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Three NFL Free Agents With Gas Left In The Tank

Every NFL offseason has a couple of older veteran guys that people like to count out or say are done. Sometimes they’re right, but some guys get a bad rap. Some guys need a change in scenery to get the wheels turning again. A new task to conquer, a new hunger to feed. With the combine behind us and free agency on our doorstep, teams will be calling. Not everyone can get everything they need in the draft. Often all a young, budding team needs is a veteran presence to hold it down.

Leonard Fournette

Fournette was recently cut by Tampa Bay after an injury-riddled season where he saw Rachaad White’s snaps increase. Playoff Lenny’s numbers weren’t too impressive, but he could still play good NFL football in a good situation. Fournette posted 668 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 189 rush attempts. He also caught the ball 73 times for 523 yards and three more touchdowns in 16 games.

A 6-year NFL Veteran, Fournette currently stands 14th in rushing yards among active players. The fourth overall pick in 2017 is now 28 and looking for a new home again. Where could he land? Back at home with the New Orleans Saints. Fournette was born in New Orleans and also spent his college years tearing up the NCAA at LSU. The current Saints Running Back Alvin Kamara also could be facing a suspension for an altercation last year in Las Vegas. All the signs seem to point to Leonard Fournette coming home to the bayou, this time in the NFL.

Marcus Peters

After three years in Baltimore, it appears the 8-year veteran will be searching for a new home. Peters was the 18th pick in 2015 and spent time in Kansas City and Los Angeles before his stay in Baltimore. Hampered by injury, Peters posted one interception, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He also posted 47 total tackles in his 13 games played.

As corners are usually a hot commodity, the market will probably be large for Peter’s services. He’s still a good NFL corner so there are going to be double-digit teams calling. There’s still a chance he returns to Baltimore, but they might have bigger fish to fry with the whole Lamar Jackson fiasco still ongoing.

If Peters doesn’t return to Baltimore, he could follow in Joe Haden’s footsteps and join division rival Pittsburgh. A team that needs corner help and a guy that gets to play his old team twice a year? Sounds a lot like Joe Haden coming to Pittsburgh after playing some excellent ball for Cleveland. But many will be inquiring about Marcus Peters next week. It could go anywhere.

Lavonte David

Lavonte David has put together a more than stout career in his 11 years in the NFL. The second-round pick in 2012 leads all active players in solo tackles with 949. He was an NFL First Team All-Pro member in 2013 and surprisingly made only one Pro Bowl. He won a ring with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers a few years ago and is still playing good ball. Last season David racked up 124 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and three quarterback hits.

David seems to be pretty loyal to his soil, spending all 11 years in the league in Tampa Bay. He’s seen it all, from Josh Freeman to Tom Brady. Hard to imagine him in any other jersey. It also seems like fellow inside linebacker Devin White could have one foot out the door in Tampa. It’d be wise to not lose them both at the same time, especially with all the other losses Tampa has suffered this offseason. Expect David back in Tampa Bay.

 
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