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Free Agency 2013: Best 50 Left

Monday, March 18, 2013



11. Free safety Kerry Rhodes -- Rhodes has a reputation for being soft, but he's one of the league's premier centerfield safeties. He also caused six turnovers in 2012, picking off four passes and popping loose two fumbles. Media reports have not linked Rhodes to any teams yet.

12. Outside linebacker Victor Butler -- The typical starting 3-4 rush linebacker plays roughly 1,000 snaps per year. Buried behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas, Butler has played 803 career snaps across four seasons, per Pro Football Focus. He's efficiently parlayed them into 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. Just 26, potential hidden gem Butler has been pursued by the Steelers and Jets. He really wants to reunite with Rob Ryan in New Orleans.

13. Linebacker Karlos Dansby -- Dansby was released by the Dolphins on March 12. An apt description of his market since would be "crickets." Expect it heat up this week. Dansby has played 3-4 inside linebacker, 4-3 SAM linebacker, and 4-3 MIKE 'backer in his career. He remains a high-impact run defender and would be a savvy replacement for Dannell Ellerbe in Baltimore.

14. Defensive lineman Richard Seymour -- The contending Falcons and Broncos "put out feelers" for Seymour when the signing period opened, but that's been the extent of it. While still an effective player when healthy, Seymour is pondering retirement unless an offer blows him away.

15. Guard Brandon Moore -- With Andy Levitre, Louis Vasquez, and Donald Thomas all off the market, Moore is the best guard left. After the Willie Colon signing, he won't be back with the Jets. Moore turns 33 in June, but remains a dominant run blocker and is adequate in pass pro.

16. Right tackle Eric Winston -- Winston is another starting-caliber right tackle who had been waiting on Jake Long's decision. 29 years old and a high-impact run blocker for zone schemes, Winston should be on the radars of Washington, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Miami.

17. Cornerback Mike Jenkins -- There are plenty of reasons to dislike Jenkins. He's not a physical player. He's been injury prone. He didn't play much in Dallas last year. But Jenkins is a 28-year-old former first-round pick with a Pro Bowl on his resume, and enough god-given ability to rejuvenate his career in the right spot. NFL teams can never have too many talented cornerbacks.

18. Defensive end Israel Idonije -- Idonije racked up 48 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a versatile tackle/end in Chicago last season. He's 32, but still a highly effective wave lineman.

19. Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd -- Cut Saturday, Lloyd is easily the most talented wideout available, but bipolar behavior and poor production outside of Josh McDaniels offenses will depress his market. There is speculation he'll re-sign in New England on a reduced deal.

20. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha -- Perhaps returning to the Bay Area would spark Asomugha's passion for the game. He didn't seem all in for last year's Eagles. The 49ers hosted Asomugha late last week, and he visited the Saints this weekend. Asomugha turns 32 in July.

21. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall -- Hall seems like he's been around forever, but he's still only 29. A report he'd signed with the Lions proved erroneous. Hall is generating scant interest on the open market. The Redskins would take him back, but only at a significantly reduced salary.

22. Linebacker Daryl Smith -- Smith was one of the league's most underrated linebackers from 2005-2011. Now 31 and coming off an injury-ruined season, Smith has stirred up little to no free-agent buzz. If his groin checks out, Smith could be a cheap steal for a 4-3 defensive team.

23. Wide receiver Julian Edelman -- Even if clubs aren't intrigued by Edelman's offensive potential -- they should be -- his special teams value is a huge plus. Edelman has returned a punt for a touchdown in three straight seasons, and ranked third in the NFL last year in punt return average (15.5). Edelman turns 27 in May. He's flashed dynamic ability as a slot receiver.

24. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw -- Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Packers and Steelers have reached out to Bradshaw. Easily the best back left, Bradshaw's market has been slow to develop because he's undergone three surgeries on his right foot, in addition to a left foot operation and surgeries on both ankles. His latest foot surgery took place in early February.

25. Tight end Fred Davis -- Davis would be signed by now if not for Achilles' surgery. The Browns have made inquiries, but the Redskins fully expect to retain Davis as their 2013 starter.

26. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey -- Heyward-Bey is purely a finesse wide receiver, but he's only 26 years old and can flat-out fly. DHB can help a team as a situational deep threat.

27. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie -- McKinnie's superb postseason protection of Joe Flacco was instrumental to the Ravens' Super Bowl run. They want him back on an incentive-laden deal.

28. Strong safety Quintin Mikell -- Despite releasing him on March 10, the Rams are open to re-signing Mikell after whiffing on Louis Delmas in free agency. Mikell is a one-trick pony "box" safety going on age 33, but racked up 101 tackles, three sacks, and four forced fumbles last year.

29. Safety Charles Woodson -- Woodson was a liability in Green Bay's defense last year before and after fracturing his collarbone in October. He'll still find a new home because of his versatility and leadership. The Texans and 49ers have flirted with Woodson, who is 36 years old.

30. Free safety Michael Huff -- Despite being shuttled between safety and cornerback last year, Huff remained one of the Raiders' most solid defenders. He was released on March 12 in a salary cap move. Huff is 30 years old now, but can cover the deep middle and that is important.


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