Picking Over Scraps: Terrell Owens Tops List of Unsigned NFL Free Agents
The NFL offseason has finally entered a period of little activity with most of the significant free agents having found homes and the rookie draft now in the rearview mirror.
However, the free agent market still possesses some solid talent that should find its way onto rosters in the near future and likely into productive roles in 2010. Teams have filled out their 80 man rosters and will use the ongoing round of organized team activities to assess their rosters and determine if and where reinforcements are required.
Look for the remaining veteran free agents on the market to begin finding teams starting in a week or two. Let's have a look at the top five remaining 2010 free agents.
There are clearly issues with all of these players and that is why they remain on the market. However, the majority appear to remain reasonably productive and, if healthy, would improve the rosters of many of the teams in the league.
1. Terrell Owens , WR : He's 36, coming off a mediocre season, and has as bad a reputation as any diva receiver the league has to offer. However, he still has something left and likely would have topped 1,000 yards last year in Buffalo had the Bills received even marginal production from the quarterback position.
Even with the uninspiring trio of Trent Edwards , Ryan Fitzpatrick , and Brian Brohm , TO still managed 829 receiving yards and five touchdowns, while averaging 15.1 yards per catch, a decent indication he still has some big play ability.
Potential Landing Spots: Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis. None of those three teams possesses a true No. 1 receiver and since the Rams run the same offense as the Eagles, Owens would be familiar with their playbook.
2. Marc Bulger , QB: With Bulger, the question is what quarterback are you getting? The one who put up Pro Bowl numbers between 2004 and 2006? Or the one who looked shell shocked playing behind a porous offensive line with declining talent at the skill positions between 2007 and 2009?
At this point in his career, Bulger is best described as a quarterback who can be productive if his protection is solid but not one who is able to consistently sidestep rushers and make those around him better.
Potential Landing Spots: Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Arizona. The whispers keep coming that the Cardinals are interested, but Pittsburgh and Buffalo are the most likely landing spots. The Steelers could use Bulger to step in during Ben Roethlisberger's suspension and he would seem to be a good one year fit.
The Bills are desperate for help at the position but their offensive line might be the worst in the league and, although Bills management keeps talking about adding another quarterback to the roster, they don't seem to be doing much about it.
3. Flozell Adams, LT : There generally aren't many free agent left tackles who have started 64 consecutive games and missed only 10 games in a 12-year career available at this point of the offseason, but Adams fits the bill. Normally, players with his pedigree have secured at least a backup role on a contending team or a starting role for one of the league's doormat franchises.
While Adams is 34-years old and clearly has seen better days, he still moves well for a big man and is certainly better than many of the starting tackles in the league.
Potential Landing Spots: Buffalo, Arizona, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis. Only St. Louis isn't rumored to be interested in adding a starting caliber offensive tackle to the roster. Arizona and Indianapolis fit the bill as potential playoff teams and Adams would look good in Buffalo, Kansas City, and St. Louis mentoring young talent at the position.
4. Brian Westbrook , RB : He's 30 years old and coming off two concussions, but, if healthy, would help every team in the league. Westbrook ran the ball well in 2009 and remains a solid receiver out of the backfield.
Potential Landing Spots: St. Louis, Denver, Washington, Green Bay. I covered where he had visited yesterday . Add Green Bay to the list since they have not re-signed Ahman Green , aren't sold on Brandon Jackson , and waited until the sixth round to address the position in the draft with the selection of James Starks .
5. Leonard Little and Adewale Oguleye , DE : Although both players are on the downside of their careers, teams are always on the look out for pass rush help and Little and Ogunleye have the ability to produce as situational role players in 2010.
Little is 35 years old but managed six and a half sacks in 13 games in 2010 while playing through injuries. Ogunleye is 32 and had six sacks in 14 games last year.
Potential Landing Spots: New Orleans, Cincinnati, Oakland, St. Louis, Carolina.
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