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Some aging DBs still seeking a home

Rashean Mathis

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Rashean Mathis

More than 50 defensive backs were selected in the April draft, making it tougher for unrestricted free agents to find a roster spot. Here are some 30-something cornerbacks and safeties who have done a lot in the NFL but still don’t have a home for the 2013 season.

(Players listed with their last team):

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Quintin Mikell, 32, Rams: Mikell was a cap casualty in March but the Rams have expressed interest in bringing him back. Why wouldn’t they after he racked up 101 tackles and 3 sacks in 2012.

Rashean Mathis, 32, Jaguars: The Jaguars cut ties with their all-time leader in interceptions (30 in 10 seasons) in March. Mathis has battled injuries the last two years while Jacksonville’s pass defense fell apart.

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Sheldon Brown, 34, Browns: Brown is as consistent as they come: he’s missed just 1 game in 11 years, had multiple INTs in four straight years, and averaged 48 tackles over the last 10 years.

Kerry Rhodes, 30, Cardinals: Rhodes is coming off one of his best seasons in Year 8: 67 tackles, 4 INTs, 2 forced fumbles. He was a cost-saving cut in Arizona and should have some suitors soon.

Madieu Williams, 31, Redskins: The fact he’s been on three teams the last three years is because there’s a lot to like, both on the field and in the community. He started every game for Washington in 2012.

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Nate Clements, 33, Bengals: Clements doesn’t play at a Pro Bowl level anymore but he’s still a capable on-ball defender. A step slower, he transitioned to safety last season, his 12th in the league.

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