The calendar has now flipped to August 1st and there are still some interesting prominent names that are without an NFL contract or training camp.
We’ve been writing about the guys on this list for most of the last few months, and in a couple of the cases, it’s surprising that they haven’t signed somewhere, even on a one year deal.
And there could be a reason(s) that the Bucs, the Dolphins or the Jaguars might have some interest in these names.
So, here goes:
Matt Moore– Moore filled in for the Dolphins for the injured Ryan Tannehill at the end of 2016 and won three games. He also played in the Wildcard loss to the Steelers. Last year, he replaced Jay Cutler starting two games as well.
And here’s an assessment from Miami Herald beat writer Armando Salguero on how shaky the Fins backup QB’s are looking so far:
ICYMI…Dolphins backup QBs not good. Here’s what team will dohttps://t.co/dG5UiPl731
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) July 31, 2018
So, Moore, who’s been in Adam Gase’s offense the last two years, is definitely an option for them soon.
Dez Bryant- He’s been flirting with the Cleveland Browns recently, but there is no deal, as of yet. Further, there had been some speculation Bryant might suddenly re-sign a discounted deal with Dallas. That is until Bryant heard comments from Stephen Jones on a radio interview last week and blasted the Cowboys on social media.
So, don’t look for that to happen.
The Bucs and the Dokphins are pretty stacked with new and veteran talent depth. However, Could Bryant be an option in Jacksonville, where none of their receivers are elite veterans?
Kenny Vaccaro- The Bucs and Dolphins may both have a need for a veteran to help them in the middle. With the Saints Vaccaro played in 12 games a year ago with 60 tackles and three INTS. He’s 27 and has already visited with the Dolphins after the draft, and is still waiting for the right spot.
Vaccaro may be holding out for a team to lose a star at his position due to injury and then try to cash in with more than a 2018 deal.
And, finally, Running Back
Adrian Peterson- We have written repeatedly that while Miami has a veteran now in Frank Gore, that the Bucs and the Jags don’t really have someone like Peterson to go with their young guys.
Now, Jacksonville has Leonard Fournette, who exploded on the scene a year ago. Tampa Bay is going with third year former undrafted Peyton Barber and second round pick Ronald Jones. So, a Hall of Famer that still maybe has something left, could fit.
The bigger question over age and wear and tear on Peterson is: will he agree to a lesser deal? And maybe even, would he agree to a one year contract?
The clock continues to tick, but it’s hard to believe that all of the guys on this list will not play somewhere in 2018.
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