2013 NFL Free Agents: Players Who Will Come Cheap That Teams Should Target

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams just misses this pass against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 20-13.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With mock drafts and 2013 NFL draft rumors flying, it's important not to forget about the 2013 NFL free agent class.

While the draft is undoubtedly a great way to add depth to a team, free agents are the key, as these are players who are NFL-tested and ready.

With so many big-name free agents set to hit the market, here are three solid players who should come a lot cheaper than most.


Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

He's not the No. 1 corner on the Philadelphia Eagles, but Rodgers-Cromartie could very well be the best corner on a number of NFL teams next season.

Since the Eagles didn't have a successful year defensively, the stock and price on the 26-year-old corner won't be high, despite the talent he possesses.

At 6'2", Rodgers-Cromartie is a physical corner who plays well in pass coverage and has at least three interceptions in four of his five seasons.

With names like Aqib Talib and Tracy Porter on the market in 2013, DRC should come cheap and with plenty of skill.

Israel Idonije

Idonije is a defensive end, but has been asked by the Chicago Bears to play more DT.

Still, the nine-year veteran compiled 7.5 sacks for Chicago this season and is a guy who can stuff the run and reach the quarterback.

With an influx of talent on the Bears defensive line, it's possible Idonije will come cheap on the free-agent market.

Any team looking to acquire a defensive lineman will be getting a 6'6", 275-pound veteran who has blocked eight kicks in his career while totaling 28.5 career sacks.

His numbers aren't going to jump off the page, but at a cheaper price than guys like Osi Umenyiora and Dwight Freeney, Idonije will be an asset to any team.


Danny Amendola

The only thing to question about Danny Amendola is his health, as he's certainly proven his talent on the football field, highlighted by 15 receptions for 160 yards and a score against the Washington Redskins this season.

Amendola has the ability to take over a game with his elusiveness, and at just 27 years old, still has plenty of time in his career to establish himself as a worthy receiver.

Obviously teams will be taking a big risk by putting money down on an injury-prone wideout, but with such a deep 2013 market at WR (Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe and Wes Welker, to name a few), Amendola should come at a fair price.

He's a sure-handed WR with the ability to be effective in the slot or deep down the field and has the breakaway speed to be one of the better wideouts in the NFL if he stays healthy.


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