Jarius Byrd (Saints), Marcus Gilchrist (Jets), Aaron Williams (Bills), Matt Elam (Ravens)
Jarius Byrd burst onto the scene in 2009 with the Bills where he record 9 interceptions in a single season. Since then, Byrd's production has dipped due to changing coordinators and eventually changing teams. He could be servicable starter as a ball hawking center fielder. Gilchrist and Williams are two above average, young players who have starting caliber talent. Both players have dealth with injuries and have been phased out of their roster spot by younger, more talented players. Matt Elam was the Ravens first round pick after they won the Super Bowl. Elam had an excellent rookie year but had a major drop off in play. Teams could do worse than a young athletic prospect to groom as it's number 3 safety who also plays special teams.
Trumaine Brock (49ers/DV), Brandon Flowers (LAC), Alterraun Verner (TB), Darrelle Revis (Jets)
Trumaine Brock was an excellent player for the 49ers last season, but his recent domestic violence charge renders him a free agent. He is unlikely to find another home before the season begins, but he is still talented. Flowers is very undersized but excels as an off-ball zone corner, but he is getting up there in age and also dealt with injuries last season. Verner is 3 seasons removed from being recognized as one of the top corners in the league. After departing from Tennessee, he was exposed as a member of the Buccanneers. Teams likely will wonder which version of Verner they will be getting, especially now as Verner is over 30 years old. There is not much that can be said about Revis Island that hasnt already been said. Revis was the premier shut down corner in the NFL for many years, but his age has caught up to him in terms of speed and injuries. Still, Revis should make an impact and get a hefty salary whenever a team is ready to take a chance on him.
Perry Riley(Raiders), Gerald Hodges(49ers), Deandre Levy(Detroit)
Perry Riley was just OK for the Raiders last season, but he is 2 years removed from his best statisitcal season before cashing in with the Raiders. Hodges filled in for the injured Navarro Bowman and the retired Chris Borland and has done an exceptional job. He is only 26 and should find a home sooner rather than later. Deandre Levy is 3 years removed from an All-Pro season with the Lions, but injuries have derailed his career as he has been injured for more games than he has been active since then.
Dan Williams (Raiders)
Dan Williams is an exceptionally big man, but doesn't always play like that. He was phased out for younger, more athletic players. Williams is the only decent interior defensive lineman available since Will Sutton signed with the Vikings.
Dwight Freeney (Falcons), Elvis Dummervil (Raves), Paul Kruger(Saints), Trent Cole(Colts)
Dwight Freeney proved last season that he can still be highly effective as a situational pass rusher. Teams shouldn't expect much more out of him than that, though. Dummervil struggled with injuries, but when healthy he is one of the better edge defenders in the league.
|Austin Vershel||Quick Update: Trumaine Brock was convicted and faces 5 years in prison. Matt Elam was arrested and will never play again. Aaron Williams retired. Gerald Hodges signed with the Bills. Dwight Freeney is talking with the Falcons still. Dummervil signed with the 49ers.|