NFL Free-Agent Rumors: Latest on Top Players Still Available

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a catch against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Most big-name NFL free agents have already signed new contracts, but there are some talented players still available.

After the first few days of the free-agent period, teams that missed out on their first choices start looking for alternative options to help their team next season. While it is important not to overpay these players, this might be the last chance to fill a need before the draft.

While nothing is final until both sides sign a contract, here are the latest rumors on top available free agents in the NFL.

Greg Jennings, Wide Receiver

The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver is considering doing the unthinkable: signing with the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Greg Jennings met with the Vikings on Thursday:

After Minnesota decided to trade Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, it left a huge hole at wide receiver. No one else on the roster had more than 500 receiving yards.

While Jennings does have his faults, he has plenty of experience and should be a solid weapon for Christian Ponder next season if he decides to join the team.

Dustin Keller, Tight End

Although Dustin Keller did not have a great year last season with the New York Jets, a lot of that can be attributed to injuries and poor quarterback play. When healthy, Keller is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the NFL. 

On Thursday, he considered signing with one of the more active teams during this free-agent period. However, a deal with the Miami Dolphins is far from being completed, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

On the other hand, Rich Cimini of ESPN reported that the two sides will "stay in touch:"

This is good news for the rest of the league, because there are plenty of teams in need of a player of Keller's ability. 

Matt Shaughnessy, Defensive End

For some players, the production is not limited to what the statistics say. Matt Shaughnessy finished 2012 with only 3.5 sacks and 31 tackles, but the young player has shown plenty of skill in his four years in the league.

He is a talented defensive lineman who can get into backfield with consistency and make plays against either the pass or the run.

For this reason, he has received plenty of interest from NFL teams over the past couple of days. Most recently, he visited the Arizona Cardinals, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Arizona has a few talented defensive linemen already, but it is important to keep up with the rest of the NFC West. The Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have been active already, which means the Cardinals are falling behind.

Adding Shaughnessy would be a good first step.