2012 NFL Free Agents: Best Remaining Talents Still Looking for a Team

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs over Bernard Pollard #31 of the Baltimore Ravens during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Ravens defeated the Bengals 24-16.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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The vast majority of NFL free agents have already started spending the money that comes with getting a new contract, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of noticeable names still available.

Injuries, poor performance in 2011 and legal issues have kept these players on the board, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t strong contributors still on the open market.

Not satisfied with what your team has currently done in free agency? Here are five players who can change that.

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Vince Young, QB

After being selected third overall in 2006, Young is fighting for a job just seven years later.

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01:  Quarterback Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks on December 1, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The problem is, his style of play is not ideal for a backup. If he can’t successfully back up Michael Vick, I’m not sure he has value in the NFL at this point.

His 2011 numbers (866 yards, four TDs, nine INTs) certainly don’t help his case.


Cedric Benson, RB

A Bengals starter since mid-2008, Benson still has another year of solid play left in him.

While he certainly shouldn’t be used as a starter anymore, Benson is a decent complement to a faster, speedy back that struggles in short-yardage situations.


Braylon Edwards, WR

Edwards had a disastrous tenure with the 49ers and has to prove his legs aren’t going to fail him once again.

My guess is that a team will sign him once the injury bug hits their receiving corps in training camp.


Ryan Grant, RB

The Packers gave up on Grant rather quickly in 2011 and now you have to wonder if the 29-year-old has anything left in the tank. Rushing for 559 yards and two TDs used to be a month's worth of stats for Grant. Now it's a full season's worth. 

Grant is another guy that will likely have to wait for injuries to get a new gig—ironic, considering they robbed him of his old one.


Jerome Simpson, WR

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Jerome Simpson #89 of the Cincinnati Bengals jumps over Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals for a 19-yard touchdown during first half action at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by
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The former Cincinnati Bengal may have to spend 15 days in jail, but it looks like the commissioner isn’t going to hit him with any more than a one-game suspension.

As displayed in Week 16 with that incredible flip for a touchdown, Simpson has jaw-dropping athleticism on top of being the ideal size for the position.

His progress has been slow, but there is no question he continues to improve every year.