2. Impact Players
DE John Abraham
Abraham may be on the verge of turning 35, but he somehow continues to produce at a high level. He led the Atlanta Falcons in sacks last season with 10, and would be more than welcome on any number of teams — for the right price, of course.
DE Dwight Freeney
Don’t let Freeney’s numbers from the last season fool you. He was playing hurt and in a new system, but he’s still capable of being an effective pass-rusher.
The Denver Post reported that Freeney is willing to move down his contract demands and accept a contract in the same range as the one Osi Umenyiora signed with the Falcons, which would be a great deal for any team looking to bolster their D-line.
DT Richard Seymour
Seymour has contemplated retirement, and it appears that it’s going to take a big payday for a team to land him. He missed eight games last season due to injury and, at 34, his career is certainly winding down. Regardless, Seymour is still capable of being an impact player for a team looking to add a big body to their defensive line.
LB Karlos Dansby
Dansby had one of the best seasons of his career last season. He had a career-high 134 tackles, along with one sack, one forced fumble and nine passes defended.
He’s versatile enough to play in a number of formations, and should be of particular interest to teams looking to upgrade their run defense.
FS Kerry Rhodes
Even though Rhodes is 30, he certainly showed no signs of his age last season. He turned in a fantastic campaign, recording 68 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and four interceptions.
Whether he was going up against the run or in coverage, Rhodes was about as good as you could ask. If he can continue to play at a high level, he could be a true difference-maker for a team in need of help in their secondary.