NFL Free Agency: Five Most Surprising Free Agents Without a Home
Numerous players remain unsigned through the first several weeks of the NFL free agency period.
Reasons varying from age, lack of production, injuries or character concerns are keeping most of the remaining players available.
Another factor, unique to the 2010 offseason, is the new collective bargaining agreement(CBA) on the horizon. Teams and players are weary of all contract negotiations with a potential lockout for the 2011 season and potential changes to the CBA.
All that said, there are several players who inexplicably remain unsigned heading into the 2010 NFL season.
QB, Marc Bulger, released by Rams
Marc Bulger is three years removed from his last productive season, however, the majority of his struggles can be attributed to injuries and a lack of a supporting cast in St. Louis.
At 33 years of age, Bulger doesn't have much of a future in the NFL, but he could definitely play the role of experienced backup, who would be more than capable of spot duty throughout the season.
With several teams in need of quaterback help, it's hard to believe that Bulger remains on the sidelines.
As OTAs and training camps progress, someone will take a chance on Bulger, and for good reason.
Projected Team: Chicago Bears
OT, Flozell Adams, released by Cowboys
A left tackle with 12 years of NFL experience should be a hot commodity in the open market. Five-time Pro Bowler, Flozell Adams, appears to be an exception to the rule.
There's no doubt Adams' skills are on the decline, however his size and experience should still hold value in the NFL.
Popular opinion has Adams as a potential starting left tackle in 2010, however, after almost two months on the open market, he remains homeless.
Projected team: Denver Broncos(Without Ryan Clady, the Broncos will be desperate for a big, experienced left tackle)
DE, Adewale Oguleye, Unrestricted Free Agent
In his eight years as a starter Adewale Ogunleye has averaged more than eight sacks per season.
In 14 games in 2009, Ogunleye accumulated six-and-a- half sacks on a depleted Bears defense.
With the addition of Julius Peppers, the Bears no longer required the services of the 32-year-old defensive end. However, it's surprising that no other team has shown interest in the former Pro Bowler.
Ogunleye is recovering from a fractured fibula, but all reports say that he is 100 percent, and will be ready for all offseason activities.
Projected Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB, Dre' Bly, Unrestricted Free Agent
At 33 years of age, Bly's best days are behind him. That said, based on his performance last year, he still has all the ability to be a starting corner in the NFL.
For the majority of his career, Bly has been one of the most dangerous ballhawks in the league. With 43 career interceptions and 148 passes defended, Bly's numbers speak for themselves.
With the current speed available at wide receiver, Bly could be a liability in man-to-man coverage. That said, his savvy and experience could be invaluable in zone coverages and nickel and dime packages.
Projected Team: Minnesota Vikings
MLB, Keith Bulluck, Unrestricted Free Agent
Having torn his ACL late in 2009, the market for Bulluck has been understandably cold.
Prior to his knee injury, Bulluck was on his way to mimicking numbers from his Pro Bowl seasons earlier this decade.
Another encouraging fact for Bulluck is the league-wide need for middle linebackers. Most notably, for teams that use the 4-3 defense, the same defense where Bulluck will be regarded with some of the best of all-time at middle linebacker.
It's difficult to take a chance on a 33-year-old player coming off a major knee surgery, but with the advances in the medical field, it would not be surprising to see Bulluck return to his pre-injury form.
Projected Team: New York Giants