In what could possibly be probably the most unpredictable and enjoyable NFL free company in years, it’s unattainable to guess the place among the largest stars might land. Groups can contact and negotiate with gamers beginning Monday. Listed here are our predictions, which, like all sports activities predictions anybody makes, are sure to be flawed.
Le’Veon Bell, RB – Indianapolis Colts. In addition to the Colts offense run this 12 months, relying heavy on the tight ends and a hodgepodge of working backs, it was uncovered within the playoffs vs Kansas Metropolis. Unable to maneuver the ball, they badly wanted an electrical expertise. The addition of Bell would entice me to toss down some futures Tremendous Bowl cash on Indianapolis. Darkhorse: Tampa Bay Bucs. Think about if Bruce Arians did for Bell what he did for David Johnson.
Trey Flowers, DE – Indianapolis Colts. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how the Colts spend their cash, as a result of they’ve a ton of draft picks, and don’t have room on a proficient roster. Flowers offers instant assistance on the sting, and doubtlessly within the playoffs, an opportunity for payback in opposition to the Patriots. Darkhorse: NY Jets. We all know they want pass-rushers, they usually’d like to tweak the Patriots, however on the identical time, do they actually need a man Invoice Belichick wouldn’t signal?
Earl Thomas, Security – San Francisco 49ers. Might Richard Sherman promote him on staying within the division? San Francisco is unquestionably going to be attention-grabbing subsequent 12 months, given the cap room, excessive draft choose, and starters again from harm. Darkhorse: Dallas Cowboys. It appears too apparent, although there doesn’t appear to be a logical path financially, particularly after the sudden Jason Witten transfer. Except Thomas is keen to play at a reduction.
Nick Foles, QB – Jacksonville. Looks like a formality, as a report from Philadelphia stated the Tremendous Bowl-winning QB will signal there. Downside is, it’s an enormous downgrade in expertise at each place Foles is working with (OL, WR, TE, RB, and so on). Darkhorse: Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden might do some issues with him in Washington. Plus division familiarity. However I’d think about the Eagles wouldn’t lower him free in the event that they knew Washington was an possibility.
Landon Collins, Security – Washington Redskins. Staying within the division will surely be enjoyable, and bear in mind, the Redskins lower their thumper, DJ Swearinger, in December. A mixture of Collins and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, assuming he’s retained, is definitely good on paper. Darkhorse: Tampa Bay Bucs. The worst secondary within the NFL might definitely use a frontrunner.
Dante Fowler, edge rusher – Jets. New York wants a move rusher badly – each NY groups do, really – and Fowler had a powerful season with the Rams. Are his locker room points in Jacksonville behind him? Darkhorse: Indianapolis Colts.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB – Miami Dolphins. Florida man who is simply 26 appears like a protected QB selection assuming the Ryan Tannehill period is over in Miami. Even when Bridgewater isn’t 100% wholesome, he’s a stopgap anyway, till the Dolphins spend a Prime 5 choose subsequent 12 months on a QB. Darkhorse: Tennessee, the place Marcus Mariota hasn’t stayed wholesome for all 16 video games in any season, and has solely 24 touchdowns to 23 interceptions over the past two years on a group able to contend for the playoffs. If the value drops sufficient on Bridgewater, going to Tennessee–the place they’ve had Matt Cassel and Blaine Gabbert begin not too long ago–is smart.
CJ Mosley, linebacker – Oakland Raiders. Plenty of cap room plus no chief on protection, it looks as if a no brainer, proper? Darkhorse: Baltimore Ravens. Actually relies upon if he feels disrespected with the Ravens first provide.
Anthony Barr, OLB – Baltimore Ravens. The #four DVOA protection has misplaced security Eric Weddle, and should lose CB Jimmy Smith and LB CJ Mosley. With Terrell Suggs turning 37 in October, the concept of Barr speeding the passer with Za’Darius Smith (eight.5 sacks) and Matt Judon (7 sacks) is attractive. Darkhorse: Inexperienced Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers will surely find it irresistible.
Sheldon Richardson, DL – Tampa Bay Bucs. Richardson was a primary spherical choose who had a dominant begin to his profession, however let all of it go to his head and he’s bounced round to Seattle and Minnesota since. Is he the alternative for 31-year outdated Gerald McCoy? Darkhorse: Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Tevin Coleman, RB – New York Jets. Within the occasion the Jets don’t go after Le’Veon Bell – and I’ve written they don’t essentially want him – Coleman is smart in a 2-back system. Adam Gase turned Kenyan Drake right into a machine final 12 months in Miami; he may do the identical for Coleman. And Coleman would save them cash to spend elsewhere (OL, DE). Darkhorse: Jacksonville Jaguars, who bear in mind, ended final 12 months beefing with Leonard Fournette.