Training camp begins today for a few teams, but soon, everyone will be taking the field. Whether it be due to injury or simply a position that needs to be upgraded, here are the ten best free agents still on the market that could potentially help a franchise win a championship in 2019.
10. Alex Collins, RB
Off-field and/or injury concerns keep some other players off the list, but while Collins fits the latter after it was revealed yesterday that he suffered a broken leg, the Irish-dancing runner won’t turn 25 until the end of August, and he’s just a year removed from rushing for 973 yards and six touchdowns.
Team fits: KC, MIN, TB
9. Ryan Schraeder, OT
Schraeder could be a bargain at this point for teams in need of a right tackle, as he had 73 starts in six seasons with Atlanta, including all 16 games during Matt Ryan’s MVP season in 2016.
Team fits: NYJ, HOU, CIN
8. Michael Cratbree, WR
It’s possible Crabtree becomes the next former receiver to go from clear starter to struggling to find work (like Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, and others before him), but I think he can be a solid target out of the slot to rejuvenate his career.
Team fits: WAS, CIN, MIA
7. Nick Perry, OLB
Perry’s stock dipped with just 1.5 sacks in nine games last season for the Packers, so we’ll see if another 3-4 team that needs help on the edge will give him a look at some point over the next several weeks.
Team fits: NYJ, BAL, HOU
6. Tre Boston, S
It sounds like Boston has had interest around the league and could have signed by now, but the 27-year-old is holding out for a better contract if/when injuries hit. Boston has totaled eight interceptions over the past two years with the Chargers and Cardinals.
Team fits: JAX, SF, DEN
5. Bennie Logan, DT
Logan is likely to be on his fourth team in as many years if someone signs him soon as a run-stuffer that fits best anchoring a 3-4 defense on early downs. Denver and Arizona could both use him to get more stout up front.
Team fits: DEN, ARI, LAR
4. Johnathan Cyprien, S
The Eagles worked out Cyprien last month, but the 28-year-old still remains on the market—perhaps because he doesn’t want to settle for a backup job after starting 70-of-70 games to begin his career.
Team fits: PHI, MIN, DEN
3. Morris Claiborne, CB
Injuries have piled up for Claiborne since he was at LSU, but the former first-round pick has played through everything he could and has started 15 games in back-to-back seasons. In a league with plenty of issues on the backend, I’m surprised Claiborne’s quality play hasn’t gotten him another opportunity yet.
Team fits: NYJ, NYG, WAS
2. Eric Berry, S
Berry would obviously be signed by now if not for a torn Achilles limiting him to three games over the past two seasons, but three-time First-team All-Pro should be picked up soon as a low-risk flier for teams with Super Bowl aspirations.
Team fits: DAL, IND, CLE
1. Sam Bradford, QB
Doubters should watch Week 1 of the 2017 season to see Bradford’s potential as a deadly-accurate NFL quarterback, and basically every team without an established backup should sign him so he can familiarize himself with the system/teammates and possibly make a Nick Foles-like run if needed.
Team fits: MIN, CLE, KC