We’re a week away from NFL training camps opening in earnest. Can you feel the excitement?
And once those two-a-days start, there are still a slew of free agents looking for work — or who may have just found it.
One who did yesterday was former rushing yards leader Arian Foster. The seven-year vet signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins for an inexpensive $1.5 million, with incentives that could bump it to a maximum $3.5 million. Not bad for a guy who’s played just over half Houston’s games in the last three seasons.
The four-time Pro Bowler and 2010 rushing yards leader (1,616) slots nominally into the no. 1 role in south Florida and if healthy will boost an attack that was 26th best overall (23rd in rushing).
Foster’s late signing could also boost the fortunes of remaining free agents who have yet to sign.
Here are 10 offensive free agents who could have an impact, should they ink new pacts.
The Denver Broncos have opted not to re-sign Owen Daniels, going instead with youngster Jeff Heuerman and free agent career back-up Garrett Graham from the Houston Texans. Daniels, 33, was still very productive for the champion Broncos last season, the first year of a three-year, $12 million deal (which Denver opted out of). In 16 games, Daniels caught 46 passes for 517 yards and three TDs. In the playoffs, Daniels caught five passes for 61 yards and two scores, both of them in the AFC championship game against New England. Since 2000, Daniels was the fourth most productive tight end taken in the first seven rounds, with 5,661 yards and 36 TDs. The New York Jets are still in the market for a proven tight end.