NFL Free Agents 2013: Latest Buzz on Veterans Still on the Market
The NFL free-agency signing frenzy is long since over, but in no way does that mean that there aren't a number of quality players left on the market. Even with training camp just around the corner, veterans like John Abraham and Eric Winston still have time to find new teams and make big impacts this coming season.
Here's a quick look at recent news on these players:
John Abraham-Defensive End
Abraham is the best remaining player on the market, as he has had 32.5 sacks and 12 forced fumbles over the last three years as an edge rusher for the Atlanta Falcons. Abraham's contractual demands and desire to be close to a full-time player have scared some teams off, according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post
Still, he has plenty left in the tank and will be a shrewd pickup for a team with playoff aspirations. Dwight Freeney, a similar player to Abraham at this stage of his career, just got 4.75 million guaranteed over two years from the Chargers. Abraham can expect a similar deal.
He's been in contact with the Titans, Patriots, Falcons, Dolphins and Broncos, but talks haven't yet gotten serious with any of them due to his asking price.
Eric Winston-Right Tackle
Winston is easily the best tackle left in free agency, and though he is only able to play on the right side of the line, he still performs at a high level.
He's been released each of the past two offseasons because he is a fit in only zone-blocking systems, but any team that runs a scheme he fits in will find a quality starting right tackle for just $2-3 million a year.
He's been connected to the Titans, Texans, Dolphins and Cowboys, but his high asking price has kept him from being signed thus far.
If I were a betting man, I'd say Abraham will sign with the Patriots and Winston with sign with the Dolphins, but with so many suitors for each player, predicting their final landing spot is difficult.
No matter where they sign, though, you can bet each of these players will have an impact for their new team in 2013.
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