2013 NFL Free Agents: Low-Profile Players Who Will Pay Big Dividends

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 13, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Martellus Bennett #85 of the New York Giants holds hands with families from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut during the national anthem before the game New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The biggest free-agent names are Joe Flacco, Reggie Bush, Ryan Clady, Greg Jennings and arguably a few other players. There are some veterans who could make a big splash with their new—or old teams.

Here are a few under-the-radar free agents who will pay big dividends.


Danny Amendola, WR

Amenodola is one of the best slot receivers in the NFL, his only flaw is his durability. In only 11 games—and playing at less than 100 percent for part of the year—Amendola caught 63 passes for a devilish 666 yards in 2012 for the Rams.

He missed all but one game in the 2011 season.

Because of the presence of receivers like Jennings and Dwayne Bowe on the free-agent market, and Amendola's durability concerns, he can be had for a reasonable amount.

Teams like the Chicago Bears or the New England Patriots could certainly benefit from a player like Amendola.


Louis Delmas, FS

Delmas is another player that has struggled to stay healthy, but he has some value as a Cover 2 safety. He may be a target for the team that hires Lovie Smith as a head coach or defensive coordinator.

He has genuinely offered solid run support, but he excels in the deep-safety scheme.

He's missed 13 games in the last two seasons, and his interception total hasn't been amazing. He has only three picks in his four seasons in the NFL.

However, Delmas' impact on a defense goes beyond stats, though.

The Lions defense didn't look the same when he wasn't on the field, or less than 100 percent. He has an impact as a leader, and if he's healthy he can help a defense.


Martellus Bennett, TE

A tight end with Bennett's size (6'6") and athleticism will always draw attention. In 2012, he finally showed some flashes of what the Dallas Cowboys hoped to get from the fifth-year pro from Texas A&M. 

Too bad for the Cowboys, but Bennett's solid season came in a New York Giants uniform.

After signing a one-year deal with the Giants, Bennett had 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns—all career highs.

Heading into free agency again, Bennett picked a great time to put up his best numbers. Teams will have to hope Bennett doesn't revert to underachieving once he signs a big contract.

It seems to me that Bennett's play in Dallas was more due to playing second fiddle to Jason Witten. As a starting tight end, Bennett will give his new team, or perhaps the Giants, a dependable receiving option.


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