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Stars for Hire

Aug. 31, 2009
Aug. 31, 2009

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Aug. 31, 2009

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  • As stunning as his performance was in Beijing, Usain Bolt topped it at the world championships in Berlin by crushing his records in the 100 and 200 meters and stretching the boundaries of possibility in his sport

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Stars for Hire

Four longtime standouts are drawing little to no interest around the league

They're among the most accomplished NFL players of the last 15 years, and in addition to their impressive résumés the four former All-Pros below had something else in common at week's end: an unwanted spot in the unemployment line after being released in the off-season.

This is an article from the Aug. 31, 2009 issue

DERRICK BROOKS, LB
The 11-time Pro Bowl selection started 221 of 224 games for the Bucs over 14 seasons and is the team's alltime leading tackler. Problem is, he's 36 and showed signs of slippage last season. Brooks recently visited the Raiders and the Saints, but Oakland signed journeyman Morlon Greenwood, who is five years younger than Brooks and can play special teams.

WARRICK DUNN, RB
After six seasons with the Falcons, the 12-year veteran returned to Tampa Bay last season and gained 1,116 yards from scrimmage, including 786 rushing. But at 34, Dunn is seen by some personnel execs as best suited for situational duty, a role that he might not be ready to accept.

MARVIN HARRISON, WR
The Colts' career leader in receptions (1,102), yards (14,580) and touchdowns (128) isn't drawing interest because of his age (37) and recent knee ailments. Some teams also question whether he would be comfortable in a diminished role after being a No. 1 receiver throughout his career.

DEUCE MCALLISTER, RB
The Saints' alltime leader in rushing yards (6,096) and touchdowns (49) has been contacted by several teams, but none are willing to move forward until they know whether he'll be suspended for the first four games after testing positive for a banned substance last season. McAllister, 30, was among a group of players who reportedly took a weight-loss diuretic that contained the banned substance. The case is being litigated, and McAllister is hopeful of a resolution this week.

PHOTOKEVIN TERRELL/GETTY IMAGESVITAL STATISTICS Harrison is second in the NFL in career receptions, but his age is a concern.PHOTOTOM STRATTMAN/APPHOTOSTEPHEN DUNN/GETTY IMAGESPHOTOCLIFF WELCH/ICON SMIPHOTOJOHN BIEVER