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The NFL’s offseason is fast approaching, with clubs deep in their respective minicamps, but a few big names still find themselves on the roster of out-of-contract players heading into the next season. Some teams might be tempted to give these athletes a call.

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Todd Gurley, Running Back

The former Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons has received interest from a few teams, including the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he was able to talk without reaching an agreement. . The 26-year-old athlete is far from who he was in 2017 and 2018, when he had respective seasons of 2,093 and 1,831 total yards, in addition to registering 40 majors, spread over these two years. . The biggest reason for Gurey’s decline – and probably one of the biggest reasons why he’s still out of contract – is his known arthritis problem in his left knee, which limits him immensely.

Richard Sherman, Defensive Back

The last remaining active member of the Seattle Seahakws’ former “Legion of Boom” has yet to find a buyer. Sherman had one of his worst seasons of 2020, his third with the San Francisco 49ers, having played in just five games due to a calf injury. During those five games, the 33-year-old allowed opposing receivers to catch 72.4% of passes aimed at them when he needed to provide coverage. On four occasions he was the player at fault when a receiver crossed the end zone.

Steven Nelson, Defensive Back

Starting in his first season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019, following a four-season stint with the Kansas City Chiefs, Nelson established himself as one of the best at his position. That year, only 50% of the passes thrown to a receiver he was covering were caught by the offensive player and none of them resulted in an opposing touchdown. Nelson had also intercepted a ball. The last season was a little more difficult, when the now 28-year-old athlete was considered the player at fault on seven major opponents.

Justin Houston, Quarterhunter

At 32, Houston may not replicate his 2014 season, when he recorded 22 quarterback sacks, but that’s not stopping him from rolling his bump. In each of the last four seasons, he has collected at least eight, in addition to recovering two loose balls.

K.J. Wright, Secondeur

Wright had a more than respectable season with the Seahawks in 2020, but the linebacker is still looking for a new team. The athlete, who will be 32 at the start of the next season, had two quarterback sacks, an interception, caused a fumble and recovered two loose balls. Wright also had 86 tackles, 60 of which were solo.

Melvin Ingram, Quarter Hunter

Ingram is another one of those aging defensive players still on the market. Unlike the others mentioned above, the 32-year-old athlete had his worst season of his career. This 2020 campaign ended prematurely, after seven games due to a knee injury. However, the quarterback sack was unable to get a single sack for the first time in his career, having managed at least 10 twice during his career.

Honorable mentions: On the offensive side of the ball, several veteran wide receivers could still help a team, including Larry Fitzgerald, Golden Tate and Danny Amendola.

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