With the final preseason cuts approaching in a little over a week, there will be some valuable players that will hit the free agent market. However, even now – two weeks before the final preseason cuts – there are still some valuable free agents out there.
With several veterans still on the market, there a number of possibilities for the Baltimore Ravens to land at perhaps their thinnest position – cornerback. With the injuries to starting cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb, the Ravens wouldn’t mind signing another DB at a low-cost.
Here are just a few big name cornerbacks out there on the free agent market, and I’m willing to bet that you will know at least one of them.
This is the player that I was referring to when I said you will know at least one. Samuel is a very familiar name around the NFL.
Previously on the Atlanta Falcons, the 11-year veteran might not have much left in the tank anymore. He recorded just 66 tackles and six interceptions in the last two years combined. Even with that being said, the potential of him making an impact is still there, as he is considered to be a possible future Hall-of-Famer.
Keep in mind that Samuel was under current Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees when he was in New England where he played his best football.
In my opinion, this is the most intriguing name. Houston spent the last four years with the Detroit Lions and put up good numbers in his career there.
Just over a year after signing Houston to a five-year deal worth $25 million, the Lions terminated his contract due to toe surgery he got in the offseason. Sounds like a silly reason to release him, right? Houston missed a total of ten games in his four years with the lions and participated in at least 12 games in each season.
He accumulated 50 tackles or more in three of his seasons there, and totaled ten interceptions, including five in 2011. Last season, he played in 12 games, recording 44 tackles, two picks, and nine passes defended. At 29 years old, he is going into his eighth year in the league. With such youth and numbers, it makes one wonder why no one has signed him since his release two months ago.
The second (and last) wily veteran on this list is Quentin Jammer.
Although he might not be the most attractive name due to his age (35), Jammer might have had a better career than any of the Ravens other options. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the San Diego Chargers, where he became known as one of the best tackling corners in football.
He recorded over 60 tackles in the first seven years of his career, including a career-high 88 in 2008. He has also shown the ability to intercept some balls, as he has grabbed three picks four times in his career, producing a career total of 21.
However, after playing in just 11 games last year with the Denver Broncos and recording only 14 tackles, his career could very well be winding down. With that being said, he still recorded 64 tackles in 2012, so much like Samuel, he still has potential to an impactful player for whatever team is to sign him.