Robert Griffin III(Browns), Kapernick (49ers)
RG3 burst onto the scene in Washington where he ran away with the Rookie of the Year award. His season ended in injury, however, and he has yet to fully recover. RG3 opened this past season as the starter for the Browns, but was quickly relegated to the bench after he played horribly and was again injured. Teams will likely try to convince themselves that they are the guru's who can return RG3 to his rookie year form. With all the political controversy surrounding Kapernick, he is unlikely to be signed until the season begins when a teams starter suffers an injury.
Matt Asiata (Vikings), Ryan Mathews (Eagles), DeAngelo Williams (Steelers)
With Legarrette Blount signing in Philly, Asiata becomes the best power back available in free agency. Asiata will never be the bell cow back for a team, but can be effective if used as a goal-line/short-yardage back. Mathews was highly coveted in free agency 3 years ago, but has continued his trend of being oft-injured. DeAngelo Williams proved that he can be an effective back-up and change of pace back. He will likely be signed after training camp.
Anquan Boldin (Lions), Eddie Royal (Bears), Cecil Shorts (Bucs), Victor Cruz (Giants)
Anquan Boldin won't be a threat to stretch the field, but he is still an effective possesion receiver and redzone target. He amassed 7 touchdowns last season for the Lions offense, where he was the #1 target in the redzone. Royal is oft-injured, but is still an effective player in the slot. Victor Cruz was once the premier slot receiver in the NFL until injuries derailed his career.
Gary Barnidge (Browns), Jacob Tamme (Falcons), Luke Willson (Seahawks)
Barnidge should not be out of work for long. He is 2 years removed from a top 5 fantasy TE season, and there is a severe lack of talent at the TE position among teams in the NFL. Tamme can still be an effective #2 receiving tight end, although he has been slowed by injuries.
Ryan Clady (Jets), King Dunlap (Chargers)
Both Clady and Dunlap are old now by NFL standards, but both can be effective on the left and right side of the offensive line respecitvely. Clady has played at a high level for the last few season and will likely continue that trend with whichever contender ponies up enough to sign him. Dunlap struggled with injuries recently, but should find work considering the pourous state of offensive line play across the league.
Orlando Franklin (Chargers), Austin Pasztor (Browns), Evan Mathis (Cardinals)
Franklin has been an effective player at guard, but was pushed out of LA by 2 high round draft picks. He should find a new home sooner rather than later. Pasztor enjoyed a career rebirth as he made an effective switch from RT to guard. He should be signed soon as well. Evan Mathis is 36 years old but has a history of dominant play at the guard position. Barring retirement, I would bet that Mathis finds a new home before the season ends.
Nick Mangold (Jets)
Mangold is one of the best centers in the league. He will likely sign with the contender that offers him the most money.
|Albert Mattheis||Mathis already retired|