The premier free agents of the 2015 NFL offseason are no longer available, as the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Darrelle Revis, DeMarco Murray and Julius Thomas have all reportedly signed contracts with new teams. But several teams still have plenty of salary cap space that they can use on the next tier of available players.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been the most active team in March, trading LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, while signing the top running back from last season. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders continue to look at free agents, trying to spend their more than $60 million of salary cap space.
Below is a look at the best free agents that are unsigned two days after the official start of free agency.
The running back has several suitors after being released by the Detroit Lions this offseason. He met with the San Francisco 49ers, but he did not come to a contract agreement with the team, which is looking to replace Frank Gore. Bush reportedly still plans to meet with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, with whom he played from 2006-2010.
Bush battled injuries last season, rushing for 297 yards. In the previous three seasons, he averaged 222 carries per year, totaling 3,078 rushing yards. He never rushed for more than 581 yards in a season with the Saints.
The defensive end has yet to be reinstated, and even when he does come off the Commissioner’s Exempt List, he could be suspended for the first part of 2015. But Hardy is drawing interest from around the NFL. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that six teams are considering signing the free agent.
There had been rumors that the 49ers were interested in Hardy, but San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke has said the team isn’t interested in the former Carolina Panther. He’s the best pass rusher available, recording 15 sacks in 2013.
After losing Suh to the Miami Dolphins, the Lions could lose their other starting defensive tackle. Detroit seems ready to replace the 27-year-old, having traded for the Baltimore Ravens’ Haloti Ngata. Fairley met with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday, and he’s reportedly set to visit the St. Louis Rams.
Fairley was a first-round pick in 2010, but he’s missed 16 total games in his four-year career. He was most productive in 2012 and 2013, totaling 69 combined tackles and 11.5 sacks.
The defensive tackle has received interest from a few teams, but he hasn’t gotten the contract offer that he’s looking for. He ruled out signing with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, and and teams are reportedly wary of signing Knighton because he’s out of shape.
Having played in all 16 games in five of six NFL seasons, Knighton will find a new home soon enough. He has visited with the Washington Redskins and is drawing interest from the Baltimore Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The wide receiver was released by the New York Jets, but there’s a good chance he’ll be back in the AFC East next season. Harvin is visiting with the Buffalo Bills, and he could play for Rex Ryan for a second straight season. He’s also expected to visit with the New England Patriots.
Harvin has been one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments in the last few seasons. After being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, an injury kept him off the field for 15 games in 2013. A poor relationship with his teammates forced Seattle to send him to New York last season, where he recorded 133 receiving yards in five games.
Spiller spent the first five years of his career with the Bills, but Buffalo is ready to move on, having traded for LeSean McCoy. He had his best season in 2012, posting career-highs with 207 carries, 1,244 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. He only played nine games last year, but he’s been productive during his time on the field, averaging 5.0 yards per carry in his career.
With Murray headed to Philadelphia, Spiller might be the best running back on the market. He’s reportedly met with the Saints and could garner interest from other clubs, depending on his price tag.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Johnson to a five-year contract worth $43.8 million last offseason, but the defensive end is free to sign with another team. He was released by Tampa Bay on Wednesday, having recorded just four sacks in 14 games. Johnson had his best season in 2012, recording 11.5 sacks and 52 combined tackles.
According to NFL Media’s Michael Silver, Johnson could return to the Bengals, with whom he played the first five years of his career. The Minnesota Vikings are also interested in Johnson, as the two sides have scheduled a meeting.
The tight end had a breakout season in 2013, making his first Pro Bowl by catching 80 passes for 917 yards. A year later, injuries kept him off the field for six games and limited him to just 24 receptions for 424 yards. The Cleveland Browns are interested in bringing Cameron back, but he is visiting with the Dolphins and drawing interest from other teams.