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2013 NFL free agents to watch with local ties

Keenan Lewis could fit in well trading one set of NFL black and gold colors for another in his hometown.Keenan Lewis could fit in well trading one set of NFL black and gold colors for another in his hometown.

In just one more week, NFL free agency will afford teams to improve themselves on paper, according to their 2013 goals. Some players are looking for a good fit, a fresh start or one more opportunity to show their former teams that they just were not appreciated enough.

Here are a few names with local ties that most likely will have new NFL addresses.

Keenan Lewis (6'0-208) has spent the past three seasons as a cornerback with the Steelers. The O.P. Walker High School product had 71 tackles in 2012. He is seeking greener pastures and an expanded role. The New Orleans Saints could be a suitor.

Same can be said for NT Roy Miller (6'2-310) a former Texas Longhorn is entering his fourth pro campaign after spending his entire career with the Buccaneers. He had 23 stops last season and could be an upgrade from Broderick Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis for the Saints.

Former LSU CB Corey Webster is now 31 years old. The soon to be ex-Giant has 20 career interceptions.

Ricky Jean Francois (6'3-295), another former Bengal Tiger, enters year four in the NFL. He had 49 tackles for the 49ers last season. With the ability to play anywhere along the defensive line, many feel he could be the next La' Roi Glover if he gets the reps. Glover, you may recall, flourished as a pass rusher once he landed in Saints colors.

Oakland Raiders unrestricted DT Desmond Bryant (6'6-311) is 27 years old, seeking quality playing time. He recorded 36 stops in 2012. He possesses enough skills that the Saints might want fit into their new front three.

Brandon Graham, a former high draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, is just 24 years old. He is affordable, available at the right price, after tallying 5.5 sacks in '12 as a defensive lineman. Graham (6'2-268) plans to drop some weight (about 20 pounds), making him a better prospect for a 3-4 defense as an OLB. Saints DC Rob Ryan is familiar with him, having faced him twice a year in the NFC East in the same job with the Cowboys.

A few other players that will likely be relocating:

Former LSU All-American Glenn Dorsey, who was the 5th overall pick in the 2008 draft, has been a big disappointment in Kansas City. Dorsey (6'3-300) doesn't fit the 3-4 scheme at defesnive tackle. He only had seven tackles in 2012 with 238 for his career and just four sacks. The Broncos are said to have an interest.

Word out of the Big Apple is that new Jets GM John Idzik, who has ties with the Seattle Seahawks, is considering trading for backup QB Matt Flynn. Pete Carroll is expected to sever ties with the high priced 2012 free agent acquisition after the emergence of rookie Russell wilson. If the move takes place, the former LSU signal caller would arrive with expectations of wrestling away the starter's role away from Mark Sanchez. Tim Tebow, also on the Jets roster, is expected to be moved soon.

The Miami Dolphins, 7-9 last season, are in a great spot to make a huge jump beginning this off season. They have ample cap space to add key veterans. They also own the No. 12 selection in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft plus two picks in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Miami has nine total draft picks in 2013.

Both GM Jeff Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin are expected to make a big push to add Steelers free agent WR Mike Wallace, another former O. Perry Walker High star. With QB Ryan Tannehill entering his 2nd season, South Beach is an enticing location for available free agents.

One player who can expect to hit the jack pot this off season is free agent TE Brandon Myers (6'3-256), who had 79 grabs for 806 yards and four touchdowns for the Raiders last season. At 27 years old, the former 6th round pick in 2009 should be a bargain for someone seeking a quick fix.

 

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