The Hot Box: NFL Free Agency
The Super Bowl is over. That can only mean one thing: IT’S DRAFT SEASON!
But before the hype over the incoming rookies takes over, the NFL has another major event on their calendar: free agency.
Starting on March 13, players who aren’t franchise tagged will hit the open market with the chance to earn a huge payday.
Some teams spend the big bucks, while others stand pat. But not in this exercise! Below, we’ve selected the ideal free agent for every NFL Team. And don’t worry, we didn’t put anybody in the list who is likely to get franchise tagged.
Buffalo Bills: Tevin Coleman
The Bills need a lot of help on offense. Adding Coleman to the running game should help Josh Allen develop in his sophomore season.
Miami Dolphins: Teddy Bridgewater
With Ryan Tannehill out of the picture, the Dolphins have a huge need at quarterback. Bridgewater should be a top option as a bridge QB.
New York Jets: Za’Darius Smith
The Jets have a plethora of holes, and that includes pass rusher. The Jets haven’t had a feared pass rusher in a loooong time.
New England Patriots: Preston Smith
The Patriots could lose a lot of big names this offseason. The reigning Super Bowl champions will definitely be in the market for a pass rusher. Smith is one of the more underrated players on the market.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ronald Darby
Darby stays in Pennsylvania to fill a big hole with the Steelers.
Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Graham
The Ravens could lose Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs, so they’ll need a pass-rush infusion. Graham might be on the wrong side of 30, but he can still bring the pressure.
Cincinnati Bengals: Terrell Suggs
Suggs is long in the tooth, sure, but he can be an asset for the division rival Bengals.
Cleveland Browns: KJ Wright
The Browns need help at linebacker, and Wright has a few good years left in him.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Nick Foles
This one makes too much sense. The only question will be: Is Foles worth the massive price tag?
Houston Texans: Mitch Morse
Protecting Deshaun Watson should be a top priority for the Texans this offseason.
Tennessee Titans: Ezekiel Ansah
The Titans need to get more pressure on the QB. Ansah should be a cheap addition coming off an injury riddled season.
Indianapolis Colts: Golden Tate
The Colts are primed to become the next superpower in the AFC. Imagine the Colts adding Tate to an already fun offense.
Kansas City Chiefs: Jason Verrett
Verrett has had horrible luck with injuries, but if he can stay healthy, he could be a sneaky great signing for the Chiefs.
Denver Broncos: Daryl Williams
The Broncos traded for a guy who looks like he’s playing with his feet in cement, so an already pour offensive line desperately needs an upgrade.
Los Angeles Chargers: Sheldon Richardson
Without Corey Liuget on the roster, the Chargers need to add a lot of beef to their defensive line. Richardson, who is familiar with Los Angeles’ defense, should fit right in.
Oakland Raiders: Le’Veon Bell
The Raiders have holes everywhere and money to spend. Why wouldn’t Jon Gruden pay big bucks for a running back?
Philadelphia Eagles: Bradley Roby
The Eagles have been desperate for help in their secondary for years. Roby, one of the top corners on the market, should be a major upgrade.
Washington Redskins: Ryan Tannehill
After Alex Smith’s devastating leg injury, the Redskins were forced to start multiple backup QBs. They need to add a veteran bridge QB and a rookie QB prospect this offseason.
Dallas Cowboys: Randall Cobb
The Cowboys have their outside receivers set, now they need to upgrade at the slot position. With Cole Beasley out of the picture, Cobb could be a great target for Dak Prescottb… if he can stay healthy.
New York Giants: Kwon Alexander
Always in need of help at linebacker, the Giants could add the speedy Alexander.
Green Bay Packers: Anthony Barr
The Packers’ front-seven needs a lot of work. Snatching Barr from their division rival Vikings would make this addition even sweeter.
Detroit Lions: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The Lions recently released Glover Quin, so signing Clinton-Dix could fill a need.
Minnesota Vikings: Trent Brown
Despite the noise, Kirk Cousins wasn’t thatbad in 2018. The Vikings’ offensive line was the franchise’s Achilles heel. Adding the humongous Brown could lead to a big bounce back for Cousins and Co.
Chicago Bears: John Brown
The Bears need to upgrade their receiver situation behind Allen Robinson. Before Lamar Jackson and the run-heavy Ravens offense took over, Brown was having a resurgent season.
Carolina Panthers: Lamarcus Joyner
The Panthers locked up one safety spot with the re-signing of Eric Reid. They could look to free agency to fill the other safety spot.
Atlanta Falcons: Trey Flowers
The Falcons must add more pass rush this offseason. Scoring Flowers would provide a huge upgrade on the edge.
New Orleans Saints: Ndamukong Suh
The Saints defense already has some attitude. And adding Suh’s intensity to a talented defensive line could be the difference between a trip to the Super Bowl next season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pierre Desir
The Buccaneers defense should look a lot different next season. And new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles loves cornerbacks.
Seattle Seahawks: Tyrann Mathieu
The only man who could possibly replace Earl Thomas in Seattle is the Honey Badger.
Los Angeles Rams: Ja’Waun James
The Rams’ offensive line is an aging unit with some big holes to fill. James is one of the top pass protectors on the market.
San Francisco 49ers: Earl Thomas
This could be a match made in heaven. Former Legion of Boom star Richard Sherman is already on the Niners and set to recruit ET to the Bay Area. Plus, the Niners offer Thomas the chance to play the Seahawks twice a year.
Arizona Cardinals: Rodger Saffold
The Cardinals’ offensive line was awful last year. Saffold is one of the best guards in free agency.
Source: Dope Magazine