With the new NFL season right around the corner and Free Agency opening on March 13th, 4:00 P.M, it’s time to look into some possible free agency landing spots for some of the top free agents.
- DeMarcus Lawrence, EDGE- He likely gets the Franchise tag and stays in Dallas for at least one more year. I wouldn’t be shocked if Dallas is able to sign him to extension before March 13th. There is enough interest on both sides to get a deal done. Lawrence is arguably the best EDGE free agent in this class, along with Jadeveon Clowney, which is a nice segue.
- Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE- I also believe Clowney will be Franchise tagged this off-season. However, I’m not sure if Houston will be able to get a deal done before free agency begins this year or next. I don’t believe Clowney wants to stay in Houston long term, and could see him signing a massive deal in next year’s off-season with another team, like the Oakland Raiders.
- Le’Veon Bell, RB- He could be in for a rude awaking this off-season. I don’t see Bell getting 4 year $15 Million per year deal that he wants and is looking for. If any team is going to pay him this off-season, I believe its going to be the Oakland Raiders with head coach Jon Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock.
- Grady Jarrett, DT- If the Falcons don’t Franchise tag Jarrett, or aren’t able to reach an extension, I see the Indianapolis Colts signing him. Interior defensive line play for the Colts was a weakness all season long, and Jarrett can help shore up a big need on a bad defense.
- Nick Foles,QB- The team that makes the most sense, but will have to make some cuts to their current roster to sign him, is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has the defense to win now and just needs competent quarterback play to get back to the AFC Championship game.
- Earl Thomas, S- I believe this prediction is to easy: The Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs had a trade lined up for Thomas before the injury, and are willing to pay him what he is looking for. Also, he wants to be on a contending team again. Safety play for KC was one of the biggest reasons they lost to New England in the AFC Championship.
- Trey Flowers, EDGE- He is one of my favorite free agents, and I would love to see him sign with the Green Bay Packers. However, I predict he stays in the AFC East with the New York Jets. The Jets have the 2nd most cap space in this upcoming year. EDGE is one of their biggest needs with 39 total team sacks last season, which was bottom half in the NFL.
- Landon Collins, S- I believe this is where the Green Bay Packers make a splash this off-season. It sounds like the New York Giants won’t be tagging Collins, and are expecting him to walk this off-season. Safety is one of the biggest needs for the Packers. Safety play went straight into the dumps once they traded Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins.
- Anthony Barr, LB- Barr is best suited for a 4-3 defense and the Cincinnati Bengals are the perfect fit for Barr. The Bengals have huge hole at LB, and many people are mocking Devin White out of LSU for them in the first round. I don’t see him falling to them. So the Bengals, with the 9th most cap space in the upcoming season, go get their guy in this year’s free agency.
- Preston Smith, EDGE- I think Smith to the Raiders is another easy prediction. The Raiders may add, not just one, but maybe as many as three EDGE players in free agency and the draft. They had a team total of 13 sacks in 2018, 17 sacks less then any other team in the NFL.
- C.J Mosley, LB- The Baltimore Ravens want to keep him, and he wants to stay in Baltimore. I believe they come to an agreement on an extension before March 13th rolls around. I predict he will become the highest paid LB in the NFL.
- Tevin Coleman, RB- The Houston Texans are in need of much better RB play, and more outlets for Deshaun Watson. Coleman is a great pass catcher out of the backfield, and would give Watson a much needed safety blanket. Also, after a bad season with Atlanta, I believe the Texans can get him on a deal.
(Editor’s note: This article was written on 2/26, but due to editorial failure, wasn’t published until 2/27)