2013 NFL Free Agents: Best Under-the-Radar Buys

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before their game against the San Diego Chargers during their season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As the 2013 NFL offseason continues to heat up, the talk of the impending free agents is through the roof and the focus has shifted to the under-the-radar value players.

With solid numbers in 2012, or a career full of experience, all of the following stars have earned the right to hit the free-agent market and earn solid money.

These players are very talented, but the modest stats will keep the price tag affordable for teams kicking their tires.


Brandon Myers, TE

Despite having a breakout season for the tight end in 2012—developing into a viable option blocking for the run or running routes—the one-year success of Brandon Myers will keep his asking price low.

However, the 27-year-old's talents will ultimately make him one of the most sought-after tight ends on the market.

Myers posted 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns on an Oakland Raiders team that was offensively challenged. Clearly he proved his worth.

According to Bill Williamson of ESPN, Oakland may be considering keeping Myers this offseason because he fits the new offensive scheme the team will run in 2013, but there is little doubt there will be a market for the tight end if he chooses to test free agency.


Shonn Greene, RB

The New York Jets have been disappointed by the performance of Shonn Greene during his four years in the Big Apple, but there are a few teams that will look into the unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly interested in Greene’s services (h/t Rich Cimini of ESPN), and the 27-year-old would be a much better fit in the running schemes of those two organizations.

Greene is one of the top run-blocking backs scheduled to be a free agent. Additionally, teams looking for a complementary back could be intrigued by the RB's raw power, which is through the roof.

Greene’s lack of elite numbers will keep the price tag down, but a change of blocking scheme and a commitment to the run game from the team that signs him could result in a breakout season for the veteran.


Richard Seymour, DE/DT

The Oakland Raiders will likely move on without defensive end Richard Seymour—while still eating his enormous contract, according to The Contra Costa Times—and another team will benefit from the franchise overhaul.

While Seymour is 33-years-old (he'll be 34 during the 2013 season), the veteran can still be a dominant force in a 3-4 system as a defensive end that can slide over to tackle when needed.

Seymour only played in eight games in 2012—missing the final eight games of the season with a hamstring injury—and recorded just three sacks. This should help make him an affordable acquisition.

No matter where Seymour ends up in 2013, the big-bodied defender is looking to end his career with a winner by contributing on a high level. Look for a team on the cusp of a Super Bowl to take a risk on the experienced star.