Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Could these high-profile names return?
By Bill Williamson
Earlier Tuesday we looked at Oakland free-agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour and if he could return to the Raiders. Now, let’s look at other high-profile players who remain unsigned with the other AFC West teams:
Denver, Brandon Stokley, receiver: Stokley’s chances of returning to Denver took a huge hit when the Broncos scored free-agent prize Wes Welker. Both Stokley and Welker are slot receivers. Stokley had a nice seasons in Denver at the age of 36, but he hasn’t gotten many looks elsewhere. He did talk to the Titans, though.
Could he return? I wouldn’t be shocked. Stokley and quarterback Peyton Manning are close friends and Manning has said he’d like Stokley to come back. If there is an injury, I could see Stokley returning to Denver.
Kansas City, Eric Winston, right tackle: Winston was cut prior to free agency. He has gotten some sniffs around the league, but most of those have dried up. Perhaps Dallas could still look at Winston, who was a high-profile get for the Chiefs last year.
Could he return? There’s virtually no chance. If No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher is injured, maybe, but the new Kansas City regime has moved away from Winston.
San Diego, Quentin Jammer, cornerback: Jammer is the only remaining player on our pre-free agency list of the top 10 unrestricted AFC West free agents who remains unsigned. He will turn 34 next month and he is declining, so it’s not a shock he is still available. He did recently talk to the Redskins.
Could he return? It could conceivably happen. The Chargers have said they are open to a possible return for Jammer, who could be moved to safety. I think the Chargers want to see several young players in the secondary before seriously considering bringing back Jammer.