2013 NFL Free Agents: Top Players Available for a Bargain

Joshua AcostaContributor IIIFebruary 7, 2013

Bradshaw will bring his toughness to a new team.
Bradshaw will bring his toughness to a new team.Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

While many teams are looking to spend top-dollar to address their needs via free agency this offseason, there are several quality players who available at a bargain price.

With the start of free agency about a month away, numerous teams have made rosters moves to free up spots and money.

General managers will be seeking low-risk, high-reward players who can make an impact on the field immediately.

Here are four players general managers should give a closer look.


Ahmad Bradshaw, RB


The New York Giants recently released veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw in order to create salary cap space. 

Bradshaw has rushed for over 1,000 yards twice in his six-year career while sharing touches with other backs, but his history of foot injuries and fumbling issues will bring the price tag down.  He recently underwent another foot surgery and will be out for eight more weeks, according to NFL.com

Bradshaw’s leadership and toughness is unquestionable.  In a statement released by the team, Giants GM Jerry Reese said, “Pound for pound, Bradshaw is one of the toughest football players that I've been around.”




Fred Davis, TE


Fred Davis seems to be the odd man out in Washington. 

After his season-ending injury in week 7, Logan Paulsen replaced Davis at starting tight end and Washington has backup young talent Niles Paul and a serviceable, familiar face in Chris Cooley, who returned midway through the season.

At 27, Davis was the Redskins’ offensive player of the year in 2011 after recording 59 receptions for 796 yards in 12 games.   The NFL suspended Davis for four games after repeatedly failing drug tests, ending his season.

Davis’ price tag should not break the bank, as he is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.


Richard Seymour, DT



The Oakland Raiders are not expected to retain Richard Seymour, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 33-year-old defensive tackle missed the last eight games of the 2012 season due to hamstring injury.

The seven-time Pro Bowler played well since joining the Raiders in 2009, and he was rewarded with a two-year, $30 million deal in 2011.  In 53 games with the Raiders, Seymour recorded 18.5 sacks and 102 tackles as a defensive tackle. 

The 12-year veteran is a three-time Super Bowl champion from his days with the Patriots and would be a great addition to a team seeking talented veteran with leadership skills.


Kyle Vanden Bosch, DE


The Detroit Lions recently cut Kyle Vanden Bosch.  The 34-year-old defensive end’s reputation of having a non-stop motor and someone who plays through the whistle will catch the eye of a defensive coordinator.

The three-time Pro Bowler was part of the new look Lions defense in the past three years.

In three seasons with the Lions, Vanden Bosch recorded 120 combined tackles and 15.5 sacks.  He has played every game in eight of 11 seasons in the NFL and has not missed a game since 2010.

Vanden Bosch would come at a cheap price for those teams who play a 4-3 defense.