With the month of June on the horizon, NFL fans across the country are already gearing up for training camp and the preseason. That being said, there are still a handful of free agents who are looking for work as the 2017 NFL season approaches, and some of them could bring a nice resume to a team in need.
Two of the bigger names in the NFL that are still looking for work are quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Kaepernick hasn’t drawn much attention during the NFL off-season thus far, except from the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have indicated that they are willing to give Kaepernick a tryout to see what he has left in the tank. While Kaepernick does play in the same mold as Seattle starter Russell Wilson, the former 49ers star said he wanted to join a team that was in need of a starting QB. With no other teams showing much interest in Kaepernick up to this point, Seattle may be his only chance to stay in the NFL in 2017.
If Kaepernick doesn’t catch on with a team before the 2017 NFL season begins, he still may have a shot at joining a squad this season. Every year, several teams get hit with the injury bug, especially at quarterback. If and when that happens, Kaepernick will probably get a call or two.
How about Anquan Boldin? Boldin may be 36, but as he has proven in recent years that he is still a more than capable possession receiver. Boldin has averaged 68 catches, 686 yards, and six touchdowns per season since 2015. Boldin played for the Detroit Lions in 2016 and had a very good year, however, he has been quiet on whether he will return to Motown, sign with a different team, or possibly retire.
Boldin is just 27 catches from moving into fourth on the NFL’s all-time catch list, but he still remains unsure if he will return to the gridiron for his 15th season. Back in February, Boldin told MLive back in February that he is mulling all options.
“We’ll see what’s best for us,” Boldin said when asked about retirement following a panel for racial equality here at the Super Bowl. “It’s no longer what’s best for Anquan. I’ve got three others that depend on me as well, so we’ll see.”
As for returning to Detroit, Boldin said he is interested, but are the Lions?
“I mean, I’m definitely interested,” he said. “But for me, it’s seeing what opportunities lie there, going over them with my wife, because any decision I make does not just affect me. But it affects my wife, my two boys. So it’s something I have to take into consideration.”
Boldin plays like Tom Brady in the fact that it is hard to believe he is going to be 37 this October, yet he still plays at a very high level. Wherever Boldin lands, they will get a great veteran who can still play the game at a high level.
While Boldin may be the best NFL free agent wideout, DeAngelo Williams could be the best running back still looking for a team.
Veterans Jamaal Charles and LeGarrette Blount have recently found new homes in Denver and Philadelphia respectively, and Williams may be next in line to have a change of scenery this fall.
Williams can provide solid depth to a backfield in need of a boost. When Williams was called upon to fill in for Le’Veon Bell back in 2015, he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and rushed for 11 touchdowns, which was the best in the NFL in 2015 for a backup.
Other NFL big names still floating around looking for work include defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Mario Williams, tight end Gary Barnidge, and linebackers DeAndre Levy and Elvis Dumervil. Yes, every name mentioned has a bit of mileage on them, however, they could be a great pick up for several teams in need of a veteran leader who could still perform well in 2017.
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