NFL Free Agency 2013: Top 50 Players Still Available on the Open Market

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIMarch 25, 2013

NFL Free Agency 2013: Top 50 Players Still Available on the Open Market

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    Despite the early flurry of free-agent signings, there is still a ton of talent available on the NFL open market.

    Players like wide receiver Mike Wallace, offensive tackle Jake Long and outside linebacker Paul Kruger have already brought in the big money this offseason, but there are still bargain values out there for teams that are willing to dig deep. 

    Of course, the players that are still sitting in free agency at this point are not going to come without issues. Be it off-field problems, age/injury concerns or exorbitant contract demands, it is hard to find a top-notch free agent without some kind of baggage this late in the game.

    It is up to prospective organizations to determine which players are worth the risk, but how about we help them out a little bit?

    Here are the top 50 players that are still available on the 2013 NFL free-agent market.

Notable Omissions

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    The fact that these guys did not make the list of the top 50 remaining free agents is somewhat telling, but each can still provide some value for the right team.

    Atari Bigby, S

    Bigby is a big-hitting safety that sometimes has lapses in coverage. He is coming off a serious groin injury, but he could be worth the risk for a team that needs a physical presence in its secondary.

    Rashad Jennings, RB

    Sitting behind Maurice Jones-Drew is a tough way to get much exposure, but Rashad Jennings is a talented running back. He will never be an every-down player. but his speed and versatility can make him valuable. Jennings has averaged 4.2 yards on 224 attempts in his three-year career.

50. Calvin Pace, LB

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    There was a time, earlier in Calvin Pace's career when he was one of the better pass-rushers at the linebacker position.

    He had quick feet, good instincts and an ability to either get around or go through offensive linemen. Now, only the instincts remain for the 32-year-old.

    Pace recorded just three sacks and 35 total tackles last season. Both of those numbers were his worst since the 2006 season. As a rotational player he may be able to find a landing spot, but it will almost certainly come on a one or two-year contract that relies heavily on incentives.

49. Kyle Vanden Bosch, DE

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    Just as Calvin Pace used to be a feared linebacker, Kyle Vanden Bosch used to be one of the premier 4-3 defensive ends in all of football. 

    KVB has one of the best motors in the NFL, never taking a play off and always trying get into the mix. Unfortunately, his aging 34-year-old body is starting to betray him. 

    Vanden Bosch can no longer demand much attention on the edge and even rarer are the times that he quickly gets around a tackle and finds his way to the quarterback. He had just 3.5 sacks last season.

    KVB's best bet will be to find a team that needs a smart veteran who is willing to mentor younger players. 

48. Devery Henderson, WR

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    Devery Henderson can still be a valuable piece for an NFL team in need of a No. 3 or possibly No. 4 receiver. He has been consistent, but never spectacular during his nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

    Henderson has averaged 17.9 yards per reception over the course of his career and is skilled at getting separation. He has become a smaller part of the Saints offense in recent years, but Henderson can still be a versatile weapon when utilized.

    The fact that he is 31 years old has to be of concern for prospective buyers, as Henderson's stats are diminishing with is age, but he can still contribute. As long as he does not have issues with drops, Henderson could be a nice bargain pick up.

47. Nate Clements, DB

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    Nate Clements' age is beginning to show, but this 33-year-old is still a capable cornerback,

    He has recorded six interceptions over the last three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.Perhaps more importantly, he is consistently in good position and has deflected 27 passes in that time.

    Clements is losing some of his speed and is not great at man coverage. However, he can also move around the secondary and play safety or work out of nickel packages.

    He should not require anything close to his now infamous eight-year, $80 million contract like he did back in 2007 with the San Francisco 49ers. Plus, his ability to play multiple positions in a defensive backfield will be an asset as his career winds down.

46. Peyton Hillis, RB

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    Peyton Hillis may never recapture the lightning that he found in 2010 en route to a season of 1,177 rushing yards as a member of the Cleveland Browns. However, there is always that glimmer of hope that he might experience a career resurgence. 

    Hillis is still only 26 years old and should just be entering the prime years of his NFL career. Unfortunately, he has been slowed by injuries in each of the last two seasons. Problems with his hamstring and ankle dropped him out of favor in Cleveland initially, and they resurfaced during his time with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Kansas City did not seem to know what to do with Hillis once he arrived, and it showed, as he rushed for just 309 yards on 85 attempts last season. He can still be a bruising running back that hits the hole with a purpose, but he has not showcased this ability with consistency for several years.

    Hillis should be a cheap signing that will have to prove himself before being given a heavy workload again.

45. Austin Collie, WR

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    A recent string of injuries have taken Austin Collie out of the public's general consciousness, but there is still a serviceable wide receiver somewhere inside of the former Indianapolis Colts target. 

    Between 2009 and 2010, Collie had over 1,300 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. He has the ability to get in and out of his cuts quickly and has a sure set of hands. But with multiple concussions, a ruptured patellar tendon and thumb surgery, he has become a shell of his former self.

    Collie played in just one game last season and is clearly a big risk for any team that interested in his services. However, he will be a cheap risk and could be worth a flier to see if he can regain his health and penchant for making tough catches over the middle of the field.

44. Randy Moss, WR

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    The Randy Moss saga continues with another round of free agency this offseason.

    He could always decide on another retirement, but assuming he keeps playing football, there should be plenty of suitors for the future Hall of Famer.

    Moss is obviously past his prime, but he still has his trademark speed and can stretch the field vertically when fully interested in the action on the field. He had a decent campaign with the San Francisco 49ers last season, racking up 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

    At 36 years old, his time is winding down. Still, one or two more productive seasons out of Moss is not outside the realm of possibility. 

43. Takeo Spikes, LB

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    Remember Takeo Spikes? There was a time when that name immediately brought to mind images of bone-jarring hits, great defensive plays and one of the most-feared linebackers in the league.

    Now, he is a 15-year veteran that has never won a playoff game. That said, there are still several years of good football left in him.

    The new San Diego Chargers regime is disassembling the team's roster, and that meant parting ways with Spikes. Still, the linebacker had 78 total tackles last season and has consistently proven his durability, missing just one game over the last five seasons.

42. Kevin Kolb, QB

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    With one of only two quarterbacks on this list being Kevin Kolb, it's safe to say that the 2013 free-agent class of quarterbacks is all but depleted. 

    Kolb is something of an enigma. We really don't know what he is capable of just yet, but there were obviously flashes of talent with the Philadelphia Eagles, which is why the Arizona Cardinals traded for him in the first place. 

    However, playing behind the league's worst offensive line in Arizona with no running game to speak of is a tough way to prove yourself as a starter.

    Is Kolb completely absolved of blame? Absolutely not. He made poor decisions and was inaccurate, but judgment needs to be saved until we see him play behind a respectable offensive line.

41. Dawan Landry, S

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    At some point, someone is going to have to explain the Jacksonville Jaguars' logic this offseason. They are releasing players like candy on Halloween, and with no replacement options intact.

    Dawan Landry was a bright spot for a bad defensive backfield last season, yet he has been cut by the organization. Now, the Jaguars loss stands to be someone else's substantial gain, as Landry has started 32 consecutive games for Jacksonville and had 100 tackles last season.

    He is a sideline-to-sideline player capable of delivering the big hit, and also makes sound plays in coverage. At 30 years old, Landry is on the wrong side of his peak years, but he can still be an impact player in this league.

40. Cedric Benson, RB

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    Is there any gas left in Cedric Benson's proverbial tank?

    He is now 30 years old and is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career with the Green Bay Packers. Granted, the Packers offensive line was pretty poor at run blocking, but Benson's longevity is still questionable at best. 

    He has eight seasons of wear and tear on his body and has not averaged four yards per carry since 2009. Asking Benson to be a feature back is likely not realistic at this point, but giving him a chance in a two-back system makes sense.

    His 5'11", 227-pound frame should continue to make him a formidable weapon on runs up the middle, especially near the goal line.

39. Brian Urlacher, LB

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    Despite being a future Hall of Famer, Brian Urlacher is barely half the player that he once was. He may be one of the greatest middle linebackers of all time, but his lateral quickness is all but gone and his reaction time is faltering.

    It will be weird to see him in something other than a Chicago Bears uniform, but it is easy to understand why the Bears organization felt it was time to go in a new direction. Urlacher is 34 years old (he turns 35 in May) and has battled knee and hamstring injuries over the last two seasons.

    The next logical step is for him to try and close out his career on a Super Bowl contender that can find a role for him. Urlacher may not be an every-down player at this stage of his career, but he is still one of the smartest linebackers in football and will find a role somewhere.

38. Kevin Walter, WR

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    Kevin Walter is a decent receiving option at the NFL level. He rarely makes game-changing plays, but he catches the balls that he is supposed to and can occasionally find separation from defenders.

    Walter has averaged 12.3 yards per reception during his career and has 25 touchdowns in 10 seasons. Out of 499 career targets, Walter has hauled in 356 passes. Again, these are respectable numbers for a veteran that should not have too much of a problem finding a new home.

    Walter is an all-around receiver that slots behind several other wideouts on this list only because he does not have one exceptional trait. 

37. Nick Barnett, LB

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    Nick Barnett has posted some impressive numbers with the Buffalo Bills over the last two seasons. During this time, he has a combined 242 tackles, five sacks, six passes defended, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.

    Barnett finds his way into a lot of plays from the middle linebacker position and is certainly not afraid to get his nose dirty. That is an important trait because the 31-year-old is not fast and struggles laterally. 

    For a team looking to add a veteran presence that is going to play at a consistent level, Barnett would be a great fit. He is not going to make any more Pro Bowls in his career, but Barnett can still start and contribute in this league.

36. Ronde Barber, S

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    The Ronde Barber situation feels quite a bit like the one that Tony Gonzalez was in with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason. He is technically a free agent, but it really feels like he will either return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or retire.

    He has spent his entire career with Tampa Bay, but has assuredly lost his starting role. After moving from cornerback to free safety last season, Barber would now have to slot behind Dashon Goldson on the Buccaneers depth chart. Unfortunately, he is too slow to return to his original cornerback position and compete in man coverage.

    Does he want to be a nickel cornerback or backup safety? It's an intriguing question, and it will be interesting to see what the 37-year-old defensive back ultimately decides.

35. Tracy Porter, CB

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    It is tough to know what to make of Tracy Porter sometimes. He can make monumental plays—such as intercepting Brett Favre and Peyton Manning in key playoff games—but he can also miss plenty of tackles, not to mention actual games due to injury.

    It's a fine line that he walks, but for the right price, it could be a tightrope that a team would be interested in straddling.

    Porter is only 26 years old and has tons of football ahead of him. He has time to learn and grow as a defensive back and become a more consistent player. If he takes a cheap salary, then he is well worth the risk that he presents.

34. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR

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    Speed and speed alone is what Darrius Heyward-Bey brings to the table. Everyone knew that he had this one dominating trait when he came out of the University of Maryland, and that still holds true now.

    DHB has not developed the balanced game the Raiders had hoped for, but the prospect of him burning past opposing secondaries will be the reasons teams are interest in him on the open market.

    He has averaged 14.8 yards per reception and accumulated 11 touchdowns in his four-year career. Whether he will ever develop a consistent set of hands is unknown, but he can flat-out fly. 

33. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB

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    LaRod Stephens-Howling is not a player that should be taken for granted. He was a seventh-round draft pick and has floundered a bit with the Arizona Cardinals, but as mentioned in a previous slide, Arizona provided a terrible offensive line in front of him.

    Ignore the fact that Stephens-Howling has averaged just 3.2 yards per carry in his career and has scored only four touchdowns, because those numbers are extremely misleading.

    Stephens-Howling can make plays once he gets into the open field, but he needs the opportunity to get past the first level. His 5'7", 185-pound frame is deceiving because he runs with power and a purpose.

    Stephens-Howling is not afraid to run between the tackles, and could be a pleasant surprise if a team gives him a decent amount of carries next season.

32. Quintin Mikell, S

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    The cash-strapped St. Louis Rams may have parted ways with Quintin Mikell for now, but he is not a safety that will struggle to find a roster spot.

    Mikell is a talented player that improved immensely last season, as he recorded 101 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles. Statistically speaking, it was the best season of his 10-year career.

    The catch here is that he is 32 years old. While he improved last season, there is little time left for continued growth. Still, Mikell could be one of the best short-term fixes available for any team that needs safety help. He is an impact player that will make tackles on a consistent basis.

31. Julian Edelman, WR

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    Early in 2012, it appeared that the New England Patriots were grooming Julian Edelman to take over the role filled by Wes Welker. He was receiving more targets, getting more snaps and making an impact.

    However, Edelman suffered an injury in Week 3, Welker resumed his role and Edelman faded back into obscurity. When healthy, though, he has the ability to be a key contributor in both the passing game and on special teams.

    Edelman has returned a punt for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons, and he is a good route-runner who continues to improve as a pass-catcher. It would be interesting to see how he does without Tom Brady throwing him passes, but Edelman is a hard worker who will continue to grow wherever he ends up.

    His ability to make an impact in multiple facets of the game should be a huge bargaining chip for him in free agency.

30. Michael Turner, RB

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    Running back Michael Turner is 31 years old and has 1,639 rushing attempts in nine seasons. 

    That's a lot of wear and tear for a running back, and Turner has certainly slowed down with age. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry last season and no longer seems capable of handling the bulk of the load for any team's offense.

    There is an invisible wall that running backs seem to hit when they turn 30, and Turner is no exception. Perhaps there is a role out there for him as a third-down and goal-line runner, though, as there are at least a few years left for Turner to contribute. 

29. DeAngelo Hall, CB

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    It seems like DeAngelo Hall has been around forever, but the reality is that he is only 29 years old and the Washington Redskins have sent him out into free-agent waters.

    Hall's trash-talking is one of his most noteworthy traits, but does have decent athleticism and is not terrible in man coverage. That said, he is extremely inconsistent and perhaps one of the most overrated cornerbacks in football.

    He has had at least two interceptions in each of his 10 NFL seasons, including at least five on three different occasions. Hall will get beat on vertical routes and gets lost on crossing patterns far too often, but for the right price, he could fit in somewhere.

    In other words, he better not be hoping for another six-year, $55 million contract like the one the Washington Redskins gave him in 2009.

28. Felix Jones, RB

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    Felix Jones has been nothing short of a colossal bust for the Dallas Cowboys since being drafted in 2008. Just take a look at some of the other running backs in that class—Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Matt Forte and Jamaal Charles—and it is easy to see just how much of a disappointment he has been.

    Jones has been oft-injured, has had weight issues and has gained only 2,728 total yards in his five-year career. The Cowboys had grand plans for Jones, and none of them have come to fruition. 

    When healthy and in shape, Jones does present a home-run threat every time he touches the ball. Jones is a one-cut runner that can get upfield in a hurry, and he is nearly impossible to catch. He is also a receiving option out of the backfield. 

    Jones has a lot to prove before he gets any meaningful playing time, but at 25 years old, there is still time for a career resurgence of sorts.

27. Karlos Dansby, LB

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    Karlos Dansby may be 32 years old, but his skills are not yet starting to diminish. He is still an effective tackler at middle linebacker and is great in coverage. 

    However, after signing a younger player in Dannell Ellerbe this offseason, the Miami Dolphins really didn't have much use for Dansby and his bloated contract, hence his release and availability on the open market despite totaling 134 tackles last season.

    Dansby played much of last year with a triceps injury and has battled weight issues in the past, but at the right price, he can be a useful addition for any team.

26. Shaun Phillips, DE

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    Four or five years ago, Shaun Phillips would have been a huge name in free agency. However, his skills are in rapid decline.

    While starting in all 16 games for the San Diego Chargers last season, Phillips had just 39 total pressures in 428 pass-rushing attempts, according to Pro Football Focus (via

    He is 32 years old and has virtually no room to improve his game, but Phillips can still be a decent rotational player.

    He does have 24 sacks over the last three seasons, so there will be a market for him, but he feels like little more than fool's gold at this point in his career.

25. Michael Boley, LB

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    Michael Boley was a key piece of the New York Giants 2011 Super Bowl puzzle, but multiple hamstring and knee injuries have slowed the 30-year-old linebacker down a bit.

    Despite those injuries, Boley is an active playmaker who moves quickly in space and leans on his ability to cover a large portion of the field. He has had at least 90 tackles in each of the last two seasons, and has also added three interceptions in 2012.

    A 4-3 defense can definitely find a place for Boley, as he is still fully capable of being a starter in this league. He may not be a Pro Bowl-caliber player, but he can be a solid addition to a team in need of another linebacker.

24. Mike Jenkins, CB

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    Mike Jenkins is flying somewhat under the radar after he was lost in the Dallas Cowboys defensive back shuffle, but he is still a starting-caliber cornerback.

    The arrival of Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr last season forced him to a rotational role in Dallas, but this former first-round selection is adept at both man and zone coverage. Jenkins has eight interceptions and 147 total tackles in his five-year career. 

    The cornerback market has been a bit crowded this offseason, which is likely why he remains available. At some point, though, a team is going to get a steal by signing Jenkins.

23. Brandon Lloyd, WR

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    A consistent theme seems to be emerging on this list in the sense that most of the players are of an advanced age. This fact rings true with Brandon Lloyd's inclusion in the proceedings.

    The beleaguered wide receiver has played for six teams in nine years and is certainly a handful, but he has shown glimpses of being a legitimate deep threat. Lloyd has top-end speed and has averaged 14.8 yards per reception in his career.

    Will he give maximum effort at his next destination? Will he fight for tough catches and jump balls? Only time will tell, but his ability to catch the deep ball should ensure that he finds a roster spot in 2013.

22. Victor Butler, LB

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    There is a great pass-rusher inside of Victor Butler that is just waiting to be unleashed, and he has all the physical tools necessary to become one of the best in the NFL at getting to the quarterback.

    Unfortunately, Butler has been slow to showcase that potential in four years with the Dallas Cowboys, recording only 11 sacks and 69 tackles in that time. Butler is also a bit of a one-trick pony because he struggles against the run.

    If he can develop a more balanced game, he will become a much more valuable player. As it stands, he is a potentially lethal pass-rusher who has not reached his full potential—a double-edged sword for prospective buyers. 

21. Sedrick Ellis, DT

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    It is somewhat surprising that a team has not yet signed Sedrick Ellis to a contract. After being selected as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2008 draft, Ellis has had moments of brilliance masked by great stretches of mediocrity in his young career.

    Still, teams usually love talented prospects that have yet to reach their full potential. Ellis certainly fits that mold, and he is still young enough to make significant strides. That said, Ellis has just 12.5 sacks in his five-year career, including just a half-sack over the last two years.

    At 6'1", 307 pounds, Ellis has the body of an imposing presence along the defensive line with the quickness of a much smaller player. He has an explosive motor when he wants to use it and has tons of untapped talent, but the key will be finding a coach that can bring out the best in him. 

20. Bryant McKinnie, OT

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    It's tough to know what to make of Bryant McKinnie. He is a former Pro Bowler and had a great playoff run last season for the Baltimore Ravens en route to winning the Super Bowl, but he was not as good in the regular season.

    McKinnie is slow-footed and seems to take too many plays off, so is he a player that teams can trust moving forward?

    The answer to that question is uncertain, but someone is probably going to have to take a chance on the 6'8", 354-pound offensive tackle. He already has 11 years of NFL experience under his belt, but he has some time left in his 33-year-old body. 

    The best-case scenario here is that he continues to play at the level he displayed in the playoffs this past season. The worst-case scenario is that he is a barely serviceable tackle moving forward.

19. Steven Hauschka, K

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    Ah, finally we get to one of two kickers on this list.

    Steven Hauschka has bounced around the league, playing for four teams in his six-year career. Yet over the last two seasons in Seattle, Hauschka has really come into his own by converting 49-of-57 field-goal attempts.

    Hauschka is only 27 years old and may be coming off a calf injury, but he is a consistent kicker who can also handle kickoff duties.

    There is a caveat to Hauschka, though, as he is not one of the better long-range kickers in the league. Hauschka converted only one of the four field goals that he attempted from beyond 50 yards last season.

    Still, he made every kick from within 50 yards and is one of the most accurate kickers in football.

18. Beanie Wells, RB

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    A lot of what applied to LaRod Stephens-Howling can also be attached to Beanie Wells. He was stuck behind the Arizona Cardinals offensive line and never really gained any traction. He did have one impressive season in 2011, though, when he rushed for 1,047 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry.

    Wells' main problem has been his inability to stay on the field. He has missed 13 games in his four-year career and has rarely been fully healthy. If—and this is a big if—he proves to be at 100 percent heading into 2013, then a team could find a solid short-yardage option in Wells.

    There is a large risk in signing Wells, as he is somewhat of an unknown at this point in his career, but he is still only 24 years old and has flashed plenty of talent during his tenure in the desert.

17. Jason Hanson, K

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    The other kicker still lurking in free agency is Jason Hanson. One of the most underrated kickers in NFL history, Hanson is the Detroit Lions all-time points leader for a reason.

    A 22-year veteran, it would be shocking to see Hanson in anything other than blue and silver next season. Still, the 42-year-old is a free agent and is coming off a season in which he converted 32-of-36 field-goal attempts.

    Hanson obviously has a limited numbers of seasons left in his career. He will probably be signed to a one- or two-year deal wherever he goes, and will be trusted as a stopgap as the team searches for a long-term solution. 

16. Kerry Rhodes, S

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    Kerry Rhodes is too good of a player to be a free agent for much longer. The 30-year-old safety notched 67 tackles last season and added four interceptions for the Arizona Cardinals.

    He may be aging, and the $5.5 million he was scheduled to make this season may have been too much for the Cardinals to handle, but some team is going to get a good starting option for next season in Rhodes.

    The man has 23 interceptions in his nine-year career and has added 488 total tackles in that time. Over the past three seasons with the Cardinals, he has been at his best, and he should have a few more prime years left. 

15. Daryl Smith, LB

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    Daryl Smith's entire career has gone largely unnoticed, but he is an above-average linebacker who excels in coverage. The fact that Smith has struggled to find a home in free agency only bolsters the notion that he does not get the recognition he deserves.

    In 10 seasons, Smith has 679 total tackles and 21.5 sacks. He is not a great pass-rusher, but Smith fills his lane correctly and quickly gets to his gaps on rushing downs. He is never going to jump off of a stat sheet or compete for All-Pro honors at this point in his career, but he can contribute almost anywhere.

    The key for Smith will be finding a team that does not mind investing in a 30-year-old linebacker that missed most of the 2012 season due to injury. 

14. Charles Woodson, CB/S

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    Who is going to take a chance on Charles Woodson?

    He certainly has a history of success, including a Defensive Player of the Year award, a Super Bowl trophy and 55 career interceptions.

    Woodson can still be a starting safety, a rotational cornerback or some kind of hybrid defensive back. He played in just seven games last season, but before that, he had only missed three games in the previous six seasons combined.

    Age is certainly a factor, as he is 36 years old, but Woodson can still make plays, especially in zone coverage. 

13. Israel Idonije, DE

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    Israel Idonije is not a premier pass-rusher, and he is not going to be a team's No.1, or even No. 2, defensive end option. What he will be is a cheap No. 3 option that can make an impact in a defensive line rotation.

    Idonije is not going to turn many heads when he eventually finds a home, but he is versatile and can take snaps at either defensive end or defensive tackle.

    The 32-year-old has recorded 20.5 sacks over the last three seasons and has 272 career tackles to his credit. At 6'6", 275 pounds, Idonije has a solid frame that allows him to be agile but strong at the same time.

    He should be a nice under-the-radar addition for someone.

12. John Abraham, DE

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    John Abraham has consistently been one of the most productive defensive ends in NFL history. Even at 34 years old in 2012, he recorded 10 sacks and 38 quarterback hurries.

    He is bucking the trend of players wearing down as they age. In fact, it could be argued that he is playing some of his best football in his waning years.

    There is little reason to believe that he can't continue this success. Abraham has at least 9.5 sacks in each of the last four seasons and knows how to wreak havoc off the edge. 

    Abraham may not be able to find a team that is willing to give him a long-term contract, but he is one of the best short-term defensive options on the open market.

11. Eric Winston, OT

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    The offensive tackle dominoes have not really fallen as quickly as everyone expected after Jake Long agreed to terms with the St. Louis Rams this offseason.

    Instead, players like Eric Winston and Andre Smith have all spent time floundering about on the open market. In the case of Winston, who is not as skilled as Smith, he will likely be waiting until the former Bengal signs somewhere before finding his own new home.

    What is interesting about Winston is that he has been cut in each of the last two seasons. At 29 years old, he should have plenty of good football ahead of him, but it's hard not to question why he keeps burning bridges.

10. James Harrison, LB

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    James Harrison is an extreme "hit-or-miss" prospect as a free agent.

    On one hand, he started 13 games last season and had six sacks. Harrison can still get to the quarterback and is great against the run. However, he is also a headache off the field and is going to have a tough time finding the kind of money that he was making in Pittsburgh.

    At 34 years old, Harrison is entering the twilight of his career, but he is not slowing down all that quickly. If he can suck up his pride and take a pay cut, Harrison could be a nice rotational piece somewhere.

    If not, he is bound to remain on the market wondering why no one wants to pay him $6 million or more per season.

9. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB

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    It truly is amazing how quickly Nnamdi Asomugha has fallen from grace. Just three years ago, he was considered one of the best cornerbacks in all of football. Now, he is a fringe starter looking for a home.

    Where did everything go wrong?

    The fit in Philadelphia clearly was not there. Asomugha excels in man-to-man coverage, and the "Wide 9" zone coverage scheme employed by the Eagles did not suit him at all.

    Asomugha is still only 31 years old and is obviously talented, so this may just be a matter of putting him in the right situation. Allowing him to press at the line and run stride for stride with opposing wide receivers could mean a return to his All-Pro form of seasons past. 

8. Dwight Freeney, DE

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    Deciding who is the better pass-rusher in free agency right now between Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora is really a tossup.

    Both have a similar skill set and are over 30 years old. Their prime years are behind them, but they can make a serious impact if used properly. Like Umenyiora, Freeney is going to be best utilized in a reduced role moving forward.

    The switch to a 3-4 defense in Indianapolis was a poor transition for Freeney, but as a 4-3 end, he can still make an impact. 

7. Richard Seymour, DE

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    Mention Richard Seymour and he shall appear.

    Obscure Dark Knight Rises references aside, Richard Seymour is a defensive lineman that can fit into virtually any scheme at any position. As a 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle, he can do it all, and he can do it all well.

    Seymour's best years may have come with the New England Patriots, but he has recorded 18.5 sacks in four seasons with Oakland. He is still supremely talented at 33 years old.

    Big money on a short-term contract is not out of the question for Seymour.

6. Brandon Moore, OG

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    Brandon Moore may be the most cost-savvy free agent piece still available, meaning he is going to be signed for a reasonable amount of money and deliver huge returns on a team's investment.

    Moore is one of the best pass protecting guards in football, and he is no slouch at run blocking either. He has a strong 6'3", 305-pound frame that allows him to overpower defenders when he needs to.

    It is unfortunate that he is probably best known for being one-half of the infamous "butt fumble" with Mark Sanchez, because Moore is a great offensive guard. Some team is going to get an absolute steal when he eventually signs.

5. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB

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    There is not a great deal of talent left at the running back position in free agency, but Ahmad Bradshaw is the best rusher that is still available.

    He is coming off of a serious foot injury, but assuming he is healthy, (which is a shaky assumption at this point) Bradshaw can be an immediate contributor somewhere.

    He never really took over for Brandon Jacobs in the way that the New York Giants organization had hoped, but Bradshaw has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his career and has two 1,000-yard rushing seasons to his credit.

    Bradshaw is likely never going to have another chance to be a standalone back, but in a two-back system, he could post impressive statistics in future seasons.

4. Antoine Winfield, CB

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    Antoine Winfield is a multi-dimensional cornerback that can add something to virtually any team in the NFL. He plays hard at the line of scrimmage, excels in coverage and has a sure set of hands that allow him to pick off passes with ease.

    The 35-year-old has been in the league for 14 seasons and obviously has wear and tear on his body, but he played in all 16 games a season ago and recorded three interceptions. 

    He may not be a shutdown cornerback at this stage of his career, but Winfield can be one of the best slot corner options in the league and will have no problem against the run.

    The fact that he is still available is baffling.

3. Fred Davis, TE

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    Fred Davis is a risky proposition. He is coming of a torn Achilles tendon and has off-field concerns. Still, he is an athletic player that can make all kinds of plays when healthy.

    Davis presents mismatch opportunities, especially against linebackers over the middle of the field. He is 6'3", 250 pounds and can stretch the field in many ways. Davis is a great asset along the goal line, as he can use his size to outmaneuver opposing defenses.

    If he returns to Washington, it will be interesting to see how his relationship with Robert Griffin III blossoms, but even if he hits the open market, there is potential for fireworks.

    Davis' injury problems could linger or he could have more issues off the field, but there is also the possibility that he lives up the promise of his ability and becomes a perennial Pro Bowler. He just needs to find a team that is willing to take a chance on him.

2. Andre Smith, RT

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    At some point, Andre Smith has to sign a contract and join a new team. It is surprising that it has not happened already, but since Jake Long set the pay scale for offensive tackles earlier in the offseason, Smith is worthy of a big payday as well.

    He is a road-grating run-blocker. With his 6'3", 340-pound frame, Smith can clear lanes and has balanced feet that allow him to never be out of position. There were worries about his size coming out of college, but Smith has managed his weight well and has proven that he can excel at his current size.

    Cincinnati had a difficult decision in regards to who to apply the franchise tag to between Smith and defensive end Michael Johnson, but Smith can now be a bookend tackle for any team willing to pony up the cash and sign him.

    He is only 26 years old and has at least six or seven years of elite football left in him.

1. Brent Grimes, CB

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    If Brent Grimes were not coming off a torn Achilles tendon, then his spot atop this list would not even be debatable. Unfortunately, that injury presents serious concerns about his impact moving forward.

    When healthy, Grimes is one of the best cornerbacks in all of football. He is great in coverage and always seems to be in position to make a big play with 13 interceptions over the course of his career.

    The problem here is likely that Grimes wants to be paid like an elite cornerback and teams are wary of him coming off an injury. Still, someone is going to bite the bait, and could end up with a consistent Pro Bowler if everything goes according to plan.