NFL SHOPPING SPREE PROJECTIONS

With the NFL free agency period just a week away its time to toss out some guesses as to where some of the premier players in the league will end up.

The key word is guess. There are tons of rumors and innuendo floating around out there right now. And today was a big day as it was the last day teams could apply the franchise tag to potential free agents. Some studs like Frank Clark, Jedaveon Clowney, and Dee Ford were tagged.

We used the NFL.com Top 101 Free agents  list. From there we’ll predict, nay, drunkenly guess, on where each will end up. Taken into account of course are the teams with an abundance of cap space, such as the Jets, Bills, Colts, Texans, Browns, Raiders, and 49ers. But keep in mind that cap space is fluid. As it stands right now the Chiefs have just a smidge of cap space, but a release of Justin Houston, and trade of Dee Ford opens up plenty of room to maneuver.

Le'Veon Bell

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Running Back – New York Jets

The #1 player on the list played zero downs of football in 2018. Le’Veon wants to get PAID, and based upon his talk and actions, the fit doesn’t particularly matter. I expect him to go to the highest bidder, and New York teams love making themselves some headlines

Earl Thomas

2. Earl Thomas – Safety – Dallas Cowgirls

The quarterback, and most talented member of the vaunted Legion of Boom moves on from Seattle. There have been whispers, screams really, about him trying to get back to the Texas for the last few years. This is a nice mix of need by the team and desire by the player to make this happen.

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3. Trey Flowers – Defensive End – New England Patriots

The Patriots have a history of letting their best players hit the market, letting them find out their market value, and then attempting to match. Its worked with Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower, and Devin McCourty. It backfired with Nate Solder and Asante Samuel. I think at the end of the day the Patriots will match whatever Flowers finds on the market. He’s still young (26), he’s multi dimensional, and the cap continues to increase.

Nick Foles

4. Nick Foles – Quarterback – Jacksonville Jaguars

I’ve seen this before, the back up quarterback who steals the show in the Superbowl and then gets over hyped (Jeff Hostetler). Hell, I’ve seen Nick Foles get overhyped before. Lets not forget he WAS the Eagles Quarterback under Chip Kelly before the Chiefs and Rams tried him as their signal caller. Regardless, Big Dick Nick is about to get PAID, and it looks like the Jaguars will be the team to do it if the 8 million reports about it out there are to be believed.

Landon Collins

5. Landon Collins – Safety – Indianapolis Colts

The Giants declined to apply the franchise tag, which isn’t always the kiss of death in negotiations. But the fact that Collins then went to social media to say good bye is NOT a good sign if you’re thinking of a reunion in the Meadowlands. In an ideal world the Patriots would move on from Patrick Chung, and replace him with the younger Landon Collins. But even with the market flush with very good safeties, Collins should set the market. The Colts have the money to burn, an emerging team, and a spot for Collins.

Anthony Barr

6. Anthony Barr – Linebacker – Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs currently have 2 big ticket pass rushers on their roster. With the change to Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 defense though it is expected that both Dee Ford and Justin Houston will be gone before summer is upon us. Barr has experience in the 4-3 and would fill a void. The Chiefs can’t afford to lose defensive talent without some sort of replacement.

CJ Mosley

7. CJ Mosley – Linebacker – Green Bay Packers

The former Alabama backer is about to hit free agency after being a serious cog in the Ravens defensive attack. All reports are that the Ravens hope to re-sign Mosley, much in the same way the Patriots hope to keep Trey Flowers. With a new regime in Green Bay, I think they make their biggest splash since Reggie White moved his ministry to Wisconsin.

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8. KJ Wright – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks eventually have to keep SOMEBODY don’t they? They’ve moved to turnover the defensive backfield, and did franchise tag Frank Clark to help the defensive line. Re-signing KJ Wright ensures some continuity. He’ll be 30 when the season starts, so I wouldn’t expect him to break the bank, allowing the Seahawks to keep him in town.

Sheldon Richardson

9. Sheldon Richardson – Defensive Tackle – Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have a ton of picks, a ton of cap room, minimal talent on the roster, and a desire to make a splash after Jon Gruden spent 2018 dismantling the team. He did his best work when Warren Sapp was with him. Sheldon Richardson is no Warren Sapp, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

Tyrann Mathieu

10. Tyrann Matheiu – Safety – Houston Texans

The Texans lucked out when the Cardinals let Matheiu free before, I don’t expect them to let him go. Bringing back Honey Badger and Clowney would go a long way towards letting the Texans to continue to build instead of having to re-start again. The Texans have the desire, cap space, and open lines of communication in place to not let Matheiu leave the Gulf Coast.

11. Ndamukong Suh – Defensive Tackle – Kansas City Chiefs

12. Preston Smith – Linebacker – Indianapolis Colts

13. LaMarcus Joyner – Safety – Cleveland Browns

14. Ziggy Ansah – Defensive End – Dallas Cowgirls

15. Za’Darius Smith – Defensive End – Cincinnati Bengals

16. Tevin Coleman – Running Back – Oakland Raiders

17. Ronald Darby – Cornerback – Philadelphia Eagles

18. Darryl Williams – Offensive Tackle – Carolina Panthers

19. Bradley Roby – Cornerback – Houston Texans

20. Jared Cook – Tight End – Pittsburgh Steelers

21. Rodger Saffold – Offensive Guard – New York Giants

22. Jordan Hicks – Linebacker – Philadelphia Eagles

23. Kwon Alexander – Linebacker – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

24. Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback – Miami Dolphins

25. Trent Brown – Offensive Tackle – Cleveland Browns

26. Golden Tate – Wide Receiver – Indianapolis Colts

27. Mitch Morse – Center – Los Angeles Rams

28. Bryce Callahan – Cornerback – New York Jets

29. Matt Paradis – Center – New York Giants

30. Dante Fowler – Defensive End – Los Angeles Rams

31. Ja’Wuan James – Offensive Tackle – Buffalo Bills

32. Mark Ingram – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens

33. Kareem Jackson – Cornerback – Houston Texans

34. Adrian Amos – Safety – Chicago Bears

35. Jamison Crowder – Wide Receiver – San Francisco 49ers

36. Tyrell Williams – Wide Receiver – New York Jets

37. Denzel Perryman – Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers

38. John Brown – Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

39. Shaqul Barrett – Defensive End – Cincinnati Bengals

40. Terrell Suggs – Linebacker – Baltimore Ravens

41. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Safety – Atlanta Falcons

42. Devin Funchess – Wide Receiver – Carolina Panthers

43. Pierre Desir – Cornerback – Indianapolis Colts

44. Adam Humphries – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots

45. Henry Anderson – Defensive End – New York Jets

46. Darqueze Dennard – Cornerback – New York Jets

47. Morris Claiborne – Cornerback – Denver Broncos

48. Eric Weddle – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs

49. Jason Verrett – Cornerback – Oakland Raiders

50. Adrian Phillips – Safety – Baltimore Ravens

51. Cameron Wake – Defensive End – Jacksonville Jaguars

52. Malcom Brown – Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions

53. Deone Bucannon – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers

54. Clay Mathews Jr. – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks

55. Jay Ajayi – Running Back – Philadelphia Eagles

56. Justin Coleman – Cornerback – Los Angeles Chargers

57. Ramon Foster – Guard – Pittsburgh Steelers

58. Bashaud Breeland – Cornerback – San Francisco 49ers

59. Kenny Vaccaro – Safety – Tennessee Titans

60. Clayton Geathers – Safety – New York Giants

61. Jason McCourty – Cornerback – New England Patriots

62. Cordarrelle Patterson – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots

63. Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver – Cleveland Browns

64. Tyrod Taylor – Quarterback – Carolina Panthers

65. CJ Anderson – Running Back – New Orleans Saints

66. Cory Luiget – Defensive Tackle – Los Angeles Chargers

67. DJ Fluker – Offensive Guard – Seattle Seahawks

68. Darius Philon – Defensive Tackle – Oakland Raiders

69. Michael Crabtree – Wide Receiver – Pittsburgh Steelers

70. Quinton Span – Guard – New York Jets

71. Jonathan Hankins – Defensive Tackle – Minnesota Vikings

72. Markus Golden – Defensive End – Detroit Lions

73. Stephen Gostkowski – Kicker – Chicago Bears

74. Jimmie Ward – Safety – Arizona Cardinals

75. Adrien Peterson – Running Back – San Francisco 49ers

76. Kelvin Benjamin – Wide Receiver – New York Jets

77. Steven Nelson – Cornerback – Buffalo Bills

78. Cole Beasley – Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals

79. Tyler Eifert – Tight End – Buffalo Bills

80. TJ Yeldon – Running Back – Green Bay Packers

81. Thomas Davis – Linebacker – Chicago Bears

82. Alex Okafor – Defensive End – New Orleans Saints

83. Donte Moncreif – Wide Receiver – Buffalo Bills

84. Muhammed Wilkerson – Defensive End – Cleveland Browns

85. Brian Poole – Cornerbaclk – Arizona Cardinals

86. Mark Barron – Linebacker – Cincinnati Bengals

87. Glover Quin – Safety – Detroit Lions

88. Shane Ray – Defensive End – Los Angeles Rams

89. James Carpenter – Guard – Oakland Raiders

90. Derrick Morgan – Defensive End – Houston Texans

91. Jason Myers – Kicker – Los Angeles Chargers

92. Benson Mayowa – Defensive End – Arizona Cardinals

93. Brent Urban – Defensive Tackle – Seattle Seahawks

94. Chris Conley – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs

95. Marshawn Lynch – Running Back – Oakland Raiders

96. Brent Grimes – Cornerback – Kansas City Chiefs

97. J.R. Sweezy – Guard – Seattle Seahawks

98. Rashaan Melvin – Cornerback – Indianapolis Colts

99. Brandon Marshall – Linebacker – Oakland Raiders

100. Domata Peko – Defensive Tackle – New England Patriots

101. Sam Bradford – Quarterback – Retirement

 

  • Written by Jason Sullivan
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