PFT’s 2015 All-Unemployed Team

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Below is PFT’s list of the best unsigned veteran players at each position. Each player’s age as of September 1, 2015 is in parentheses.

Rotoworld’s free agent rankings were a valuable resource in putting together the All-Unemployed Team, as was the NFL’s official list of free agents.

Only unrestricted free agents — players with expired contracts and street free agents — were considered in our rankings. Restricted free agents and unsigned franchise free agents were excluded.

Players unsigned at this stage of the offseason are as such for a variety of reasons, including age, durability/injury concerns and position value. The majority of free agents left, should they sign, would figure to be role players.

Our list will be updated as events warrant during the offseason. Players added in our latest update are italicized.

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Michael Vick (35), Jason Campbell (33), Tarvaris Jackson (32), Matt Flynn (30).

All four passers listed could be decent-enough backups, and it would be surprising if at least one or two didn’t find jobs by September.

Running back: Pierre Thomas (30), Steven Jackson (32), Chris Johnson (29), Ahmad Bradshaw (29).

Thomas catches the ball well. Jackson could handle 6-to-8 carries in a rotation. Bradshaw’s injury history is his drawback. Johnson was wounded in the shoulder in March and has an offseason arrest to sort out.

Fullback: Jed Collins (29), Chris Ogbonnaya (29).

Collins has made 28 starts over the last four seasons in stints with New Orleans and Detroit. Ogbonnaya can also play tailback.

Wide receiver: James Jones (31), Jerrel Jernigan (26), Mike Williams (28), Brad Smith (31), Wes Welker (34).

Jones (73 catches, 666 yards, six TDs in 2014) is far-and-away the best receiver on the market. Jernigan missed most of 2014 with a foot injury, but he flashed potential at the end of the previous season, and his age works in his favor. Williams’ age also gets him a spot here, but his Buffalo form was regrettable. Smith can contribute on special teams and gadget plays. Welker caught 49 passes in 14 games a season ago and might be a one-season slot-receiver solution for a contender.

Tight end: Jermaine Gresham (27), Zach Miller (29), Phillip Supernaw (25).

Gresham had surgery on a herniated disc in March. When healthy, he’s a serviceable starter. Miller has had some ankle issues. Supernaw has had stints with Houston, Baltimore and Kansas City.

Offensive tackle: Anthony Collins (29), Jake Long (30), Gabe Carimi (27).

Collins can play left tackle, which helps his value, but he’s been a third tackle most of his career, and he disappointed in his lone season with Tampa Bay. Long comes with considerable durability concerns. He visited the Giants on May 28, per ESPN. Carimi has played tackle and guard in the pros.

Offensive guard: Justin Blalock (31), Rob Sims (31), Chris Chester (32), Davin Joseph (31).

Every guard on this list started double-digit games a season ago, so teams have some options.

Center: Chris Myers (33), Samson Satele (30), Lyle Sendelin (31), Scott Wells (34).

Myers, Satele, Sendelin and Wells have ample experience, adding to the glut of serviceable unsigned players at the position.

DEFENSE

Defensive end: DaQuan Bowers (25), Red Bryant (31), Osi Umenyiora (33), Luther Robinson (24).

There is not much left in the edge-rushing department, with Umenyiora one of the few notable options. Bowers, Bryant and Robinson offer some positional flexibility; all could kick inside if needed. Bowers has a history of knee issues.

Defensive tackle: C.J. Mosley (32), Kevin Williams (35), Mike Patterson (32), Barry Cofield (31).

Teams in need of veteran depth inside still have a few choices, with Patterson and Mosley among the most appealing candidates. Cofield had offseason hip surgery, per ESPN.

Inside linebacker: Terrell Manning (25), Colin McCarthy (27), D.J. Williams (33), Lance Briggs (34).

The post-draft signings of Brandon Spikes (New England) and Darryl Sharpton (Arizona) further thinned the market at this position. Briggs had a wonderful career at outside linebacker in Chicago; San Francisco, which needs inside linebackers, has reportedly expressed some interest. Williams, like Briggs, was a Chicago starter in 2014.

Outside linebacker: Ashlee Palmer (29), Quentin Groves (31), Dwight Freeney (35) Jacquian Williams (27).

Palmer and Williams are fits in 4-3 schemes, while Groves and Freeney could appeal to 3-4 clubs looking to add to their depth along the edges.

Cornerback: Jarrett Bush (31), Tarell Brown (30), Javier Arenas (27), Carlos Rogers (34).

Bush is a special teams standout. Brown was a starter with San Francisco and Oakland; a foot injury ended his 2014 season. Arenas adds special teams value. Rogers appeared in just seven games a season ago but has significant NFL experience.

Safety: Thomas DeCoud (30), Danieal Manning (33), M.D. Jennings (27).

DeCoud is a couple of years removed from top form. Manning can provide depth and contribute on special teams. Jennings started 26 games from 2012 through 2013 for Green Bay.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Jay Feely (37).

Feely could be a solid short-term fill-in. He lacks leg strength, particularly on kickoffs.

Punter: Mat McBriar (36).

McBriar’s net average has really fallen off the last four seasons. However, special teams coaches love experienced punters, and he knows what to do.

Returner: Javier Arenas (27).

Has averaged 21.1 yards on 73 kickoffs and 9.8 yards on 106 punts. He can also contribute at cornerback.

84 responses to “PFT’s 2015 All-Unemployed Team

  1. Vick, Steven Jackson, and Chris Johnson are all done. Would normally be shocked if any of them got signed but some QB desperate team will probably pick up Vick because of his name…

  2. I remain shocked that Philly has not even taken a look at Crabtree. There is no reason that Crabtree could not be brought in on a risk-reward two year deal and provide similar production to what Maclin did last year.

  3. If McKenzie has more brains than I give him credit for, then he would bring back Wizniewski and shift him to OG because the Raiders have a glaring need at that position.

  4. the words “decent-enough fill-in starter” and tarvaris jackson should never be uttered together

  5. thebillscouldeventuallymove says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:01 PM
    longsufferingkcfan and those same Raiders got their first win of the year against KC so what does that say about the Chiefs? Troll on dude

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    Yup, they sure did get their first win against KC. In week 12. That’s right – the Raiders won their first game in week 12 last year. But somehow that one game makes them a better team that KC? By your logic, the Chiefs are better than both teams that played in the Super Bowl last year.

  6. Hey longsufferingkcfan… If this group of guys would beat the Raiders by 17 what does that say about your team? The Raiders went 3-13, but still managed to beat KC?!

  7. blockedshotnyr says:
    Apr 10, 2015 2:40 PM
    I remain shocked that Philly has not even taken a look at Crabtree. There is no reason that Crabtree could not be brought in on a risk-reward two year deal and provide similar production to what Maclin did last year.

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    Crabtree is the reason why. He wants more than he’s worth. There will be no risk-reward deals with him, just risky ones.

  8. I am surprised to see Greg “Big Regret” Jennings’ name on this list. I thought he’d be signed somewhere by now. He must have been brainwashed to lose in Minnesota.

  9. are you sure C.J. Mosley is 32 ? wow he must have been 28 when he left Bamaer

    There are two C.J. Mosleys in the NFL. The one thats a free agent is 2005 6th round pick C.J. Mosley.

  10. bryantrulen says:
    Apr 10, 2015 2:32 PM

    The Vikings signed Mike Kafka over a guy like Travaris Jackson or Jason Cambpell… Nice Job Spielman!!!

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    This might be simply because Kafka does not employ “Jump passes” as part of his QB mechanics.

    Therefore.. > Tarvaris…

  11. Also surprised Vikes havent’ gone after Kuhn yet.

    Did you know that John Kuhn has a better TD:Rushing Attempts ratio than AD?

    Kuuuuuuhn: .069
    AD: .042

    It’s even worse if you combine rushing and receiving:

    Kuuuuuuhn: .079
    AD: .040

    And, he’s never whipped his kid bloody.

  12. Imagine chris johnson running behind the chargers o line with fluker dunlap franklin watt ! Telesco should put aside chris johnsons issues & sign him

  13. coltscamp says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:10 PM
    “The same could be said for Nicks, the ex-Giant. ”

    Um, Nicks was last on the Colts.

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    Ex doesn’t necessarily mean last but former and Nicks is a former Giants nobody cares that he last played for the Colts because it was forgettable he was known for playing for the Giants.

  14. Snow:

    Except for Aaron Rodgers, I’d take this team over the Cheese

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Yea…that's about right……der.

  15. Pierre Thomas being unsigned is inconceivable. Here is a guy who runs with power and speed, the best screen back in the league for a number of years, can run WR routes, is excellent in blitz pickup and pass protection and I honestly cannot remember one time where he ever really messed up on a play. Teams should be lining up to sign this guy, I don’t understand.

  16. simplec72 says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:15 PM
    Hey longsufferingkcfan… If this group of guys would beat the Raiders by 17 what does that say about your team? The Raiders went 3-13, but still managed to beat KC?!

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    Please see my reply to billscouldmove. It’s called a fluke game. The Chiefs annihilated the Patriots on MNF last season, but none of us Chiefs fans would ever claim that our team is better. Keep gasping at straws.

  17. A lot of these guys will move after the draft. Teams will see if their draft picks and UDFA’s are as good as these guys on the market.

  18. These guys ran out of work because they ran out of talent. Not many guys on that list who are all stars. Maybe none, but I am sure a few have a little gas left n the tank.

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:23 PM

    Also surprised Vikes havent’ gone after Kuhn yet.

    Did you know that John Kuhn has a better TD:Rushing Attempts ratio than AD?

    Kuuuuuuhn: .069
    AD: .042

    It’s even worse if you combine rushing and receiving:

    Kuuuuuuhn: .079
    AD: .040

    And, he’s never whipped his kid bloody.
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    John Kuhn better than Adrian Peterson because most of his attempts are inside the 2-yard line instead of all over the field. Great take.

    Hey, how many touchdowns did he score in that NFC championship game? I know they had 4th and a centimeter on two different occasions. Man, you get a touchdown there and you can’t lose.

  20. Did you know that John Kuhn has a better TD:Rushing Attempts ratio than AD?

    Kuuuuuuhn: .069
    AD: .042
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    Yes, it really helps your statistics when you have only 3 attempts, all from the 1 inch line.

    Great use of statistics Genius…

  21. The “All Unemployed Team” should be turned into the new Los Angeles franchise. I bet they would be more competitive than some teams this year…

  22. Pierre Thomas was Shane Vereen before Shane Vereen.

    With the years of playing in a committee he’s got low wear and tear and doesn’t expect to be THE guy. He could help any team and I could see him in a Patriots uniform.

  23. I could probably go 8-8 with these guys the first year, more if I landed a QB, CB and DE in the draft. Plus, I think McCoy can be had.

  24. Re: Welker — I considered him, and I’m sure I’d think about it again if some of the WRs already listed sign.

  25. Another note: also considered Briggs as well. Would think he can still help a team.

    Mike

  26. longsufferingkcfan says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:35 PM
    simplec72 says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:15 PM
    Hey longsufferingkcfan… If this group of guys would beat the Raiders by 17 what does that say about your team? The Raiders went 3-13, but still managed to beat KC?!

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    Please see my reply to billscouldmove. It’s called a fluke game. The Chiefs annihilated the Patriots on MNF last season, but none of us Chiefs fans would ever claim that our team is better. Keep gasping at straws.

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    I didn’t see a single Raiders fan make the claim that Oakland is “better than KC.” But you did make the claim that these FA’s could beat the Raiders by 17, which is clearly a stupid thing to say given the cold, hard fact that in a “fluke” game, the Raiders beat the mighty KC Chiefs, whom, I will assume, even you would agree are better than the FA “team” you claimed could beat the Raiders. Why they even beat the mighty Bills, too, with a rookie QB going against the much vaunted Buffalo defense.

    Keep grasping at straw-men, but you should really try to at least stay up on what you yourself have written and claimed. It’s easier to avoid confusion and projection that way.

  27. Looks like teams have finally learned not to overpay for wide receivers. Year after year, didn’t it seem that at least one team signed a FA WR to a ridiculous contract?

  28. Give Vince Young a chance.. He can still play at a HIGH level….
    His career won/loss record is 31-19… He has playoff experience … He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler… He was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year….. The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and this guy WINS….
    There is a big difference between Perception and Reality…..
    If you need a good backup QB… Bring in this guy and judge him as such.. A backup…

  29. evansvc says:
    Apr 10, 2015 6:30 PM

    Give Vince Young a chance…..

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    Its over man.

  30. Why isn’t Rex Grossman on the list? Did he retire? He is as good as those other losers.

  31. Pierre Thomas is such a perfect fit for the Patriots imho. Multi-faceted guy to have on the field.

    Picks up blocks as well as any RB in the league, great safety valve and is still an every down threat.

    I can only guess he’s trying for the best pay day as possible while he can still command some decent cash.

  32. How about the Fins bring back Jake Long for the league veterans minimum or to have him as backup LT/RT worth a try. He was solid in Miami before the shoulder injuries did him in after the trade.

  33. dpdonny says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:37 PM

    No Wes Welker?

    He retired due to concussions, but hasn’t been told yet.

  34. evansvc says:
    Apr 10, 2015 6:30 PM
    Give Vince Young a chance..
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    Vince, you can keep making accounts on every website that is remotely connected to NFL talk and copypastaing the exact same plea for work but it’s not going to work. Try and keep some dignity, man. Sure, jobs in the real world are less glamorous than that of a professional athlete but the rest of us poor schmucks can slog through it.

    Hell man, see if Texas will hire you as a recruiter.

  35. Jake Long has been hurt every since he left Miami, he now has an ACL. He’s getting old and obviously all the injuries are catching up on him.

  36. snowlock2013 says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:07 PM
    Except for Aaron Rodgers, I’d take this team over the Cheese
    //////////////////////////////////

    Of course. This team of leftovers likely would not be able to OWN the Vikings as thoroughly as the Packers do.

    If I were you, I too would want to do anything to avoid that fate again this year.

    Good luck with that.

  37. Let us never forget that the Raiders beat the Chiefs, 49ers and Bills last year. Shut your mouths!

  38. Raiders beat the Chiefs…Raiders beat the Chiefs…uh yeah, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders. They split their series last year, which happens quite often between these two division rivals, regardless of their records.

  39. “(Byron) Bell had his hands full as the Panthers’ left tackle. Youth makes him a little interesting.”

    Only interesting to GMs with a death wish. Anyone who thinks this fool deserves an NFL job didn’t see a single play of any Panthers games last year. I’d rather have my next door neighbor’s poodle at tackle.

  40. As old as Micheal Vick is he is, I would still consider him a better back up at QB over the other guys listed, I wouldn’t even sign Flynn Jackson or Campbell to the practice squad. They have all proven they suck.

    Even Vick would be better than Jay Cutler in Chicago…

  41. teddybear9 says:
    Apr 10, 2015 9:59 PM
    Why isn’t Rex Grossman on the list? Did he retire? He is as good as those other losers.

    didn’t he sign with Atlanta or Cleveland or something? oh no that was for training camp this year.. so atl will prob pick him up in july.

  42. blockedshotnyr says:
    Apr 10, 2015 2:40 PM
    I remain shocked that Philly has not even taken a look at Crabtree. There is no reason that Crabtree could not be brought in on a risk-reward two year deal and provide similar production to what Maclin did last year.
    ———————-

    Note that Crabtree IS NOT on the list in the article. You know why? He’s NOT a free agent.

    On April 13, 2015, Crabtree signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.

  43. Yes, Miami could sign Jake Long if Albert goes down again….it is so sad about Jake, who came into the league as a rookie a future perennial all-pro until he got injured in 2011. Four straight pro-bowls, then the all-unemployed list!, so sad!

  44. Why do NFL GM’s continue to overlook Peaked in High School Rob Lowe?

  45. Too surprising things from reading the list, there are a lot of ex Packers or players who at one time started out with the Packers which leads to the second surprise, why haven’t the Vikings sign those players? Its odd.

  46. pjcostello says:
    May 19, 2015 11:07 AM

    Note that Crabtree IS NOT on the list in the article. You know why? He’s NOT a free agent.

    On April 13, 2015, Crabtree signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.
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    Note that the guy posted that comment three days before.

  47. “As far as we are concerned, Aaron Hernandez has done nothing to disgrace the Patriots name.”

    – Joint statement by Robert Kraft and Tom Brady

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