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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Best Available Free Agents

There have been several veteran free agent signings recently -- Arian Foster signed with the Dolphins; Anquan Boldin with the Lions; Andre Johnson with the Titans; and Reggie Bush is expected to sign a deal with the Bills. Those players definitely still have gas left their respective tanks, and can contribute to the aforementioned teams in many ways. Here are some of the top remaining free agents.

Mike Neal -- If not for Neal's name being listed among those who allegedly bought/used human growth hormones, odds are he'd be at a team's training camp right now. For Green Bay he displayed versatility, lining up at defensive end and outside linebacker. He's only 29-years old, and would fit nicely in a 3-4 defense that needs help at outside linebacker. Should he be cleared from the HGH allegations, he could find a team within the first couple weeks of the regular season. Potential fits: San Diego, San Fransisco, Detroit, New York Jets, New Orleans, Washington, Buffalo, Denver

Joique Bell -- Bell proved ineffective last year with Detroit, but he's shown in the past that he has the ability to contribute as a three-down back. A team with little depth could give the 30-year old ball carrier a look. Potential destinations: New England, Washington, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Green Bay

Donte Whitner -- Hue Jackson didn't see a place for Whitner, so the new Head Coach cut bait with the hard-hitting safety. Whitner has never been a very reliable option in pass-coverage, but he can still contribute as an in-the-box defender who plays near the line of scrimmage. His physicality remains his greatest strength. Potential destinations: Los Angeles, Cincinnati, San Diego, Detroit

Stephen Tulloch -- At this point, Tulloch is best suited as two-down inside linebacker. Without the ability to play outside or be a factor on passing downs, there's not many options for 31-year old. Potential destinations: Philadelphia, Dallas, New Orleans

Brandon Spikes -- After spending 2015 out of football, Spikes' name resurfaced after having worked out for the Miami Dolphins. He left without a contract, but it shows the former second-round pick is looking to return to the field. Still just 28 years old, Spikes is no more than a two-down run-stopper -- a premium one, at that. Any team looking to boost their run defense should consider him; he'll likely field a one-year deal at the veteran minimum. Potential destinations: Miami, Houston, Tennessee, New York Jets, Washington

Jahri Evans -- At 32-years old, Evans isn't the same player he once was, but he can still serve as quality depth and bring veteran leadership. A six-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro, Evans was cut by the Saints after refusing to take another pay-cut. It could take an injury for a team to give him a call, but one way or the other I expect Evans to find a new team prior to the regular season. Potential fits: Chicago, New York Giants, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Detroit

Monday, August 1, 2016

Projected 53-Man Roster: Washington

Updated: August 21, 2016 at 6:21 PM

QB (3): Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld
RB (4): Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Keith Marshall, Mack Brown
WR (6): DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Rashad Ross, Ryan Grant
TE (4): Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Derek Carrier, Vernon Davis
OT (3): Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe
C/G (5): Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff, Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus
NT (2): Kedric Golston, Stephen Paea
DE (4): Chris Baker, Kendall Reyes, Ricky Jean-Francois, Matt Ioannidis
OLB (5): Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Houston Bates, Willie Jefferson 
ILB (5): Will Compton, Mason Foster, Su'a Cravens, Martrell Spaight, Carlos Fields
CB (5): Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Quinton Dunbar, Will Blackmon, Kendall Fuller
S (4): David Bruton, DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho, Deshazor Everett 
K (1): Dustin Hopkins
P (1): Tress Way
LS (1): Nick Sundberg
Suspended: Silas Redd (Indefinitely)
Injured Reserve: Junior Galette, Steven Daniels

Projected 53-Man Roster: Tennessee Titans

Updated: August 21, 2016 at 6:26 PM

QB (3): Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, Alex Tanney
RB (4): DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Dexter McCluster, Antonio Andrews
FB (1): Jalston Fowler
WR (6): Kendall Wright, Tajae Sharpe, Rishard Matthews, Andre Johnson, Harry Douglas, Justin Hunter
TE (3): Delanie Walker, Anthony Fasano, Phillip Supernaw
OT (3): Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin, Dennis Kelly
C/G (5): Ben Jones, Chance Warmack, Quinton Spain, Brian Schwenke, Jeremiah Poutasi
NT (3): Al Woods, Austin Johnson, Angelo Blackson
DE (4): Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones, Karl Klug, Ropati Pitoitua
OLB (5): Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, Kevin Dodd, Deiontrez Mount, David Bass
ILB (4): Avery Williamson, Wesley Woodyard, Sean Spence, Justin Staples
CB (5): Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox, Antwon Blake, B.W. Webb, Brice McCain
S (4): Rashad Johnson, Da'Norris Searcy, Kevin Byard, Marqueston Huff
K (1): Ryan Succop
P (1): Brett Kern
LS (1): Beau Brinkley 

Projected 53-Man Roster: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last updated: August 21, 2016 at 6:32 PM 

QB (3): Jameis Winston, Mike Glennon, Ryan Griffin
RB (4): Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Peyton Barber, Mike James
WR (6): Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Donteea Dye, Adam Humphries, Louis Murphy, Russell Shepard
TE (4): Cameron Brate, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Luke Stocker, Dan Vitale
OT (4): Donovan Smith, Demar Dotson, Gosder Cherilus, Kevin Pamphile
C/G (5): Joe Hawley, Ali Marpet, JR Sweezy, Josh Allen, Caleb Benenoch
DT (4): Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence, Clinton McDonald, A.J. Francis
DE (5): William Gholston, Robert Ayers, Noah Spence, Jacquies Smith, Howard Jones
LB (6): Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, Daryl Smith, Adarius Glanton, Luke Rhodes, Josh Keyes
CB (4): Vernon Hargreaves, Brent Grimes, Josh Robinson, Jude Adjei-Barimah
S (5): Brad McDougald, Chris Conte, Major Wright, Keith Tandy, Ryan Smith
K (1): Roberto Aguayo
P (1): Jake Schum
LS (1): Andrew DePaola
Injured Reserve: George Johnson

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Projected 53-Man Roster: Seattle Seahawks

Last updated: August 21, 2016 at 6:35 PM

QB (2): Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin
RB (4): Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins
WR (5): Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Kasen Williams
TE (4): Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett, Brandon Williams
OT (4): Garry Gilliam, J'Marcus Webb, Bradley Sowell, Terry Poole
C/G (5): Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, Jahri Evans, Mark Glowinski, Rees Odhiambo
DT (4): Ahtya Rubin, Jordan Hill, Jarran Reed, Quinton Jefferson
DE (5): Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Cassius Marsh, Ryan Robinson
LB (6): Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Brock Coyle, Michael Morgan, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Eric Pinkins
CB (5): Richard Sherman, Tharold Simon, Jeremy Lane, DeShawn Shead, Marcus Burley
S (4): Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Kelcie McCray, Steven Terrell
K (1): Steven Hauschka
P (1): Jon Ryan
LS (1): Drew Ferris
Retired: Chris Clemons

Projected 53-Man Roster: San Francisco 49ers

Updated: August 21, 2016 at 6:42 PM

QB (3): Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick, Jeff Driskel
RB (4): Carlos Hyde, Shaun Draughn, Kelvin Taylor, Mike Davis
WR (6): Torrey Smith, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, DeAndre Smelter, Devon Cajuste, Aaron Burbridge
TE (4): Vance McDonald, Blake Bell, Garrett Celek, Bruce Miller
OT (4): Joe Staley, Trent Brown, Anthony Davis, Erik Pears
C/G (5): Daniel Kilgore, Zane Beadles, Josh Garnett, Andrew Tiller, Marcus Martin
NT (2): Mike Purcell, Glenn Dorsey
DE (4): DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Quinton Dial
OLB (5): Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier, Tank Carradine, Eli Harold, Marcus Rush
ILB (4): NaVorro Bowman, Gerald Hodges, Ray Ray Armstrong, Michael Wilhoite
CB (6): Jimmie Ward, Tramain Brock, Chris Davis, Keith Reaser, Will Redmond, Rashard Robinson
S (4): Eric Reid, Antoine Bethea, Dontae Johnson, Jaquiski Tartt
K (1): Phil Dawson
P (1): Bradley Pinion
LS (1): Kyle Nelson
Non-Football Injury: Ian Williams
Suspended: Aaron Lynch (4 games)
Retired: Kaleb Ramsey

Monday, July 25, 2016

Projected 53-Man Roster: San Diego Chargers

Last updated: August 21, 2016 at 6:46 PM

QB (3): Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens, Zach Mettenberger
RB (4): Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver, Dreamius Smith
FB (1): Derek Watt
WR (5): Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, Tyrell Williams, Javonte Herndon
TE (3): Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry, Sean McGrath
OT (3): King Dunlap, Joe Barksdale, Chris Hairston
C/G (6): Matt Slauson, D.J. Fluker, Orlando Franklin, Kenny Wiggins, Chris Watt, Max Tuerk
NT (3): Brandon Mebane, Ryan Carrethers, Damion Square
DE (4): Corey Liuget, Joey Bosa, Darius Philon, Tenny Palepoi
OLB (4): Jeremiah Attaochu, Kyle Emanuel, Melvin Ingram, Tourek Williams
ILB (5): Denzel Perryman, Manti Te'o, Nick Dzubnar, Jatavis Brown, Josh Perry
CB (5): Jason Verrett, Brandon Flowers, Casey Hayward, Craig Mager, Steve Williams
S (4): Jahleel Addae, Dwight Lowery, Darrell Stuckey, Adrian Phillips
K (1): Josh Lambo
P (1): Drew Kaser
LS (1): Mike Windt
Injured Reserve: Stevie Johnson, Jeff Cumberland, Sean Lissemore