Former Tigers Clemons, Conner, Ford, Palmer, Whitehurst on NFL free agent market

Ricky Sapp recently re-signed with the Houston Texans

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford (12) makes a catch over Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons (30) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford (12) makes a catch over Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons (30) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Five former Clemson football players are looking for new NFL homes after going on the market as unrestricted free agents.

They include safety Chris Clemons, linebacker Kavell Conner, wide receiver-kick returner Jacoby Ford, tight end Michael Palmer, and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

A sixth player - outside linebacker/defensive end Ricky Sapp - re-signed with the Houston Texans after becoming a restricted free agent. Sapp joined the Texans last November and played in their final four games of the season.

So far, Clemons and Conner have received the most attention on the free agent market.

Clemons, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins, is reportedly being courted by the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers, among others.

Clemons is considered to be at his best in run support, and is coming off solid back-to-back seasons as a starter. He had 72 tackles and two interceptions in 2012 and 62 tackles and one pick in 2013.

In 2012, Pro Football Focus described Clemons as a "secret superstar," pointing out that he had only two blown coverages all season.

According to NFLPenalties.com, Clemons did not commit a single penalty during the 2013 season.

Conner has played for the Indianapolis Colts since being drafted in the seventh round in 2010. He is reported to be making his first agent visit with the San Diego Chargers.

Conner's best season came as a starter in 2011, when he made 104 tackles. He came off the bench last season and had 21 tackles in 10 games.

Palmer is looking for a new team after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, as is Whitehurst after being let go by the Chargers.

Cincinnati is rumored to be the most likely landing place for Ford, who got his start at Oakland under coach Hue Jackson, who is now the Bengals' offensive coordinator.

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TigerNE writes:

Jacboy Ford has played so few snaps due to his health I'm guessing his career has peaked. He may get another contract, but he won't be a stater. Unless he goes to a really desperate team. Maybe teaming him up with EJ Manuel and Spiller at the Bills would work for him....

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