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Ten more well-known veterans looking for work

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Florio wrote about the lack of interest surrounding Tiki Barber earlier, which got me thinking: What other big name veterans remain available?

Every year, the list of well-known players unable to get work comes as a surprise.  (Even though we know the list is coming.)  It seems that there are more notable veterans available than usual following the lockout.

A few free agents other than Tiki that you’d recognize:

1. Darren Sharper, safety: The Saints look ready to roll with Jonathan Amaya as their No. 3 safety, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

2. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, receiver: Last with the Ravens, Housh got new representation to help him find work.

3. Dhani Jones, linebacker: Jones started 16 games on a decent Bengals defense last year.

4. Roy Williams, safety: The one-time Cowboys safety and former Bengal took a job in broadcasting.

5. Clinton Portis, running back: He’s worked out for the Patriots and Dolphins.

6. Leonard Davis, guard: The fact Davis remains available is a reminder the Cowboys waited a year too long to cut him.

7. Tye Hill, cornerback: Last with the Lions, this 2006 first-round pick may be out of chances.

8. Pat Williams, defensive tackle: One-half of the Williams Wall is one of the most surprising guys still available.

9. Mark Clayton receiver: It was believed Clayton was going to return to the Rams, but he may not be healthy yet.

10. J.P. Losman, quarterback: I’m only mentioning him because he went to Tulane.

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58 Responses to “Ten more well-known veterans looking for work”
  1. jdandcoke says: Aug 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    very surprised at big pat, sharper, and housh….and to a lesser degree dhani. im sure that all will be employed at some point in the very near future.

  2. JSpicoli says: Aug 27, 2011 1:58 PM

    Lofa Tatupu?

  3. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 27, 2011 2:00 PM

    Darren Sharper needs to find a home so he has something to put on his back.

  4. jaystus says: Aug 27, 2011 2:03 PM

    and people in Jax wanted to give sharper big money last year. Would of been an upgrade but not worth it.

  5. quiettexan says: Aug 27, 2011 2:03 PM

    i thought pat williams announced his retirement early in the offseason.

    if not, he’s the only one who really seems like a surprise (suspension aside, he’s stayed pretty healthy right?) sign him to the texans we’re getting run over.

  6. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 27, 2011 2:04 PM

    These names aren’t surprising. Stop acting like they are.

  7. bisonhead33 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    What about T.O.?

  8. football58 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    Broncos..Pat Williams?

  9. malgorthewarrior says: Aug 27, 2011 2:06 PM

    Brian Waters-Pro Bowl Guard last year, still an above average starter.


  10. Soulman45 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:06 PM

    This is just a way to retire. If they don’t know their time have come it a way of telling them.

  11. thegreatwhitemidget says: Aug 27, 2011 2:08 PM

    As a bills fan I can say jp losman is completly worthless

  12. calminknowledge says: Aug 27, 2011 2:09 PM

    Lifelong Bills fan here…JP got a raw deal in Buff. Yes, he was probably drafted too early, but the coaching comedy that (hopefully) was the Bills should take full credit for screwing his career. Hope to see JP playing for an NFL club again. How about #2 or #3 in Baltimore? We know he and Lee Evans have chemistry!

  13. dawgpound3 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:09 PM

    Im surprised that no one signed mark clayton. He really impressed in st louis last season. Although i think just about everyone expects clayton to be back with rams, if he doesn’t resign with them, you can expect him to go to Cleveland Browns, where his former oc pat shurmur is now head coach

  14. rajbais says: Aug 27, 2011 2:11 PM

    Where’s T.O. on the list???

    You put a retired player like Roy Williams on the list??

  15. hobartbaker says: Aug 27, 2011 2:13 PM

    These guys should know by now that the average NFL career is less than three years. Why do they insist on having more than their fair share?

  16. rajbais says: Aug 27, 2011 2:14 PM

    “J.P. Losman, quarterback: I’m only mentioning him because he went to Tulane.”

    I wanna say more, but I rest my case!!!

  17. jhorton83 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:16 PM

    Why isn’t Jeff George on this list?

  18. thelmt82 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:18 PM

    The Browns can use a safety and linebacker. Sharper’s history with Holmgren could carry some weight. And Jones has always been an underrated linebacker in my opinion.

  19. indywilson40 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:21 PM

    Very surprised that Kelvin Hayden is still out there. Very good cover 2 corner.

  20. addict2sport says: Aug 27, 2011 2:23 PM

    Did Lofa sign with a team? If not he’s gotta make a Top 10 list over some of these other players, right?

  21. Awol.West says: Aug 27, 2011 2:31 PM

    Teams already know what these veterans can do.
    After they review their week 3 games, and finalize their roster during the 4th preseason game and heading into the season, teams will get the clarity they need as to whether one of these guys has more to offer than what they already have.

    Also keep in mind the toll an NFL season has, and with a short offseason injuries could be at an all-time high (hopefully not). I expect at least half of these guys to get signed by mid-season, say around week 8.

  22. Awol.West says: Aug 27, 2011 2:33 PM

    Lofa Tatupu was only released because he has 2 bad knees. Not one, but two.
    Seattle would have kept him, and that is the reason he is still unsigned and not on this list.

  23. calebo94 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:33 PM

    No Brett Favre
    somebody gonna signed him.

  24. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    Roy has work but then you rarely let the facts get in the way of your posts…

    Go ahead and delete this as usual…

  25. truthpwns says: Aug 27, 2011 2:35 PM

    ummm hello!


  26. Fred says: Aug 27, 2011 2:36 PM

    Come on, JP. Roll Wave!

  27. dirtdawg55 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:42 PM

    When you get a list of ten good names, let me know. Until then, this is just a list of guys who don’t know their careers are over.

  28. FinFan68 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:42 PM

    How have the Eagles not looked at Jones? Isn’t LB their glaring weakness?

  29. hateonjags says: Aug 27, 2011 2:49 PM

    Breaking News: Eagle trade Mike Kafka to Seattle Seahawks and sign Jamarcus Russell.

  30. descendency says: Aug 27, 2011 2:50 PM

    Randy Moss?????

  31. ravensfan4life52 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:53 PM

    Dhani is average but he’ll get picked up in the next few weeks if someone gets injured.

  32. jacksaysfu says: Aug 27, 2011 2:59 PM

    How bout the best QB ever , Jamarcus Russel ?? He probably cant walk right now , that fat boy has so much “syrup” he’s putting it on his pancakes !

  33. cliffordc05 says: Aug 27, 2011 3:15 PM

    I am surprised that this list does not include Tatupu and Westbrook. Lofa was released by Seattle because of his knees but might still be able to be an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. I thought Westbrook was looking for work…..did he retire?

  34. reapster says: Aug 27, 2011 3:18 PM


    I guess he is not worth signing if he can’t even stop a dude with a broken leg, lol

  35. jyerfdog71 says: Aug 27, 2011 3:43 PM

    Lofa & Westbrook should be listed. A couple other guys i might consider are Ma’ka Kemoeatu DT and Nafahu Tahi FB.

  36. depotnator says: Aug 27, 2011 3:44 PM

    Dhani Jones should spray himself so GMs don’t think he stinks.

  37. drumzan says: Aug 27, 2011 3:44 PM

    Sharper to the Phins!

  38. leatherface2012 says: Aug 27, 2011 4:21 PM

    someone should sign hurricane irene……doesnt look like its doing much either

  39. usetabe says: Aug 27, 2011 4:34 PM

    Not sure if Jeff Garcia retired, but hell, he’s still better than many backups.

  40. CKL says: Aug 27, 2011 4:35 PM

    FinFan68 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:42 PM

    How have the Eagles not looked at Jones? Isn’t LB their glaring weakness?
    True, but he already did a stint in Philly under Reid. Maybe they don’t want to go down that road again.

  41. stavreafavre says: Aug 27, 2011 4:43 PM

    Pat Williams? Really? “Hey, let’s give a lot of money to an old fat guy who’s finally due to serve a suspension! Yeah!”

  42. cosanostra71 says: Aug 27, 2011 4:45 PM

    Darren Sharper… one of the hardest hitting safeties in da league!

  43. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 4:50 PM

    How have the Eagles not looked at Jones? Isn’t LB their glaring weakness?


    Yes and they’d like to keep it at least a “glaring weakness” instead of regressing to “completely inept”.

  44. egreen4590 says: Aug 27, 2011 5:36 PM

    UHH Randy Moss?
    Moss dis Moss dat
    Moss dis Moss dat

    Hasn’t filed his retirement paper yet.
    Btw T.O isn’t signed because he said himself he isn’t healthy yet and still a few months away from no ones even offered him a contract.

  45. dreno322 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:03 PM

    So I’m standing there in the unemployment line, I look over and who do I see? Carson and TJ playing catch…You wanted out of cincy and now your out of a job! So long quitters!

  46. wetpaperbag2 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:08 PM

    hobartbaker says: Aug 27, 2011 2:13 PM

    These guys should know by now that the average NFL career is less than three years. Why do they insist on having more than their fair share?

    You sound like the movie “Logan’s Run.” Once they hit the expiration date…SANCTUARY!

    For real dude…that’s kinda harsh. Just imagine a real world laborer/machinist with a family of 4 is told by his boss, “Hey, you know the average length of stay in this job is 3 years. Leave now!.”

  47. dreno322 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:09 PM

    Sharper to Bengals…Defense gonna be goooood! Go stripes!

  48. stvang says: Aug 27, 2011 6:14 PM

    The packers need to part ways with bush. He is a weak spot every time he steps on the field. And opposing team know it and exploit it.

    Perhaps GB could pick up a decent old timer to back up,guide the younger backs, or fill the rotation.

  49. egreen4590 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:19 PM


    -you realize that Carson is choosing not to play right? He wants a trade and they won’t give it to him for no reason. He has bout 40mil in the bank and plus all is has to do is show up before week one and he gets another guranteed roster bonus.

  50. oldchap85 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:21 PM

    What about Brian Waters? What is the deal with him? Does it have to do with “his role on the NFLPA Executive Committee”? Before any of you talk about his age or performance, PFF rated him possitively. So I imagine someone can’t use him, what about the FA signing happy eagles, they have G/OL problems, among others.

  51. trbowman says: Aug 27, 2011 6:26 PM

    How are Troy Smith and Kevin Smith (RB) still looking for work?

  52. galvestontexans says: Aug 27, 2011 7:40 PM

    I think TJ would be a good number 2 or 3 receiver in Houston.

  53. groundpounder95 says: Aug 27, 2011 8:10 PM

    Westbrook is doing radio and tv out in philly. I talked to him the other day and he said he was looking at offers for a few teams but nothing looked too intrigue him. basically the teams werent worth going to. He has his hands full with his horse training facility anyways. Really nice kid.

  54. jjbadd says: Aug 27, 2011 11:29 PM

    First, I am a Bronco fan, but of all these people, Darren Sharper is a big surprise to me, I think he is still very productive, and an outstanding safety. Scoop him up Denver!

  55. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 12:04 PM

    As a bills fan I can say jp losman is completly worthless

    Anyone who has seen J.P. Losman play an offensive series can say that as well.

  56. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 12:11 PM

    C.C. (Can’t Cover) Brown is also available!

  57. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 12:14 PM

    Brett Lorenzo Favre is also available lol

  58. theharshestreality says: Aug 31, 2011 3:25 PM

    Parcells really messed with Williams’ head. The guy never was a genius anyway and when Parcells told him to learn schemes instead of just tearing guys heads off or horse-collaring them – he broke. Flat out couldn’t be cerebral…

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