Looking For Help On The Wire

Free agency moves have slowed to a crawl. Although teams released a number of players on Tuesday, only a few have signed on with new teams. The Patriots continue to look for help on the wire as well as in the FA market. See who's available if Deion Branch decides NOT to report.

List updated as of 8/30/2006

Tommy Maddox - A decent option as a team's No. 2 quarterback. Had visits with Miami, Oakland, and New Orleans earlier this year.
Vinny Testaverde - Cleveland has interest in him should their current plan for the No. 2 job not pan out.
Tony Banks - Could fill a role as a No. 2 quarterback.
Shane Matthews - Strictly a No. 3 quarterback. Jesse Palmer - May be a better actor than signal caller at this point in his career.
Rob Johnson
Jeff Blake
Rohan Davey
Ty Detmer
Craig Krenzel
Travis Brown
Josh Harris
Rod Rutherford
Kliff Kingsbury

Running Back
Lamar Gordon - A once promising back has bounced around the last few seasons and hasn't received a lot of attention in free agency.
Stephen Davis - Philadelphia has shown interest in him and he clearly wants to still play. Probably only a short-yardage, situational back at this point in his career. Philadelphia is unlikely sign him as they're preparing backup RB Correll Buckhalter to work in short-yardage.
Mike Cloud
J.R. Redmond
James Jackson
Kerry Carter
DeAndra Cobb

Jarrod Baxter - Decent blocker and can start if needed.
Harold Morrow
Omar Easy

Wide Receiver
Kevin Johnson - Clearly the best free agent receiver out there and could fill a team's No. 3 role.
Az-Zahir Hakim - Strictly a slot receiver and can return punts. Arizona and Detroit had shown interest in him recently.
Johnnie Morton - Could still fill a role as a team's No. 3 receiver.
Ricky Proehl - He still wants to play a few more years and brings an excellent veteran presence with him. He could fill a No. 3 or No. 4 role.
Patrick Johnson - Could fill a role as a team's fourth receiver.
Marc Boerighter - Could fill a role as a team's fourth receiver and has good size.
Troy Edwards - Decent option in the slot.
Derick Armstrong - Has good size and ability but has been an underachiever.
Rashaun Woods - Former first-round pick has been injured most of his short career.
Dez White

Tight End
Lamont Hall - Known for his blocking only. Marcellus Rivers - Decent option as a third tight end.
Cam Cleeland
Shad Meier
Matt Kranchick
Chad Lewis
Brian Kozlowski
Zeron Flemister
Sean Berton
Jed Weaver

Ron Stone - It's kind of surprising that he's still available. He's clearly not the player he once was but, at worst, he could provide solid veteran depth for team.
Kendyl Jacox - A solid veteran backup who could start in a pinch if needed.
Victor Riley (OT)
Tom Nutten
Larry Moore (C)
Cameron Spikes
Javiar Collins

Offensive Tackle
Orlando Brown - His starting days are clearly over but he could provide backup depth if needed.
Matt Stinchcomb
Ethan Brooks
Jacob Rogers
Scott Gragg

Jeff Mitchell - He probably could still be a starter but it appears he wants to retire.
Cory Raymer - A solid backup.

Todd Peterson - Atlanta seems content on passing on him. He'll get a call from a team that isn't happy with their kicking game.
Paul Edinger - Poor on kickoffs but decent on field goals.
Martin Gramatica - May be at the end of the line.
Jose Cortez - Kickoff specialist only.

Billy Cundiff
Nick Novak
Ola Kimrin
Seth Marler
Jeff Chandler

Kyle Richardson - Still a decent option for a team that needs a punter.
Tom Tupa - Another ageless punter who can still get it done for a team.
Sean Landeta
Bryan Barker
Toby Gowin

Defensive Tackle
Brenston Buckner - Certainly could fill a role as a team's third or fourth tackle.
Jerry Deloach - Should find a job likely with a team that plays the 3-4.
Ed Jasper - He's still capable of being a team's fourth tackle.
Gary Walker (DE in a 3-4) - Injuries have worn him down but he could have enough left to be in a backup role.

Steve Martin
Matthias Askew
Travis Hall (DE in 3-4)
Willie Blade

Defensive End
Duane Clemons - Could fill a role as a team's third end.
Adrian Dingle
Carl Powell (DT)
Mark Word

Inside/Middle Linebacker
Earl Holmes - It's kind of surprising that he's not on a team. He could start easily for many teams if needed as he can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
Rocky Calmus - He's had a lot of injuries but he's still very young and is healthy.
Chris Claiborne (WLB) - He's coming off of knee surgery but when healthy, he's capable of starting.
Saleem Rasheed - Decent reserve who can play inside or outside.

Orlando Ruff
Trev Faulk (OLB)
Ronald McKinnon
Frank Chamberlin
Kenyatta Wright
Zeke Moreno

Outside Linebacker
Jamie Sharper (ILB/WLB/SLB) - He can play just about any linebacker position and might have a few years left.
Barrett Green (WLB) - Was once a decent starter a few years ago but has bounced a round. A solid option as a backup.
Peter Boulware (SLB) - Probably a situational pass rusher at this point of his career.

DeLawrence Grant (SLB)
Alonzo Jackson (SLB)
Marcus Reese (SLB)
Eddie Moore (SLB)
Chris Clemons (SLB)

Will Peterson - Back problems are leaving his career up in the air.
Dexter McCleon - Could fill a nickel role for a team.

Joseph Jefferson (S)
Kevin Thomas
Denard Walker
Dale Carter
Willie Williams
Dewayne Washington
Terry Fair
Ray Walls
Hank Poteat
Willie Middlebrooks

Lance Schulters - Could certainly still start for a team. Seattle showed interest in him earlier this year.
Brent Alexander - It's uncertain whether he still wants to play.
Kim Herring - Could fill a backup role for a team.
Jerome Woods - He would like to start for a team but probably best used as a backup at this point in his career.

Reggie Tongue
Keion Carpenter
Ronnie Heard
Earl Little
Jerry Wilson
Ifeanyi Ohalete
Bracy Walker
John Howell
Antuan Edwards
Vernon Fox

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