Even though we’re well into 2015 NFL free agency, there are still some fairly big-name players on the market (Note: I didn’t say young, I said famous). Today, we’re going to take a quick look at the top ten remaining free agents at this point of the offseason.
1. RB Ahmad Bradshaw had some success with the Indianapolis Colts before suffering a season-ending injury last year. At 29-years old Bradshaw may not be the guy who had a couple of 1,000 yard seasons for the New York Giants anymore, but he could be a solid back-up option.
2. WR Wes Welker, who has spent his career catching passes from both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, won’t become a No. 1 receiver anywhere at this point, but I’m kind of amazed that he hasn’t gotten a deal done somewhere yet.
3. WR Michael Crabtree has played for the San Francisco 49ers for his entire NFL career thus far, but they finally released him this year. Crabtree hasn’t garnered a lot of interest, but I look for him to find a new home before the season starts. Just don’t send the man to Seattle; Richard Sherman would probably take issue.
4. QB Michael Vick, who has had one of the most roller-coaster NFL careers in recent history, is once again on the market. Vick is decidedly not the player he once was, but I think someone will be desperate enough to give him another shot. Josh McCown found a job, for goodness sake…
5. LT Jake Long, who last played for the St. Louis Rams, suffered a season-ending ACL injury last year. Long, at 29-years old, should still have a couple of good years left if he heals well. The question, though, is whether or not he will. We’ll just have to wait and see if anyone is willing to take a gamble.
6. LG Justin Blalock started 15 games for the Atlanta Flacons last year before his release. At 31-years old, Blacklock is getting older, but his 6’4, 326 pound frame would be a welcome addition on some of the league’s smaller offensive lines. Look for him to land somewhere before Week 1.
7. CB Charles Tillman spent 13 years with the Chicago Bears before finally finding himself on the open market this year. I’m kind of shocked that Tillman isn’t just retiring, but he seems to be planning to play again in 2015 if a team will have him.
8. Another longtime Bear, OLB Lance Briggs, has also found himself without a team after 13 years in Chicago. Like Tillman, Briggs is aging, but open to playing again when September rolls around.
9. DE Dwight Freeney, who spent the majority of his career with the Indianapolis Colts before going to the San Diego Chargers, is the second-oldest of the free agents on this list at 35-years old. Still, Freeney seems to want to play. I’m clinging to my pipe dream of him returning to Indy for one last hurrah.
10. 38-year old K Jay Feely (the oldest player featured today) is looking for his seventh NFL team. Feely may be no spring chicken, but he can still get the job done and I look for him to be snapped up before the 2015 season begins.