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NFL - US Sports: Best remaining free agents

Despite the usual signing frenzy right after the legal tampering period of free agency, there are still plenty of quality players on the market with less than a month to go until most training camps open.

Unfortunately for the quarterback-needy teams, there are few credible veteran options out there, but those in need of offensive line help or an experienced possession receiver are currently spoilt for choice.

Here are some of the top free agents remaining.

Odell Beckham Jr (WR)

The former New York Giants star looked to be back to his pre-2020 ACL injury self after leaving the Cleveland Browns for the Los Angeles Rams midway through last season.

He had 21 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns in four postseason games, including two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LVI, before going down with another serious knee injury.

His recovery timeline probably puts him out of the first two months of the season and it's unlikely he'd be back to his very best until some time after that.

But it's still surprising that a receiver-needy team hasn't taken a calculated gamble on Beckham in the belief that he could be dynamic in years two and three of a three-year deal.

The Green Bay Packers, who pushed to sign the 29-year-old after he was released by the Browns last season, should be ready to make that deal happen now after losing former number one wideout Davante Adams in free agency.

Duane Brown (LT)

Despite his age, Brown has plenty still going for him and could be a superb pickup in the third wave of free agency.

He was rock solid for the first nine years of his career with the Houston Texans, hardly missing a game and earning three straight Pro Bowl selections between 2012-2014.

The 36-year-old continued to find a stellar level after being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, earning two more Pro Bowl nominations - including in 2021.

However, the eight sacks Brown allowed last year are as many as in his previous four years combined, and his five penalties were the most he's committed in four years - so that could be why some teams haven't yet taken him off the shelf.

Having registered over 13,077 snaps on the blindside and zero as a right tackle during his 14-year NFL career also shows a potential lack of versatility that may be working against him.

The Seahawks decided to move on from him when they selected offensive tackle Charles Cross with the No.9 overall pick in this year's draft.

Eric Fisher (OT)

The Chiefs released Fisher a month after they lost Super Bowl LV - where quarterback Patrick Mahomes was seen running for his life far too often for Andy Reid's liking. Blaming him for that may seem harsh as he was out, having suffered an Achilles injury in the AFC Championship Game, but Kansas City felt they could no longer rely on Fisher to stay healthy.

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The former No.1 overall pick in 2013 started 113 games in eight years with the Chiefs and earned two Pro Bowl bids, before joining the Indianapolis Colts on a one-year deal.

Indianapolis initially attempted to re-sign Fisher, but the two sides couldn't agree on contract terms and the team moved on when they locked swing tackle Matt Pryor to a one-year, $5.5million deal that suggests they believe he can start.

The fact that the Colts felt he was worth keeping suggests Fisher won't have to wait too much longer before finding a third NFL home.

AJ Johnson (LB)

The linebacker was on pace for a career-best campaign before his 2021 season was cut short by a torn pectoral muscle. In 2020, Johnson logged a career-high 124 combined tackles and two forced fumbles for the Denver Broncos.

The 30-year-old spent the last three seasons playing for new Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell in Denver and could find his name is already on speed-dial in Minneapolis if the NFC North team suffers any preseason injuries in the linebacker unit.

Riley Reiff (OT)

Reiff is a respectable tackle option for teams in a rebuilding phase right now - as he was for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021.

He started all 12 games for Cincinnati at right tackle last season before being placed on injured reserve in mid-December, missing the Bengals' run to Super Bowl LVI.

According to Pro Football Focus, he had a 96.8 pass-blocking efficiency rating, allowing 21 total pressures and four sacks.

Prior to that, the former high school wrestling champion spent four years with the Vikings as their starting left tackle and five years in Detroit, again as the left tackle in all but his rookie season on the Lions' roster.

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