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The Top unsigned free agents in the NFL

A look at some of the biggest names out there and why they don't have a team

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The Top unsigned free agents in the NFL
Mike Stobe AFP

Free agency in the NFL always brings with it a sense of the unexpected and this year has been no different. From the shocking release of Cam Newton to the continuing absence of Mitchell Schwartz we break down some of the biggest names out there and why they don't have a team.

1. Cam Newton

New England Patriots v New York Giants

at 32 years of age, Newton is Without a doubt the biggest name on the list, Newton who was the 2015 NFL MVP has amassed a stunning 31,698 yards in passes thrown with a subsequent 190 touchdowns. He's also rushed for 5,398 yards resulting in some 70 touchdowns which to date is the most for a QB in league history. Yet he finds himself in a tricky situation as all starting QB posts are fill. If Newton wants to be a backup he surely won't find himself unemployed for long, on the other hand one has to feel Cam won't want to play second fiddle.

2. Todd Gurley

This is perhaps one of the more suprising situations in that even after training camp Gurley who is now 27 years old remains on the open market. Why? The simple answer is his nagging knee issues. This has limited his ability to find a job. However, one has to feel that it won't be long before an employer comes calling. Gurley leads the league with 67 rushing touch downs since his 2015 rookie year. With numbers like that any team that wants to contend has got to be considering a move for him.

3. Mitchell Schwartz

Schwartz, now 32 is perhaps one of the more underrated tackles in recent memory in the NFL, Schwartz still continues to be a free agent. After injuring his back in the previous season, he only managed 6 appearances. Though he did consider retirement he opted for rehab in the hopes of a return to the gridiron. The Kansas City Chiefs will want to really consider their options. While they do have depth in the position, Schwawrtz's 2269 pass blocking snaps which date back to 2017 will have to be considered.

4. Diego DeCastro

31 years old and a six-time Pro Bowl right guard, this former Pittsburgh Steeler has been considered one of the best offensive linemen in recent years. According to Ed Bouchette of the Steelers, DeCastro was suffering from a physical problem such that he could not participate in summer camps. The Steelers will no doubt save on his salary, conversely they will be losing an experienced and more over gifted lineman.

5. Richard Sherman

Though his disciplinary issues will come to mind, Sherman was one of if not the top free agent corner back available before arrest. Facing charges for 5 misdemeanors including driving under the influence, he will most likely face disciplinary action from the league should he sign with a new team. On the other hand any team who is willing to put pen to paper will receive a member of the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team. It was Sherman after all who though injured early on last season, only allowed a 57.1% completion rate as the primary defender.