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With NFL training camps opening this week, there's some talented players still waiting to be signed.

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With training camps opening soon, NFL teams are looking to fill out their rosters to get to the 90-man limit.

Many teams already have 90 players signed, but some either have a few open spots left, or are planning to cut some of their weaker players and replace them with free agents.

One of the best on the market is middle linebacker Brandon Spikes. The talented but troubled Spikes recently pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people and will serve a year of probation. He'll likely serve an NFL-issued suspension this year, but once he's able to play, he'll be a quality middle linebacker, which most defenses could use.

James Jones is arguably the best wide receiver still on the market. Jones was miscast as the No. 1 receiver for Oakland last season, but still caught 73 passes for 666 yards (yikes) and six scores in 16 games (10 starts), He’s 31-years-old, but still has enough in the tank to be a competent No. 3 or No. 4 receiver.

There's also tight end Jermaine Gresham, who will likely be signing with a team within the next few weeks as Training Camps open. The Saints, Raiders and now Cardinals are interested in the enigmatic tight end.

Other veterans of note include running back Knowshon Moreno, guard Evan Mathis, and receiver Reggie Wayne. Most of the aforementioned guys are or have dealt with injuries that have caused their markets to dry up. In a situation role with the right team, most, if not all of them could make a positive impact for a team next year.

Here's a look at the best free agents still available at each position:


1. Michael Vick

2. Pat Devlin

3. Ryan Lindley

4. Jordan Palmer

5. Tyler Thigpen

Running Backs

1. Knowshon Moreno

2. Pierre Thomas

3. Ahmad Bradshaw

4. Steven Jackson

5. Chris Johnson


1. Jed Collins

2. Will Ta'ufo'ou

3. Jackie Battle

4. Montell Owens

5. Mario Harvey

Wide Receivers

1. James Jones

2. Wes Welker

3. Reggie Wayne

4. Donnie Avery

5. Greg Little

Tight Ends

1. Jermaine Gresham

2. Zach Miller

3. Chase Coffman

4. Michael Palmer

5. Taylor Thompson

Offensive Tackles

1. Joseph Barksdale

2. Anthony Collins

3. Jake Long

4. Sam Baker

5. Paul McQuistan


1. Evan Mathis

2. Justin Blaylock

3. Rob Sims

4. Charlie Johnson

5. Daryn Colledge


1. Chris Myers

2. Brian De La Puente

3. Roberto Garza

4. Dominic Raiola

5. Scott Wells

Defensive Ends/3-4 Outside Linebackers

1. Osi Umenyiora

2. Kroy Biermann

3. Dwight Freeney

4. Red Bryant

5. Trevor Scott

Defensive Tackles

1. Barry Cofield

2. Tommy Kelly

3. Da'Quan Bowers (can also play DE)

4. Mike Patterson

5. Chris Neild

Inside Linebackers

1. Brandon Spikes

2. Nick Roach

3. Miles Burris

4. Heath Farwell

5. D.J. Williams

4-3 Outside Linebackers

1. Lance Briggs

2. Geno Hayes

3. Spencer Paysinger

4. Jacquian Williams

5. Chase Blackburn


1. Javier Arenas

2. Jarrett Bush

3. Aaron Ross

4. R.J. Stanford

5. Danny Gorrer


1. Dawan Landry

2. Thomas DeCoud

3. George Wilson

4.  Bernard Pollard

5. Brandon Meriweather

Punters and Kickers

1. P Mat McBriar

2. K Jay Feely

3. K Billy Cundiff

4. K Shayne Graham

5. P Richie Leone