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2011 NFL Free Agency Speculation: 5 Journeymen Who Could Make an Impact in 2011

Michael MagoulisCorrespondent IJune 8, 2011

2011 NFL Free Agency Speculation: 5 Journeymen Who Could Make an Impact in 2011

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 2:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers passes against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    When high profile names like Peyton Manning become free agents, they aren't likely to go anywhere.

    However, there are several players that may not receive the same attention, but are still capable of making a positive impact in the upcoming season.

    The following is a list of players that are 30 or younger and still may have not have achieved their full potential at this point in their NFL careers. Their past numbers and constant improvement show promise for future seasons. 

Alex Smith

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 02:    Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    During his six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith has shown steady improvement, but is likely going to be moving in 2011.

    His numbers may not be great, but he has shown his ability to be a competent starting quarterback.

    Even if he does not maintain a starting job going into 2011, he'll have something to prove both to himself and to the team that signs him. I'd expect another year of improved numbers from a motivated Alex Smith. 

Darren Sproles

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    DENVER - JANUARY 02:  Running back Darren Sproles #43 of the San Diego Chargers rushes against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Gett
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Although Darren Sproles has played in 78 games over the course of his six seasons with the San Diego Chargers, he has started in a mere five.

    In 2010, his 50 rush attempts accumulated 267 in addition to his 59 receptions for 520 yards.

    While the Chargers may look to sign him, he could make a greater impact elsewhere.

Malcom Floyd

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 2:  Wide receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers makes a one-handed 41-yard reception for a first down against cornerback Perrish Cox #32 of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Jan
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    In 2010, Malcom Floyd averaged an astounding 19.4 yards per reception and has shown his ability to be a big play receiver over the course of his seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

    Despite only having 37 receptions in 2010, he gained 717 yards with seven touchdowns.

    At 6'5", Floyd could be an additional threat and added depth at wide receiver for any team in the NFL.

Steve Smith

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 07:  Wide receiver Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants rushes against Roy Lewis #34 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 7, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Giants defeated the Seahawks 41-7. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Ge
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Heading into his fifth NFL season in 2011, Steve Smith has proved to be an extremely valuable commodity for the New York Giants.

    With the losses of Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer in 2009, Steve Smith caught for 1,220 yards and seven TDs, in addition to breaking the Giants franchise record for receptions in a single season with 107.

    Unfortunately, an injury only allowed him to play nine games in 2010. Still, he caught 48 receptions for 529 yards and three TDs.

    A healthy Steve Smith could easily have a major impact as a starting wideout on any team lucky enough to pick him up in 2011.

Seneca Wallace

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Seneca Wallace #6 of the Cleveland Browns looks for a receiver against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Seneca Wallace spent several seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before moving to the Cleveland Browns last season.

    Although he played in eight games, he only started four, despite putting up fairly good numbers and ending the season with a 88.5 QB rating.

    Heading into his ninth season at 30 years old, Wallace has the experience and the talent to be a solid addition to any team that chooses to pick him up. 

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