The Best Remaining Free-Agent Fit for Each NFL Team's System
Free agency may have slowed, but there is still at least one fit for each NFL team's system of play remaining on the market.
If you're the New England Patriots, you can still find that edge-rusher your hybrid defensive fronts need. If you're the New York Jets, you can still solve your woes at running back.
Every free agent on this list is chosen based on how he fits the schemes or style of play of each team. The list is structured division by division and based on 2012's records, beginning with the East.
1. New England Patriots: John Abraham, DE
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The Patriots need another competent pass-rusher to complement youngster Chandler Jones. In Bill Belichick's multiple-front defense, that means finding a hybrid edge-rusher.
Veteran John Abraham is the perfect fit. Even at 34, he remains a stellar pass-rusher, having led the Atlanta Falcons with 10 sacks in 2012.
He is still nimble and agile enough to rush from a standing position or after aligning with his hand down. That fits the way Belichick likes to use his edge defenders to morph between 4-3 and 3-4 looks.
Abraham has already visited with the Patriots and Belichick should act fast to conclude a deal for the most technically sound pass-rusher left on the market.
The Patriots coach has a fondness for veteran defensive talent. He could give Abraham his best chance to end his superb career with a Super Bowl win.
2. New York Jets: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB
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The Jets need help at running back after parting ways with Shonn Greene. They probably won't do better than ex-New York Giant Ahmad Bradshaw.
The 27-year-old has had some fumbling and durability issues during his time with Big Blue. However, he is also a legitimate 1,000-yard rusher, having topped the mark twice, including in 2012.
Bradshaw still has decent speed and runs with a natural tenacity between the tackles. He has claimed interest from the Jets, who would be foolish not to add him to their rebuilding offense.
3. Miami Dolphins: Brent Grimes, CB
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The Miami Dolphins have fixed a lot in free agency but still need help at cornerback. Brent Grimes is an intriguing option this offseason's big spenders should consider.
He missed 15 games in 2012 after injuring his Achilles. However, when healthy, Grimes possesses No.1 corner ability.
That's what the Dolphins' secondary is currently missing. Grimes' injury troubles would allow Miami to protect itself and secure him on a short-term, minimal-risk deal.
It would be a move with plenty of upside for a burgeoning Dolphins defense.
4. Buffalo Bills: Fred Davis, TE
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The Buffalo Bills reportedly met with tight end Fred Davis recently. The AFC East cellar-dwellers should quickly follow up their interest and snare the best tight end left on the market.
New Bills head coach Doug Marrone could partner Davis with Scott Chandler. That would give the Bills a dynamic two-tight end offense.
Davis is a prolific weapon in the passing game and an underrated blocker in a zone scheme. He showcases wide receiver-like skills and can stretch the field.
With Marrone likely grooming a rookie quarterback in year one, a target as prolific as Davis would prove invaluable. He's had his disciplinary issues, serving a four-game suspension for drug abuse at the end of the 2011 season.
However, if he can avoid trouble, Davis is as good as any player at his position in the league and would be a major boost for the Bills offense.
5. Washington Redskins: Dawan Landry, S
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The Washington Redskins have little room under the cap but should cobble together funds for safety Dawan Landry.
Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen still haven't done enough to fix a suspect secondary. They've only added cornerback E.J. Biggers and have major question marks at safety.
Brandon Meriweather struggles to stay healthy and Tanard Jackson can't seem to avoid league suspensions. Landry could be a solution to the problem.
The 30-year-old is tough and resourceful. He's a willing force player against the run, evidenced by the 100 tackles he posted for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.
Landry is also a steady pass defender. In two seasons in Jacksonville, he snared three interceptions and broke up six passes. The veteran would be a useful addition to last season's 30th-ranked pass defense.
At this stage of Landry's career, a reasonably priced one-year deal is probably the best he can expect. That would suit the cash-strapped Redskins perfectly.
6. New York Giants: Michael Turner, RB
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If the New York Giants add one more new face in free agency, it should be running back Michael Turner. The bruising veteran would provide the right contrast in style to speedy youngster David Wilson.
Head coach Tom Coughlin has always favored a power runner, even dating back to his days with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Then he had Natrone Means and later Fred Taylor.
With the Giants, Coughlin often relied on Brandon Jacobs to batter defenses. Even at 31, Turner can still perform that task and the Giants have a need for player with his specific skills.
At the moment, Ryan Torain is the closest. Yet as talented as Torain is, he's had serious trouble staying healthy, having made only 13 starts in five years.
Turner would be a more reliable complement to Wilson, considering he's only missed seven games since 2008. He would also provide insurance against any second-season struggles Wilson might endure.
Fumbling issues plagued parts of his rookie season and he recently had "minor surgery" to treat an injured hand.
Even if Wilson is the starter, Turner would be a more than useful rotation back. Entering his 10th season, a situational role would suit Turner and add true balance to a running game that has struggled since 2010.
7. Dallas Cowboys: Brian Urlacher, MLB
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Brian Urlacher to the Dallas Cowboys just makes too much sense not to happen. The Cowboys are transitioning to Monte Kiffin's 4-3, Tampa-2 scheme and few players know it better than Urlacher.
The system demands a cerebral and athletic middle linebacker. Urlacher is both, although his physical skill aren't what they were.
Yet that's a little unfair, because in his day, few middle linebackers were as dynamic and active as Urlacher. He would provide vital scheme knowledge to a defense that has played some version of a 3-4 since 2006.
The Cowboys have some superb young talent at linebacker in Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. However, both have struggled with injuries.
Signing Urlacher would not only provide quality insurance. It would also give Kiffin a credible third linebacker who would round out a group perfectly suited to his system.
Like their arch-rivals, the Redskins, the Cowboys don't have much cap space. However, they should be able to tempt Urlacher into one more season in a scheme he's played most of his career,
8. Philadelphia Eagles: Vaughn Martin, DT
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The Philadelphia Eagles need some more scheme fits for their switch to a hybrid 3-4 front. They have wisely turned their attention to Vaughn Martin, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Martin is a good choice because he has played in a similar system for the San Diego Chargers. Able to operate at both end and tackle, Martin works well in a one-gap 3-4 scheme.
He can align head-up on the offensive tackle or shift into the guard-tackle gap and attack. The 26-year-old is also a stout force against the run, good news for a Philly rush defense that ranked 23rd in 2012.
The Eagles have found their nose tackle in Isaac Sopoaga. However, the rest of their three-man line remains unclear.
Fletcher Cox has to prove he can make the transition. He was, after all, drafted as a pass-rushing, three-technique tackle. Fellow youngster Cedric Thornton has shown promise, but is largely untested.
Signing Martin would give Philadelphia's front seven another player with valuable experience of the 3-4 system.
9. Baltimore Ravens: Kerry Rhodes, S
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The Baltimore Ravens have already helped their pass defense by signing Elvis Dumervil. That takes care of the pass rush; signing safety Kerry Rhodes would help the coverage.
He wouldn't be a high-profile replacement for Ed Reed. Yet Rhodes would bring his own brand of veteran savvy and zone skills to Baltimore's secondary.
He enjoyed a productive 2012 campaign with the Arizona Cardinals. Rhodes defensed 11 passes and snared four interceptions.
He also offered further proof of his knack for the big play by forcing a pair of fumbles. Creating game-changing turnovers was the best element Reed added to the Ravens defense.
Rhodes offers a similar key for forcing takeaways and would be a solid addition to a revamped secondary.
10. Cleveland Browns: Victor Butler, OLB
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The Cleveland Browns have been serious about finding the right pieces for their transition to a 3-4 defense. Adding another outside pass-rusher like Victor Butler would complete the makeover of their front seven.
The 25-year-old is set to visit the AFC North club after also drawing interest from the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Butler is natural rush end for a 3-4 scheme. He has deceptive power in his 6'2", 245-pound frame and can also get around the edge with a quick first step.
He has been consigned to a situational role with the Dallas Cowboys, behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. However, he has the potential to thrive as a starter in new coordinator Ray Horton's system.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Lloyd, WR
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The Cincinnati Bengals need another wide receiver. Veteran Bradon Lloyd fits their offense and would draw some coverage away from A.J. Green.
After Green, the Bengals don't have many reliable wide receivers. Youngster Andrew Hawkins has shown potential, but so far seems a better fit for Wildcat-type sub-packages.
Fellow youngsters Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones have yet to offer any real consistency.
Lloyd would prove reliable both on the outside and underneath. That would let offensive coordinator Jay Gruden continue to scheme ways of freeing Green vertically.
Gruden needs a credible underneath option for quarterback Andy Dalton for when defenses take the deep ball to Green away.
Lloyd is a precise route-runner who fits the West Coast-style passing game Gruden often deploys. He pulls in the tough catches and makes a quarterback's job easier.
With Lloyd working underneath and Green going long, Gruden could deploy more of the hi-lo concepts that are the staple of a West Coast system.
The Bengals haven't spent big so far and wouldn't need to for Lloyd, as he enters his 12th season. However, his addition would prove invaluable to both Gruden's play-calling and Dalton's development.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers: Shaun Phillips, LB
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Dumping James Harrison leaves a major hole in the Pittsburgh Steelers' vaunted defense. Signing Shaun Phillips could be the best way to fill it.
Phillips is a crafty and versatile veteran who thrives in a 3-4 system. He has spent time on the inside and and as an outside pass-rusher, with the San Diego Chargers.
The 31-year-old has flourished at outside linebacker and became the Chargers' chief pass-rush threat. Phillips has notched 24 sacks in the last three seasons.
He has the rush skills and coverage smarts to be a useful weapon in coordinator Dick LeBeau's zone-blitz system.
The Steelers do have a good record of manufacturing players for LeBeau's schemes. Youngster Jason Worilds has shown some potential as a pass-rusher.
Yet that didn't stop them from showing interest in Dumervil, according to The Baltimore Sun. If they want a veteran 3-4 linebacker, Phillips is the best on the market.
He'll play on either side of the formation and suits what the Steelers do defensively.
13. Green Bay Packers: Beanie Wells, RB
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The Green Bay Packers have to establish a running game to support quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Their offense needs a versatile back with good quickness and solid receiving skills.
Step forward, Beanie Wells. The 24-year-old is a tough and dynamic runner. He possesses good acceleration and offers true big-play potential.
Health is the issue with Wells and it's a significant one. He made only 23 starts in four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
He missed seven games in 2012 due to a turf-toe injury. No team has yet to take a chance on the brittle star in this year's market.
However, the Packers can be encouraged that when he's stayed healthy, Wells has produced. In 2011, he made 14 starts and ran for 1,047 yards at a 4.3 yards-per-carry average.
Given Green Bay's options at the position, they should consider gambling on Wells. Neither DuJuan Harris nor Alex Green have convinced they can become a starter.
Wells' injury history would let the Packers work out a modest, short-term deal. That would be a smart move considering they seem to be preparing a mega deal for Rodgers.
If Wells works out, the Packers will finally have something closer to balance on offense.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Sedrick Ellis, DT
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Sedrick Ellis is a nice fit for the Minnesota Vikings' defensive system. He is a hulking tackle who can man the nose position and also has decent quickness to provide pressure from the interior.
The Vikings are still heavily reliant on Kevin Williams at the heart of their front four. As outstanding as Williams is, the 32-year-old is bound to slow down.
After him, the Vikings don't have a sufficiently disruptive tackle. Letroy Guion is not physically dominant and Christian Ballard seems ill-suited to the inside.
Ellis could help, despite his struggles with the New Orleans Saints. He's hardly thrived since the Saints drafted him in the first round in 2008.
However, he has rarely played in the kind of one-gap, "under" front the Vikings favor. Gregg Williams ran the Saints defense as a multiple-front, blitzing system that featured many three-man lines.
Last season, no Saints defender flourished in Steve Spagnuolo's fire-zone schemes. A move to the Vikings' defensive system, which isn't as scheme-heavy, could revitalize Ellis.
He would make a competent 4-3 nose tackle alongside Williams.
15. Chicago Bears: Eric Winston, RT
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The Chicago Bears simply can't do enough to strengthen one of the worst offensive lines in football. Tackle Eric Winston would be a nice fit for their offensive system under new head coach Marc Trestman.
There have been rumors the Bears will feature a read-option offense. With Trestman at the helm, there will also be plenty of West Coast offense principles involved.
Both call for mobile zone-blocking. That's Winston strength, dating back to his days operating the same system with the Houston Texans.
The Bears have already addressed the left edge of their front five by signing Jermon Bushrod. With Gabe Carimi so far unconvincing on the right, Winston's addition would make a lot of sense.
16. Detroit Lions: Antoine Winfield, CB
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The Detroit Lions need to do more to fix their secondary. Bringing back Chris Houston and Louis Delmas isn't going to get it done.
What the Lions need is a calm, experienced old campaigner to steady their defensive backfield. They won't find a better option than Antoine Winfield.
The 35-year-old is the ideal fit for the Cover-2 system Detroit loves to employ. He's operated in that same coverage scheme for NFC North rivals the Vikings since 2004.
Winfield is still physical at the line, working hard to re-route receivers underneath. He also remains a tough and willing tackler, evidenced by 101 combined stops in 2012.
Perhaps most impressive, Winfield's cover skills show no sign of diminishing. He picked off three passes last season and defensed another 12.
He also didn't surrender a touchdown pass all season. That's exactly the kind of consistency Detroit's talented but sloppy defense is missing.
The Vikings reportedly would welcome him back, However, they haven't made their move yet. The Lions should pounce and sign Winfield.
That's assuming the team that went 4-12 in 2012, can convince the soon-to-be 36-year-old they can be serious contenders this season.
17. Houston Texans: Corey Williams, NT
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The Houston Texans need a more dominant nose tackle for Wade Phillips' version of the 3-4 defense. Corey Williams fits the bill nicely.
The 32-year-old has ample size for the position at 6'4" and 320 pounds. He'll offer more bulk and power at the point than lighter duo Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell.
Phillips hasn't always used slight, quicker players at nose tackle. He deployed behemoths Pat Williams and Ted Washington there for the Buffalo Bills during the mid- and late-90s.
Williams would draw and command more double-teams at the heart of Houston's defensive front. That would create additional one-on-one matchups for playmaking ends Antonio Smith and the awesome J.J. Watt.
Coming from a 4-3 background would help Williams in Phillips' particular 3-4 system. The Texans' defensive coordinator doesn't stress a lot of 2-gap principles and still expects his three-man line to create pressure.
Williams is a decent interior pass-rusher, having registered 27.5 career sacks. That quality and his slightly younger age makes Williams a better system fit for Houston than Texas-native Casey Hampton.
The only question mark is his recovery from a serious injury to his right knee that ended Williams' 2012 campaign. If he can prove his durability, Williams has the right attributes to be a factor in Phillips' style of defense.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Takeo Spikes, ILB
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The Indianapolis Colts haven't quite applied the finishing touches to their hybrid 3-4 defense. Adding a veteran inside linebacker alongside the superb Jerrell Freeman would certainly help.
Takeo Spikes would be a smart choice. He's played in hybrid 3-4 schemes since 2008 and has extensive experience of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky's system.
Spikes played for Manusky with both the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. Despite being 36, Spikes clearly feels he can still contribute a lot.
Freeman needs a more 3-4 suitable partner in the middle. Pat Angerer still seems to fit Larry Coyer's 4-3 Tampa-2 best.
Spikes fits the current system and would be a valuable veteran leader on a largely youthful roster.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alan Branch, DT
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New Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has targeted defense so far in his rebuilding efforts. Adding a player familiar with his system, like tackle Alan Branch, would be a smart move.
Branch played for Bradley with the Seattle Seahawks for the last two seasons. He is the kind of big-bodied run-stuffer Bradley needs at the heart of his hybrid 4-3 front.
Bradley's Seattle line used size to dominate the middle, freeing roving pass-rushers to attack the edges with speed.
He has already added Roy Miller to the mix. Signing Branch would give the Jaguars a new-look tackle tandem.
It would still offer size, but would also boast greater quickness than previous starters Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu. With the interior secure, Bradley could turn to the draft to find the versatile "Leo" end his scheme features.
20. Tennessee Titans: Trevor Scott, DE/LB
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The Tennessee Titans have been smart and active in free agency. Their defensive system is taking an interesting shape.
Adding a hybrid pass-rusher like Trevor Scott would fit the pattern of some of their recent moves. The Titans are ostensibly a 4-3 team.
However, that is becoming more and more an "in name only" label. They added defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill to finally give themselves some size along the interior.
However, they also signed Ropati Pitoitua, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Pitoitua has been a 3-4 end most of his career.
Interestingly, Wyatt quotes general manager Ruston Webster saying the following about what Pitoitua's signing means for the defense:
Ropati gives us the big body we were looking for at the defensive end position. He has played a number of games and been productive.
He should be an asset for us in the run game at end and also could give us flexibility on game days with the ability to kick inside for some snaps.
The Titans are adding hybrid pieces to coordinator Jerry Gray's schemes. Gray often likes to deploy three-man fronts.
What Gray needs the most is a credible pass rush. He already has a rush end in Kamerion Wimbley and a rush linebacker in Akeem Ayers.
Scott would give Gray another capable option at both positions. He has played outside linebacker and down defensive end for both the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders.
The 28-year-old offers solid rush skills on the edge and can apply pressure to the pass pocket.
21. Atlanta Falcons: Osi Umenyiora, DE
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It seems only a matter of time before the Atlanta Falcons announce a deal for Osi Umenyiora. General manager Thomas Dimitroff expressed his confidence regarding the signing to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Umenyiora would replace John Abraham as the Falcons' primary pass-rush threat. The cat-quick defensive end would be invaluable to a defense that only posted 29 sacks in 2012.
Umenyiora has hybrid potential and can rush from a standing position or a three-point stance. That would suit defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who often likes to mix his fronts.
Acquiring Umenyiora is the best move the Falcons can make this offseason.
22. Carolina Panthers: Steve Breaston, WR
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Steve Breaston is exactly the kind of wide receiver the Carolina Panthers need to support Steve Smith. New offensive coordinator Mike Shula knows exactly how valuable a sure-handed wideout like Breaston would be to quarterback Cam Newton.
He was Newton's position coach the last two seasons. Shula should equip his young quarterback with a resourceful pass-catcher who works well over the middle and from the slot. The Panthers don't really possess that kind of receiver.
Their underneath passing game suffered somewhat in 2012, without Jeremy Shockey supporting fellow tight end Greg Olsen. Breaston is an intelligent route-runner and an ideal complementary receiver for Smith.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Richard Seymour, DE
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If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to maintain 2012's top-ranked run defense, they should sign Richard Seymour. The hulking veteran remains a stout force either at defensive end or tackle.
The Buccaneers have lost Roy Miller and Michael Bennett from last season's front four. They do have some young talent in Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn.
Signing Seymour would give their youthful group an experienced leader. He would also give the defense the nasty edge head coach Greg Schiano tried to engender in 2012.
24. New Orleans Saints: Nnamdi Asomugha, CB
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The New Orleans Saints defense needs cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. It's not just because the pass defense was appalling in 2012, ranking 31st in the league.
It's also because the Saints are transitioning to a 3-4 front and hired Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator. Ryan likes to blitz and leave his cornerbacks isolated in single coverage.
Excelling at physical, press coverage in one-on-one situations is how Asomugha became a star. He was the best bump-and-run corner in the league with the Oakland Raiders.
A disastrous two-year stint in Philadelphia has dented Asomugha's reputation. However, he is perfect for the way Ryan will call his defense.
A return to a system that emphasises what he does best can revive Asomugha's career. The Saints are certainly interested, according to The Times-Picayune.
Ryan's heavy-blitzing schemes simply won't work without a press corner of Asomugha's quality.
25. Denver Broncos: Dwight Freeney, DE
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Dwight Freeney to the Denver Broncos is another one of those moves that just makes too much sense not to happen. After losing Elvis Dumervil, Denver needs a stud pass-rusher and Freeney hasn't lost his knack for getting to the quarterback.
He may have been a little below-par in 2012. However, Freeney was never going to fit the Colts' switch to a 3-4 scheme.
He does, however, remain a natural fit for the kind of 4-3 system the Broncos favor. Head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will give Freeney the freedom to do what he does best.
They will turn him loose to rush the passer. The Denver Post suggests Freeney is the Broncos' top choice to replace Dumervil.
Even at 33, he would be a dangerous weapon in Denver's defense.
26. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Harris, OT
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The San Diego Chargers need to overhaul an offensive line that allowed 49 sacks last season. To do it, they must find good fits for new line coach Joe D'Allessandris and his zone-based system.
One under-the-radar possibility worth considering is Ryan Harris. The athletic right tackle has spent his entire pro career in zone-blocking systems.
He first learned the scheme under Mike Shanahan for the Denver Broncos. Last season, he played in the same system for long-time former Shanahan assistant Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans.
Harris is a good blocker on the move in the running game. He would also improve the protection around quarterback Philip Rivers.
Staying off the treatment table has been his issue. Harris has made only 20 starts since 2008.
However, the Chargers should consider him worth the gamble as they retool their offensive front.
27. Oakland Raiders: Mike Jenkins, CB
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The Raiders need help everywhere, but their need may be greatest at cornerback. The Silver and Black parted ways with four cornerbacks this offseason, including Michael Huff and Ron Bartell.
That's enough to make rumors of interest in Dallas Cowboys castoff Mike Jenkins welcome news. ESPNDallas.com states the Raiders could be keen to add the underachieving 28-year-old.
Jenkins has only shown glimpses of the talent that convinced the Cowboys to use a first-round pick on him in 2008. He was exceptional in 2009, but his career has trailed off dramatically ever since.
On his day, Jenkins is an opportunistic press corner. The Raiders used to be the team to go to in order to salvage a career.
It's a long shot, but Oakland head coach Dennis Allen could get Jenkins back to his best.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Bart Scott, ILB
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The Kansas City Chiefs have done some excellent work so far in free agency. However, they could use a run-stuffer in the middle of their linebacker corps.
Ex-New York Jet Bart Scott would be a good choice. He's well known to new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who served as his position coach in 2012.
Scott's quickness may be declining now that he's 32. However, the Chiefs don't need an athletic inside linebacker.
They already have one of the league's best in Derrick Johnson. What Sutton needs is a foil for Johnson's dynamic, active style.
Scott can still be that player. The 242-pounder remains an aggressive hitter and a useful pass-rusher in blitz schemes. He would be a great fit for Sutton's multiple 3-4 system.
29. San Francisco 49ers: Casey Hampton, NT
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The San Francisco 49ers lost a fine nose tackle in Isaac Sopoaga. They also lost his chief reserve, Ricky Jean Francois.
Adding veteran Super Bowl winner Casey Hampton would make an already imposing defense even more intimidating. He is still a natural anchor for a 3-4 front.
Hampton would maintain the integrity of San Francisco's feared run defense. That rush defense was still strong in 2012, ranking fourth overall.
However, the 49ers did have trouble with Ahmad Bradshaw, Steven Jackson and Seattle's bruising power back, Marshawn Lynch. Put Hampton in between Justin Smith and Ray McDonald and that trouble goes away.
Coordinator Vic Fangio's defense is built on power in the middle. Providing that strength is what Hampton has done his entire career in a similar system with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Age may be a concern, given Hampton will be 36 once the season begins. However, Ted Washington and Keith Traylor won Super Bowls as starting nose tackles for the New England Patriots, aged 35.
Hampton is worth the risk for last season's runners-up.
30. Seattle Seahawks: Matt Toeaina, DT
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The Seahawks haven't missed much in free agency. Boosting the depth of their interior defensive line might be the only pressing need left.
Matt Toeaina would be a smart addition for Pete Carroll's system of defense. Carroll likes to deploy a hybrid front that looks like a 4-3, but contains 3-4 characteristics.
One of those characteristics is a nose tackle to anchor the middle. Toeaina is a natural for the position.
He plays with good initial quickness, sound leverage and solid strength. The 28-year-old performed well as a one-gap nose tackle for the Chicago Bears in 2010 and 2011.
However, his 2012 season was blighted by a series of injuries. Carroll has taken gambles on defensive linemen before, including pass-rusher Chris Clemons.
Those gambles have largely paid off. Toeaina would be worth a risk and would provide good cover behind incumbent Brandon Mebane.
31. St. Louis Rams: Tracy Porter, CB
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The St. Louis Rams might be wise to consider a veteran cornerback like Tracy Porter. The talented but temperamental Janoris Jenkins has so far managed to stay out of trouble.
However, the same can't be said for fellow 2012 draft choice, Trumaine Johnson. He was recently arrested for DUI.
It's not the first time Johnson has gotten into trouble. In college, he was arrested following disorderly conduct in late-2011.
Fisher may not want to risk Johnson as his main depth behind Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan. If not, then Porter would be a shrewd signing.
Fisher likes opportunistic cornerbacks who can survive in man coverage. At his best, Porter can be a ball hawk in off-coverage.
He will take risks but that won't be much of an issue in the Rams' aggressive system.
32. Arizona Cardinals: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR
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New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians favors vertical speed at wide receiver. Few wideouts offer more of that than Darrius Heyward-Bey.
He can stretch the field and would fit well in the deep passing attack Arians often calls. The former Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator does already have talented receivers.
Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts are legitimate weapons. However, Arians has never been shy about using four- and five-receiver sets to challenge defenses.
AzCentral.com's Kent Somers believes the Cardinals could pursue Heyward-Bey's former quarterback Carson Palmer. Giving Palmer a receiver he knows would be a big help to the veteran.
As free agency slows down, keep an eye out for developments regarding the futures of the system-suitable fits on this list.