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NFL Free Agency: Best Players Available for Bargain

Israel Idonije has been disrupting quarterbacks for several years as a member of the Bears' defensive line.
Israel Idonije has been disrupting quarterbacks for several years as a member of the Bears' defensive line.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Max MeyerCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2013

In each NFL free agency period, teams compete with one another to sign the superstars in each free agency class. However, there are a couple of under-the-radar moves that impact each NFL season, like the Baltimore Ravens signing Jacoby Jones. Here are two potential bargains that can end up being the best deals this offseason. 

Defensive End Israel Idonije

Idonije is constantly overlooked on the Bears' defensive line because of Julius Peppers and Henry Melton. Yet, he's been very consistent over the past three seasons. Idonije has played in every single game over that span and has accumulated 20.5 sacks over that span. 

According to ESPN Insider, Idonije is a balanced defensive end, by ranking ninth in their pass-rusher productivity rating and 15th in their run stop percentage statistic. However, teams will undervalue him because of the fact that he's 32 years old, and that he's never made a Pro Bowl team. 

He's also a stud on special teams. He led the NFL in blocked kicks for three consecutive years (2005-07). He can impact the game in several different ways. Whichever team can sign this guy will be getting a cheaper alternative than Cliff Avril, even though their production is rather similar. 

Wide Receiver Danny Amendola

Amendola has missed 20 games over the past two seasons due to injury. However, his ability to get open when he's healthy makes him an extremely valuable commodity. 

Even though he's played for a Rams' offense that certainly hasn't been elite, Amendola has established himself as the top option for the team last year. He caught 63 passes for 666 yards in just 11 games. In the 2010 and 2012 seasons, Amendola played in 27 games and had 148 catches. That's an average of over five catches per game.

Amendola has constantly been compared to Wes Welker throughout his career. However, besides their size and skills, there's another similar statistic that can be made. In Welker's final season with the Miami Dolphins, he caught 67 passes for 687 yards. That looks very similar to Amendola's past season, and Welker played in five more games.

Welker will certainly be paid this offseason, but the team that signs Amendola will be getting the better deal. 

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