There are other guys out there who are too talented to not get another chance. I’ll try to predict where each of them might go.
It’s very surreal to see all the wide receiver issues for the Vikings, Raiders, Jets, Dolphins, and Cowboys but guys who’ve played at a high level – and are in shape – like Plaxico Burress, Sims-Walker and Terrell Owens unemployed.
TE Chris Cooley. Most likely spot: Bears. Cooley would instantly be their best blocking TE, and can get consistent separation and play H-back (they have no fullback on their roster). It makes too much sense. Next most likely spot: Redskins. He apparently met with them this past week.
QB Mike Kafka. Most likely spot: Saints. I estimate that the Saints would like a back-up plan to their back-up plan of Chase Daniel (unlike what happened with their coaches, which was not by design). Daniel threw effectively in the preseason (46/64, 71.9%, 538 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT; 104.8 QB rating), yet doesn’t have a powerful arm. Then again, neither does Brees. Next most likely spot: Chargers. Brees’ old team has Charlie Whitehurst as the back-up, so they might be looking to upgrade.
WR Plaxico Burress. Most likely spot: Cardinals. Burress’s biggest mistake was burning his bridges a bit with the Jets. He’s criticized the team, but Rex is one of the most vet-friendly coaches, and they seem like they might need him. Big Red – whose head coach, Whisenhunt, is familiar with Burress from Pittsburgh – could fully utilize Burress with Heap and Roberts in the red zone as weapons that defenses have to cover as they attempt to double/triple Larry Fitzgerald. Next most likely spot: Chargers. Their receivers are OK now, but they and the Chiefs are teams that need to win now, thus they may take a look if they feel the need for a big, physical target to deflect attention in the red zone.
WR Chad Johnson. Most likely spot: Jets. The official charges have now been filed vs. Chad, so he’s the most unrealistic of all the players. The Jets offense seems to have too many young players for a team wanting to make a Super Bowl run. Next most likely spot: Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has a great receiving corps, but it is also a very young one (four of five wideouts entering the league no earlier than 2009) and could benefit from Chad’s experience and personality.
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