Even though we are very close to the NFL season, there is still a large pool of players that could still have a significant impact on a team that are still free agents.
5. Robert Griffin III (RG3) QB
In modern day NFL, it’s hard to find a good backup quarterback, well look no further than RG3. The former Heisman Trophy winner, 2nd overall pic,k and Rookie of the Year hasn’t been the same since his injury against Seattle in the 2012 playoffs, but that still doesn’t mean he can’t play at an NFL level. After being signed by the Cleveland Browns last season, he played 5 games and had 886 yards, 4 total touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and 4 fumbles. While these aren’t very good stats, you can’t ignore the fact that Griffin can still strive in the NFL whether as a backup quarterback, or a temporary starter.
4. Mario Williams DE
This 4x Pro Bowler and former first overall pick was released by the Bills and signed by the Dolphins in 2016 to a hefty 2 year, 17-million-dollar contract with 11 million guaranteed. After a lackluster 1.5 sack, and 9 tackle season, Williams was benched and eventually released. While Williams may not be the explosive pass rusher he once was, he can still be an effective backup or transitional defensive end. For the right price, I think a team should definitely jump on signing Williams.
3. Sam Shields CB
While Sam Shields may be the best player on this list, the odds of him being signed a very unlikely at this point. Sam Shields is a sad case of the injury bug. Shields has had 4 concussions over his 7-year career which is ultimately the reason why he may never play football ever again. Before his injuries, Shields has always been a very good #2 corner, he even made the Pro Bowl back in 2014. The bottom line is that if Shields is ever cleared to play again, a team needs to jump on him immediately. He still has a lot of talent.
2. Anquan Boldin WR
This future Hall-of-Famer has had a very luxurious 15-year career, playing for 4 different teams and making the pro bowl 3 times. Last season, Anquan Boldin was signed by the Detroit Lions and completely shocked everyone and turned back the clock. Boldin finished with 67 receptions, 584 yards, and 8 touchdowns. Boldin also finished 2nd in the redzone for receivers last season. Last season showed perfectly that Boldin can still play as a 3rd or 4th wide receiver. He can still 100% produce for a team.
1. Darrelle Revis CB
Arguable one of the best cornerbacks of all time, Revis surprisingly finds himself a free agent. Revis has jumped from team to team as of late and hasn’t been as productive as he used to be. Age is an important factor here as Revis is approaching 32 years old, but that hasn’t slowed him down. Last season was Revis’ worst season of his career, which is saying something as it wasn’t that bad of a season. Even at his current age, Revis can still produce as a solid cornerback. Revis is without a doubt the best and most proven free agent remaining, and definitely deserves another opportunity, even if that includes a position change to safety.