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.


Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) runs the ball after a catch during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Bills beat the Jets 28 to 9.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsWR Braylon Edwards: Hasn't made a single free agent visit, and the only team that has expressed any interest at all are the Jets, whose receiving core is nothing to be proud of. The 30-year-old caught ten passes for 125 yards in three games for the Jets last season. He led the Jets in receiving with 904 yards in 2010.

OT Tyson Clabo: After receiving a $25 million contract just two years ago, the Falcons cut this Pro Bowl right tackle to clear space for a Matt Ryan contract extension. Grading out as the fifth best right tackle in 2012 (according to Pro Football Focus), Clabo still has plenty to contribute. The team most heavily linked to Clabo has been the Cowboys, who have also expressed interest in this next free agent...

OT Eric Winston: The Chiefs surprisingly cut Winston - Pro Football Focus' ninth best right tackle - in March, and the 29-year-old has been talking to a number of teams since then. The current frontrunner for his services appears to be the Dolphins, who Winston will work out for on Wednesday. Other interested teams include the Cowboys and Titans.

WR Laurent Robinson: After suffering four concussions in 2012, Robinson's 2013 status is currently uncertain. However, Robinson is just two years removed from an 11 touchdown campaign when he got a chance to shine thanks to injuries to the Cowboys' receiving core. The breakout season earned him a five-year, $32.5 million contract from the Jaguars, but they were forced to release him due to his lingering concussion symptoms. The Cowboys are in search of a No. 3 receiver, and have expressed interest in potentially bringing Robinson back.

WR Josh Cribbs: Despite Cribbs sensational ability in the return game, he has never been able to become a consistently reliable offensive player. He did, however, manage 41 catches for 518 yards in 2011, so the potential to be a contributor is there. He is currently rehabbing a torn meniscus, and won't draw serious interest until he is healthy. Though his prowess in the return game has been limited by rule changes, he will likely sign with a team in search of a kick returner.

RB Felix Jones: Given a dream opportunity when DeMarco Murray went down in 2012, Jones flopped badly, finishing the season with a yards per carry mark of 3.6. A lengthy injury history and a poor 2012 campaign will limit interest in Jones, but he can contribute in the passing game and led the league in yards per carry four years ago. He'll go somewhere as a backup/rotational back.

RB Beanie Wells: After an injury plagued 2012 in which he averaged only 2.7 yards per carry, Wells was released by the Cardinals, who were wary of his balky knees. He visited the Steelers, whose doctors failed Wells miserably during his physical. Injury concerns will likely keep Wells from getting any guaranteed money, but this is a back who ran for 1,047 yards and ten touchdowns in 2011. He'll draw some interest once he can prove he is healthy.
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