2012 NFL Free Agents: Latest News and Buzz on Best Players Available

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIMay 8, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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We are late in the NFL offseason, but several solid players are still available. Now that teams have filled out their rosters through the draft, they can turn to the remaining free agents on the market to plug the holes on their rosters.

Here is the latest buzz surrounding the best players still looking for employment. 


Ryan Grant not going to Detroit

Last week it was reported that Grant was mulling an offer from the Detroit Lions, and was supposed to meet with them on Monday. Now reports claim that the two parties never met and now it appears the 29-year-old running back isn't interested in playing for Detroit.

ESPN's John Clayton claimed on SportsCenter Tuesday afternoon that Grant wants more money and a chance for more carries. He would clearly be brought in as a reserve back behind Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure, if the latter ever actually ends up on an NFL field.

I'm sure Grant wants the chance to compete for starting carries, but I'm not sure he's going to get that chance at this point in his career. He started 14 games in 2011 for the Green Bay Packers and finished the season with 559 yards and two touchdowns on 134 carries.

He'll likely have to accept a reserve role but could work his way up the depth chart if he performs well in training camp and the preseason.


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  Drayton Florence #29 and Aaron Williams #23 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate an interception against the New York Jets  during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by
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Drayton Florence lining up visits

The Buffalo Bills released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence last week and two teams immediately expressed interest in him. The San Diego Chargers—who selected Florence in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft—have already reached out to the 31-year-old and would like him to man their nickel corner spot next season. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Florence will meet with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday before heading to Denver to meet with the Broncos.

Florence is a solid veteran who won't be a game-changer but could certainly be an adequate starter at cornerback. He has also made $22 million over the past four seasons in Jacksonville and Buffalo, which means he could afford to play on a cheap, one-year deal in 2012.

He looks like a very attractive option, especially this late in free agency.


LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 6: Wide receiver Braylon Edwards #17 of the San Francisco 49ers eludes cornerback DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at FedExField on November 6, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The San Francisco 49er
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Braylon Edwards drawing interest from Jets, Bengals

Braylon Edwards had an incredibly disappointing season in 2011. He played in nine games with the San Francisco 49ers and finished the year with just 181 yards on 15 receptions. Now the 29-year-old is a free agent and has been waiting all offseason for someone to show interest in him.

Well, now that appears to be happening. On Monday's NFL Live, ESPN's Schefter reported that the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets are interested in bringing Edwards into the fold.

With the Bengals, Edwards would fill the need of a veteran No. 2 receiver across from A.J. Green. 

For the Jets, Edwards would give them a familiar pair of hands to fill out a receiving corps that is largely inexperienced behind No. 1 option Santonio Holmes. 

Edwards has never lived up to his immense potential, but the fact that teams are still interested in giving him a shot is a testament to the level of talent he possesses.

Both the Bengals and Jets would be good options for him, since he would likely see the field a lot and could begin to rebuild his career.