With the flat cap era we’ve seen many players restructure their deals to stay with teams, we’ve also seen many players released or cut and labeled cap casualties So here are the Top 10 NFL Offensive free agents this season.
10. Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers
Greg Jennings has two things working against him: age and injuries. Three if you add ego given the reports of how much money he wants. He turns 30 when the season starts in September and missed games in both of the last seasons. Not to mention the majority of this past season. If healthy he could help your team out for a few years but could wind up not getting that long term deal he wants.
9. Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Fred Davis has struggled with injuries in his young career. In the past two seasons he has only played in 19 games. In those 19 games though he has caught 83 passes for 1,121 yards. He could be an asset to a team that is more pass oriented than the Redskins. And if he is healthy he could have a break out season. He is only 27, which means he is entering his prime and could contribute to an offense for a while.
8. Phil Loadholt, OT, Minnesota Vikings
A relatively young 27 year old tackle could help any offensive line out on the right hand side. He is a solid run and pass blocker and has started 63 games over his career in Minnesota, missing only 1 game his rookie season. He has incredible size too at 6-8 and 348 pounds.
7. Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams
Danny Amendola is “Wes Welker” type receiver, similar size and stature but he is 4 years younger than Welker. He’s struggled with injuries but can be a game changer when on the field. When he is healthy though he can put up numbers amongst the best in the league, we was second in receptions in the NFL entering week 5. He also is a valuable punt and kick returner.
6. Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets
A 32 year old veteran of the league, having spent his entire career in New York. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and hasn’t missed a start in 8 years. His age might concern some, but those teams with many needs to address can find a quick, albeit temporary fix, with Moore.
The only reason I have Wes Welker so low on the list is the likelihood that he re-signs with the New England Patriots. If New England lets him walk away, or for some reason he decides to, he will be a coveted free agent. He has led the Patriots in receptions in 5 of the past 6 seasons, averages over 100 catches and 1,000 yards a season in New England. The man is a machine and any team would be lucky to have him. He just has it too good in New England to walk away.
4. Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins
Reggie Bush is a dual threat running back and can catch balls out of the back field. He is drawing interest from around the league as Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson Campaigning for Reggie Bush” href=”http://nflspinzone.com/2013/02/18/detroit-lions-wr-nate-burleson-campaigning-for-reggie-bush/”>players petition Bush to join them. But it comes down to money or rings for Bush, and which he is after. He is still young having just turned 28 and should have a few more seasons of top level football left in him. In 2 years in Miami he has rushed for 2,072 yards and averages 4.7 yards a carry, solid numbers.
3. Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Wallace is a deep threat that can stretch the field and a 2011 Pro Bowler. He’ll be only 27 next season and in his 4 years in the league he has caught 235 passes for 4,042 yards. He averages 17.5 yards a catch and can help any team open things up. The Miami Dolphins supposedly are really interested in getting him to come to South Beach.
2. Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson has been a model running back and professional during his time with the St. Louis Rams, consistently at the bottom rungs of the NFL. He’ll turn 30 this year, which is a down side given how quickly running backs talent drops off, but he is a 10,000 yard rusher who has averaged a thousand yards in his 9 NFL seasons. With the right team and game plan he could succeed and help put a team over the top. Especially like playoff teams like Green Bay, Atlanta or New England.
1. Jake Long, OT, Miami Dolphins
A solid offensive tackle who can guard your quarterback’s blind side. A relatively young player, 27, has already been to 4 Pro Bowls living up to the hype of being a number one overall draft pick. He has only missed 6 games in 5 seasons and twice earned All Pro honors. Could be the anchor you need on your offensive line.