The 2014 NFL preseason kicked off Sunday night with the Hall of Fame Game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills, but there are still many teams considering the free-agent options left on the open market.
With several big names and a plethora of role players still unsigned, the injuries and unseen developments of training camp and the preseason should have teams kicking the tires on many of the available free agents.
Here is a list of the top free agents, their predicted landing spots and rumors surrounding the remaining unsigned players.
|Rank||Player||Position||Predicted Landing Spot|
|1||Asante Samuel||CB||Detroit Lions|
|2||Jermichael Finley||TE||Green Bay Packers|
|3||Santonio Holmes||WR||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|4||Josh Freeman||QB||Arizona Cardinals|
|5||Ed Reed||S||Kansas City Chiefs|
|6||Dustin Keller||TE||Kansas City Chiefs|
|7||James Harrison||OLB||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|8||Josh Cribbs||WR||Philadelphia Eagles|
|9||Ronnie Brown||RB||Miami Dolphins|
Ravens Interested in Brandon Driver?
Former San Jose State cornerback and Baltimore native Brandon Driver tried out for the Baltimore Ravens last Monday. According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the team reportedly liked what it saw from the undrafted player:
Ravens tried out former San Jose State cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) today, not immediately signed. Hearing it went well, though.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) July 28, 2014
Driver left college in 2012 and has worked hard to get the opportunity to play for a team in the NFL. While he has not signed a deal with the Ravens yet, the franchise has asked him to stay in shape in case an injury forces the organization to add depth, per Wilson.
Baltimore is already thin at cornerback, and preseason injury issues are already raising red flags. After Corey Graham left via free agency, the focus was placed on Lardarius Webb to produce more than ever, but he is still suffering through a lingering back injury.
While Jimmy Smith is a viable starter, Aaron Ross tore his Achilles and will miss the entire season. The team still has players like Chykie Brown, Asa Jackson, Dominique Franks and a cadre of rookies, but Driver could be a viable option if Baltimore’s injury woes continue.
Mike Brisiel Drawing Interest from Multiple Teams
After being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006, former Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders offensive guard Mike Brisiel has spent his career as a contributing member to both offensive lines.
Now, Brisiel finds himself on the open market once again.
In a report from Adam Caplan of ESPN, Brisiel has drawn interest from at least two teams, but the New York Giants could be the best fit overall:
Veteran G Mike Brisiel would fit Giants WCO, but has not been contacted yet by the team. Has drawn interest from MIA and CHI this year.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 21, 2014
The interest from the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears is a safe bet due to the lingering issues both teams are facing with their offensive lines, but Caplan is correct in suggesting that the best fit for a veteran like Brisiel could be New York.
Chris Snee's retirement has left a hole at guard that current starters Geoff Schwartz and Brandon Mosley may not be able to fill. If Eli Manning starts seeing pressure through the middle, the Giants would be remiss to pass on a talented player like Brisiel.
Even if it’s not New York, the injuries that occur during training camp across the league could leave an opening that Brisiel can fill. The six-year veteran should find himself on a NFL roster soon enough.
*Stats via NFL.com.