NFL Free Agency is in full swing this week and teams are scrambling in an uncapped year to put pieces together for the future.
Because of the uncapped year, many teams have exercised options to relieve themselves of large, unfulfilling contracts. These teams have decided that taking a large financial hit this season is better than having a player that costs them cap room in upcoming years.
As a result, many veterans find themselves looking for a new home and teams looking for savvy veterans to sure up roster spots are in luck.
Offensive talent on the free agency market is abundant. The following are the players that I believe are the top available at their respective positions.
Jake Delhomme finds himself a free agent after the Carolina Panthers made a move to release him despite owing him $12.7 million. In a tear filled press conference, the Carolina brass made it clear that this was simply a financial move and that there are no hard feelings between the team and the veteran QB.
Delhomme reciprocated those sentiments in an emotional farewell at a separate news conference. He also reiterated his desire to continue playing football in the NFL.
Delhomme becomes the top free agent quarterback in a market with little competition. Whether he gets the opportunity to compete for a starting position somewhere remains to be seen, but regardless, the 11-year veteran will be a valuable signing for someone as a backup who can come in and win games when needed.
Daunte Culpepper also remains a free agent, but aside from he and Delhomme, the quarterback market is very bare.
Jones is rumored to be visiting the Chiefs today. This would be a major move for a Kansas City team that is very short on offensive production. Jones would share carries with Jamaal Charles who emerged late in 2009 as a potential star in the making.
Tomlinson is rumored to be speaking with the Vikings which would create a very crowded and star filled backfield with Adrian Peterson . Could these two rival running backs share the spotlight? Rest assured that even if this deal is made, this is Peterson’s team and his job to lose.
Any team in the market for an aging wide receiver about three years past his expiration date is in luck. There are quite a few of these available right now.
Needless to say that any team looking to improve at this position is better served, at least long term, by the upcoming April draft.
Benjamin Watson tops a list of pretty good tight ends available in free agency. Watson, a veteran who has played in New England, could bring a spark to a team in need of a top-tier tight end. While Watson doesn’t have the elite blocking or receiving skills, he is a savvy player that has been around and can at least pose a threat to defenses.
Free agency should be heating up early this week with teams having the weekend to speak with agents and players. Look for these top players to sign soon as teams try to fill needs before the April draft.