As NFL Free Agency Looms, Talent Still Remains for Teams Who Need Help

Evan HigginsCorrespondent IIMarch 26, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - OCTOBER 12:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens is sacked by Raheem Brock #79 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 12, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 31-3.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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During the NFL Free Agency period, there are always "waves." On the first few days, big name players are going from team-to-team and pick their destination to sign a contract.

After that first wave, then trades come along. We have seen a lot of those this offseason, Cleveland being the busiest team in that area.

Now we've hit that point where teams are paying more attention to the draft, while these free agents continue to sit back and wait until after the draft, where teams look to fill the holes that they couldn't fill during the NFL Draft.

For the teams that haven't been busy at all this offseason, this is the time where they need to make a splash into Free Agency.

Teams like the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers have all failed to make a big move in Free Agency, something they all need to do.

The following Free Agents are players that teams could really use to make that next step to competing for a Super Bowl.

Raheem Brock, Defensive Line.  

Brock has been an interesting player since he got to Indianapolis. He has been moved around from defensive tackle and defensive end, and in and out of the starting lineup. He was always a great backup, and whenever starting ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis would get injured (which was often), Brock was always an impact.

He can be an every-down starter for any team, and whichever team does pick him up will be very happy with their decision. Any player that can play either position on the defensive line is always a great player to have on their team.

The Carolina Panthers seem like the best fit for Brock, as they'd hit two birds with one stone, seeing how they have needs at both positions on the defensive line.

Justin Fargas, Running Back.

Fargas wasn't released from the Raiders as a result of his production, because he has been a consistent player for many years. 

Oakland has a crowded backfield, with former top pick Darren McFadden and rising Michael Bush. Justin Fargas just happened to be the odd-man out, and for him to still be available amazes me, as he could help any team with needs at running back.

If he is still available at the time of the NFL Draft, expect him to be picked up by a team who wasn't able to grab a back during the Draft.

Brian Westbrook and Willie Parker, Running Backs.

Two running backs with the exact same problem. Talented backs nagged by injuries that has resulting in being jobless for this long.

I'll admit, these guys probably aren't full time starters anymore. Their bodies have taken a beating, and have passed their potential. But in this day and age, teams in the NFL have to have two good running backs. We've seen how easily backs can go from stars to duds, so having two backs in a necessity.

Both Westbrook and Parker would be perfect with a team that has a star running back. They can be third down backs, come in when the starters need to rest and be replacements if the starters are injured.

Teams like Minnesota, St. Louis and New England would be a good fit.

Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver.

Say what you want. But this guy still has talent. Last offseason, Owens signed with Buffalo and struggled, but that was probably not the best fit for him.

Even at age 36, he's still an athletic freak, and hasn't slowed down much. He's not as good as he once was, but for a team that really lacks a number one receiver, Owens fits in well. 

Baltimore would still be a great fit, along with Oakland.

Jermaine Phillips, Safety.

it's astonishing to me that this guy is still hanging around and hasn't gotten more attention than he has. Just two years ago he was one of the top safeties in the league.

At only 30 years of age, he's still got a lot of game left in him.

He was put on injured reserve last season after only two weeks of play, which he recorded 11 tackles.

Any team would be lucky to have him, and if he still hasn't been signed, he won't be too much of a high price. 

Ladell Betts, Running Back.

The number of big-name free agent running backs this offseason has taken a beating to these less-value backs like Betts. 

I've always been a Betts fan. Whenever he has come in for Clinton Portis, he's always played outstanding. It's been a shock to me as to why teams haven't taken a chance on him earlier. 

Now that he's a free agent, teams still haven't picked him up. I believe that two years ago, he had the potential to be a major impact as a starter to any NFL team.

I'm not saying he has lost that potential, but he isn't getting any younger, and went down with a season-ending injury last year.

Betts is a risk here, but i'm sure a team can get him for cheap, so they wont lose much. 


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