The buzz surrounding NFL free agency is virtually nonexistent as we're over two months into the new league year, and most of the big names are off the market. However, there are still a few high quality players who remain and can have a big impact for whichever team they play for next season. Here are the top nine remaining free agents - and where they could sign:
9) WR Roddy White
White play has been declining for the past few years, and ultimately the Falcons decided to part ways with him in March. He is eager to show that he can still produce - and he wants to chase that elusive Super Bowl ring.
Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola played well last season, but both battled injuries - but neither are boundary weapons. White could step right in and immediately be Tom Brady's go-to threat on the outside, adding yet another weapon to New England's explosive offense.
8) S Donte Whitner
When the Browns cut Whinter, he immediately became one of the top free agents on the defensive side of the ball. That hasn't changed, although it's a bit of a surprise he hasn't found a landing spot. He's not the same player he once was, but Whitner can still be an effective strong safety.
Landing Spot: Rams
The Rams have already brought in Whitner, although they have yet to sign him. They still very well could, as they need safety help. It might take another few weeks, but Whitner and the Rams makes sense.
7) CB Leon Hall
Hall is 31 years old, but he's still playing at a high level. He's a slot corner at this point in his NFL career, although a transition to safety could be in his future. Working against Hall is a string of injuries, including offseason back surgery and previous Achilles tears.
Landing Spot: Dolphins
The Dolphins current defensive coordinator is Vance Joseph, the former defensive backs coach of the Bengals. The Dolphins need a nickel corner, as the projected starter is last year's fifth round pick Bobby McCain. Hall would help the Dolphins right away, as long as his medical checks out. Plus, his familiarity with Joseph should help other players.
6) CB Brandon Boykin
Boykin has proven himself as a nickel corner in the past, which is why it's surprising the Steelers, Eagles and Panthers have all let him go. There might be something else going on here, which is why he's not higher, but Boykin is a good nickel when on the field. At just 25 years old, someone else will give Boykin a shot.
Landing Spot: Falcons
Boykin drew interest from the Falcons before landing with the Panthers, and he's already set up a visit. The Falcons need a nickel CB and that's exactly what role Boykin can fill.
5) OG Louis Vasquez
An All-Pro in 2013, Vasquez has certainly regressed the past two seasons due to injuries despite being just 29 years old. However, he's still a quality starter in the league when healthy, and he comes with championship experience.
Vasquez is not the player he once was, but he'd be an upgrade for New Orleans. His run specialty and power blocking might not be the best fit for the Saints, but he's better than what they currently have. The Saints would be wise to at least give him a call and see what he has left in the tank.
4) DE Greg Hardy
Hardy remains unsigned for obvious reasons, but he's still one of the most talented on-field talents that are still available on the open market. He recorded six sacks in 12 games for the Cowboys last year, and isn't that far removed from an impressive 15 sack campaign in 2013. Hardy and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have sent a notice to all 32 teams detailing the counseling Hardy is receiving to combat him issues, hoping that will help him get signed somewhere.
The Cowboys have been vocal that they weren't going to bring back Hardy, but this is where he's most likely to end up if he's signed by a team before training camp. He's not a great teammate, as he showed last year, but he's the best defensive player still on the market. If Hardy is willing to take a cheaper deal, the Cowboys could bring him back - but only because of their MASSIVE need for defensive end help. Remember, both projected starting defensive ends (Demarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory) are serving four-game suspensions at the start of the season.
3) WR Anquan Boldin
Boldin doesn't have much football left in his career as he will turn 36 years old this season, but he still has some good football left in him. He caught 69 passes for 789 yards and four touchdowns for the 49ers last season, leading the team in every category. He's looking to sign with a contender at this point in his career.
Carolina certainly fits the bill of a Super Bowl contender for Boldin. Even though he's in the twilight of his career, he's still an above average possession receiver who brings a strength and toughness that would fit right in with Carolina. Plus, he'd be an excellent mentor for Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.
2) RB Arian Foster
Make no mistake, Foster is not the same player he once was. Foster isn't the best player on the list, but he's likely the most well-known. But, he's injury-prone and will turn 30 this season. Foster will get a chance somewhere, and likely on a cheap deal because he's still rehabbing his Achilles injury.
The Broncos would have been the pick if they didn't re-sign C.J. Anderson and the Dolphins are also in play. But Foster grew up in California and was a Raiders fan. He wouldn't be the feature back, but would instead be a better version of Roy Helu. He'd contribute mostly on passing downs and possibly in the red zone.
1) QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick had a career year with the New York Jets last year, and he's hoping to turn that into a lucrative free agency contract. So far, no one has been willing to give the 33-year-old the kind of money he's looking for. The Jets, Denver Broncos, and Los Angeles Rams have all talked to Fitzpatrick, though all are hesitant about the money he wants.
New York has had four quarterbacks in the last four years, and they'll regret letting Fitzpatrick get away. It's unclear which side will budge, but the Jets will ultimately keep Fitz.
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