NFL Free Agents: Last-Minute Signings That Can Make or Break Teams' Seasons
It may be the final week of the preseason, but there are still a variety of NFL free agents that could make an impact by joining a team before the season starts.
The Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns are all searching for answers at some key positions that these rumored free agent signing could help provide.
Brandon Lloyd and the Packers
The Packers are hoping to have another dominant offense this year, but they’ve been hit by the injury bug big time.
The passing offense may struggle due to the absence of left tackle Bryan Bulaga to protect Aaron Rodgers’ blind side, and if Cobb should miss time, they’ll be lacking a deep threat.
Luckily for them, Brandon Lloyd is available, and speed is his best quality.
Some reports have noted they’d be a good fit, but there’s little hard evidence connecting the two.
However, despite his disappointing season with the Patriots, Lloyd could play very well if he had Aaron Rodgers throwing to him.
Brian Waters and the Cowboys
The Cowboys have plenty of talent at the skill positions, but their offensive line is still a concern.
They’re currently slated to start Jermey Parnell at right tackle and Doug Free at right guard, yet that would force both athletes to play out of position.
The offensive line allowed 36 sacks last year, good for 17th in the league, and Tony Romo needs some help staying upright.
As a solution, ESPN’s Jean-Jacques Taylor lobbied for Dallas to pursue free agent guard Brian Waters to join the team and allow them to reshuffle the line.
While Waters would be a good fit, observers are unsure he’s even willing to step on the field this year.
A Source said there's a feeling Brian Waters doesn't want to play this season.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 28, 2013
Running Backs and the Browns
Cleveland’s Trent Richardson can’t do it all.
The star running back ran the ball 267 times last year; his backup Brandon Jackson had eight carries by comparison.
The Browns clearly need an answer at backup running back, considering that it’s a position with a really high injury risk, especially with Richardson coming off such an intensive season.
With veterans like Willis McGahee and Michael Turner still available, they have options.
ESPN’s Matt Williamson suggested another pair of alternatives.
Yes, CLEV should be very much in market to add a RB...maybe #Patriots cast off like Bolden/Blount?— Matt Williamson (@WilliamsonNFL) August 28, 2013
Both Legarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden are in danger of losing their roster spots when the Patriots will be forced to make their final roster cuts on Aug. 31, and either would be a good fit with the Browns.
Overall, it seems like a no-brainer that the Packers and the Browns make some moves to add depth to these positions of need.
However, the Cowboys have shown they’re unwilling to expend too much effort to improve the offensive line.
With Waters seemingly reluctant to play, they’ll likely have to stick with what they have.
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