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PFT’s 2014 All-Unemployed Team

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The following is a list of the best available veteran players at each position as of mid-May. Rotoworld’s free agent list and NFLPA records were used in compiling the list of candidates.

A club’s scheme, positional depth and salary cap situation are all factors that must be weighed when considering whether a team would consider any free agent listed below. Similarly, a player’s skill, age, cost and injury history are also data to be considered.

Players said to be contemplating retirement, including David Stewart and Travelle Wharton, have not been included on our list.

The team will be updated throughout the rest of the spring and into the summer. In fact, it’s possible the beginning of training camps in July could spark interest in some of the players below.

Quarterback: Josh Freeman, Brady Quinn, Vince Young.

Freeman’s stint with the Giants lasted about a month and a half. The question now is whether he can land another job before the start of the season. Quinn and Young have bounced around in recent years, and whether both could be top backups again is somewhat in doubt, but their NFL experience gives them a chance to be capable third quarterbacks.

Running back: Felix Jones, Ronnie Brown, Michael Bush.

Still only 27, Jones could be a viable third or fourth option in a backfield. Brown ranked 16th in blocking among all NFL backs in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. Bush (6-1, 245) is an inside runner who takes care of the ball (five career fumbles in 913 regular season touches), but he’s gained less than four yards per carry in each of the last three seasons.

Fullback: Vonta Leach.

He could be a fit for a team looking strictly for a blocking back.

Wide receivers: Santonio Holmes, Earl Bennett, Jeremy Ebert, Austin Collie, Josh Cribbs.

Holmes has shown playmaking ability throughout his career, gaining 15.7 yards per catch in an eight-season run. However, he has played only 15 combined games in the last two campaigns. The 27-year-old Bennett has been released by Chicago and Cleveland this offseason. At his best, he’s been a solid possession receiver. Ebert, 25, played five regular season games with the Jaguars in 2013. The 28-year-old Collie has 179 career receptions. Cribbs brings value in the kicking game.

Tight end: Jermichael Finley, Ben Hartsock, Dustin Keller.

Finley’s NFL future is tied to whether he gains medical clearance after an October 2013 neck injury. Given his talent and relatively young age (27), he’s one of the best free agents available if healthy. Hartsock’s value stems from his blocking; he was the NFL’s best run-blocker at tight end in 2013, per PFF. Keller missed the 2013 regular season after suffering multiple knee injuries in a preseason game. When healthy, he’s a solid pass-catching option. He turns 30 in September.

Offensive tackle: Bryant McKinnie, Tyson Clabo, Eric Winston.

McKinnie is an experienced, short-term bridge option at left tackle. He will be 35 in September. Winston (119 starts) and Clabo (116 starts) are similar options at right tackle.

Offensive guard: Wade Smith, Mike Brisiel, Garrett Reynolds.

Smith, 33, was a four-season starter at guard for Houston (2010-2013). He can also play center. The 31-year-old Brisiel is another former Texan who started 15 games in each of the last two seasons for Oakland. Reynolds (27 in July) was a 10-game starter for Atlanta in 2013.

Center: Kyle Cook, Samson Satele.

Cook (6-3, 310) started 66 games for the Bengals from 2009 through 2013. He was limited to four games in 2012 after ankle surgery. He will be 31 in July. Satele, 29, has been a starter in each of his previous seven NFL seasons, but the Colts parted ways with him in March.

Defensive end: Jason Hunter, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Brett Keisel.

Hunter and Te’o-Nesheim could appeal to 4-3 clubs, while the 35-year-old Keisel is the best of the 3-4 ends on the market.

Defensive tackle: Isaac Sopoaga, Aubrayo Franklin, Vaughn Martin.

Sopoaga and Franklin are fits at nose guard in 3-4 schemes. The 28-year-old Martin has 27 career starts and can also play end in a “30″ front.

Inside linebacker: Pat Angerer, Desmond Bishop, Dan Connor.

The 27-year-old Angerer could play either in the middle or on the weak side in a 4-3. Health and durability are the concerns with the Iowa product. Bishop recorded more than 100 tackles playing inside in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme in 2010 and 2011. Connor (29 in November) has made 27 regular season starts.

Outside linebacker: Quentin Groves, Stephen Nicholas, Edgar Jones.

Groves (6-3, 265) is a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end who can also contribute on special teams. He turns 30 in July. Jones also has experience in a “30” front and is an experienced special teams player. Nicholas (50 starts) is a 4-3 outside linebacker.

Cornerback: Terrell Thomas, Asante Samuel, Dunta Robinson, Corey Webster.

The 29-year-old Thomas made a stirring comeback for the Giants in 2013 after missing two seasons with knee injuries. Samuel, 33, has 51 career picks, but he’s entering his 12th NFL season. The 32-year-old Robinson would add experience and physicality to a secondary. Webster (20 career interceptions) is a 10th-year pro.

Safety: Jim Leonhard, Steve Gregory, Will Hill.

Gregory, 31, has started at least 11 games in each of the last three seasons. Leonhard, 31, has been a starter on some very good defenses throughout his career and can catch punts. The 24-year-old Hill has proven playmaking ability, but he’s suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season.

Returner: Josh Cribbs.

A long-time special teams ace who can return kickoffs and punts and cover kicks, Cribbs can also be utilized at receiver and in “Wildcat” packages.

Kicker: Rob Bironas.

Has connected on 85.7 percent of his field goals (239-of-279) in his NFL career. May not have the same punch on kickoffs he had earlier in his career — forced just 32 touchbacks out of 80 attempts last season.

Punter: Mat McBriar.

Posted a 41.3-yard gross average (35.0-yard net) a season ago in nine games with Pittsburgh.

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63 Responses to “PFT’s 2014 All-Unemployed Team”
  1. deepseabreeze says: May 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    this team would go winless.

  2. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 14, 2014 7:58 PM


  3. shadylamp says: May 14, 2014 8:04 PM

    This team is better than the Jaguars.

  4. bgloalcdk says: May 14, 2014 8:04 PM

    How about the fact that Adam Podlesh is employed? He’s on the Steelers roster………… I think this team needs a new punter?

  5. baldandbadass says: May 14, 2014 8:09 PM

    A lot of good back up role players out there

  6. bennyb82 says: May 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    Michael Bush hasn’t played well on the Bears but I’d take him on my team.

  7. obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2014 8:31 PM

    Didn’t realize McKinney was that old.

  8. Mike Wilkening says: May 14, 2014 8:36 PM

    I’ve added a new punter. Thanks for pointing it out. — MW

  9. Mike Wilkening says: May 14, 2014 8:38 PM

    There was a suggestion of Michael Bush at RB. He received consideration and could have made it. Certainly one of the better big backs out there. — MW

  10. blackngold4life says: May 14, 2014 8:40 PM

    Didn’t the Steelers pick up Podlesh?

  11. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 14, 2014 8:42 PM

    Julius Peppers should be on this list, but the Packers think a 35 year old man that has significantly got worse since he left Carolina is a “solid pick up.” The past four years packers fans have been calling him washed up and now he is the best player in the NFL….cheese brain logic!

  12. hawkforlife says: May 14, 2014 8:49 PM

    Just shows you how fragile an NFL life is. Some of these guys were college studs and a few highly regarded pros at one time. Sad.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: May 14, 2014 8:58 PM

    Sopoaga couldn’t cut it with the Pats after Wilfork went down and they traded for him. He played well for a few plays in a couple of games and disappeared other than that.

  14. chinahand11 says: May 14, 2014 9:15 PM

    If someone needs a guy to slam into the line and make a few yards, Bush would be a decent pickup. Ronnie Brown is another crafty older guy.

  15. homerhanky82 says: May 14, 2014 9:16 PM

    Vikings will sign Asante. Josh robinson cannot be our #2 corner. Cap will play the slot and i hope Josh only sees the field in dime situations

  16. packsoldier says: May 14, 2014 9:48 PM

    Nobody thinks Peppers is the best player in the league – they are just laughing at the ridiculous amount of money the Bears threw at him. But he was still the sorry Bears’ only pass-rushing threat last year. And even now he counts more against the Bears salary cap than the Packers. Think about that when he’s tearing Cutandrunler a new one this year.

  17. lovemyqueens says: May 14, 2014 9:54 PM

    No love for Dallas Clark?

  18. texansfalcons says: May 14, 2014 10:26 PM

    Would take Bironas over that chump Bullock in a heartbeat.

  19. davidrome13 says: May 14, 2014 10:44 PM

    Richie Incognito would make the list complete. Lol

  20. sguire says: May 14, 2014 10:44 PM


  21. bdbufford77 says: May 14, 2014 11:55 PM

    The Salvation Army could beat this team.

  22. realitycheckbaby says: May 15, 2014 12:07 AM

    Many would start for Minnesota.

  23. staffordsyear says: May 15, 2014 12:30 AM

    IF hes healthy and ready to go on the cheap i wouldn’t mind kickin the tires on Holmes in Detroit.

  24. ahostiletakeover says: May 15, 2014 12:35 AM

    Ravens should bring back Jim Leonhard on a one year deal to compete with rookie Terrence Brooks for the starting free safety job.

  25. ivanpavlov0000 says: May 15, 2014 4:05 AM

    Asante Samuel might be nice for Detroit if the price was right. They could use a solid veteran as a player/coach for all of the young guys.

  26. lic112014 says: May 15, 2014 4:13 AM

    There’s a reason these guys are still out there.Injuries,age and lack of production are all factors.If teams need extra bodies for training camp some of them will get a chance.

  27. patpatriot7 says: May 15, 2014 7:28 AM

    What about Keller as a third TE?

  28. titletownphipsi says: May 15, 2014 8:13 AM

    There are a few teams in the NFL this team could actually beat sadly.

  29. jgedgar70 says: May 15, 2014 8:15 AM

    James Anderson was good for us in Carolina and he had a decent year last year. Surprised he’s still on the market.

    I don’t care if McKinnie is 135 and has only 1 functioning leg, he’s still better than Byron Bell. Sign him DG!!!!!!

  30. madnova says: May 15, 2014 8:45 AM

    Dustin Keller weeps, knowing that Mike Wilkening has Ben Hartsock rated as a better player than he.

  31. mackie66 says: May 15, 2014 9:43 AM

    The “all over the hill gang”.

  32. minnesoulja says: May 15, 2014 10:19 AM

    I would take Asante Samuel OR Dunta Robinson on our MN Vikings secondary.

  33. eroschmidt says: May 15, 2014 10:46 AM

    this is not a very good team. A lot of has been’s and never was

  34. dowhatifeellike says: May 15, 2014 11:18 AM

    This makes me feel better about my team. I was expecting to find someone on this list who could help them, but that’s just not the case.

  35. axespray says: May 15, 2014 11:35 AM

    Steve Gregory and that’s about it.

  36. dolfan13 says: May 15, 2014 11:41 AM

    Wasn’t it about this time last year that many teams were wooing the services of one Vonta Leach including my beloved ‘Phins? It’s amazing what a difference a year makes.

  37. raidernation37 says: May 15, 2014 12:08 PM

    I would like to see Bush back in Oakland because McFadden is awful.

  38. ratbirdking says: May 15, 2014 12:26 PM

    I disagree with the comment about Vonta Leach. The ravens never used him strictly as a blocking back. He’s got hands, and made a bunch of catches that he converted to TDs over the few seasons we had him.

  39. rc33 says: May 15, 2014 2:11 PM

    The Brady Quinn or Vince Young decision must’ve been painstaking.

  40. cavington says: May 15, 2014 2:14 PM

    Davin Joseph and Dustin Keller or Jermichael Finley(if healthy) are the only ones I’d consider.

  41. lscratchingthesurface says: May 15, 2014 2:16 PM

    No Love for Cribbs?? Still decent. Maybe he will find a new home closer to training camp and roster cuts.

  42. natelan69 says: May 15, 2014 2:30 PM

    ANY team is better than the Raiders!

  43. somethinghappeninghere says: May 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    Why are two crappy tackles, part of the worst OL in NFL history, let alone Dolphins history–McKinney and especially Clabo, WHO WAS BENCHED FOR PITY SAKES!–on this list…I know, I know…nobody wants Bully Boy Incognito, even though he’s much better than these two…The Dolphins will start Albert, Billy Turner (rookie), Pouncey, Shelly Smith or Dallas Thomas (2nd year), and Jawan James…two rookies, a former backup, and two pro bowlers–gelling as the year goes on, and will be light years better than what they had last year (and Benton is a much better coach than BullyGate Jim Turner).

  44. gallogj says: May 15, 2014 5:22 PM

    BRING CRIBBS BACK TO CLEVELAND! If only to make up for all of the jersey’s I’ve had to throw away in the past 10 years. At least I’d be able recycle one!

  45. mikebethune1 says: May 16, 2014 12:28 AM

    Where’s Favre

  46. livedalittle says: May 16, 2014 2:42 AM

    The 49er’s should take a look at the cornerbacks

  47. kingbrees9 says: May 16, 2014 9:16 AM

    Greer should have made this list since Finley did . When healthy he would be a better and experienced option at corner for alot of teams

  48. thebirdsareback says: May 16, 2014 12:42 PM

    Ravens should consider one of these vet corner backs. They’ve always had a lot of success with the vet defensive players.

  49. cursedvikings1998 says: May 17, 2014 10:15 AM

    Ahem. Jabari Greer is better than that hot mess Asante Samuel as of now.

  50. Frank Gibbons says: May 17, 2014 11:26 AM

    Ed Reed fell of the face of the earth eh?

  51. tiggerblood says: May 18, 2014 2:40 AM

    Kevin Williams is 34 is better than most DT’s in the league he would be a great asset as a 3rd DT or first off the bench player. James Anderson not being on a team after recording 102 tackles is puzzling. Both players bring leadership and expierence to the table. I’m surprised Dunta Robinson hasn’t made the move to safety with his physical play the transition should be seamless.

  52. drs12522 says: May 18, 2014 4:41 AM

    Seneca Wallace has a plus .500 career start record and a career 86 QB rating. Quinn is something like 2-12 as a starter! Willie McGahee, Tashard Choice, Greg Jones. Devonne Bess, Kevin Walter, Travelle Wharton, Jeremy Trueblood, David Stewart, David Diehl. Jason Spitz, Uche Nwaneri, Sean Locklear.Kellen Winslow, Tony Scheffler, Jimmy Grahm, Fred Davis. Le’Ron McClain, Micheal Robinson, Rob Bironis. Brett Keisel, Andre Carter, Adam Carriker, Johnny Jolly, Isaac Sopoaga, Ryan Pickett, Colin Cole. Jonathan Vilma, Paris Lenon, Will Herring, Erin Henderson, Omar Gaither, Will Witherspoon, Ernie Sims. Aaron Ross, Jabbari Greer, Corey Webster

  53. blueballzny says: May 18, 2014 2:46 PM


    David Diehl retired. He actually just accepted a job as a broadcaster with Fox. Was more of a turnstile than a blocker the last 2+ years anyway.

  54. tncheese says: May 18, 2014 4:35 PM

    Don’t forget Brett Favre…Kidding!

  55. ravens21087 says: May 19, 2014 10:08 PM

    Vonte is still a good player, but the league is changing and no one spends money on a fullback anymore. Can’t blame them better off throwing and hoping for a penalty. It’s the new soft nfl.

  56. dchetz says: May 20, 2014 12:35 PM

    what about Chris Kluwe???

  57. snarkchariot says: May 21, 2014 3:51 PM

    Chris Kluwe is currently writing a profanity-ridden 5,000-word essay on a) why he belongs on this list, and b) how it’s all Mike Priefer’s fault.

  58. billh1947 says: May 27, 2014 6:28 PM

    Julius Peppers should be on this list, but the Packers think a 35 year old man that has significantly got worse since he left Carolina is a “solid pick up.” The past four years packers fans have been calling him washed up and now he is the best player in the NFL….cheese brain logic!
    As a Packers fan I cannot remember any fan calling Peppers washed up,he was and is well respected.the Packers wont have to use him in the same way the Bears did,he wont have to play every down,he will be able to rest,Peppers has most often had to fight through double teams with the Bears,having Matthews on the other side who are they going to double up on? he isnt washed up by any means and with the Packers he just may play like a youngster again which wont be good for the opposition.

  59. shutmdownd says: May 28, 2014 11:07 AM

    It still makes me wanna throw up that the Bills took Mike Williams with the 4th overall instead of Mckinnie… smh

  60. gotdressedinabooth says: May 29, 2014 3:06 PM

    the right system.. holla at asante

  61. motsuret06 says: May 31, 2014 5:12 PM

    Eric Winston could help the Carolina Panthers offensive line woes but they have no money to sign anyone and want to go at LT with Byron “Turnstile” Bell. Gettleman has a plan.

  62. arcuesta730 says: May 31, 2014 5:30 PM

    How is G Travelle Wharton, a TOP 5 rated guard per PFF in 2013, NOT on this list. That’s a heck of an oversight. And TE Dustin Keller’s omission isn’t far behind.

  63. jayfish6402 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:40 PM

    This team would lose every game…that’s why they don’t have a team

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