NFL Free Agency: 15 Players Still Available and Worth a Shot

Michael MagoulisCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2011

NFL Free Agency: 15 Players Still Available and Worth a Shot

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    While many of the biggest names from this year's free-agent market were snatched up soon after the NFL lockout came to a close, there is still a good deal of talent available.

    Although Nnamdi Asomugha was a big signing for the Philadelphia Eagles, a lot of the top free agents are staying put, including Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs, Santonio Holmes of the New York Jets, Charles Johnson of the Carolina Panthers and Vincent Jackson of the San Diego Chargers.

    A comprehensive list of 2011 free agents is available on

15. T.J. Houshmandzadeh

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    Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh made his name with the Cincinnati Bengals, forming an impressive duo with Chad Ochocinco.

    In Houshmandzadeh's last three seasons with Cincinnati, he had at least 294 catches, over 3,000 yards, and 25 touchdowns. Since going to the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 and then the Baltimore Ravens in 2010, however, he's been less impactful.

    2010 ended with Houshmandzadeh managing just 30 receptions for 398 yards and 3 touchdowns.

    While Houshmandzadeh is entering his eleventh season in the NFL, he is a proven, durable, quality receiver. 

14. Julian Peterson

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    Despite another quality year in 2010, Julian Peterson was released by the Detroit Lions.

    Peterson spend the first five years of his career playing for the San Francisco 49ers before moving to the Seattle Seahawks for three seasons and finally playing for the Detroit Lions for the last two.

    Peterson has only missed two games in the last six seasons and has accumulated 802 tackles in his career along with 51.5 sacks, 21 forced fumbles and eight interceptions.

13. Stylez G. White

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    At 32 years old, Stylez G. White has just four years of experience in the NFL after spending the majority of his career on practice squads.

    Still, White has been a quality defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, accumulating 137 tackles and 24 sacks in four seasons.

12. Terrell Owens

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    Entering his 15th season in the NFL, Terrell Owens proved he could still be a productive wide receiver, managing 72 receptions, 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

    Owens is a clearly a Hall of Fame-caliber player and is still a quality addition, despite the theatrics he usually brings along with him.

11. Randy Moss

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    After a career-revitalizing tenure on the New England Patriots, pairing up perfectly with Tom Brady, Moss moved around a lot in 2010 and ended up with very disappointing numbers.

    2010 was the first season in Moss's career where he accumulated less than 1,000 yards in a full season. In fact, he accumulated less than any other previous season.

    Yes, Randy Moss did announce his retirement, but it's quite likely that he'd be back for the right offer.

    After 13 years, Moss may not have the same skills he had earlier in his career, but he's still a decent threat at wide receiver.

10. Kirk Morrison

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    After five seasons in Oakland playing for the Raiders, Kirk Morrison moved to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010, where he had the least productive season of his career.

    Still, Morrison has been extremely impressive with 721 tackles in six seasons. He has also been extremely durable and hasn't missed a game at linebacker in his career.

9. Deon Grant

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    In 11 season in the NFL, Deon Grant has played for the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and most recently, the New York Giants. He hasn't missed a game in 10 years.

    At 32, Grant is still proving to be a productive safety. He accumulated 72 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and three interceptions in 2010. 

8. Stephen Cooper

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    After eight seasons on the San Diego Chargers, linebacker Stephen Cooper hit free agency and has yet to be signed. He is coming off of a lackluster season where he managed just 43 tackles in 12 games.

    Still, Cooper has accumulated over 100 tackles twice—once in 2007 and again in 2009. He currently has a career total of 502 tackles, eight forced fumbles and eight interceptions.

7. Pat Williams

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    At 38 years old and after 14 years in the NFL, defensive tackle Pat Williams may find it difficult to get picked up for anything more than a one-year deal. Still he is one of the more talented players currently available, despite his age.

    Williams spent the first eight seasons of his career on the Buffalo Bills before heading to the Minnesota Vikings for the last six years. In that time, Williams has played in a remarkable 199 games, accumulating 665 tackles, 20.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles.

6. Damien Woody

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    After five seasons on the New England Patriots, four on the Detroit Lions and three on the New York Jets, Damien Woody has been released and is on the free-agent market.  

    Despite a great career in the NFL, Woody suffered an Achilles injury that cut his 2010 season to 13 games.

    Although he is a talented player, at 33 years old, this injury may be difficult to recover from. 

5. Matt Roth

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    Defensive end Matt Roth has spent six seasons in the NFL, most of which were with the Miami Dolphins before heading to the Cleveland Browns midway through 2009.

    Roth is coming off of one of the best seasons of his career, accumulating 86 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

4. John Henderson

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    After eight seasons playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, John Henderson moved to the Oakland Raiders in 2010, putting together one of the less impressive seasons of his career.

    At 32 years old, the 6'7", 335-pound defensive tackle has accumulated 453 tackles, 29 sacks and eight forced fumbles over the course of his career. Last season, however, he only played in nine games.

    With Aubrayo Franklin headed to the New Orleans Saints and Barry Cofield headed to the Washington Redskins, Henderson may be the best available option at DT.

3. Brett Favre

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    Yes, Brett Favre. Most hope he's not coming back for another year, although he is the best quarterback currently available.

    In his first season playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Favre put up one of the best seasons of his storied career, throwing 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

    Last season, however, his passer rating was the worst it has ever been, at 69.9. Favre threw just 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, playing his first incomplete season since 1992.

    Favre is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He's thrown for 508 career touchdowns and 71,838 yards, but at 41 years old, his career may finally be coming to an end.

2. Lofa Tatupu

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    Despite a solid 2010 season with 88 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception, Lofa Tatupu was released by the Seattle Seahawks.

    After six seasons in the NFL—all spent in Seattle—Tatupu accumulated 550 tackles, seven forced fumbles and 10 interceptions.

    With the signings of Tamba Hali and Paul Posluszny, Tatupu is the best linebacker currently available on the market.

1. Jared Gaither

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    Six-foot, nine-inch, 340-pound offensive tackle Jared Gaither spent his first four seasons in the NFL playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

    Although Gaither managed to play in just 33 games, starting in 28, over the course of four years, he is still the best offensive lineman currently available. He did, however, miss all of the 2010 season, which certainly made him less appealing once he became an unrestricted free agent.

    Still, at just 25 years old, Gaither is extremely talented and full of potential.