Top NFL free agents left? Here are nine you should know

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Free agency is starting to wind down, but value remains on the market. Here are nine free agents we can expect to see moving in the coming weeks.

Chris Johnson, RB: His asking price may be out of whack with the current market for running backs, but if can understand he's worth half what Tennessee was paying him then he gets work right away.

Josh Freeman QB: A 26-year-old quarterback that threw 27 touchdowns in 2012 should have been signed by now. The Bears are interested; the Ravens should be.

Will Smith, DE: Smith can still be a rotational defensive end and has some pass-rush skills. His medical needs to be checked closely but the 33-year-old did start all 16 games in 2012 and had six sacks.

Terrell Thomas, CB: Another guy with a bad medical history but he not only started seven games in 2013 but he started the last game of the season.

Ryan Pickett, DT: The "Big Grease," as Pickett is known, is old but can still play. Pickett started every game in 2013, and he may be a guy relegated to an emergency list, but in a three-man rotation I still like him.

Rob Bironas, K: Bironas was 7 for 10 over 40 yards and 8 for 9 inside the 30-39 yard lines. There's no chance that all 32 teams have a better kicker than Bironas.

Davin Joseph, G: Joseph is still a starter in the NFL and has 32 starts in the last two years.

Jonathan Vilma, LB: Vilma could still call a defense in a 4-3 package and make plays in the run-down situations.

Andre Brown, RB: The draft is full of second- and third-round running backs, which will hurt Brown's chances of getting a good deal, but when Brown is healthy he makes plays.


Pat Kirwan has been around the league since 1972, serving in a variety of roles. He was a scout for the Cardinals and Buccaneers, a coach for the Jets as well as the team's Director of Player Administration where he negotiated contracts and managed the team's salary cap. He is the author of Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look, and the host of Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains.
 
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