Clemson's Jacoby Ford, Chris Clemons still on the NFL free agent market

The Clemson Sports Blog

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)

Two weeks into the NFL's free agency period, two former Clemson players have found new homes, two have re-signed with current teams, and two more are still on the market.

Safety Chris Clemons and wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who were released by the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders, respectively, are still looking for new NFL teams.

Clemons is rated as the top available safety and No. 6 best-available free agent overall by NFL.com. Ford, meanwhile, is rumored to be of interest to the New York Jets, who also reportedly have high interest in former Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant going into this year's draft.

Jets coach Rex Ryan is deeply familiar with the Clemson program. He's attended Clemson's last three Pro Days, and his son, Seth, is a walk-on wide receiver for the Tigers.

Adding playmakers at the wide receiver position is considered to be one of the Jets' top personnel priorities during the offseason.

Already having landed with new teams are quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and linebacker Kavell Conner.

After being released by the San Diego Chargers, Whitehurst signed a two-year deal with the Tennessee Titans worth up to $8 million - half guaranteed and the other half in incentives.

Whitehurst rejoins new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who was previously San Diego's offensive coordinator.

“He brings a familiarity with the offense we are installing. He will be a great resource for Jake and the entire offense; and as a player, he understands what we want to get done,” Whisenhunt told The Tennessean. "Working with him over the last year and seeing how he works and his ability gives me confidence that he is the right fit to fill this role.”

Conner, meanwhile, followed connections of his own in moving from the Indianapolis Colts to the Chargers, where he joins former Clemson defensive teammates Crezdon Butler and Marcus Gilchrist. He signed a three-year deal with the team.

In San Diego, Conner will be playing for defensive coordinator John Pagano, the brother of Colts' head coach Chuck Pagano.

Conner is the fifth ex-Colt that Tom Telesco has brought to San Diego since becoming general manager. He previously worked at Indianapolis as director of player personnel.

Telesco recently told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he sees value in familiarity when evaluating free agents.

"The playing aspect of it, their ability, you can see on tape," Telesco said. "As far as their intangibles, their work ethic, their preparation skills, those are really important parts when you sign a player. The fact that you have some knowledge of that, it makes that signing have less risk."

Signing on with the teams they played for last season are tight end Michael Palmer, who signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and outside linebacker Ricky Sapp, who re-signed with the Houston Texans.

Sapp, who was a fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, was claimed on waivers by the Texans last fall after being released by the New York Jets.

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