We are at that time of year everyone, NFL free agency starts at 4 PM ET on March 17th and as a football fan I cannot wait for it. As a die-hard Patriots fan, it’s even more odd because we actually have some cash to spend this year and are expected to be somewhat aggressive heading into the market which is odd compared to how conservative they have been in past years. I expect the Indianapolis Colts and Pats to be very active so fair warning, you will see them signing a few of these players. One thing I’m all about is fun and I thought it would be fun to do my top 30 free agents and predict where they would go. I will also list the teams that I think should pursue these players. I am going to take out all the players that were franchised tagged or signed up today and I am curious how many (if any) that I get correct. Comment at the bottom of the page and let me know where you see some of these players going and let’s compare. Let’s get to the predictions.
1.) WR Kenny Golladay
Best Potential Fits: New York Jets, New England Patriots Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens: With Lamar Jackson needing help at receiver the time is now to get him one and what’s better than getting the best one available.
2.) OT Trent Williams
Best Potential Fits: Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts: With Carson Wentz in town and a glaring hole at left tackle what better way to fill that void other than by landing the best offensive tackle available?
3.) OLB Shaq Barrett
Best Potential Fits: Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts
Prediction: Tampa Bay: With Tom Brady taking another pay cut to “keep the band together” I expect Tampa to do just that and bring back their best pass rusher.
4.) Safety Anthony Harris
Best Potential Fits: Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys
Prediction: Cleveland Browns: With safety being one of the few weaknesses on the Browns loaded defense they fill it with Harris who is one of the best available at that position.
5.) TE Hunter Henry
Best Potential Fits: New England Patriots, Washington Football Team, Los Angeles Chargers
Prediction: New England Patriots: Even though I wouldn’t do it personally I think New England overpays to fill a void that’s been open since the departure of Rob Gronkowski and give newly re-signed QB Cam Newton a reliable target.
6.) WR Will Fuller
Best Potential Fits: New York Jets, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Washington Football Team
Prediction: Green Bay Packers: The Packers finally pay up and give Aaron Rodgers a reliable number two target after failing to trade for Fuller at last year’s trade deadline.
7.) Guard Joe Thuney
Best Potential Fits: New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals need offensive line help in the worst way and Thuney is easily the best guard available and would help the process of solidifying the line and protecting franchise QB Joe Burrow.
8.) WR JuJu Smith-Shuster
Best Potential Fits: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Washington Football Team, New York Giants
Prediction: New York Jets: The former Pittsburgh Steeler follows in his old teammate LeVeon Bell’s footsteps to go get paid in New York just to watch his chances of ever winning anything disappear.
9.) RB Aaron Jones
Best Potential Fits: Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins
Prediction: Miami Dolphins: With a glaring need at running back and the need to help ease the offensive load on second-year QB Tua Tagovailoa and Jones is the perfect back to bring in and start giving the ball to 20-25 times a game.
10.) CB William Jackson
Best Potential Fits: Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson re-signs with the Bengals as they try to keep their defensive backfield together.
11.) Defensive End Carl Lawson
Best Potential Fits: Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are loaded with cap space and need another pass rusher and Lawson fits the bill.
12.) LB Bud Dupree
Best Potential Fits: Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons: The Georgia native Dupree lands in Atlanta to fill an outside linebacker spot the Falcon’s have been trying to fill for a few years.
13.) DE Trey Hendrickson
Best Potential Fits: Las Vegas Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts
Prediction: Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders love paying high dollar for players coming off excellent seasons, which is what makes this such a good match.
14.) OLB Matt Judon
Best Potential Fits: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions
Prediction: Miami Dolphins: After releasing Kyle Van Noy after just one year the Dolphins spend big on Judon hoping he helps take their defense to the next level.
15.) DE Yannick Ngakoue
Best Potential Fits: Buffalo Bills, Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots
Prediction: New England Patriots: The Patriots need another pass rusher and Bill is in win-now mode, Ngakoue fits the need here as you watch New England shell out some dough here.
16.) Safety John Johnson
Best Potential Fits: Denver Broncos, Las Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Las Vegas Raiders
Prediction: Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders pay tons (and I mean tons of cash) for Johnson to come in and be the leader on their defense.
17.) WR Curtis Samuel
Best Potential Fits: Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Washington Football Team, Jacksonville Jaguars
Prediction: New England Patriots: Samuel’s ability to catch and run the ball fits Josh McDaniels system perfectly and reuniting him with Cam Newton might be too tempting to pass up.
18.) Center Corey Linsley
Best Potential Fits: Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers
Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers need to build a wall around franchise quarterback and no other relationship is more important than the center to the quarterback so the Chargers go out and land the best one on the market.
19.) OLB Haason Reddick
Best Potential Fits: Arizona Cardinals, Las Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears
Prediction: Denver Broncos: The Broncos hope Reddick continues to build off his impressive 2020 season and can be either the guy on the other side of Von Miller or help replace him if Denver moves off of Miller this off-season.
20.) QB Jameis Winston
Best Potential Fits: Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears
Prediction: New Orleans Saints: After spending a year in Sean Payton’s system and the impending retirement of Drew Brees coming, The Saints give Winston another short deal to give him a chance to be the man in New Orleans.
21.) WR Corey Davis
Best Potential Fits: Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders, Washington Football Team
Prediction: Tennessee Titans: Davis tests the market and doesn’t get as much interest as he thinks he would and ends up back in Tennessee on a short-term deal.
22.) TE Jonnu Smith
Best Potential Fits: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts: The Colts take from the arch-rival Tennessee Titans and add an explosive tight end option to what should be a very good offensive team next year.
23.) CB Shaquill Griffin
Best Potential Fits: Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos
Prediction: Carolina Panthers: The Panthers land a much needed corner to the back end of their defense.
24.) WR T.Y. Hilton
Best Potential Fits: Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts: I would expect Hilton to test the market but return to the team where he has spent his whole career with.
25.) DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney
Best Potential Fits: Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Bucs
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens add the low risk high reward option with Clowney after losing Matthew Judon in free agency.
26.) CB Mike Hilton
Best Potential Fits: San Francisco, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers
Prediction: San Francisco: After letting go of Richard Sherman the 49ers replace him with the younger player in Hilton.
27.) Center David Andrews
Best Potential Fits: Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots
Prediction: New England Patriots: After acquiring Trent Brown back from the Raiders and bringing back quarterback Cam Newton I would be shocked if Andrews even makes it to the first day of free agency, regardless I can’t see him end up anywhere but back in Foxborough.
28.) RB Chris Carson
Best Potential Fits: Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions
Prediction: Buffalo Bills: The Bills offense is still missing that running back dimension in their offense and if he can stay healthy Carson can be that guy that gives it to them. I think Buffalo gives him the shot.
29.) OLB/DE Melvin Ingram
Best Potential Fits: Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns
Prediction: Cleveland Browns: Needing more depth on the defensive line and more pass-rushing options outside of Myles Garrett, Ingram will help provide that depth.
30.) OT Mitchell Schwartz
Best Potential Fits: San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers: After being cut by the Chiefs the 49ers rebound after losing Trent Williams by landing Schwartz. Granted it’s a downgrade but if healthy Schwartz is a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
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