L.J. Smith/Philadelphia Eagles (UFA) - He's the
best of a weak free agent crop, yet the former second-round pick hasn't lived up
to his billing. Smith has shown flashes of talent but injuries and inconsistency
have limited his play. Philadelphia usually signs players that they want to
build around well before that player sees his contract end. So the fact that
Smith hasn't signed an extension tells us that he may not be re-signed. He may
need a change of scenery for him to realize his potential.
Ben Troupe/Tennessee Titans (UFA) - The former second-round pick has been
a major underachiever since his rookie season and is almost certain not to be
re-signed. Troupe still has a ton of talent and is a player who could benefit
from playing elsewhere.
Others Receivers That Might Receive Some Interest
Eric Johnson/New Orleans Saints (UFA) -
The oft-injured veteran did a decent job this
season while playing on a one-year deal. At this point in his career, he's best
used in a No. 2 role.
Kris Wilson/Kansas City Chiefs (UFA) - He was a
pretty accomplished collegiate tight end and had a very good Senior Bowl week.
But Wilson's problem is that he got drafted by a team that has a future Hall of
Famer as the starter at his position, so Wilson was moved to fullback last
season. But he has a ton of talent and could develop into a solid starter with
Ben Utecht/Indianapolis Colts (RFA) -
He's a big-bodied tight end who is a huge target in the passing game. Utecht has
also improved as a blocker and is one of the better backups at his position
around the league.
Others Likely Looking at One-Year Deals For Depth Purposes
Bryan Fletcher/Indianapolis Colts (UFA)
Billy Miller/New Orleans Saints (UFA)
Marcus Pollard/Seattle Seahawks (UFA)
Jerramy Stevens/Tampa Bay Buccaneers (UFA)
Nate Jackson/Denver Broncos (UFA)
Scout.com's Adam Caplan takes a look at the free agent class of 2008 with an inside look at each position. This week's update focuses on the tight ends.
TE L.J. Smith (C. McGrath/Getty Images)