5 NFL Free Agents You Won’t Believe Are Still Available

By Ian McCafferty
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NFL free agency has been underway for more than two weeks now, and lots of the big-name players were snatched up within the first couple of days. Le'Veon Bell to the New York Jets, Earl Thomas to the Baltimore Ravens and Nick Foles signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars were three major dominoes that changed teams, but there are still scores of other quality players left unsigned.

Whether it's because of age, fit or recent production, lots of NFL veterans still haven't gotten new contracts and remain free agents. Here are the five best free agents that you won't believe are still available.

5. T.J. Yeldon, RB

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Heading into year five in the NFL, T.J. Yeldon has never really lived up to his hype coming out of Alabama. However, he's still a serviceable running back, who, despite struggling with an ankle injury last season, still rushed for 414 yards on 104 rushing attempts to go along with 55 receptions for 487 yards and four touchdowns serving as the change-of-pace back in Jacksonville. To give an Alabama comparison, Yeldon is more Mark Ingram than Trent Richardson and could be worth a flier.

4. Timmy Jernigan, DT

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Timmy Jernigan is a player coming off of an injury that could have more value than some of the players who have already been signed at his position. The defensive tackle suffered from a herniated disk in 2018 and was only able to play in three games. But he's still only 26 and proven he can play, recording 9 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks in 2017 with Philadelphia and 9 tackles for a loss and 5.0 sacks with Baltimore in 2016. As long as he's healthy, Jernigan could start at defensive tackle for lots of NFL teams.

3. Ezekiel Ansah, DE

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After 44 sacks in five years, Ezekiel Ansah was franchise tagged by the Lions in 2018 and just couldn't stay healthy. He had 4.0 sacks over the course of seven injury-plagued games last season. Those injury concerns are likely what have kept teams from signing the best pass rusher left on the market, as injury issues typically don't get better when you're on the other side of 30. Ansah is still only one year removed from a 12.0-sack season though, so he should be chasing after the quarterback for someone in 2019.

2. Jay Ajayi, RB

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Jay Ajayi is a solid NFL running back, just two years removed from a Pro Bowl with the Miami Dolphins. He's coming off a torn ACL, which seems like the main reason that the 26-year-old would be on the open market for so long. He's shown he can be a high-quality back in the league and his 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016 have to be appealing to someone.

1. Ndamukong Suh, DT

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Probably the biggest name still available, Ndamukong Suh had a great season playing alongside Aaron Donald for the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. But it seems like he won't be returning to the Rams due to monetary constraints. Suh had 59 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season and is still one of the most productive defensive tackles in the league. However, at 32, he's not the game-wrecker he once was. He'll most likely land somewhere soon and reinforce a likely playoff team's defensive line.


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