Lunchbreak: Deadline Could Prompt Another Wave of Free Agency Across NFL

After 3 p.m. (CT) today, any unsigned veteran free agents can be signed by teams without counting against a team’s standing in the tally to accrue compensatory picks for next year’s draft.

NFL.com’s Herbie Teope noted that there are big names still on the market, including a pair of players that have roamed the NFC North, former Lions teammates Ndamukong Suh and Ezekiel Ansah. 

Teope wrote:

And in a league where pass rushers are at a premium, Ansah and his 48 career sacks should experience an uptick from interested teams willing to be patient as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Ansah was the fifth overall pick in 2013, but he started just two of seven games played last season for Detroit. Suh was the second overall pick in 2010. After five seasons with the Lions, he spent two with the Dolphins before joining the Rams in 2018. He has 56 total sacks.

Teope added:

Other players of note from NFL.com’s Top 101 list still seeking a home include cornerback Morris Claiborne, linebacker Jamie Collins, running back Jay Ajayi, safety Glover Quin and outside linebacker Shane Ray, among others.

NFL.com Offers Encouraging Prediction for Bradbury

Garrett Bradbury got his first taste of the NFL over the weekend as the first-round pick participated in rookie minicamp at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

The 18th overall selection will soon partake in Organized Team Activities, followed by a mandatory minicamp, training camp and the preseason.

And when it comes to Bradbury’s 2019 season, Chad Reuter of NFL.com has high hopes for the former North Carolina State standout.

Reuter recently listed the first-year players he expects to make the All-Rookie team, and Bradbury made the cut as an interior offensive lineman.

Reuter wrote:

The Vikings might play Bradbury at guard this season and keep veteran Pat Elflein in the pivot. Regardless, he's going to plug into Minnesota's line and provide instant relief for Kirk Cousins.

Bradbury won the Rimington Trophy as college football’s best center in 2018. He played that spot his final two seasons in college, and was at left guard in 2016.

Bradbury entered college as a tight end and even switched to the defensive line before ending up on the offensive side of the ball.

He started the final 39 games of his career and earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2018.

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