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NFL Free Agency 2016: Top 10 Remaining Free Agents

With the dust now settling from a hectic opening day of free agency it’s time to look at who is left out t


With the dust now settling from a hectic opening day of free agency it’s time to look at who is left out there for teams to sign on day two. Not all these players are going to get signed to contracts the moment they wake up today, I suspect some could even wait until training camps have started before they find a new home, but if you were to put together a team featuring these guys you wouldn’t be in too bad a shape at all. Russell Okung, LT, Formerly Seattle Seahawks Okung is the best left tackle available right now, but his injury history is what will be worrying most teams away. He never completed a regular season for the Seahawks and that kind of reputation is hard to shake, particularly when playing a premium position like left tackle where teams need to know you’ll be there every snap. Andre Smith, RT, Formerly Cincinnati Bengals Smith’s 2015 campaign wasn’t brilliant, but he has plenty of pedigree as an effective right tackle in the NFL and at 29 should have productive years ahead of him. Arian Foster, RB, Formerly Houston Texans Probably the best “skill position” player still available, Foster has a lot of wear on his body and is currently recovering from a torn achilles. If he can be even 80% of what he used to be then someone is going to get a very good running back, especially if they don’t try to squeeze 300 touches a year from him. Eric Weddle, FS, Formerly San Diego Chargers Weddle has been one of the best safeties in the league for a while now, but he’s getting on a bit and his range has undoubtedly diminished. I can see him waiting until training camps are underway to sign a contract if a team doesn’t panic and throw money at him today. But whoever signs him will end up with a very good player roaming their defensive backfield. Nick Fairley, DT, Formerly St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams Fairley played last year on a one year “prove it” deal after having some issues in Detroit. He certainly managed to prove himself, he kept his weight down and his nose clean, producing well on the field. Predominantly a run defender Fairley can get after the QB as well and will be a nice addition to most defensive lines around the league. Robert Griffin III, QB, Formerly Washington Redskins What a difference a few years can make. Pre draft some were touting him as a better prospect than Andrew Luck, after his rookie year it looked like that might be the case. But then a torn ACL, a concussion, a new head coach and a Kirk Cousins later sees RG3 hit the free agency market. Griffin has enough talent to interest the quarterback needy teams. He has been linked with a move to Denver since Brock Osweiler signed with Houston but they won’t be his only suitors. Greg Hardy, DE, Formerly Dallas Cowboys Hardy is easily the best pass rusher available, but he’s such a headache for the front office and locker room that it’s hard to see where he fits. If even Jerry Jones had started to lose patience it doesn’t bode well for his future, but he is so talented that a team may be willing to overlook all those red flags and get the best QB hunter left on the open market. Prince Amukamara, CB, Formerly New York Giants Morris Claiborne, CB, Formerly Dallas Cowboys Both of these guys are former 1st round picks who have failed to live up to expectations so far. They have also both missed a considerable amount of time in their NFL careers but they are good buy low candidates for teams who don’t need them to start right away, and teams who were frustrated they missed them on draft day might be tempted to take another look at the as free agents and try to fix what went wrong. Terrance Knighton, DT, Formerly Washington Redskins There are few people in the world like Terrance Knighton. His level of athleticism at his size is rare, and at just 29 he should be a name high on the board for many teams. He’s worked the last few seasons as a nose tackle but he is capable of shutting down running games in a 4-front as well. There are more than a few teams who could use his talents in 2016.

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