2. A.J. Bouye
The calendar just turned to November, folks. You’re not going to find a Stephon Gilmore, Carlton Davis, D.J. Reed or Charvarius Ward on the open market. The top available options are mostly well-traveled veterans who have a few years left in the league. Enter Bouye, who turned 31 in August and was drafted in 2013.
There was a point in time, Bouye belonged in the upper-echelon of NFL cornerbacks. He made a Pro Bowl with the Jaguars in 2017, but has struggled with injuries in brief stops with the Broncos (2020) and Panthers (2021). Between those two seasons, the former undrafted free agent played a combine 17 games.
When healthy, though, Bouye is a productive player. In seven starts last season, he allowed just 7.2 yards per target and 9.1 yards per catch. Bouye is definitely in the twilight of his career, but he’s only 31 and hasn’t played a snap this season so he should have fresh legs and a hunger to get back on the gridiron.