4. Added Depth
QB Byron Leftwich
Leftwich may be 33, but of all the remaining quarterbacks, he’s the best bet to be a reliable contributor in case the team’s starter goes down. He suffered multiple rib fractures in November, but he’s healthy now and ready to be the No. 2 or 3 quarterback on some needy team’s depth chart.
OT Jared Gaither
If he gets his head on straight, Gaither could potentially be an impact player for some lucky team. But after he essentially gave up on the Chargers, he’s a huge risk to whichever team decides to sign him. The Chargers were willing to take a $6 million cap hit in order to cut him, so teams need to proceed with caution if they try to sign him. For now, added depth seems the appropriate category for him.
OG Jake Scott
Scott didn’t even find a job last season until the Eagles came calling in November, but he made a noticeable impact on their O-line when he took the starting position at right guard. The market for his services has been relatively quiet thus far, but he should find a job by the time the season starts as a strong backup.
OG Tyronne Green
Green never really caught on in San Diego, but he’s entering what should be the prime of his career. He’s only 27 but, at this point in his career, he probably won’t amount to much outside of being a backup.
RB Cedric Benson
Benson is 30 and coming off a serious injury after undergoing surgery on his foot for a Lisfranc sprain. Prior to last season, Benson recorded three straight 1,000-plus yard rushing campaigns. However, he’s facing an uphill battle as a slow, aging back with limited uses on offense.
WR Ramses Barden
Barden was often a training camp wonder. He flashed tantalizing potential, but it never translated to consistent production on the field. As a 27-year-old 6-foot-6 receiver, he’s still an intriguing option in free agency for teams looking to add some receiver depth.
WR Randy Moss
Moss is no longer the dominant force that kept opposing defensive coordinator up at night, but he can be a valuable addition to a team’s receiving corps. However, there’s talk that he’s willing to retire, and it’s likely that only a contender would be able to convince him to put on the pads again.
WR Braylon Edwards
Ewards is far removed from his fluke 16 touchdown season, but he can still add some value to a team in need of depth at the receiver position. You certainly wouldn’t want him to start, but he can rotate in and do some damage when his number is called.
TE Dallas Clark
Once one of Peyton Manning’s most reliable weapons in the Colts’ passing attack, Clark has clearly seen better days. His production has slipped dramatically post-Manning, but he managed to play in all 16 games last season, and was serviceable when his number was called.