NFL Free Agency: 5 Teams Looking to Add Talent Before the Draft
With only a few weeks before the NFL draft, there are still a handful of teams that are looking to the free agency market to improve their teams and fill major holes in their starting lineups.
While some positions can be boosted easily during the draft, free agency can also be a smart way for a team to develop if the talent and price is right.
Here are five teams looking to add talent prior to the draft.
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With the loss of tackle Ben Grubbs (pictured) to the New Orleans Saints, the Baltimore Ravens will likely make it their top priority to find his replacement.
Their first attempt to get a replacement, in Philadelphia Eagles free agent guard Evan Mathis, was a failure, as he returned to the Eagles.
The Ravens may also need to probe around the market for a new linebacker if linebacker Jameel McClain finds a new home. However, a slow market suggests he may not be out just yet.
Unfortunately, Baltimore's lack of cap space may limit them in making another serious run at a free agent.
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The Arizona Cardinals need some major help at the offensive line, and they haven't been afraid to shuttle free agents into town to see if they can fit into the team's line.
They've got a good bit of work to go, as up to now they've only signed San Francisco 49ers guard/tackle Adam Snyder (pictured).
If they can shore up the unit, it would go a long way towards aiding the development of starting quarterback Kevin Kolb.
San Diego Chargers
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While things are much improved from only a few weeks ago, the offensive line of the San Diego Chargers still has a lot of questions hanging over it.
The team re-signed center Nick Hardwick and left tackle Jared Gaither, taking care of the team's immediate needs at the spot. However, the Chargers are woefully short on depth within the unit.
It could also use some help at running back after losing Mike Tolbert to the Carolina Panthers and wide receiver after seeing Vincent Jackson sign a large contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
New Orleans Saints
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This may not be a needs-based concern just yet, but the New Orleans Saints won't have time to wait for the draft if they want any assistance from embattled general manager Mickey Loomis.
His suspension starts April 1, giving the team about a week to make moves without him.
With suspensions likely coming for several defensive players on the team, the team would be wise to sign a veteran or two in free agency to assure defensive consistency.
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The Miami Dolphins have the cap room and the roster gaps necessary for a free agent run, but have found themselves (particularly owner Stephen Ross, pictured) spurned time and time again by prospective free agents.
They have a little bit of cap room to work with (about $7-8 million), and some major roster gaps that need filling. On offense, the team could use some help at wide receiver, and the defense could use more weapons in the pass-rush department. I'm assuming the quarterback position will be handled in the draft.
All of those parts would definitely be appreciated by both the Dolphins organization and its fans.
However, the team must first convince some players to come down to South Beach, a task the team has found limited success in this offseason.