NFL: 7 Free Agents Still on the Market with the Most Baggage

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJune 5, 2012

NFL: 7 Free Agents Still on the Market with the Most Baggage

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    With OTAs well underway across the NFL, each team's roster foundation is likely set in stone, and most of the free agency activity has come and gone—but there are still some talented players still available.

    Just some free agents that come to mind are Terrell Owens, Braylon Edwards, Plaxico Burress and Andre Carter—and that's just to name a few.

    But why are they still available? Because they have some unwanted baggage.

    With that being said, let's take a look at seven free agents still available on the market with the most baggage. 

Braylon Edwards

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    Braylon Edwards is one of the most impressive talents at the wide receiver position in the NFL today, but he still remains a free agent.

    Now why is that?

    For starters, Edwards has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, as he's been pulled over several times for going at high speeds, reportedly punched a local party promoter and most recently was arrested for a drunken driving charge in New York City while still a member of the New York Jets.

    Even if we put Edwards' personal and character issues aside, he's still not that dependable on the field, either. This past season with the San Francisco 49ers, Edwards played in just nine games, caught 15 passes for 181 yards and failed to score a touchdown. Edwards struggled to stay healthy all season, and teams are probably not only questioning his character, but his ability to stay on the field. 

Terrell Owens

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    Where do I even begin with Terrell Owens?

    For starters, T.O. is 38 years old and washed up. He reminds me of when Charles Barkley lost his talent to little aliens in the 1998 movie Space Jam. He has nothing left in the tank. 

    Aside from losing his talent and finding himself being a star in the USFL, many teams likely have concerns about his knee—which underwent reconstructive surgery just under a year ago. 

    Oh, and did I mention that Owens is one of the biggest divas in NFL history?

    Who would want anything to do with this guy? No good could come out of it. 

    If teams find themselves picking up the phone regarding a possible signing of Owens, they need to simply say what the girl said in Space Jam: "Be gone!

Marcus McNeill

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    Marcus McNeill is the best available offensive tackle on the free-agent market and is arguably one of the better right tackles that the NFL has to offer—but he is still sitting unemployed. 

    Now why is that? 

    It's quite simple, actually. NFL teams are likely concerned about McNeill's health, as he suffered a neck injury this past season with the San Diego Chargers and was ultimately placed on injured reserve. 

Andre Carter

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    Andre Carter being a free agent at this point in time really boggles my mind.

    Carter had a stellar season with the New England Patriots in 2011. He recorded 10 sacks in 14 games prior to suffering a torn left quadriceps tendon in mid-December. 

    NFL teams are likely worrisome of Carter's health, which makes that the only true "baggage" that Carter brings to the table—as he comes off as quite the locker-room guy. 

Donovan McNabb

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    Donovan McNabb has just fell off of the face of the Earth. No one wants anything to do with him.

    Why? Because he's old and washed up. That's why. No one wants an out-of-shape quarterback playing in a game or even sitting the bench eating hot dogs. He's ultimately a waste of a roster space.

    Despite reports of McNabb losing weight and getting back into shape as he's preparing for an NFL comeback, I highly doubt any team will want to take a risk on the 35-year-old. 

    At anytime, McNabb could just spiral out of control and find himself back out of shape. 

Plaxico Burress

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    It is truly surprising that Plaxico Burress is still a free agent and that no one has any remote interest in this guy.

    But why is that?

    Burress is almost 35 years old, he lost two years of football due to prison time and didn't look all that sharp with the New York Jets this past season despite scoring eight touchdowns off of 45 receptions for 612 yards. 

    Burress is a useful red-zone threat, but teams are probably questioning if this dying star has anything left in the tank. 

Cedric Benson

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    Cedric Benson was once a workhorse for the Cincinnati Bengals but has been losing the initial burst he once had, which is resulting in teams not really showing much interest in the 29-year-old.

    Despite rushing for 1,067 yards in 2011, Benson remains a free agent.

    Alongside questioning if Benson has anything left in the tank, NFL teams are also looking at his legal troubles, as he was arrested in 2011 for an assault as well in 2010 for reportedly punching a bartender in the face. 

    If I were an NFL general manager, I would want nothing to do with this old, washed-up, troubled running back.