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Plenty of big names still left on unrestricted market

T. Owens.jpgThe NFL offseason has basically hit pause until the NFL Draft.  The restricted free agent hasn’t developed, and the unrestricted free agents still let probably have to wait until May to get a job.

There are many big names still available, but they are all well past their prime. 

Here’s an incomplete look at some of the notable players still looking for a job at each position.

Wide receivers: Terrell Owens, Kevin Curtis, Laveranues Coles, Torry Holt, Javon Walker

Running backs: Brian Westbrook, Ladell Betts, Jamal Lewis, Justin
Fargas,

Quarterback: Marc Bulger  (I could list Chris Simms and Josh McCown but .
. . eh.)

Tight ends: Randy McMichael, L.J. Smith

Offensive line: Flozell Adams, Shawn Andrews, Chester Pitts, Kevin Mawae

Defensive line: Leonard Little, Cornelius Griffin, Charles Grant, Derrick Burgess

Linebacker: Jason Taylor, Keith Bulluck, Akin Ayodele, Antonio Pierce

Cornerback: Lito Sheppard, Nick Harper, Fred Smoot

Safety: Darren Sharper, Ken Hamlin, Gibril Wilson, Jermaine Phillips

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43 Responses to “Plenty of big names still left on unrestricted market”
  1. Benjamin C Klein says: Apr 11, 2010 6:18 PM

    Big names and good players are two different things entirely.

  2. Zoology says: Apr 11, 2010 6:20 PM

    Wow these guys were top and high second tier guys not too long ago

  3. tombrookshire says: Apr 11, 2010 6:21 PM

    Hmmm…. lots of ex-Eagles on the list.

  4. bullheel says: Apr 11, 2010 6:24 PM

    Thats a bunch of guys that played for Philly at one time or another.

  5. nfcbeast says: Apr 11, 2010 6:25 PM

    they are all there because they cant help anyone and wont compete for a starting role….its a bunch of back ups

  6. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 11, 2010 6:28 PM

    “(I could list Chris Simms and Josh McCown but . . . eh.)”
    They are only free agents until Gruden comes back.

  7. hope4sbvictory says: Apr 11, 2010 6:37 PM

    1/4 of these guys are ex-Eagles.

  8. This Guy says: Apr 11, 2010 6:39 PM

    If you weren’t going to post players such as McCown and Simms, why bother posting L.J. Smith, he’s a scrub too!

  9. Marc F says: Apr 11, 2010 6:44 PM

    you could almost start your own team with that list Florio.

  10. jimmy_b says: Apr 11, 2010 6:44 PM

    Looks like Philly is in “rebuilding” mode.

  11. dahawkster813 says: Apr 11, 2010 6:46 PM

    whats your beef with chris simms? hes tougher than u are and i can guarantee that.

  12. hsf09 says: Apr 11, 2010 6:49 PM

    Benjamin C Klein hit the nail on the head. These are your brand name guys if you will but far from talented/good players or not what they used to be. We fall in love with the “brand name” guys too often.

  13. avlino says: Apr 11, 2010 6:49 PM

    No real starters here. I’m a little surprised Fargas is still available…a good reliable #2 back for just about anyone. Gibril Wilson is a solid, starting caliber FS. His numbers have been solid during his last few seasons, as he tends to be a productive player who has been stuck on mediocre defenses. Nobody else really stands out to me.

  14. AdamEagle5 says: Apr 11, 2010 6:52 PM

    Lots of guys Philly let go… MAYBE Andy Reid actually knows what he’s doing…

  15. willsanity209 says: Apr 11, 2010 6:56 PM

    What about Darren Sharper, I dont see his name up there with the other safeties. He can put all 3 of those bums in his back pocket. Sharper is the man, Dallas needs to pick this guy up to take Hamlin’s place. I know hes still got at least 2 solid years left in him.

  16. Butt Plug says: Apr 11, 2010 7:00 PM

    Pierce is the only guy I would take out that group.

  17. Iggles fan says: Apr 11, 2010 7:03 PM

    I bet I could take those free agents and win more games then the Rams or Browns….

  18. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 11, 2010 7:04 PM

    Good god, half my Madden defense is on that list.

  19. JimmySmithBlows says: Apr 11, 2010 7:06 PM

    I think the Steelers should sign Smoot. He would fit in well on that roster full of felons and shifty characters. And with the 3 polluted rivers, he can organize many team building exercises on the water. Big Rapist might not even have to rape with the women that Smoot can recruit.

  20. december says: Apr 11, 2010 7:10 PM

    “I could list Chris Simms and Josh McCown but . . . eh.”
    Why not? You listed Shawn Andrews lol!

  21. dahawkster813 says: Apr 11, 2010 7:18 PM

    t . o. to the bucs, you heard it here first. glazers need to sell tickets, what better way to fill the stands and sell some jerseys then bring him in .

  22. Atlanta Love says: Apr 11, 2010 7:34 PM

    I agree with Iggles Fan.
    All those guys on one team would at least go .500 or better. A lot of those guys have at least 2 yrs. left in their career.
    This statement is for REAL football fans not the guys who focus on players personal life or worry about whether you “like” them or not.

  23. JimmySmith says: Apr 11, 2010 7:50 PM

    If Smoot is a big name, its only because he was captain of the famous Love Boat Cruise. Now he just sucks, he sucked worse when he played for the Vikings but you could say that about just anybody that used to play for the Queens and later escaped Mpls.

  24. Big J says: Apr 11, 2010 7:54 PM

    No one worth the money they would want. Alot of Eagles and Redskins cast offs.

  25. Andre_Johnson_for_prez says: Apr 11, 2010 7:57 PM

    Torry Holt, Justin Fargas, Chester Pitts, Cornelius Griffin, Lito Sheppard, Nick Harper, Fred Smoot, Darren sharper…
    All of these players should be on the texans radar as far as i’m concerned. Most of them are good vet’s which the texans need desperately.. Plus most of them would have the chance to start..

  26. Bious says: Apr 11, 2010 8:20 PM

    Big names? How about big names with little games?

  27. funi says: Apr 11, 2010 8:37 PM

    What about Jake Plummer? He should be freed from Tampa Bay be now!

  28. coreylee says: Apr 11, 2010 8:38 PM

    Bring Darren back to the Pack so he can retire a Packer…

  29. Pantherfan10 says: Apr 11, 2010 8:47 PM

    No one wants to give up draft picks to sign these guys. Under current rules eventhough they’re “unrestricted” I believe the team they were on still gets tendered with a draft pick.
    Most of these guys will be signed after the draft

  30. MagicMan407 says: Apr 11, 2010 9:28 PM

    Mr. Pantherfan10, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listening to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  31. HuckNZ says: Apr 11, 2010 9:48 PM

    Here’s the list, with the age they’ll be by the end of the season. I wonder if these guys have anything in common.
    WR: Owens (37), Curtis (32), Coles (33), Holt (34), Walker (32)
    RB: Westbrook (31), Betts (31), Lewis (31), Fargas (30)
    QB: Bulger (33)
    TE: McMichael (31), Smith (30)
    OL: Adams (35), Andrews (28), Pitts (31), Mawae (39)
    DL: Little (36), Griffin (34), Grant (32), Burgess (32)
    LB: Taylor (36), Bulluck (33), Ayodele (31), Pierce (32)
    CB: Sheppard (29), Harper (36), Smoot (31)
    S: Sharper (35), Hamlin (29), Wilson (29), Phillips (31)
    Hmmmmm. Anyone see any trends here?

  32. lskynard87 says: Apr 11, 2010 9:53 PM

    The Vikings could really use a couple of those guys, regardless of former level of play…
    Gibril Wilson…Pitts, Grant.

  33. Bagman says: Apr 11, 2010 10:00 PM

    The redskins should sign all 4 of those O-Lineman and start them.

  34. scomibord says: Apr 11, 2010 10:00 PM

    Sharper wont leave N.O.

  35. Dixon29 says: Apr 11, 2010 10:10 PM

    MagicMan407 says: April 11, 2010 9:28 PM
    Mr. Pantherfan10, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listening to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
    Billy Madison anyone? Not very original on your part.

  36. The Devil says: Apr 11, 2010 10:53 PM

    Florio,
    did you pay GETTY IMAGES for that photo of TO?
    If yes, i will never log on to this website again – complete BS – come clean Florio. Did you support this liberal organization?

  37. Dave The Panther says: Apr 11, 2010 10:57 PM

    How many geniuses do we have to read they were at one time or another an EAGLE. Sadly too many. DDDuuuuhhhh see if I can read. Oh no one has posted they were from Philly. Two things about this iist. 1) Most are well past their prime or 2) they want way to much money than they are worth. Hint to T.O. drop your asking price and you might have a job this fall.

  38. njghost91 says: Apr 11, 2010 11:54 PM

    MagicMan — hilarious…perfect opp for that billy madison line…lmao

  39. MagicMan407 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:17 AM

    Dixon29-
    No shit sherlock! You must be some sort of genious!

  40. Harry Peter Grant says: Apr 12, 2010 12:36 AM

    MagicMan407, every one is dumber for having to listen to pantherfan10, you hear them voices also, Damn they just wont go away, I did not listen to him, I just read his comment, but the voices just wont go away, I tell them to stop, but they wont

  41. boltmancraft says: Apr 12, 2010 1:37 AM

    Funny….last year the Chargers wanted Jermaine Phillips more than Kevin Burnett, but Phillips opted to stay in Tampa. Now, no one will touch Phillips with a 10 meter cattle prod.

  42. winslow says: Apr 12, 2010 5:44 AM

    This isn’t a bad list for a playoff contender seeking a short term fix on the o-line. Denver and San Francisco should be looking hard at Adams and Mawae.
    Little and Burgess can still rush the passer. Hell, Burgess had five sacks playing out of position and part-time.
    And Sharper was terrific last year…nine ints and smart, tough play. The Saints would not have beaten either Minnesota or Indy without Sharper. Whoever signs him will improve their secondary, at least for one year.
    A healthy Westbrook would give the Colts the elusive back they need. He averaged 4.5 yards a carry last year (to McCoy’s 4.1), so unlike Tomlinson he may actually have something left.

  43. florioshairpiece says: Apr 12, 2010 8:20 AM

    Notable, yes. However, not all of them are notable for being good football players. For instance, L.J. Smith is notable for batting down passes, running 9 yard routs on 3rd & 10, and for running routs directly behind linebackers.
    He is certainly notable, and his notable playing is why he’s not on a team.

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