Not very long ago, the 2014 NFL Draft was being called the Teddy Bridgewater Sweepstakes. Now we’re hearing that the talented quarterback out of Louisville might not even get his name called in the first round. Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel have also reportedly fallen from top-pick consideration. Teams like the Houston Texans still need quarterbacks, but they’re not happy enough with what’s available at the draft.
There is, however, a quarterback of note available on the free agency market. He’s a fan favorite, he’s won a playoff game… he’s Tim Tebow. But it doesn’t look like anyone’s in a hurry to sign the former Florida Gator. “My son is two,” Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy told TMZ over the weekend. “I’d take my son over Tim Tebow.” All righty then. Perhaps McCoy would welcome one of these four remaining free agents instead. Any of them could help the Eagles beat the NFL odds in 2014.
Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys (8-8 SU, 9-7 ATS last year) used their franchise tag on Spencer before the 2012 campaign, and they got their money’s worth ($8.9 million) with 11 sacks, 95 tackles and an invitation to the Pro Bowl. So they used the tag again last year – and Spencer played just one game before undergoing microfracture surgery. Teams aren’t falling over themselves to sign a 30-year-old with a bad knee, but Spencer could be worth a one-year deal with incentives. The Cowboys are said to be interested. So are the New York Giants (7-9 SU and ATS), who could plug Spencer into the defensive line to replace Justin Tuck (now with the Oakland Raiders).
Bruce Campbell, OT, Carolina Panthers
The Giants have also been in contact with Campbell, who had a one-year, $710,000 deal in place with Washington before he failed his physical. Depending on your point of view, Campbell is either the best value of the remaining offensive tackles on the market, or he’s not worth the bother because of last year’s surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff that he suffered in training camp. Provided he can overcome this injury, Campbell could be a useful guard or tackle off the bench for the G-Men, or any other team that could use some depth on the offensive line.
Mike Adams, S, Denver Broncos
Adams was undrafted coming out of Delaware – home of the Fightin’ Blue Hens – in 2004, but he’s put in a solid decade of service, and he made it all the way to Super Bowl XLVIII with the Broncos (13-3 SU, 10-5-1 ATS). Unfortunately for Adams, the Seattle Seahawks shredded Denver’s secondary, and in theory, he’s been replaced by former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl strong safety T.J. Ward. However, Adams could sign with Denver again to play alongside Ward free safety, or he could come off the bench for one more run at the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
Holmes might be the biggest name left on the free agent market, but there’s not a lot of buzz out there for a testy 30-year-old wideout who missed most of 2012 with a Lisfranc injury. The Jets (8-8 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) cut Holmes on March 10, freeing up $8.25 million in cap space in the process. Holmes will reportedly wait until after the draft (May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York) before signing with a new team. According to Pro Football Talk, the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers are all possible destinations. Holmes played his first four seasons with the Steelers (8-8 SU, 9-7 ATS) and was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII against the Cardinals before joining New York.