As NFL teams head into June and mandatory mini-camps, there are a number of veterans still without a team. In the salary cap era, some veterans have become casualties of the numbers. Here are five that should ultimately find their way onto a roster before the start of the 2019 season.
Berry was all set to make $12.4 million in 2019 as a safety for the Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, the Chiefs decided to find a cheaper model. A first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall) in 2010, Berry has played his entire career in Kansas City. Because of injury, he has only played in three games over the past two seasons. Rather than pay the five-time Pro Bowler a boatload of money on the chance he might play more than three games, the Chiefs cut him loose. Berry still has some juice left and a team like Jacksonville, which is in need of safety help, could benefit.
Like Berry, McCoy has spent his entire NFL career (9 seasons) with Tampa Bay. The big defensive tackle was slated to earn just over $12 million for the 2019 season. Instead, new head coach Bruce Arians and the Bucs front office had other ideas. They released McCoy and signed Ndamukong Suh for less money. McCoy is a 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound inside force with plenty of production left in him. He has not had less than six sacks in a season since 2012 and could help a number of teams. The first that comes to mind is Dallas where McCoy would balance out one of the NFL's most underrated pass rushes with DeMarcus Lawrence.
Another nine-year veteran, Morgan spent his career in Tennessee. An unrestricted free agent, the Titans saw no use for Morgan who is now 33 years old. Morgan is likely not a starter anymore, but he could add some valuable veteran depth to a team like the New York Giants. The Giants could use an impact edge rusher, but Morgan, who had nine sacks in 2016, could suffice for the time being.
Practically any team in the league could use a seven-year veteran wide receiver that can produce. Kearse, an undrafted free agent, spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets. He made $5 million in 2018 and the Jets found him expendable for 2019. With a quarterback battle brewing in Washington, Kearse could be just what rookie QB Dwayne Haskins needs.
The sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Claiborne has been somewhat of a flop. He did, however, turn in his best NFL season last year with the Jets. The former LSU All-American had career highs in tackles (57) and interceptions (2). The Cardinals will be without Patrick Peterson for the first six games of the season. Claiborne could fill an immediate need there.