one of a least-targeted cornerbacks in a NFL final year on a per-snap basis, per Pro Football Focus, and had an interception, a sack, and a forced fail when he took over during giveaway safety for an harmed Nat Berhe over a Giants’ final 5 games.
Best fits: Even after signing Quintin Demps in giveaway agency, a Bears could use some abyss during safety, and Hall could underline in Chicago as a nickel dilemma as well. The Cardinals, who showed seductiveness in Hall final year, have holes to fill after losing safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger in giveaway agency. And a Bills, who mislaid Gilmore and safeties Corey Graham and Aaron Williams to giveaway organisation or release, could accelerate their free-agency acquisitions of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde with another playmaker in Hall.
QB Colin Kaepernick
The reasons Kaepernick is still a giveaway representative have been widely debated over a past few months, nonetheless regardless of where we land on that argument, it’s during slightest transparent that he’s a many gifted free-agent quarterback still out there. He’s experienced, mobile, and maybe many critical on a backup quarterback checklist, good during taking caring of a football.
Best fits: The Seahawks (who chose instead to pointer Austin Davis after carrying a dual quarterbacks to their domicile for a visit) sojourn a best fit for Kaepernick, with an offense that’s formed on tying turnovers, is complicated on read-option run looks, and likes to get a quarterback out of a slot to chuck downfield. But Kaepernick subsidy adult Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo could make a lot of sense, and it’d be fun to see him behind Dak Prescott in Dallas.
TE Gary Barnidge
Barnidge came from out of nowhere in 2015 as a 30-year-old journeyman to locate 79 passes for 1,043 yards and 9 touchdowns for a Browns — from a multiple of Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, and Austin Davis during quarterback. He fell behind to earth final season, induction 55 catches for 612 yards and dual scores, nonetheless even with that drop-off, a past dual years valid that he can furnish when personification in a dysfunctional offense with a revolving doorway during quarterback. For a organisation looking for a loyal “Y” parsimonious end, who’s capable of blocking in-line or regulating routes downfield to locate passes (a relations monument these days), Barnidge could be a peculiarity late-offseason pickup.
Best fits: After trade divided Dwayne Allen, a Colts have an opening alongside Jack Doyle in their two-tight-end sets, and a Cowboys could be a good fit for a versatile maestro as a backup and word process to Jason Witten. The Ravens are another option, down dual parsimonious ends this offseason after slicing Dennis Pitta (likely due to his hip injury) and losing Darren Waller (to a year-long substance-abuse suspension), and Barnidge competence get a lot of targets in Kyle Shanahan’s tight-end-heavy flitting diversion in San Francisco.
DL Jason Jones
Jones clear himself good for a Dolphins final year, induction 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 11.5 pressures, dual pass deflections, and a blocked additional indicate in 14 games (including 5 starts). But when he was told he would be dead for Miami’s wild-card playoff diversion opposite a Steelers, a nine-year maestro lineman requested a release (hoping to join another playoff squad), that was granted. Except no one picked Jones up, and he has nonetheless to find a new team. Like Odrick, Jones could be a versatile abyss further on a series of defensive lines, and during 6-foot-5 and 278 pounds, he’s prolonged and athletic, and when he’s personification with limit bid he can be a disruptor adult front.
Best fits: After losing Calais Campbell in giveaway agency, a Cardinals could use some abyss adult front, and a Raiders, Giants, and Saints could all muster a male like Jones on both a outward and a interior.
S Corey Graham
The 31-year-old reserve started each diversion over a past dual years for Buffalo’s defense, racking adult a total 214 tackles, dual sacks, 13 passes defensed, and 3 interceptions. The 11-year maestro missed too many tackles final year and his operation isn’t what it used to be, nonetheless Graham did finish a year ranked 37th among safeties per Pro Football Focus.
Best fits: After losing Bradley McDougald in giveaway agency, a Buccaneers could be an option. The Steelers could still accelerate their abyss during a reserve mark by signing a maestro coverage man, as could a Titans, Broncos, and Redskins.