15 big-name offensive free agents still on the streets

4/30/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When NFL free agency got underway, many players were off the market in the blink of an eye. However, there are still some talented players and a few big names waiting for contract offers. Now that the NFL Draft is over, teams have a better idea of what holes they need to fill for the 2013 season. Here are some of the top players/biggest names still available (in no particular order):

RB Ahmad Bradshaw: There wasn't much early interest in Bradshaw due to some injury concerns, but he has now been given full medical clearance. Bradshaw left a visit with the Steelers about a month ago, and the thought was that the team would check up on him once he was healthy. The Steelers have since drafted running back Le'Veon Bell, and are no longer interested. Teams in search of a backup running back - such as the Chargers and Buccaneers - could use the veteran runner.

RB Michael Turner: Here's a guy who's got much more fame than game at this point in his career. He has yet to generate any interest, but should latch on somewhere in training camp as a potential short-yardage specialist.
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WR Brandon Lloyd: Since leading the league in receiving yards in 2010, Lloyd has played for three different teams, and is now in search of a fourth. The NFL is likely playing hot potato with Lloyd due to his "erratic" behavior that has led some to believe he may be bipolar. Now that the word is out on Lloyd's character concerns, he'll have a much tougher time finding a home. He was still relatively productive on the field last season, catching 74 passes for 911 yards, so he'll likely end up heading to a receiver-needy team.

WR Titus Young: Another player with more than enough talent to play in this league, but far too much off-field baggage for franchises to handle. Young intentionally lined up incorrectly on several plays last season because he was upset with his lack of targets. It has been suggested that Young has "legitimate mental problems." It would take a very receiver-needy team facing a completely depleted free agent market to give Young a chance, and even then, he'd be on an extremely short leash.

RB Peyton Hillis: It looks like Hillis' 1,177 yard, 11 touchdown campaign in 2010 was less of a breakout season and more of a fluke season. He has run for 896 yards and four touchdowns on 3.6 yards per carry in two seasons since then. He looks much like a one-year wonder, but his size and power could make him a solid short-yardage option well worth a cheap contract.

OT Bryant McKinnie: McKinnie didn't make a regular season start in 2012, but was one of the unsung heroes of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run. He played great during the postseason, handling the likes of players such as Von Miller and Aldon Smith. A return to the Ravens is possible, while the tackle-needy Dolphins and Chargers have also expressed interest. It appears that McKinnie is currently asking for more money than teams are willing to pay.

WR Devery Henderson: This long-time deep threat for Drew Brees has never quite been able to convert his athletic ability into production, but has been a field-stretcher who has led the league in yards per reception twice. However, he had the worst season of his career (excluding a rookie year in which he played one game) in 2012, and will likely latch on to a team late and have to earn his spot on the roster.

RB Cedric Benson: The Packers were said to be keeping tabs on Benson, but they have since drafted two of the top backs in the draft and are likely no longer interested. Though he used to be able to take full workloads and not slow down, Benson's 2012 season was ended due to injury. He also hasn't averaged 4+ yards per carry since 2009. Now 30-years-old, the former 4th overall pick will hope to find a role as veteran depth.
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