There are more than 200 NFL veterans who are still looking for jobs.
And, a number of them can still provide quality starts.
But, as I've said often, it's a buyer's market, and the abbreviated offseason has actually hurt the veterans.
In a normal offseason, undrafted rookies are signed immediately after the NFL Draft, toward the end of April, and clubs have chances to watch them and work with them before training camp.
But this year, clubs now have to use the early portion of training camp to evaluate and unearth the potential diamonds in the rough.
The Bears have a couple they're eagerly watching.
In my opinion, the Bears are not done adding credible veterans. I still think they may add an offensive lineman, a linebacker or even a cornerback.
But as we enter the last few days of training camp here at Olivet Nazarene University, a handful of undrafted players have consistently distinguished themselves.
Let's take a closer look:
1) Dom DeCicco, linebacker, Pittsburgh -- Despite all the speculation about Lofa Tatupu, the Bears have been impressed with DeCicco, who is listed as Brian Urlacher's backup. A standout safety at Pittsburgh, he switched to linebacker, and he's stood out on defense and special teams, the latter which is crucial if he's going to make the final roster and claim the sixth linebacker spot. It's clear that DeCicco relishes contact, so he has the mentality to fit in on defense and special teams.
2) Mario Addison, defensive end, Troy -- A high school quarterback and running, Addison was switched to linebacker then defensive end during his collegiate career, which included a stint at Northeast Mississippi Community College. While he definitely stood out in Saturday's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, Addison has also made an impression in training camp, routinely beating linemen in drills. He's a good athlete, with a very nice first step. But, Pro Football Weekly write before the draft that he was not instinctive. "At times screams up the field and runs right past the ball," PFW said. "Marginal eyes and instincts... Very raw."
3) Dane Sanzenbacher, receiver, Ohio State -- The 5 foot 11 receiver has been the media darling of training camp. That's natural, given his position and the fact that he immediately got some quality reps because of minor injuries to Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett. Besides, he's a true slot receiver, which already makes him the backup to Bennett. New receiver Sam Hurd also shows an ability to play in that position, although he doesn't seem as ideal a fit. This could ultimately be a numbers game for Sanzenbacher. He's proven to be consistent and reliable. But, he needs to stand out on a game day, not just on the practice field.
4) Kris Adams, receiver, UTEP -- He's got a difficult battle, to make the final roster. But, Adams has made arguably more spectacular, highlight-reel catches than any other receiver on the roster. What I mean is, he's made a lot of acrobatic and deep catches. Fans at training camp have seen many of those. But, he also distinguished himself against the Bills, with a game-high three catches for 58 yards.
5) J.C. Brignone, center, Mississippi State -- Alex Linnekohl of Oregon State generated some pre-draft buzz. But Brignone stood out at the East-West Shrine game. Capable of playing center and guard, he's fierce and consistent, although he's not the most physically gifted athlete. Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice loves an unheralded project, and Brignone could be the one.
6) Spencer Lanning, punter, South Carolina -- He didn't get a chance to punt Saturday, against the Bills. But anyone who has attended training camp knows that Lanning has an NFL leg. And while the Bears have had him focus on punting, Lanning also has the capability to kickoff and even boot field goals. In my opinion, he would be an upgrade for at least four NFL teams, so I still think there's an outside chance the Bears might land a late-round pick to deal him.