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NFL Free Agents Who Could Still Receive Training Camp Invites

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 30, 2013

NFL Free Agents Who Could Still Receive Training Camp Invites

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    NFL training camp is a month away, and a handful of noteworthy veterans find themselves without jobs heading into the month of July. The league has continued to form into a young man's game, one where athleticism tends to triumph over players with experience.

    Yet with injuries bound to occur, along with teams not being satisfied with current position battles, there will be opportunities for some of the older players to at least receive an invite to training camp.

    Here are 10 free agents who will eventually receive a nod from an NFL organization.

10. Jammal Brown, Offensive Tackle

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    Despite Jammal Brown's decline as a pass-protector, at the age of 32, the former Saints left tackle has a very good chance of receiving an invitation from an NFL team this summer.

    The offensive line spots might be the most valuable positions aside from quarterback, especially with many linemen suffering injuries after months away from the game.

    It's also important for teams to establish as much depth at offensive tackle as possible, with the position becoming incredibly crucial for quarterbacks to have success in this league.

    Ultimately, when the dust settles, a team will invite Brown into camp if he appears to be healthy.

9. Brandon Moore, Offensive Guard

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    Similar to Jammal Brown, veteran offensive guard Brandon Moore plays a position where finding a suitable replacement is never an easy task.

    This isn't the first time Moore's dealt with adversity. Having entered the league as an undrafted rookie, Moore took advantage of the opportunity to reach his potential by anchoring the Jets offensive line for several years.

    His ability to emerge as a vocal leader in the past could also intrigue younger teams who rely on veteran players to hold their teammates accountable.

8. Bart Scott, Inside Linebacker

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    When looking at potential value for Bart Scott, an aging linebacker, the reality is that he is likely a two-down player at this stage in his career.

    Even with the significantly diminished role with the Jets, though, he recorded over 100 tackles and six sacks the last two seasons.

    Finding a suitable inside linebacker is not easy these days, especially with the injuries that affect these players each year.

    In a limited role, Scott could provide more durability and be an average starter if called upon by a team this season. Eventually, he will find his way into someone's training camp.

7. Kerry Rhodes, Safety

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    Kerry Rhodes has not managed to find work as quickly as he probably expected, which comes as a surprise.

    While he's already 30 years old, Rhodes rejuvenated his career after joining the Arizona Cardinals in 2010.

    Last season, he secured four interceptions—the second time he had accomplished that task in a Cardinals uniform.

    Rhodes will receive at least an invite from a team that could implement a veteran option at safety without having to worry about lack of experience at a crucial position.

6. Cedric Benson, Running Back

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    The running back market has been extremely quiet this offseason, as teams are relying on drafting younger running backs who bring more athleticism to the position.

    However, Cedric Benson proved effective in the backfield during his last three seasons with the Bengals, from 2009 to 2011. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of those three seasons and combined for 19 rushing touchdowns.

    Last season, Benson did battle injuries for most of the season. However, he didn't receive much of an opportunity in a Packers offense that doesn't give its tailbacks much of an opportunity to be consistently productive.

    For the few teams out there who continue to use the power running game, Benson can be a viable option. Someone will bring him in to see if he is worth anything beyond a spot in training camp.

5. Willis McGahee, Running Back

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    Willis McGahee will enter training camp as a veteran running back who has overcome plenty of injuries before. He'll attempt to prove that the Broncos made the wrong decision releasing him in June.

    If McGahee can check out in proper physical condition, a team should pounce and allow him to prove his worth in a tryout.

    He arguably exceeded Denver's expectations, rushing for nearly 1,200 yards his first year in 2011. McGahee was on his way to another 1,000-plus-yard campaign last year before having his season cut short.

    McGahee has returned from brutal injuries in the past and could eventually become a valuable third-down running back if given the opportunity.

4. Brandon Lloyd, Wide Receiver

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    Brandon Lloyd's value among NFL teams remains at quite a low point because of the questions that surround him as a player.

    How legitimate are the concerns about his attitude? Why was he not more effective in an offense that fit his style as well as New England's?

    Despite those concerns, Lloyd will eventually receive an opportunity to compete for a roster spot. If Terrell Owens could receive a tryout long past his prime years, then there shouldn't be any reason Lloyd won't eventually be offered a spot for the preseason.

3. Richard Seymour, Defensive End

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    Pass-rushers are more important than ever as the game continues to transform into a pass-driven sport.

    That hasn't stopped teams from avoiding Richard Seymour due to his drastic decline while with the Raiders. Will that last the rest of the summer and potentially into the regular season? It's tough to envision that kind of scenario.

    Granted, Seymour cannot be counted on as a primary starter at defensive end. However, if he returns to a team with a winning culture and accepts his ultimate role of being a one-down defensive end, then a team will hold on to the veteran beyond the duration of training camp.

2. Eric Winston, Offensive Tackle

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    One of the more surprising developments from free agency was Eric Winston's inability to find a suitor for his services. The demand for offensive linemen hasn't changed, nor will it change.

    Besides, Winston has become a quality right tackle in this league.

    For Winston, it has been a frustrating process as teams continue to shy away from his price tag. But it will eventually dwindle down to the average market value, where a team will likely hold on to him after the preseason and potentially for all of the regular season.

1. John Abraham, Defensive End

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    John Abraham has remained the most talented veteran on the market, as he has been unable to find a deal where he is satisfied with both his salary and playing time.

    Will his demands change over time? Well, if he does not manage to find a team by the middle of preseason, then Abraham will need to adjust to how teams view him as a defensive end past his prime.

    It seems reasonable that Abraham could accept a larger role with a contending team chasing a championship. However, the offers from those high-caliber teams have passed.

    Abraham could find the right opportunity if a team loses its pass-rusher at some point in the next two months. If that's the case, then he could come upon his future team this summer.

     

    Matt Miselis is an NFL columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @MattMiselisNFL.

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