2012 NFL Free Agency: 10 Free Agents Who Won't Be on the Market Much Longer

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIMay 28, 2012

2012 NFL Free Agency: 10 Free Agents Who Won't Be on the Market Much Longer

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    By just looking at the available free agents on the open market in the NFL, it's rather surprising to see the unemployed talent that's just sitting there. But there's more to it than just talent.

    We all know that Plaxico Burress was one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL, but many question his work ethic and his attitude—and the Jets are beginning to question his ability to work with quarterback Mark Sanchez

    But either way, you can't deny that Plax is a talented wide receiver who could bring something to the table.

    In that spirit, let's take a look at the top 10 free agents who won't be on the market much longer. 

Terrell Owens

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    Don't get me wrong: I do believe that Terrell Owens is all but done and is completely washed up. However, this has-been will likely find an NFL team sooner or later.

    There has to be at least one team in the NFL that would be naive enough to sign the rapidly declining, future USFL star. 

    Owens is 38 years old and probably doesn't have much left in the tank, as he tore his ACL at the end of the 2010 season with the Cincinnati Bengals, but there has to be just one team that will give him a training-camp invite. 

Donovan McNabb

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    According to an ESPN reportDonovan McNabb has dropped weight, is in good shape and is ready to make an NFL comeback. 

    McNabb was last seen with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 but was cut after just six ineffective games as the team's starter.

    McNabb might not be able to jump right in as a team's No. 1, but he could make a quality backup, and there is just a small chance that he'd be able to outwork an incumbent during training camp—if he's given the chance, of course. 

Cedric Benson

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    Cedric Benson accumulated 1,067 yards with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, and there has to be someone that's interested in the veteran running back.

    Benson isn't quite 30 years old yet, as he's 29, but teams probably question how much he has left in the tank.

    If healthy and mentally ready, Benson could be a quality, contributing RB in 2012. 

Marcus McNeill

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    It's hard to believe that offensive tackle Marcus McNeill is still available, as he was once one of the better tackles in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers—but that was before his neck injury.

    If McNeill can prove to NFL teams he is back to full health and that he is in shape and can compete at a high level, then I am sure that he'll be on some team's roster by the start of training camp this summer. 

    The 6'7", 335-pound veteran has recently been linked with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Plaxico Burress

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    If you ask me, I think that Plaxico Burress will be either a Miami Dolphin or a Philadelphia Eagle in the coming weeks, though the Dolphins have not shown interest as of yet.

    After missing 2009 and 2010 due to his prison sentence, Burress returned to the NFL with the New York Jets in 2011 and performed decently. Plax racked up 612 yards and eight touchdowns on 45 receptions with the Jets, which isn't all that bad considering he was away from the game for two full seasons.

    If a team needs a red-zone target, then there's no doubt in my mind that Plax is the best available. 

Ryan Grant

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    There is no chance that Ryan Grant will be returning to the Green Bay Packers in 2012, considering that the team gave away his locker to Diondre Borel just a few days ago. 

    Grant was once a productive running back with the Packers, as he ran for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009, but after suffering an ankle injury in 2010, he hasn't been the same since.

    This past season with the Packers, Grant ran for 559 yards and two scores while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Don't get me wrong, those aren't great numbers, but they're good enough to earn himself an audition for some NFL team. 

Andre Carter

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    If Andre Carter's torn quad is fully healed, then what are team's waiting for? What are the New England Patriots waiting for?

    Carter proved to be New England's top pass-rusher in 2011 and arguably the team's best defensive player, racking up 10 sacks in 14 games as well as recording 52 tackles. 

    Again, if Carter is fully healthy, he won't last much longer on the open free-agent market. He simply has too much to offer. 

Rocky McIntosh

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    It's rather interesting to see Rocky McIntosh still available, but it doesn't surprise me that teams like the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins are all interested in his services

    McIntosh is just 29 years old and still can bring a lot to the table. However, some might question how much he can contribute, as he was benched following his struggles against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9 with the Washington Redskins. 

    Despite those struggles, McIntosh does deserve to earn an audition somewhere. 

E.J. Henderson

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    How is E.J. Henderson still available?

    Henderson racked up 110 tackles and two sacks with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011.

    A return to Minnesota is a possibility, and those stats alone lead me to believe that this guy will not last much longer on the open market—the production alone proves that he can be a valuable asset to a team's defense in 2012. 

Braylon Edwards

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    You might say that the 29-year-old Braylon Edwards is old and washed up, and you certainly could be right, but he is still talented (and some might say that he is a waste of talent).

    Edwards was a non-factor with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, as he dealt with injuries all season and played in just nine games while recording 15 receptions for 181 yards and no scores.

    If a team is lacking wide receiver depth, there shouldn't be a reason why they shouldn't take a look at Edwards.