There is less than two months before training camps open and the preseason begins. NFL teams can still add some veteran talent.
There’s less than two months before the NFL preseason begins and less than 12 weeks before the reigning champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys in the league’s 2021 season opener. There’s been free agency and the draft, followed by OTAs and mini-camps. Now training camp is on the horizon.
The expanded rosters are pretty much set, but there’s still talent on the open market. There is still the occasional signing and still some solid standouts available (via Spotrac), and it’s pretty safe to say each of the 32 clubs could still use at least one more experienced player.
Arizona Cardinals: CB Richard Sherman
Dealing with the quarterbacks and passing attacks in the NFC West has never been a bargain. And who knows that better than veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who is spent his entire 10-year career in the division?
Originally a fifth-round round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, he spent seven seasons in the Pacific Northwest and eventually made his way to San Francisco in 2018. The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro has amassed 36 regular-season interceptions. But even though the savvy veteran was limited to a career-low five games with the 49ers in 2020, he would add to a new-look Arizona secondary.
Atlanta Falcons: G Kelechi Osemele
There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to the club in former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. There’s also a new defensive mind in the city with veteran Dean Pees coming out of retirement to become the Falcons’ new coordinator. The latter needs to come up big, especially since no team in the NFL gave up more passing yards per game than this club in 2020.
But the team also needs to get back to a little power football, something Smith knows plenty about. Veteran Kelechi Osemele started the first five games for the Chiefs in 2020 but missed the rest of the season. Is he primed for a comeback?