Two Low Priced Vet DBs Still Available

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  1. soulman

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    2014 NFL Free Agency: Best Remaining Bargains to Fill Out Your Roster
    By Sterling Xie , Featured Columnist Apr 7, 2014

    9. Steve Gregory, S
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    After Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward were locked up early in free agency, the safety market became barren very quickly. The signings of second-tier options like Mike Mitchell (Pittsburgh) and Antoine Bethea (San Francisco) have left teams looking to the draft for help at the position, where potential first-rounders like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor loom.

    However, one proven starter still exists on the market in ex-Patriots safety Steve Gregory. Gregory played 84.3 percent of the snaps last season for a solid New England secondary, serving as an instinctive in-the-box complement to roaming free safety Devin McCourty.

    The cap-strapped Pats cut Gregory loose before the start of free agency, and all has been quiet in terms of potential interest in the 31-year-old. However, while unspectacular in his approach, Gregory is a well-rounded safety who is capable of helping any rotation. His 7.8 run-stop percentage last season was 10th-best among all safeties, reflecting his ability to help in run support and cover tight ends.

    Gregory will not come at a prohibitive cost either, so a team in need of safety depth like Washington, Indianapolis or Chicago could add a reliable 800-1,000 snaps to its secondary for 2014.



    8. Drayton Florence, CB
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    After four ho-hum seasons in Buffalo and Detroit, it appeared as though veteran cornerback Drayton Florence's career had reached its end. However, Florence quietly had one of the best and most unexpected bounce-back performances last season for a thin Carolina secondary.

    In 2013, Florence's plus-7.2 overall grade was 22nd-best among all cornerbacks, a mark that portrays him as a borderline No. 1 corner. That claim is too much of a stretch, but with a plus-6.1 coverage grade that was 14th-best at the position, it's clear that Florence was not only capable but was a significant asset last year.

    Granted, playing behind arguably the league's best front seven makes life significantly easier for defensive backs, and it's unclear if Florence would thrive in a bigger role on a new team. Also, at 33 years old, it makes more sense that 2013 was a one-year blip and that Florence's best years are behind him.

    Still, cornerback depth is invaluable, and some team should try to replicate the low-salary bargain the Panthers received last year. Florence primarily played the outside left corner position last year, so teams in need of outside depth like the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings might want to take a look.
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    Should the draft not provide all we need in the way of CB or Safety prospects here to more DBs who might accept one year minimum salary deals and provide some veteran depth. Of the two Gregory seem to be the more desirable of the two as a SS provided Mundy can also play FS. These guys are nothing more than vet depth to bridge a gap if we're unsuccessful in getting the younger help we need in the draft.

    Phil has said he'll keep looking for any player who may be an upgrade to those he has and these are examples of some of the vets still hanging around looking for a deal. Just a couple who may be able to help if needed.

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