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Bargain free agents available

3/3/2004

In four seasons, Tampa Bay tailback Aaron Stecker has totaled just 635 combined yards from scrimmage, scored only three touchdowns, and averaged a modest 20.8 yards on kickoff returns.

OK, so he won't break the bank in free agency, right? But the former NFL Europe player is high on the shopping lists of several teams seeking a modestly-priced player who can serve as a No. 2 tailback, play on special teams, bring a winning attitude to a locker room.

In fact, some fans might be surprised by the degree of interest teams demonstrated in him during the days preceding the start of the free agency period. Stecker is typical, though, of the kind of second-tier players who will have some options in a market where most clubs are seeking out middle-tier players to fill roles or perhaps even start.

Here is a look at 15 other such veterans:

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.