2012 NFL Free Agents: Michael Bush and Other Quality Players Left on the Board

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 21, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24:  Running back Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders rushes up field against the Kansas City Chiefs during overtime on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Oakland defeated Kansas City 16-13 in overtime.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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The first big wave of free-agent signings have passed us by. However, there are still quality players left available to teams that may have missed out on some of the higher-priced players.  

That is why someone like running back Michael Bush will be a great fit for a new team. 


Michael Bush

Bush has been a beneficiary of playing behind the injury-prone Darren McFadden. When McFadden would go down with an injury, Bush would be able to come in for some starts and produce high numbers.

Bush had some great games, including four straight with more than 95 rushing yards. 

Bush will be a quality back who can come in and be a team’s No. 1 running back. However, if a team feels like Bush is better suited to share carries with another quality back, then Bush would provide the perfect set of fresh legs that will crush defenses. 

A team like the Cincinnati Bengals would be a great fit for the talented running back. 


Dallas Clark 

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01: Tight end Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts grabs a warmup pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Clark is the best pass-catching tight end available on the market, and with Peyton Manning now signing with the Denver Broncos, it looks like he will be following there shortly. 

Having Clark go to Denver would be great for both sides. Clark’s last season with both Manning and himself healthy saw the duo put together 100 receptions, 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns.

If Clark can put together a season like that next year, he will surpass what Broncos leading receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas combined for last year in receptions. 

Clark with Manning would help ease the quarterback’s transition into a new team and new system while being Manning’s go-to receiver. 


Neil Rackers

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Neil Rackers #4 of the Houston Texans reacts following an extra point during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 27, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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You may think that a kicker is not a person of interest during free-agency time, but having a kicker as reliable as Rackers is something that a number of teams would love to have. 

Rackers may be 35 years old, but he still has the ability to hit field goals of 50 yards or more. Last year, he went 4-of-5 from 50 yards or more playing for the Houston Texans. If a team with a dome stadium needs a kicker, they have to sign Rackers to their team. 


These three players are on the open market, ready for a new team to sign them to a nice contract. Any team that does sign any of these players will get a quality player who will help them win next season.