Several big-name players have come off contract heading into the 2013 NFL season, and with teams making the difficult decision not to retain them, there is going to be a ton of talent available on the open market.
From positions ranging across the field, some of the biggest names of the league in the past few years are up for grabs in the offseason this year. There'll no doubt be some fierce bidding for their services though, with the veteran players providing a mixture of proven skill and experience to any roster—which can only mean good things for the rest of the squad on hand.
Which top veterans will be playing for new teams in 2013?
Read on and find out.
Dwight Freeney, former Indianapolis Colt
The 10-year veteran Freeney won't be returning with the Indianapolis Colts next season, but he could well find himself suiting up for another team in 2013.
His skill as a situational pass-rusher could be key for teams moving forward this year, with his experience also invaluable for younger guys on the defense line.
After all, he's a seven-time Pro Bowler who has over 100 sacks to his name in Indy—something that few teams are going to want to pass up this season.
Possible landing destinations: Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots
Charles Woodson, former Green Bay Packer
Teams aren't going to want to watch a former Defensive Player of the Year simply float on by them in free agency this year, making Charles Woodson a great play.
The 36-year-old Woodson proved last year that he still has the skills to thrive in the NFL and has a magnificent ability to read the offensive schemes—something that takes time and experience in the league to know exactly how to do.
Woodson could fit anywhere across the secondary for most teams, with his ability to read and analyze the play off the edge making him a huge addition.
Possible landing destinations: Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos
Dustin Keller, New York Jets
With the New York Jets seemingly unable to meet the contract needs of Dustin Keller, the tight end could well find himself with a new team in 2013.
With a better quarterback throwing him the ball than Mark Sanchez, Keller has the potential to be a real breakout star in 2013 and could make for a very attractive option this offseason. Especially if the tight end is going to cost less to bring in than some of the big-name receivers floating around.
Keller is a legitimate red-zone threat and someone that would be a huge hit seemingly anywhere that Mark Sanchez isn't throwing him the ball.
Possible landing destinations: Cleveland Browns
Steve Breaston, Kansas City Chiefs
With Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston both up for free agency, the Kansas City Chiefs have a tough decision to make as to which they'd rather keep. Obviously they'd like to keep both, and have Peyton Manning under center, but the decision to choose one over the other is a real possibility facing Andy Reid this year, and he's much more likely to head with Bowe over Breaston.
Which means the 29-year-old could find himself up for grabs in 2013.
Breaston barely played for the Chiefs as it was last year, and with their disastrous offense, would no doubt be looking for a new home during the NFL offseason.
The veteran receiver posted four straight years of 700-plus receiving yards up until 2012—proving that he has what it takes to succeed in the NFL. He could make a great No. 2 option for a team that perhaps doesn't want to spend the money on a Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace-type player.
Possible landing destinations: Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams
Which veteran players do you think will move on to new teams in 2013?
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