NFL Free Agents: Steve Smith and the 10 Best Free Agents Still on the Market
In what has been one of the most frenzied NFL free agent periods ever, we have seen the majority of the big names already sign on the dotted line, but Steve Smith and these 10 free agents are still available for the taking.
What an offseason it has been in the NFL—from the lockout—to free agency, it's been a hectic time period ever since the Green Bay Packer hoisted the Lombardi trophy back in February.
We have seen the Philadelphia Eagles become a magnet attracting marquee names—signing Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, Rogers-Cromartie and Ronnie Brown. We also got to witness every single first round pick signed by Aug.4, proof that the new CBA should help improve the game.
Opening week is nearly upon us (only one month away) so general managers must make their final push at tweaking their rosters before the season kicks off.
10. Terrelle Owens
2010 Stats: 72 receptions, 983 yards, 9 touchdowns.
Even if Terrell Owens is 37 years old, he showed last season with the Bengals that he can still be a good receiver.
Owens actually outperformed teammate Chad Ochocinco in nearly every receiving category last season including receptions, yards, touchdowns and yards per catch. If Ochocino can find a roster spot on the New England Patriots, there has to be a suitor out there for Terrell Owens.
9. Ricky Williams
2010 Stats: 159 attempts, 673 yards, two touchdowns.
Ricky Williams still has some gas left in the tank even if he is entering his 12th NFL season.
Let's not forget that just two seasons Williams posted over 1,000 yards on the ground. Sure his numbers took a hit last season, but nearly every players numbers on the Miami Dolphins roster took a dip last season.
Ricky Williams can still provide a team with value as a No.2 running back, and he will show that has some "Ricky Williams" left in him.
8. Jerricho Cotchery
2010 Stats: 41 receptions, 433 yards, 2 touchdowns.
Jerricho Cotchery had a tough 2010 season with the New York Jets last season, but the eight-year veteran has over 4,500 career receiving yards and he can still be a solid No. 3 receiver on a given team.
Cotchery is a great teammate and locker room type guy who will still be a productive receiver in the NFL after all, he's only 29 years old and he did have a 1,100 yard receiving year back in 2007.
7. Kevin Boss
2010 Stats: 35 receptions, 535 yards, 5 touchdowns.
Tight end Kevin Boss has had at least 500 yards receiving and five touchdowns in each of his past two seasons—proving him to be a reliable tight end option in the NFL.
Kevin Boss will be a big pickup for whichever team he lands with in the next few days, what team wouldn't want a physical (6'6'', 255 pound) sure-handed tight end on their team?
The Oakland Raiders could use the services of Kevin Boss with them losing tight end Zack Miller just days ago.
Update: Kevin Boss has signed with the Raiders. 8/5/2011
6. Dashon Goldson
2010 Stats: 80 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass deflections.
Dashon Goldson is one of the better safeties that most people don't know about, probably because he's played his career with the San Francisco 49ers.
Goldson is a big, physical safety at 6'2'', 205 pounds and though he only snagged one interception in 2010, he picked off four passes in 2009.
Goldson look to be all but a lock to be moving on from the 49ers organization, especially with the Niners signing of safety Madieu Williams.
If Goldson years in San Francisco are done, the Dallas Cowboys could be an option for the 27-year-old.
5. Michael Bush
2010 Stats: 158 attempts, 655 yards, 8 touchdowns.
Michael Bush has showed enough during his three years in the NFL (all with the Oakland Raiders) to show that he is a great complementary back in this league.
At 6'1'' and 245 pounds, Bush is a hard-nosed power runner who many teams would like to have on their roster. Bush has averaged over four yards per carry in each of his three seasons in the NFL and he also scored eight touchdowns last season for the Raiders.
Update: Michael Bush is in Raiders camp on a one-year deal. 8/05/2011
4. Malcom Floyd
2010 Stats: 37 receptions, 717 yards, 6 touchdowns.
Malcom Floyd benefited greatly last season while fellow receiver Vincent Jackson missed 11 games last season, giving Jackson a chance to prove what kind of threat he can be in the NFL.
At 6'5'' and 225 pounds, Floyd is a prototypical possession receiver—and his near 20 yard average per catch in 2010 proved just that.
With the San Diego Chargers signing of receiver Laurent Robinson on Thursday, it looks more and more clear that Floyd will not be back with the Bolts' in 2011.
3. Matt Roth
2010 Stats: 86 tackles, 3.5 sacks.
Matt Roth is the best defensive player remaining on the free agent market, and he should be signed be a new team anytime now.
Roth will be entering his eight season in the NFL, and has been a consistently good player ever since he was drafted in the second round by the Miami Dolphins back in 2005.
Matt Roth has been mentioned with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.
2. Jared Gaither
2011 Stats: N/A (Back Injury)
Jared Gaither missed all of last season with a back injury, but when he is healthy he is a dominate offensive tackle.
It was reported by ESPN.com a few days ago that the Oakland Raiders and Jared Gaither had agreed to terms with one another, though for whatever reason—probably injury concerns—the Raiders jumped ship on Gaither and signed offensive tackle Khalif Barnes.
Gaither will be signed here soon even with the red flags for his back injury, he's to valuable on the offensive line for a team not to make a move on him.
1. Steve Smith
2010 Stats: 48 receptions, 529 yards, 3 touchdowns. (nine games played)
Steve Smith is the best overall player still available of all the free agents.
Smiths numbers dipped last year due to injury, but Smith proved how valuable of a receiver he is during the 2009 season where he posted 1,220 yards receiving with seven touchdowns on his way to being named a Pro Bowler.
Smith is still only 26 years old and his best days are a head of him, so he should get a big time pay-day with whomever he signs with in the coming days.
If the New York Giants don't choose to re-sign Smith, the Cardinals would be a nice fit—with Steve Smith playing alongside Larry Fitzgerald.