NFL Free Agents 2013: Best Players Still on the Market

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 7, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 03:  Wide receiver Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates after a first down catch in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 3, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Most of the big-name free agents in the NFL have signed new deals or received the franchise tag. There will be another set of free-agent signings after the NFL draft, and then again once training camps begin.

There are still a number of capable veterans and recognizable names on the open market. Here are the best free agents who are still without a home.


Karlos Dansby, LB, 31 Years Old

2012 Stats: 134 tackles and one forced fumble

Despite being just 31 years old and coming off a productive season, Dansby was released by the Miami Dolphins.

The release came just hours after the team signed Dannell Ellerbe to a five-year, $35 million contract, and per James Walker of ESPN, Dansby was shocked to be released.

I'm personally surprised he's still on the market, but I predict he'll be a valuable late pickup for a team in search of a veteran presence in their linebacker corps.

Per Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, Dansby's father names the New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons as teams his son could land with.


Dwight Freeney, DE, 33 Years Old

2012 Stats: Five sacks and one forced fumble

The aging pass-rusher seems a little delusional about his abilities at 33 years old.

It is possible his sack numbers were impacted by playing in the 3-4 in 2012. But the fact remains that he is advanced in age and his sack totals have declined the last three seasons.

Right now it appears Freeney is primarily concerned with cashing in. I don't blame him. This is a business at the end of the day, and a sport that is hard on the body.

Per Dan Hanzus of, Freeney wants a deal richer than Osi Umenyiora, who has base earnings of $8.5 million.

Freeney has received interest from the New England Patriots per ESPN, and he has expressed interest in playing for the Detroit Lions, per Justin Rogers of

As a situational pass-rusher Freeney could make an impact, but he may have to lower his demands to find a home.


Victor Cruz, WR, 26 Years Old

2012 Stats: 86 receptions, 1,092 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns

Originally it was reported that Cruz wanted up to $11 million per year, per Chris Wesseling of, but the New York Giants have only offered him $7 million per year with up to $20 million guaranteed.

It is hard to argue with Cruz's demands. He was a constant weapon for the Giants in 2012 when the receiving corps was ripped apart by injuries.

Possibly Cruz is softening his stance, as Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports reports that Cruz has aligned with Jay-Z's Roc-Nation sport agency, and he is now seeking at least $10 million per year.

I'm betting they get this worked out and Cruz continues to dance for the G-Men.


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