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Horse Tracks: Mike Vick headlines list of NFL free agents still available

Of the NFL free agents still available, Mike Vick may be the most notable. Of the 3-4 defensive ends, Red Bryant may be the best option.

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With training camp just around the corner, there are still a few serviceable free agents available. Here's a quick review of some of the biggest names, starting with defensive end, because, well, you know.

Defensive End

Dwight Freeney, 35

Freeney recorded 3.5 sacks with the Chargers last season and owns 111.5 career sacks. He could still contribute as a rotational edge rusher, but he is, along with Shaun Phillips and Osi Umenyiora, a better fit as an OLB in a 3-4 defense.

John Abraham, 37

Along with Jared Allen (134), Abraham (133.5) is one of two active players higher than DeMarcus Ware (127) on the NFL's all-time sack list. Unfortunately, Abraham is better suited for a 4-3 front.

Da'Quan Bowers, 25

Bowers was a huge bust in Tampa Bay, but he's still young. Could he turn his career around in Denver? Considering Bowers was a rushing specialist that struggled to generate sacks, it's unlikely Denver will have any interest. Edit: Bowers re-signed with Tampa.

Robert Geathers, 31

Geathers hasn't started in a game since 2012, but he was a solid rotational end in Cincinnati last season. He's worth taking a look at if Denver is desperate for more experience.

Tommy Kelly, 34

Kelly, who spent most of his career in Oakland, has value as a depth defensive lineman. He has 37.5 career sacks since 2004.

Barry Cofield, 31

A high-ankle sprain prematurely ended Cofield's season a year ago with the Redskins, but he was productive before that. Unfortunately, he may be a better fit as a tackle.

Red Bryant, 31

Bryant may be the best option available. He started all 16 games for the Jaguars last season and recorded 23 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. He's worth taking a look at.

Best of the Rest

Mike Vick, 35, QB

The Broncos have no need for another quarterback, but Vick believes he still has several seasons left in the tank. He would be a solid backup for most NFL teams.

Evan Mathis, 33, G

The possibility of Mathis joining the Broncos has already been discussed on MHR. The team has shown no reported interest in the two-time Pro Bowler.

Ben Tate, 26, RB

Tate's best seasons in the NFL came under Gary Kubiak in Houston. But Denver's backfield is already crowded, so he's an unlikely option for the Broncos outside of injuries.

Knowshon Moreno, 28, RB

Moreno has had tough luck since leaving Denver. A knee injury prematurely ended his Dolphins stint and left him looking for a job. He should get one eventually, as a rotational back.

Wes Welker, 34, WR

Welker believes he still has some gas left in the tank, but at least one of his former teammates wishes he would hang up his cleats for his own safety.

Reggie Wayne, 36, WR

Wayne to Denver would make sense, but the team has backed off in their interest.

Jake Long, 30, OT

If not for injuries, Long may have been considered one of the better tackles in the NFL today. If he could stay healthy, he's a talented reserve lineman at worst.

Chris Myers, 33, C

Myers started his career in Denver and played under Kubiak in Houston, but the Broncos seem to be content going forward with Matt Paradis, Gino Gradkowski, and Max Garcia at center.

Others of note: LB Brandon Spikes, TE Jermaine Gresham (signed with Cardinals), TE Zach Miller RB Chris Johnson, and WR James Jones.

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