AFC South: Still unsigned

A review of the best member of the 2012 Tennessee Titans who’s still unsigned:

Will Witherspoon was a good guy in the Titans' locker room and there were Sundays when he was a good linebacker. But he was not as big a leader as the Titans may have expected when they signed him in 2010 and he was not as consistent a player as they needed him to be.

In three seasons in Tennessee he started 35 games. But in his final season he started only five and was much more of a role player.

It was his 11th season and the Titans needed to go younger and find more consistency in a veteran linebacker who could play more than one position.

Moise Fokou was signed as a free agent and could be that guy and Zaviar Gooden was drafted in the third round to back up Zach Brown on the weak side and perhaps take on a role in the nickel package.

Witherspoon said he wants to play 15 years. So far he hasn’t found a team that wants to give him No. 12.

Among others still unsigned: Guard Leroy Harris, safety Jordan Babineaux, cornerback Ryan Mouton and running back Javon Ringer.
A review of the best member of the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars who’s still unsigned:

Daryl Smith, linebacker

Smith was a durable player for is first eight years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing in all but four of the team’s 128 regular-season games.

But a groin injury cost him the first 14 games of the 2012 season, required surgery and landed him on injured-reserve with the possibility of a recall. He did return to start the final two games of the 2012 season, but the layoff severely hurt his attractiveness as a free agent.

He’s 31, and I feel certain he can still make a significant contribution to a team. But older guys might be less valued than ever. He’s not as old as John Abraham, Dwight Freeney or Charles Woodson, but he’s suffering a similar fate so far.

I don’t expect the Jaguars will circle back to him, as they are going young and by the time the team around Smith is ready to contend he’d be close to the end.

It seems odd, however, that there has been minimal or no interest in him elsewhere.

He’s been somewhat well-known for being underrated, and appears to be paying a price for it now. Though someone could surely have him at a minimal price and he’d bring minimal risk.

Others still unsigned include: Wide receiver Laurent Robinson (cut), cornerback Rashean Mathis (cut), and running back Jalen Parmele.
A review of the best member of the 2012 Indianapolis Colts who’s still unsigned:

Austin Collie, wide receiver

But for concussion issue, Collie could be a high-quality slot guy serving as a regular and reliable target for a quarterback.

Four years after he was drafted in the fourth-round out of BYU, he might be finished as an NFL player despite an expressed desire to continue to play.

"I'm playing,'' he told the Indianapolis Star after the season. "Right now, it would take a doctor to tell me, 'You can't play anymore.'"

Collie missed 22 of 64 games in his time in Indianapolis dealing with multiple concussions and then a serious knee injury. Minus the health concerns, he’d certainly have a team right now. The Colts likely would have tried to keep him.

Now, however, even receiver-needy teams are surely wary.

Sign Collie and see him take one bad hit, you could see him suffer another concussion. You’d be putting his long-term health at further risk and have a hole punched in your receiver depth chart at the same time.

It’s a sad story. But I would be be surprised to see him resurface.

Others still unsigned include: Offensive tackle Winston Justice, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson, and running back Mewelde Moore.
A review of the best member of the 2012 Houston Texans who’s still unsigned:

Shaun Cody, defensive tackle

Over the past four years, Cody started 57 of a possible 64 regular-season games.

In Wade Phillips’ 3-4, he worked as the nose tackle in the base defense, surrounded by far more notable players in the Houston front. He’s 30 years old and his eight seasons of wear and tear have taken a toll. In late January or early February he had “microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery for a lumbar disc herniation," per the Houston Chronicle.

There have been no indications that the Texans are interested in having him back.

Whoever is at nose tackle isn’t a part of the Texans nickel or dime packages, and they are in nickel and dime a good share of the time.

Cody missed three games last season and wound up playing 24.06 percent of the time on defense, and Earl Mitchell played 37.41 percent.

Mitchell will take over as the starter and Chris Jones, a sixth-round pick out of Bowling Green, will have the chance to win a backup job.

Others still unsigned include: Linebacker Bradie James, cornerback Stanford Routt, guard Antoine Caldwell, linebacker Barrett Ruud, safety Quintin Demps, and tackle Rashad Butler.

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