Keenan McCardell is eighth on the NFL's all-time receptions list.
He wants a chance to go higher.
The problem is the 38-year-old McCardell is without team, which he hopes changes shortly.
"I want to play," McCardell said. "I know I can still help some teams. I've talked to a couple, but nothing has come of it yet."
The reason is twofold. Age is obvious and if McCardell is on an active roster to start the season his salary would be guaranteed for the entire season.
McCardell, who has 883 catches, said the age shouldn't be an issue.
"I've been working out and I'm in shape," he said. "I wouldn't be working out like I have been if didn't want to play."
McCardell is one of the great NFL success stories. He came into the league in the 12th round of the 1992 draft -- when they still had that many rounds -- by the Washington Redskins, where he played with Art Monk, the man one spot ahead of him on the all-time receptions list. Like Monk, McCardell developed into an astute route runner in his 16 seasons.
"You have to know the tricks to create space," McCardell said. "I can still do that."
I'm not usually a big proponent in bringing in older players, but signing McCardell would cost only the veteran minimum for a player who can step in and play help in the slot for teams desperate for some help.
It's understandable that general managers would wait on him so not to guarantee the salary, but after the first week some team would be wise to sign McCardell. He's a good receiver to have around young players. He knows how to practice. He knows how to work. He caught 22 passes for the Redskins last season.
Some of his previous coaches, including Tom Coughlin, have told him he could be a heck of a coach. McCardell said he'd prefer to get into the personnel side instead.
But that can wait. He wants to play more football, not evaluate it. At 38, he'd be a good guy to add to a young group. I said not to Joe Horn earlier this week. McCardell is different. He'd play on the cheap and he isn't going to make waves.
There are seemingly plenty of receiver-needy teams, especially with all the injuries that have occurred in the preseason.
Don't the Cincinnati Bengals, with Chad Johnson's shoulder issues and T.J. Houshmandzadeh having hamstring troubles, need a receiver? How about the Jacksonville Jaguars with Jerry Porter's status in doubt with a hamstring problem and Matt Jones possibly facing some sort of suspension from the league for his arrest in July on drug possession charges.
Somebody will need help. McCardell will be ready if they do.