This season doesn't have nearly so many higher profile free agents as in past years. But while there may not be any "major piece of the puzzle" to be found as an unrestricted free agent, there are still several out there that represent upgrades for teams looking to improve on offense. And more than a few names we've seen on fantasy rosters in the past that are looking for that last little spark for their career.
Almost never have any notable UFA's because if a player is good, the team will seek to retain or at worse trade him. Letting Drew Brees go to the Saints may have been a slight miscalculation, but it is also a rarity. This year as with most, there are no notable starters likely to become free agents and land on new teams. Joe Flacco just signed for a King's ransom. Alex Smith was traded to the Chiefs. But no other big news is likely within the position other than the rest of the NFC East applauding when the Cowboys extend Tony Romo's contract.
Ahmad Bradshaw - Released by the Giants, he's still not 100% healthy and has chronic foot problems anyway. Missed at least two games each of last three years and won't be more than half a backfield somewhere else. He's only 26 and has little mileage comparatively but his health woes is what drags him down.
Rashad Mendenhall - Signed with the Cardinals
Reggie Bush -
. Signed with the Lions.
Ryan Grant - Grant is 30 years old and was of little help to the Packers last year. He won't be re-signed and may not land anywhere.
Shonn Greene - Signed with the Titans.
Peyton Hillis - Pairing with his old coach in Kansas City was a bust and now Hillis will hit the free agent winds to find his fourth NFL team in seven years. Forget 2010 - the NFL certainly has. Hillis is a nonfactor.
Steven Jackson - Signed with the Falcons.
Felix Jones - Jones may end up in New York since his old OC in Arkansas now is the QB coach there but he's never going to be more than the lesser half of some backfield. He still never had more than 185 carries in any season and only managed 3.6 YPC last year when the Cowboys turned to him when DeMarco Murray missed six games.
LaRod Stephens-Howling - He is still expected to re-sign with the Cardinals though they have not contacted him. He's just a special teams guy anyway.
Danny Woodhead - Signed with the Chargers.
Danny Amendola - Signed with the Patriots
Donnie Avery - Signed with the Chiefs.
Deion Branch - Branch turns 34 this year and only had 15 catches last season in New England. He'll only be depth where ever he ends up.
Plaxico Burress - The 36-year old is done. He wants to keep playing but so does Terrell Owens. He's only managed to make "drop the Glock" become the NFL version of "jump the shark".
Braylon Edwards - Edwards is still expected to re-sign with the Jets where the 30-year old wideout is clearly the best receiver thanks to having no real competition. That all said he only caught 14 passes last year and has scored a total of two touchdowns over the last four years. His glory year of 2007 is a dot in the rearview mirror.
Devery Henderson - The 31-year old lasted nine years with the Saints but even playing with Drew Brees could not help him do better than six total touchdowns over the last four seasons. He's a deep threat who almost never has more than two catches per game. He'll just be depth where ever he ends up.
Michael Jenkins - Signed with the Patriots.
Greg Jennings - Signed with the Vikings.
Mohamed Massaquoi - Signed with the Jaguars.
Randy Moss Moss won't be kept by the 49ers and while he says he wants to play one more year, chances are that he won't. He was of almost no consequence in San Francisco anyway.
Mike Wallace - Signed with the Dolphins.
Wes Welker - Signed with the Broncos.
Titus Young - Last year's super secret sleeper pick ended up to be a head-case extraordinare. He won't be worth anything in fantasy and may not even stick with a team but he is worth watching because he will not only screw up with his new team, it will probably be spectacular when he does. He always prompts the question "really?" in any conversation and not in a good way.
Martellus Bennett - Signed with the Bears.
Dallas Clark - The Buccaneers want to re-sign the 34 year-old Clark for one more year and probably will. He's really tailed off over the last three seasons anyway and has been more of a blocker than a receiver. He only managed 435 yards on 47 catches in 2013.
Jared Cook - Signed with Rams.
Fred Davis - Davis is likely to end up back with the Redskins and he ruined his market value with the torn Achilles tendon last year. The new offense with RG3 has not made much use of the tight ends anyway. It appears 2011 will remain his high-water mark with 796 yards and three scores.
Dustin Keller - Signed with the Dolphins.
Brandon Myers - Signed with the Giants.
Benjamin Watson - Signed with the Saints.