Rod Coleman - The Atlanta Falcons decided to go with younger players in his place. He's had his injuries but Coleman should have one more productive year left in him.
Marcus Tubbs - The former first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks needs to prove he's over his injury problems.
Anthony McFarland - He's coming back from patella tendon surgery but the feeling is he'll be able to contribute to a team in a reserve role this season.
Ed Johnson - The former starter for the Indianapolis Colts was released by the team recently due to an off the field issue.
La Juan Ramsey
Matthias Askew - A former fourth-round pick of the Bengals.
Ethan Kelley - Despite coming back from microfracture knee surgery, he's had at least three free agent visits so far this year.
Antonio Garay - He fits in as a fourth defensive tackle.
Ross Koloziej - He fits in as a fourth or fifth defensive tackle.
Russell Davis - He fits in as a fourth or fifth defensive tackle.
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila - When a team like the Green Bay Packers that has next to no depth at defensive end decides to release him, you have to wonder how much Gbaja-Biamila has left in the tank.
Rosevelt Colvin (OLB in 3-4) - You have to wonder how much he has left in the tank after a team that's hurting for sacks like the Houston Texans cut him. He did work out for the Cleveland Browns recently.
N.D. Kalu - The veteran end was released by the Houston Texans recently.
Bryce Fisher - At this point in his career, he fits in as a fourth end.
Darrion Scott - Legal issues could prevent him from finding a place to play this season since he's suspended for three games.
Rodney Bailey (DE in 3-4/DT in 4-3)
Melvin Oliver - He was recently released by the San Francisco 49ers but he's a decent fit for a team that uses a 3-4.
Derek Smith - The veteran linebacker was recently released by the San Diego Chargers.
Brandon Moore (WLB) - He's a solid backup that can play at a variety of positions.
Victor Hobson (SLB) - He'll offer a team solid depth.
Derrick Pope (SLB/WLB) - It was a bit surprising that this versatile linebacker was released by the Minnesota Vikings.
Odell Thurman - The Cincinnati Bengals decided they would move on without him and he's been suspended by the NFL for a year.
Lemar Marshall (WLB) - He would be a solid backup linebacker who can play inside or on the weak-side.
Jeremiah Trotter - He had a free agent visits recently so Trotter wants to play at least one more season but it would have to be in a backup role.
Brian Simmons (WLB) - He refused a pay cut and was released recently by the New Orleans Saints.
Greg Wesley - He was recently released by the Oakland Raiders.
Glenn Earl - He was a starter for the Houston Texans for a few seasons.
Deke Cooper - He was recently released by the Atlanta Falcons.
Mike Doss - He hasn't received much attention in free agency for several months.
Gary Baxter - He's still trying to come back from a serious knee injury.
Omar Stoutmire - The journeyman safety is still a decent backup.
Mel Mitchell - He's a solid special teams player.
Andre Dyson - If healthy, Dyson could land a job as a nickel back.
Kenny Wright - Legal woes cost him a job with the Cleveland Browns.
Kelly Herndon - He could come in and handle a nickel role for a team.
Fred Thomas - Older cornerback who could play in a dime role.
Roc Alexander - Versatile defender who fits best in a dime defense.
Dexter Wynn (KR/PR) - He fits in as a dime back.
Chidi Iwuoma - He's primarily a special teams player but a good one in that role.
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