Which free agent deserves a roster spot the most?

We’re going to kick around a few topics on NFL Total Access tonight, including a segment or two about guys who are out of the league but should/will get back in for the 2009 season.

Some big-name players — from Edgerrin James to Marvin Harrison to Derrick Brooks to Willie McGinest to Shaun Alexander — are on the street right now, and several distinguished veterans, although of a less-visible ilk, also are looking for work. The latter group includes Pete Kendall, Mark Tauscher, Dewayne Roberston and Amani Toomer, who have drawn interest from teams and are on more than one emergency list of guys to bring in should injuries occur during training camp.

Marvin Harrison is still looking for a job, despite boasting an impressive resume. (Harry How / Getty Images)

Marvin Harrison is still looking for a job, despite boasting an impressive resume. (Harry How / Getty Images)

So I was wondering: Which veteran do you guys think most deserves a roster spot right now? Roughly 120 unrestricted free agents are still available — I’m talking guys with four years of NFL experience or more — and the cold reality is that many of them will not find new jobs anytime soon because of age, declining production, injuries … or all of the above.

Maybe it’s my bias from covering so much NFC East football the last few years, but Toomer and Kendall jump out as guys who make sense for a lot of teams. Both are very bright, they understand they would have to compete for jobs, they are working hard to stay in shape and they have been productive. At this point, pretty much anyone on this blog post is looking at a one-year, veteran-minimum-type deal, so it’s not a tremendous investment, and a lot of teams have ample space after the salary cap jumped this offseason.

With injuries such a part of the game, most teams will be looking for free-agent help by the first few weeks of August, with two-a-days chipping away at their rosters by then, and these guys are worth watching.

So who jumps out at you guys? Anyone not mentioned up here?

– Jason La Canfora

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