We are now six days into the 2014 NFL free-agency period, and teams continue to look for impact players who can become effective additions to their rosters. Many big-name players have already found new homes; however, plenty of talent still remains available.
At this point, teams will be looking to acquire players who will not only be schematic fits, but also come in at a cap-friendly rate.
Let's take a look at a few free agents who have recently generated some interest from NFL teams based on reports from NFL insiders.
Oakland Raiders Targeting Matt Schaub
Yes, the Houston Texans quarterback is not a free agent at this point. The potential release of the veteran signal-caller has been a debate for some time now; however, it remains unknown if it will happen.
If it does, the Raiders will be big players for Schaub, according to a report by Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com:
Two of the four veteran quarterbacks the Oakland Raiders plan to target in free agency are not yet free agents, although that is expected to change soon.
Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans tops the list, followed by the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez and current unrestricted free agents Josh Freeman and Michael Vick, in that order, according to a source.
Schaub and Sanchez are expected to be cut by their respective teams soon.
Even though Gutierrez hears that Schaub is expected to be released, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle thinks differently:
Before anyone asks, the Texans aren't interested in Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell. Texans are keeping Matt Schaub for a while.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 12, 2014
Something will have to change if the Texans do hang on to Schaub. After all, he is set to make a base salary of $10 million this year, according to Spotrac.com.
This is a tremendously high number for a quarterback who was benched in 2013 after throwing just 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions through 10 games.
Should Houston and Schaub part ways, the Raiders will be looking to bring in the veteran to compete with second-year quarterback Matt McGloin for the starting role.
Anthony Spencer to Visit New York Giants
The Giants are very familiar with Spencer. The veteran defensive end has played all seven of his NFL seasons with division rival Dallas Cowboys.
Last season, Spencer was injured early and required surgery on his left knee. This was a huge blow for the Cowboys after the defensive end recorded 95 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles one year prior.
The Giants have not forgotten that production, and according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, they will bring in Spencer for a visit on Sunday:
Anthony Spencer is set to visit the #Giants today, source says. Intriguing fit there.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2014
Spencer would be an intriguing fit in the Giants' defensive scheme. With Jason Pierre-Paul struggling with injuries and Damontre Moore still very much unproven, Spencer could see himself in a big role immediately.
Carolina Panthers Looking at Jerricho Cotchery
According to Mark Kaboly of TribLive.com, the Panthers will host former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery on Monday:
Cotchery will visit wide-receiver-needy Carolina on Monday. Carolina recently released veteran Steve Smith and lost Brandon LaFell to New England via free agency. Two others teams have also shown interest in the 31-year-old Cotchery, who had a career high 10 touchdowns last year.
This brings about a very interesting situation. Both the Panthers and Steelers have lost wide receivers during the 2014 NFL free-agency period. Cotchery had a productive season last year in Pittsburgh, and both teams may be heading for a bidding war to acquire his services.
Cotchery fit well in Pittsburgh's offense in 2013, recording 46 receptions for 602 yards and 10 touchdowns in a limited role. After Antonio Brown, the Steelers are left with a very inexperienced wide receiver corps.
Carolina is in the same boat. The team lost its top-two receivers from a year ago and is left with unproven players at the position. Cotchery's reliability and veteran experience would be a much-needed addition here.
It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.