NFL Free Agency: 5 Free Agents with the Best Locker Room Personalities

Eli Nachmany@EliNachmanyCorrespondent IIIJune 10, 2011

NFL Free Agency: 5 Free Agents with the Best Locker Room Personalities

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Marc Bulger #10 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass the ball against Charles Grant #94 of the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on November 15, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty I
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    So many articles have been written about free agents with terrible personalities or free agents who will disrupt a locker room.

    With the NFL full of attitude issues, it's time to look at the flip side of these attitude issues and name the free agents with the best personalities.

    Some free agents can come in and have a positive influence on a locker room with their experience and mentoring ability.

    Here are a few free agents who will have a positive locker room influence.

Cedric Benson

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Some think of Cedric Benson as a Cincinnati Bengal and immediately associate him with bad attitude.

    However, Benson is a hard worker who was determined to not be a bust and has carried the load for the lowly Bengals without complaint.

    Benson could work in a timeshare role and teach a young power back the tricks of the trade.

    Despite his mileage, Benson can be a positive contributor and will mentor younger players so that they can stay grounded and not be a bust like he almost was.

TJ Houshmandzadeh

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter of their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead S
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    TJ Houshmandzadeh is best remembered for his drop last year that could have cost the Ravens an AFC Championship berth.

    The Ravens will probably cut ties with the veteran receiver and a team should pick him up to be a mentor for younger receivers.

    Houshmandzadeh kept quiet in Chad Ochocinco's shadow while in Cincinnati and was able to contribute to the Ravens' playoff berth in 2010 while being a good teammate.

    The older receiver is sure to get a few offers, as he's been around the NFL and knows how to win.

Richard Seymour

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks gets off the ground after he was sacked by Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw
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    Some will argue his placement on this list, citing his punch of Ben Roethlisberger, but all it showed was that Seymour cares.

    There is no amount of money that a team can place on Seymour's veteran leadership and the Raiders were smart to resolve to keep him in Oakland.

    Seymour has kept it all together in Oakland on the defensive side of the ball and will help Rolando McClain develop into a Tedy Bruschi-like player whom Seymour played with in Oakland.

    Seymour has been to the Super Bowl and won it multiple times and he knows what it takes to succeed in the NFL.

Marc Bulger

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    BALTIMORE - AUGUST 28:  Marc Bulger #9 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the New York Giants in a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Giants 24-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    A team doesn't pay someone millions of dollars to hold a clipboard all year unless that player has something else to offer.

    Bulger helped impart his veteran wisdom to Joe Flacco, who went on to lead the Ravens to the divisional round of the playoffs in 2010.

    Now, Bulger has a chance to take a starting job somewhere and he is a good teammate and effective leader.

    For a team like—possibly—the Vikings, Bulger could also mentor a young quarterback to take the reins in 2012.

Paul Posluszny

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Paul Posluszny #51 of the Buffalo Bills plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Pittsburgh won 19-16 in overtime.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Paul Posluszny has put up with losing seasons in Buffalo, yet has remained enthusiastic about the team and the fanbase.

    As such, the young linebacker has become a cult hero for Bills fans and many Buffalo supporters want him back.

    Posluszny has done nothing but produce in a losing environment, ending last year in the top three in tackles.

    As the years go on, the linebacker only seems to get more mature and grow into his own.