Best Fits for NFL’s Top Free Agents
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One of the best times of the year is the NFL free agent period. It is the time where fans can fantasize about dream scenarios and think of the best possible players for their franchise. In this offseason, there are a variety of names looking for a new home.
Le’Veon Bell – Baltimore Ravens
Le’Veon Bell hitting the open market is the largest name since potentially Peyton Manning in 2012. Some may be wondering the Baltimore Ravens? Well, yes. There have been rumors with Bell going to the New York Jets, but imagine how much more exciting he would be with the Ravens.
Lamar Jackson is in need of a serious offensive weapon, and having a dual threat such as Bell will cause headaches for opposing defensive coordinators. On top of that, the Ravens have a legit defense. In addition, Bell would get to play the Pittsburgh Steelers twice a year; who wouldn’t want to see that matchup?
Earl Thomas – Dallas Cowboys
Earl Thomas to the Dallas Cowboys has been talked about for a lengthy period of time. This feels like the offseason for it to happen. The Cowboys contain one of the best defensive units in the game, but are missing an elite secondary.
Critics are under the impression that Thomas is aging and losing his touch, but that couldn’t be more wrong. In reality, Thomas is still one of the top 5 safeties in the game and would fit into just about any defensive scheme. With this signing, perhaps Dallas is labeled as the most complete defense in the NFL.
Landon Collins – Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were most’s front runners to win the Super Bowl after witnessing an MVP campaign by QB Patrick Mahomes. The team was one overtime win away from making it there, but were let down by the defense. Had Landon Collins been part of the roster in 2018, the Chiefs are likely making a Super Bowl appearance.
There is a chance that Collins could still be franchise tagged by the New York Giants, but those chances are rapidly decreasing. With the absence of Eric Berry, the Chiefs defense felt vulnerable. At the age of 25, Collins reinforces Kansas City as a contender in 2019.
Sheldon Richardson – Tennessee Titans
The Titans aren’t known for going for big names in free agency, but last year under first-year coach Mike Vrabel, they went after Malcom Butler. If the front office does the same with Sheldon Richardson, this defense is one step closer towards elite status.
The Titans were in serious consideration for Ndamukong Suh last offseason, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they went after another strong defensive tackle. Richardson would be joining a team coming off 3 consecutive winning seasons. This would give the Titans a serious pass rush, which is their biggest need heading into the new year.
Ezekiel Ansah – Oakland Raiders
Ezekiel Ansah can be one of the most effective pass rushers in the game when he’s healthy. In my mind, the Detroit Lions will not place a franchise tag on him. The Oakland Raiders traded away their great talent in Khalil Mack and now need to reconfigure for it.
Ansah could be the gamble that will pay off. The Raiders have an abundance of draft picks, so if they fill this need nicely with Ansah on the roster, then they can point attention elsewhere.
Tevin Coleman – New York Jets
Tevin Coleman going to the New York Jets could be perfect fit. At the age of 25, Coleman may have the opportunity to develop alongside QB Sam Darnold.
Many reports have Bell going to the Jets, but if that happened, the front office would be forced to pay him a ludicrous amount of money. By signing Coleman, it doesn’t break the bank, and production could still come out of the backfield.
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