Given our (projected) limited funds this offseason, I've taken the liberty of doing a little bit of research and finding a few under the radar players that we could potentially look at to fill holes on our defense and special teams unit. These players aren't stars, but they're all solid veterans that would make a noticable impact on our defense or special teams.
Rocky McIntosh, OLB - A natural weak-side LB, the 29 year-old Miami alum has been a consistent, if unspectacular performer. Coming into this year, he had recorded at least 87 tackles in four straight years. Benched mid-season after giving up a long touchdown reception, he could look to join former teammate Jon Beason and return to a 4-3 defense. McIntosh is from Gaffney, SC (just 55 miles from Charlotte) so playing closer to home may be a factor for him as well.
Manny Lawson, OLB - The best way to describe Lawson is as an athletic freak. The former NC State defensive end has played LB in the NFL, both in a 3-4 in San Francisco and more recently a 4-3 in Cincinnati. He has become known for shutting down opposing tight ends and being a productive pass rusher, despite low sack totals. Personally I believe he'd be best used as a base 4-3 OLB, 3-4 rush LB, and nickle defensive end, much as Oakland has done with Kamerion Wimbley. He's also a native of the Carolinas, graduating from Eastern Wayne HS in Goldsboro.
Terrell Thomas, CB - Thomas was looking for a big payday this offseason but tore his ACL in the preseason. A big, phyical corner, Thomas is a solid #2 that has shown a nack for making plays. Though worth much more than what he'll likely get, his knee injury may knock his price down into our range.
Reggie Nelson, S - After battling inconsistencies in Jacksonville, Nelson has seemingly found a home in Cincinnati. He's an underrated playmaker, but may have found a long-term home in the Bengals defense.
So, what do you guys think of the list? Obviously this is just a list of players I like, make some suggestions as to some under the radar guys we should sign in the comments.
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