Top Remaining NFL Free Agents That Super Bowl Contenders Could Target Ahead of Training Camp

Dan Israeli
Wild Card Round - Kansas City Chiefs v Houston Texans
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With NFL training camp just a few days away, there are still plenty of big-name free agents that can latch onto teams. Super Bowl hopefuls are likely scouring the free-agent market looking for veterans who can provide some much-needed depth ahead of the 2019 NFL season.

While some of these players have dealt with career-altering injuries, others may simply be hitting a decline at this point in their NFL career. With that in mind, here are four free agents that could sign with a contender prior to the 2019 season.

1. Muhammad Wilkerson, Defensive Tackle

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The former New York Jets' All-Pro defensive tackle is a very polarizing free agent for multiple reasons. For starters, Muhammad Wilkerson is coming off an ankle fracture that ended his 2019 season with the Green Bay Packers after three weeks. Additionally, his play had diminished in two prior seasons with the Jets, and lastly, he may face in-season discipline for a June DWI. Despite all the baggage, we're still talking about a former All-Pro who is just 29 years old. Look for a contender in need of more depth on the defensive line to take a flier on Wilkerson.

2. Jay Ajayi, Running Back

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Jay Ajayi has defied the odds his entire NFL career after entering the league with concerns regarding a torn right ACL he suffered in college. Despite the concern surrounding his knee, Ajayi managed to stay relatively healthy for the first three years of his career. His luck ran out last season, however, as Ajayi tore the same ACL in Week 5. The former Super Bowl champ is just 26, and with plenty of teams in need of running back depth, Ajayi should find a new home soon.

3. Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver

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Michael Crabtree's lone season with the Baltimore Ravens did not go as planned, as he posted five-year lows in receptions (54), receiving yards (607) and touchdowns (three). A big reason for that may have been the Ravens' struggles in the passing game with Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson at the helm. Crabtree has surely lost a step, as his separation skills continue to diminish at age 31. Still, he's an experienced vet who can help a lot of contending teams. With the uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill's situation, Kansas City could be a great landing spot for Crabtree.

4. Eric Berry, Safety

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Speaking of the Chiefs, they have finally parted ways with Eric Berry, the inspirational safety who battled back from Hodgkins lymphoma in 2015. Despite the feel-good story, Berry was dealt a major blow in Week 1 of the 2017 season, suffering a season-ending Achilles injury. Berry went on to miss the majority of 2018, dealing with a bone spur injury that was affecting his surgically repaired Achilles. He likely won't be the player that he once was, but the 30-year-old safety could still be a solid veteran presence in an NFL secondary. As such, the Browns and Cowboys could be great landing spots for the three-time All-Pro.


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