The Cincinnati Bengals lower quarterback Andy Dalton on Thursday one week after drafting his substitute, Joe Burrow of Louisiana State, with the primary general choose. Dalton spent 9 seasons as their starter and will now head right into a free agent market that’s already crowded with expertise and gives only a few touchdown spots for veteran passers.
Although many big-name free brokers, like quarterbacks Tom Brady and Teddy Bridgewater, have discovered new properties, fairly just a few outstanding gamers stay obtainable.
Here are some massive names, quarterbacks and different high expertise, nonetheless on the lookout for new properties.
Cam Newton, QB
Last crew: Carolina Panthers
In an aerially oriented league, Newton’s résumé, age (he’ll flip 31 on May 11), and arm make his continued free agent standing puzzling. Reading each phrase written concerning the N.F.L., you may come to the conclusion that your complete league is fascinated about Newton, as rumors have linked him to the Bears, Bills, Broncos, Jaguars, Rams, Steelers, Titans, Patriots and Redskins, at one level or one other.
But Newton missed all however two video games final season with a foot harm, has ankle issues that date again to school and has sustained gnarly accidents as a professional, together with a fractured rib and a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. His harm historical past could possibly be a priority for a quarterback who runs as part of his arsenal and who receives notably few roughing the passer calls. At the very least, Newton would appear to be a precious mentor on a crew with a younger quarterback. But if he feels he’s absolutely rehabilitated after a lot downtime, something apart from a beginning job may seem to be an insult.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE
Last crew: Seattle Seahawks
After 5 years in Houston, together with three as a Pro Bowl edge rusher, Clowney was traded to the Seahawks final September. But it doesn’t appear like he’s going to remain in Seattle, regardless of how a lot Russell Wilson begs him to on Instagram Live. Although Seattle could still re-sign Clowney, the team just gave his uniform number, 90, back to Jarran Reed, who had given it up when Clowney arrived.
At least a few other teams are said to be interested, notably the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts. The price will be high, though: Last year he made $15 million.
Like Newton, Clowney, 27, is a former No. 1 overall draft pick. A third former No. 1 who was a free agent, quarterback Jameis Winston, signed with the New Orleans Saints, staying in the N.F.C. South after five years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Joe Flacco, QB
Last team: Denver Broncos
After 11 years with the Ravens and winning a Super Bowl M.V.P. award, Flacco was traded to the Denver Broncos before last season. But the Flacco era in Denver lasted just eight games, over which he was 2-6 as a starter before injuring his neck.
Flacco’s 98-73 career regular season record as a starter speaks to his durability, but at 35 years old he is unlikely to get another starting job, especially with Dalton and Newton also available. Flacco could be a solid veteran backup though, and backups often find themselves as starters once N.F.L. seasons get underway.
Delanie Walker, TE
Last team: Tennessee Titans
The venerable Walker, 35, has been catching passes — 504 of them — in the league since 2006 with the 49ers and Titans. He is a good run blocker too, and as recently as 2017 he was a Pro Bowler.
But he played in only seven games last season and in one game the season before, which, along with his age, are likely to make many teams wary. There has been at least some talk that the San Francisco 49ers may be interested in bring him back for a last hurrah.
Everson Griffen, DE
Last team: Minnesota Vikings
After 10 years with the Vikings, 258 solo tackles and 74.5 sacks, Griffen is expected to move on at age 32 (he posted a goodbye message to the Vikings on Instagram).
Logan Ryan, CB
Last team: Tennessee Titans
A useful cornerback for seven years with the New England Patriots and the Titans, Ryan, 29, is one of the best secondary options still available. Both the Giants and the Jets have been speculated as landing spots.
Kelvin Beachum and Jason Peters, OL
Last team: Jets and Philadelphia Eagles
After the Jets drafted Mekhi Becton, a left tackle who “moves people like furniture,” it became unlikely they would bring back Beachum, who has anchored their line for the last three seasons. Beachum, who will turn 31 in June, should figure to help someone.
But could a 38-year-old? Maybe if he is Jason Peters, a nine-time Pro Bowler at left tackle who is also now a free agent. He could still return to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent the last 11 years.