The NFL will welcome a number of new faces to the league with the NFL Draft later this month, but before that happens, a few well-known veterans are still searching for work on the free agent market. NFL teams often favor younger players, something a few former stars are finding out the hard way.
Based on name value alone, Charles Woodson is one of the biggest free agents left on the market. His name, however, hasn't meant much this offseason as Woodson said he isn't drawing much interest as a free agent. The 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is 36 years old and coming off an injury. It wouldn't be a major stretch to think Woodson can help a team next season, but if he's going to land with a new organization, he may have to wait until after the draft. The Packers released Woodson due to salary concerns, but a return on a base contract could be an option. Acme Packing Company has much more on the Packers.
Like Woodson, Ahmad Bradshaw is a proven veteran still looking for a new team. Once one of the rising running backs in the NFL, injuries have hampered Bradshaw's career in recent seasons. He is, however, still getting attention as the Denver Broncos have expressed interest. The Broncos have a crowded depth chart at running back, but Tim Lynch of Mile High Report argued Bradshaw would be an upgrade over the majority of running backs currently on the roster.
Rolando McClain joined Bradshaw and Woodson on the free agent market as the Raiders released the former first-round pick on Friday. McClain's departure from Oakland comes a few months as he ranted against the organization on social media accounts. He was due a base salary of just over $4 million next season and while he is unlikely to make that, he should draw interest on the free agent market after clearing waivers. Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride chronicled McClain's Raiders career in detail.
While Woodson, Bradshaw and McClain look for new teams, a couple of veterans did come off the market on Friday. A day after long-time kicker Jason Hanson announced his retirement, the Detroit Lions signed David Akers. Hampered by injury, Akers is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career. He converted 69 percent of his field goals last season before being released by San Francisco earlier this offseason.
Mohamed Massaquoi also found a new home on Friday as he agreed to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Massaquoi spent the previous four seasons in Cleveland. The Jaguars have Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III atop the depth chart, but not much proven depth behind the top two.