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Free Agency 2013: Best 50 Left

Monday, March 18, 2013



31. Free safety Ronde Barber -- After dropping a five-year, $41.25 million blockbuster contract on Dashon Goldson, the Buccaneers would only take Barber back as a sub-package defender. He does want to continue his career. Barber, 38, has spent all 16 of his seasons in Tampa Bay. He could return as a slot corner and nickel back, but would not be a 2013 starter.

32. Strong safety Bernard Pollard -- When Ozzie Newsome releases you over a $500,000 payment, it's never a good sign for your NFL future. Pollard, 28, is another box-only safety lacking coverage skills. He has a big name, but must be hidden by the scheme on all passing downs.

33. Quarterback Kevin Kolb -- Kolb was a megaflop in Arizona, but he's only 28 years old and very capable of moving an offense with sound pass protection. He'd be one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. The Jets, though, want to give Kolb an opportunity to start. The marriage makes sense because new OC Marty Mornhinweg coached Kolb in Philadelphia.

34. Cornerback E.J. Biggers -- Still developing, 25-year-old Biggers ran a 4.32 forty at Western Michigan's 2009 Pro Day. He's long and lean at 6-foot, 185, and graded out in 2012 as a top-20 cover corner in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Biggers has been getting no free-agency love.

35. Nose tackle Sione Pouha -- Pouha was one of the league's premier run stoppers as recently as 2011, and the Jets rewarded him with a three-year, $15 million contract. After an injury-plagued 2012 campaign, Pouha was cut. He's 34 now and figures to be far more affordable.

36. Linebacker Brad Jones -- Jones, 27, is capable of playing both inside and outside linebacker. He flourished on the inside with Green Bay last year. Cronies of Packers GM Ted Thompson are scattered throughout NFL front offices. Expect Jones to catch on this week.

37. Linebacker Antwan Barnes -- Barnes is a situational player only, but he has special teams value and 14 sacks over the past two years. He's going on age 29. To this point in free agency, Barnes has drawn the most interest from the Jets. The Dolphins have also reached out.

38. Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips -- Phillips' 2012 statistics look gaudy on paper -- 50 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles -- but he is a fading, 32-year-old player drawing scant free-agent interest. The Broncos, Cardinals, and Browns have been floated as potential suitors.

39. Running back Felix Jones -- Jones is annually among the most disappointing players in the league, but he's only 26 and has a career yards-per-carry average of 4.79. He's also strong in the pass game. Cap-strapped clubs in need of a change-of-pace back ought give Felix a look.

40. Right tackle Ryan Harris -- Harris has a worrisome injury history, but stayed healthy in Houston last season and just turned 28 years old. Mike Shanahan needs a right tackle and has long been a Harris fan. He should also be available for around the league's minimum base salary.

41. Return specialist Josh Cribbs -- Cribbs may be close to signing with the Cardinals; as of late Sunday, he was at club headquarters taking a physical. Although 30-year-old Cribbs offers marginal offensive and defensive value, he still balls out on special teams. In 2012, Cribbs ranked eighth in the league in kickoff return average and seventh on punts. He also made nine tackles.

42. Linebacker Justin Durant -- Durant is a stout, downhill defender coming off a 103-tackle season in Detroit. He's 27 and capable of playing all three linebacker positions. The Giants are rumored to have some interest. Durant also played for Bears DC Mel Tucker in Jacksonville.

43. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon -- 28-year-old Hixon can be an asset on punt and kickoff returns, and he's typically held his own in spot starts at receiver. Hixon has started 12 career games, in them catching 41 balls for 613 yards (15.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns.

44. Cornerback Pacman Jones -- Although Jones held up well as Cincinnati's nickel back last season, playing right corner in all sub-packages, he doesn't have many friends left in the NFL. Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is one of the few and wants to bring Pacman back.

45. Linebacker Rey Maualuga -- The Bengals want to re-sign Maualuga, ideally to play the strong side as Vontaze Burfict takes over in the middle. Maualuga, 26, did make a free-agent trip to Arizona and is also on the Giants' radar. He'll probably stay in Cincy on a one-year pact.

46. Cornerback Tracy Porter -- Still only 26 years old and 37 months removed from Super Bowl stardom, Porter's career is at a crossroads after seizures, a knee injury, and a concussion wrecked his lone season in Denver. He will be worth adding on a cheap, one-year, prove-it deal.

47. Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks -- The 62nd pick in the 2009 draft, Marks is 26 years old and was a 14-game starter in Tennessee last season. He'd be better off as a reserve.

48. Guard Lance Louis -- Louis visited the Dolphins last week. 28 years old, his market would be stronger had Louis not torn his left ACL last November. The Bears want to keep him.

49. Defensive tackle Vance Walker -- Walker is a 26-year-old 4-3 defensive tackle who stuffs the run and has five sacks the past two seasons. He'd be a nice No. 3 tackle somewhere.

50. Inside linebacker Brian Urlacher -- Urlacher's tank is nearing "E" as knee problems are sapping his athleticism and burst at 35. He still seems likely to finish his career in Chicago.

More Free Agents of Note: Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, Linebacker D.J. Williams, Cornerback Terence Newman, Defensive tackle Corey Williams, Fullback Greg Jones, Wide receiver Laurent Robinson, Cornerback D.J. Moore, Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, Running back Beanie Wells, Tight end Dallas Clark, Wide receiver Randy Moss, Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cornerback Brice McCain, Nose tackle Casey Hampton, Wide receiver Austin Collie, Linebacker Michael Boley, Wide receiver Ramses Barden, Tackle Max Starks, Cornerback Quentin Jammer, Safety Gerald Sensabaugh, Guard Eben Britton, Running back Michael Turner, Quarterback Jason Campbell, Running back Cedric Benson, Quarterback Josh Johnson, Running back Peyton Hillis, Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin.



Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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