While a lot of the big names have since signed, there are still lots of quality players still out there for many different reasons. Sometimes teams (and players) will wait until after the draft to reassess their plan, which in hindsight makes a lot of sense. Here is a list of players that are still out there and will contribute in 2019.
Jamie Collins, Linebacker
Released by the Cleveland Browns, the 29 year old has a lot of talent, and a lot of experience. He’s a Super Bowl Champion, one time Pro-Bowler, but has a hard time staying healthy, only playing a full 16 games twice in his 7 year career. If Collins wants to win, he could easily sign a 1 year deal with a contender for a little less money, which is likely what happens.
Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle
The meanest player on this list, Suh will enter his 10th NFL season in 2019 at the age of 32. Without a doubt his best years are behind him, with his last double-digit sack season coming back in 2010, but he can still be effective on a team with a solid rotation where he isn’t counted on as the main source of pressure. I wouldn’t rule out him waiting until after the draft to make his final decision.
Ziggy Ansah, Defensive End
Ansah is a intriguing player. When healthy he can be dominant(see his 2015 & 2017 seasons), but he’s missed 15 games in the last three seasons, and as heads towards his 30th Birthday you can see why the Detroit Lions opted to let him walk. Could he follow in the footsteps of his former BYU and Detroit teammate Kyle Von Noy, and head to New England? I think it could work.
Muhammad Wilkerson, Defensive Tackle
Another former first round pick and Pro Bowler, Wilkerson’s best days may be behind him, but he can still contribute. Before signing with the Packers last year, Wilkerson was a stud with the New York Jets. But after playing only in 3 games with the Packers last year, teams will be carefully examining him before sending money his way. If he returns healthy, a team could get a major bargain for one season.
Spencer Ware, Running back
Ware is only 27 years old, and has shown flashes that might make you think that he could contribute in the NFL. But in 2017 he missed the entire season due to injury, and last year only carried the ball 51 times. I don’t think he would go anywhere and become an immediate starter, but when training camp rolls around running backs will inevitably get injured. Ware will find his way onto a roster at some point.
Jay Ajayi, Running back
Another young back, with so much potential, but staying healthy is a major concern. In 2016, he ran for 1,272 yards and scored 8 touchdowns, but under a year later he was traded to Philadelphia. After winning a Super Bowl in 2017, he tore is ACL in week 5 last season, and will likely be out until camps start. At that point he will easily find his way onto a team, at the very latest, but likely in a role where he’s part of a rotation.
Tre Boston, Safety
Tre Boston is not new to this process. In fact, he’s faced it the last three off-seasons. Teams seem to be in no rush to sign productive safeties to contracts. Last year He and Eric Reid both played the waiting game to find teams that wanted their services. Boston is only 26 years old, and has recorded 8 interceptions in his last two seasons. If a team is looking for a guy with a nose for the ball, who can play center field, they would be smart to make an offer soon.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End
Sefarian-Jenkins has been a bust, since he was drafted in the second round by the Buccaneers back in 2014, but he’s too young and has too much ability to be jobless. If he was taking my advice, it would be to sign with a team with a proven Quarterback on a one year deal and see what happens. The Bucs, Jets, and Jaguars have never put him in a position to succeed.
Eric Berry, Safety
If there is one guy I want to succeed out of this list, it is Eric Berry. He’s beat Cancer, and battled numerous injuries throughout his career, and if he can stay healthy the 5 time Pro Bowler and 3 time All-Pro can still be one of the better Safeties in the league. Reports are out there as of today, that the Browns are interested in the 30 year old’s services and I think that would be a good fit.
Stephen Gostowski, Kicker
Kickers are people too! And after last season, we know this is as true as ever. Gostowski is not the player he once was. His length strength isn’t as strong, and his 84.4 FG% was slightly below his career average, but next season when some young kicker misses some crucial kicks, his phone will ring.
Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver
Michael Crabtree will never be as good as I thought he was when the Niners selected him 10th overall in 2009, recording only two 1000 yard seasons, but in the right scheme he can still contribute. He was never really known for his speed, so you can’t really say he’s lost a step there. He’s a crafty veteran, who can be a leader in the room, and can still be a decent red zone threat.
Morris Claiborne, Cornerback
Another guy who I had high hopes for when they were drafted, but Claiborne has never really got the accolades that go along with a player who has had a decent career. No Pro Bowls or All-Pro selections(reminds me of Quentin Jammer), but that doesn’t mean he cant help out. Coming off an ankle injury that ended his season, it will be interesting to see how much interest teams have in bringing him in after the Draft.