NFL training camps are about to get underway, yet some of the biggest names in the game remain teamless. The Covid-19 pandemic has limited how much players can be worked out, and many player signings had to be delayed for in person physicals to be conducted. So while it isn't a total shock that some of the following players are still available, other free agents were able to come to an agreement in the same conditions.
Field Yates of ESPN threw out some names of the top remaining free agents and I'm going to give you a slight breakdown of all of the names below.
Notable unsigned free agents as training camps begin this week include:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 27, 2020
Clowney in coming off of a 3 sack, 31 tackle season with the Seattle Seahawks. The former number 1 overall pick has expressed that he wanted to make over $20 Million a year at the start of free agency, but has reportedly since lowered his price. The Seahawks have reportedly offered Clowney a one year $15 Million deal to return to the team that dealt for him, and the Cleveland Browns reportedly offered Clowney a similar type deal.
The Everson Griffen free agency has heated up recently, and its been reported that the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are front runners to land the four time Pro Bowler. In 10 career seasons Griffen has put up a whopping 74.5 sacks and 353 tackles. Griffen appears set to be the first player to come off of this list.
Ryan put up an insane 113 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a cornerback in 2019. He also added 18 passes defended and 4 interceptions, making him one of the most dynamic defensive players in the league, and one of the best corners in football. According to Ian Rapoport, Ryan won't take anything less than $10 million a year, which is what he paid over the course of his tenure in Tennessee.
Devonta Freeman was recently offered a one year four million dollar contract by the Seattle Seahawks, but Freeman turned it down. Freeman is coming off of a 1,066 total yard season in Atlanta and is only just 28 years of age. The veteran back has also been healthier then public perception seems to be, as Freeman has only missed 19 career games (14 of which came in 2018).
Warford was a surprise cut by the Saints back in May, as he was coming off three consecutive Pro Bowls as a Guard. Warford would be a perfect player to plug into a line up due to Covid-19 opt-outs, and could be back in the NFL again before Week 1.
Eric Reid is coming off a season where he set career highs in tackles (130), and Sacks (4). Reid was another surprise cut during this offseason as he was arguably the best Panthers player not named Christian McCaffrey, or Luke Kuechly in 2019.
Back in March the Jaguars and Dennard almost completed a 3 year $13.5 million dollar deal, however, they couldn’t agree on final terms. Dennard never developed into the star that annalists made him to be coming out of Michigan State, but he’s still a serviceable defensive back.
Damon Harrison Sr.
The best remaining nose tackle remaining in free agency, ‘Snacks’ Harrison put up 49 tackles and 2 sacks a season ago. One of the heavies men in the NFL, Harrison could anchor just about any teams defensive line.
The 35 year old tight end is by far the oldest member of this list, however he can still ball. In just 7 games in 2019 Walker racked up 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. Walker may just have one season left in him, although it would be very strange to not see him play for the Titans anymore
Another former Bengals corner on this list, Steelers fans may remember Kirkpatrick best for when Le’Veon Bell dribbled him off the ground like a basketball. In 99 career games, Kirkpatrick has snatched up 10 interceptions, and has been a mainstay of the Bengals defensive backfield since 2012.
The former Raven turned Eagle’s defensive tackle is entering his seventh NFL season. Jernigan picked up 2 sacks in more of a reserve role in 2019 and could be a cheap option to round out a teams defensive line.
What do you think? Should the Steelers attempt to bring in any of the guys above? Will they all have homes before the 2020 season? Let us know down in the comments below!