The NFL Preseason is underway and there are still plenty of notable free agents still remaining on the market. It's not too late for a team to make an upgrade before the season starts, and some of these players have the game-changing ability that can affect a team's season. Here's a look at 5 free agents that are still available and would be able to contribute right away.
Bashaud Breeland, CB
Breeland was drafted by the Redskins in the 4th round 4 years ago, and played his entire career in Washington. Breeland had a down year in 2017, recording one interception (which was returned for a 97-yard touchdown) and no forced fumbles, after recording 7 interceptions and forced fumbles in the past 3 seasons. He originally agreed to a 3-year, $24 million contract with the Carolina Panthers, but he failed his physical and remained an unrestricted free agent. Breeland has been closely linked to the Patriots over the past week, and would be a good add to a secondary that lost starter Malcolm Butler in the off-season. There have been plenty of teams that have also kept in contact with Breeland, including the Chiefs, Raiders, and the Ravens. It is almost certain that Breeland will be on a team before Week 1, it's just a matter of time before he puts pen to paper.
NaVorro Bowman, MLB
Bowman switched teams for the first time in 2017, after the 49ers cut him mid-season and he signed with the Raiders. He totaled 89 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 interception with Oakland, totaling another 38 tackles with San Francisco. Bowman has been one of the best linebackers of the past decade, as he is a 3-time Pro Bowler and is a 4-time First-team All-Pro as well. He hasn't generated much buzz this off-season, likely because of being on the wrong side of 30. A return to Oakland could be possible, and Bowman was linked to the Green Bay Packers earlier in the off-season. Some other teams that could be in the mix are the Colts and a possible reunion with the 49ers, and Bowman would defenitely be able to boost linebacker corps if signed.
Eric Reid, S
Reid has been in the news for awhile, majorly because of his national anthem protests and his grievance case against the NFL. Regardless of what people think of those actions, he should absolutely be on an NFL team by now based off of talent alone. In 2017, Reid had 67 tackles and 2 interceptions, and has recorded 10 picks and 2 forced fumbles over his 5-year career. Reid reportedly declined a one-year offer from the 49ers, and now will likely have to take a one-year offer from another team in a "make it, break it" year. The Titans were supposed to bring in Reid for a visit, but it never worked between them. Other than that, there hasn't been many rumors surrounding Reid, but the Packers and Seahawks could be fits for him if they decide to pursue Reid.
Adrian Peterson, RB
Adrian Peterson has easily been one of the most successful running backs of the 21st century, but Father Time is catching up with him. He's only played 13 games in the past 2 years, and 30 in the past 4 years. In 10 games split between New Orleans and Arizona, Peterson totaled 529 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, which was the first season in which he played 10 or more games and didn't score 10 touchdowns. Peterson will likely be used as a backup if he signs anywhere, as he is 33 years old. The Redskins just lost rookie Derrius Guice to a season-ending injury, so there might be an opening for All Day there. Other teams that could use Peterson are the Buccaneers, the Jets, and the Lions. Peterson could also be used as a mentor for teams with young star running backs, such as the Rams, Chiefs, and Giants.
Dez Bryant, WR
Bryant is one of the most popular wide receivers in the NFL, and playing in Dallas over almost a decade definitely helped his popularity across the league. He has been one of the most talented pass-catchers during his span in Dallas, but also has been one of the most disliked and scrutinized players as well, because of his ego and attitude. The Cowboys cut Bryant after the 2017 season, in which he recorded 69 receptions, 838 yards and 6 touchdowns, his best season since 2014. His stats are not nearly as close as they were during his 2012-2014 seasons, but Bryant can still be a valuable asset for any team with a gap at wide receiver. As many know, Bryant has been closely linked to the Browns, and supposedly had a meeting with Cleveland,but it seems like that ship has sailed and Cleveland doesn't seem to be interested anymore. Bryant, above anything else, wants to win. Don't be shocked if a playoff contender in need of a receiver, like the Patriots or the 49ers swoops in and signs Dez before the beginning of the regular season.