The first wave of free agency has come and gone, and while we're not quite at the "bargain bin" phase, we are going through the "on-sale rack." Below are 12 free agents still available who can still help some teams.
1. Thomas Jones(notes), RB.
Jones is meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday (as is Justin Fargas(notes), incidentally), so don't be surprised if you hear that announcement sometime soon. I'm a little surprised it's taken Jones this long to find a home, even with the RB depth available in the draft and free agency. Backs who can rush for 1,400-yards are still not growing on trees.
2. Kevin Mawae(notes), C.
The Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos are reportedly interested in Mawae, even though the Redskins just brought back center Casey Rabach(notes). Mawae can help more teams than that.
3. Darren Sharper(notes), FS.
It's apparently a slow market for key cogs on a Super Bowl winning defense. The New York Giants were said to be interested, but they got Antrel Rolle(notes) instead. It's still not out of the question that he could end up back with the New Orleans Saints, either.
4. Leigh Bodden(notes), CB.
The veteran corner is visiting the Houston Texans Monday. Bodden sounds a bit frustrated that he doesn't have a deal yet, and it's surprising to me, too. Everyone needs corners, and past Bodden, there's not much out there.
5. Derrick Mason(notes), WR.
I really thought for Mason, it would be the Baltimore Ravens or nothing, but the acquisition of Anquan Boldin(notes) muddles things. The Miami Dolphins are considering Mason, too.
6. Ryan Clark(notes), FS.
Somehow, we ended up with a market flooded with free safeties, and I think Clark became a victim of that. Not to worry, though, the Dolphins are interested in him, too. He's visiting their facilities Monday.
7. Jamal Williams(notes), NT.
There's a lot of wear and tear on the tires, but Jamal Williams can still help somebody. Perhaps he won't be a full-time player, but he can be something. The only interest in him I'm aware of is from the San Diego Chargers, the team that released him.
8. LaDainian Tomlinson(notes), RB.
It seems to be a really, really slow market for Tomlinson. Honestly, it's not that big of a surprise. I don't expect that anyone will offer him anything until after the draft, maybe not even until the preseason, when people start getting hurt. Oh, and I will jab my eyes out with chopsticks and pour bleach into the empty sockets before I let myself see this happen.
9. Terrell Owens(notes), WR.
Talks could intensify Monday between Terrell Owens and the Cincinnati Bengals. I think it would be an outstanding move for the Bengals. I think Owens acquitted himself pretty well in Baltimore last year, and it's mildly surprising to me that there isn't more interest in him.
10. Jake Delhomme(notes), QB.
I haven't heard anything about who might be interested, but there's got to be a market for Delhomme out there, at least as a backup. I expect some team to step up and show him a little love before too long.
11. Brian Westbrook(notes), RB.
Interest has been nil. I see his situation as very similar to LaDainian Tomlinson's only slightly bleaker. Taking up a hobby like stamp collecting can help pass the time, Mr. Westbrook.