Free Agent Watch: Best Available 9/19

With injuries taking their toll around the league, teams will be looking to fill some gaps with free agents who have been waiting for their phone to ring. New England has been checking with names on this list recently, including the secondary and at linebacker. Find out who's available, ranked by position, by NFL Expert Adam Caplan.

List updated as of 9/19/2006

Blue = former Patriots
* + italics= Had tryout with New England
italics = Team had contact with / reported interest in


Todd Bouman - He still has a strong arm and is a decent option to be a team's backup.
Jay Fiedler - Needs to prove his shoulder is healthy.
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.
Koy Detmer
Dave Ragone
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.
Mike Cloud
Bruce Perry - Could return punts or kicks and could fill a role as a team's third back.
J.R. Redmond
James Jackson
Kerry Carter
Damien Anderson
DeAndra Cobb
Jarrett Payton

James Hodgins - Above average blocker at his position. 
Troy Fleming - He was a surprise release by Tennessee but still could start  for a team.
Jarrod Baxter - Decent blocker and can start if needed. 
Harold Morrow
Omar Easy

Wide Receiver
Charles Rogers - Immense talent but a big underachiever. Tried out for a few teams recently but remains unsigned. 
Tyrone Calico - The oft-injured player has a ton of talent and could fill a team's No. 3 role or better. 
Randy Hymes - Big receiver that moves well. Could fill a team's No. 3 role.
Kevin Johnson - Clearly the best free agent receiver out there and could fill a team's No. 3 role. 
David Boston - Had a good camp with Tampa Bay and could fill a team's No. 3 role.
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.
Todd Pinkston - Needs to prove he hasn't lost a step despite coming back from a torn Achilles.
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.
Eddie Berlin
John Stone
Kevin Kasper
Jason McAddley
Jerome Pathon 
Dez White
Jimmy Farris

Tight End
Zach Hilton - Slow, plodding tight end but has enough upside potential to be a team's No. 3 tight end or better. 
Lamont Hall - Known for his blocking only. 
Marcellus Rivers - Decent option as a third tight end.
Darnell Sanders
Cam Cleeland
Shad Meier
John Owens
Tim Massaquoi 
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.
Ross Tucker (OT, C) - Was starting for Cleveland in the pre-season for a short time. Slated to work out for St. Louis on Tuesday. 
William Whitticker (OT) - Started last year for the Packers and could be a solid backup for a team.
Steve Edwards
Victor Riley (OT)
Dave Yovanovits
Tom Nutten
Larry Moore (C)
Cameron Spikes
Javiar Collins

Offensive Tackle
Torrin Tucker - He's coming back from a knee injury but if healthy, he could fill a role as a third tackle for a team.
Orlando Brown - His starting days are clearly over but he could provide backup depth if needed. 
Spencer Folau
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. He worked out for the Jets recently.
Aaron Elling - He's seen as a kickoff specialist.
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 could still get it done for a team.
Sean Landeta 
Bryan Barker
Toby Gowin

Defensive Tackle
Chad Lavalais - Started off his career well but has fallen on hard times or late. When motivated, could be a solid third tackle for a team.
Lance Legree - Can play inside or outside as a rotational player. 
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.
Shane Burton
Junior Siavii 
Steve Martin
Matthias Askew
Travis Hall (DE in 3-4)
Willie Blade
Atiyyah Ellison

Defensive End
DeQuincy Scott - Recently failed Tennessee's physical yet sources say there's nothing wrong with him. If healthy and at the top of his game, he could be  a solid third end for a team. 
Duane Clemons - Could fill a role as a team's third end. 
Michael Haynes-Basically a fourth end. 
Tony Bryant 
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. 
Monty Beisel
*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. 
Chad Brown (ILB)
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.
Donald Strickland - Could fill a nickel or dime 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 (S)
Michael Hawkins

*Lance Schulters - Could certainly still start for a team. Seattle showed interest in him earlier this year. 
Jay Bellamy - Former long-time starter for the Saints and should have a few good years left as a starter or third safety.
*Brent Alexander - He worked out for Seattle recently and could be a team's No. 3 safety.
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
Willie Offord
Ernest Shazor
*Keion Carpenter - Carpenter is known for his leadership and is a solid backup at this point in his career.
Ronnie Heard
Earl Little
Jerry Wilson
Ifeanyi Ohalete
Bracy Walker
John Howell 
Antuan Edwards

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