2014 NFL Free Agency
By Tyler Lurkins
Here is a list of the NFL’s top free agents, by position, and their possible destinations.
- Michael Vick-Vick should end up in Jacksonville. His ego won’t let him be a backup for another season, and the Jags will have a system set up for him.
- Shaun Hill-Houston should actively pursue Hill. Though not largely discussed, Hill has been a strong armed, consistent backup in Detroit, and will garner several looks around the NFL as a bridge QB.
- Josh Freeman-If Freeman signs anywhere but Oakland, he should be institutionalized. Given multiple chances, Freeman has only succeeded under Oakland’s OC, Greg Olson.
- Maurice Jones-Drew-MJD should be courted hard by the Dolphins. He will be given the keys to the ignition, with little sharing of the load.
- Darren McFadden-Dallas will probably throw the most cash at McFadden. Jerry Jones has been a longtime supporter of McFadden and will toss injury concerns out of the window.
- Ben Tate-Every team will take a look at Tate, who saw success in Houston. Ultimately, he must realize he is a product of a system currently ran by Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland.
- Anquan Boldin-Boldin isn’t leaving San Francisco
- Eric Decker-Carolina needs a set of steady, durable hands. They should realize the value of Decker versus that of a later round rookie receiver. If Smith is cut from the roster, Decker is almost a must have.
- Hakeem Nicks-Nicks will be at the top of most teams’ wish lists. Indy should throw the most at him, and he will be in a situation to be a team leader and winner.
- Brandon Albert-This will be a tight race for Albert, and I’m sure many teams will be in the mix. Ultimately, Miami has the scheme for Albert, and really must improve line play to win.
- Eugene Monroe-Monroe will stir a bidding war, and the team with the most space, wins. Carolina will be the team in the end with the success, and talent, to get Monroe on board.
- Marshall Newhouse-Newhouse only makes the list because of the need for quality LT’s. Newhouse is not elite, but has played the position with success. I feel Arizona fits best for Newhouse, who won’t demand a ton of money.
- Michael Oher-Oher played poorly last season, but his versatility will be highly sought after. If a team can convince Oher to play guard, I’m positive he will be a perennial pro bowler. The obvious play is Indy. The coach, the scheme, and the need is there for Oher.
- Roger Saffold-The issue with Saffold is he wants so badly to be a LT. He is a pro bowl caliber guard, albeit with injury concerns. Cleveland should be his landing spot. Saffold will go to his hometown, be given a little more money, and handed the LG spot.
- Jared Veldheer-Veldheer is a young, growing talent. Oakland will never let him go.
- Jared Allen-Allen winds up in Denver. It’s a locale no expert thinks of, but the aging, slower, Allen doesn’t need to be the dominant pass rusher in Denver. Denver also gives the best chance for Allen to sniff a super bowl.
- Michael Bennett-The Seahawks are actively pursuing Bennett.
- Red Bryant-Houston needs a talented nose tackle. Bryant is a big man who is hitting north of 30 years old, and end, even in a 34 scheme, is out of the question.
- Lamarr Houston-New England will be the only competitor to Oakland. In the end, Oakland has the tag to keep Houston.
- Michael Johnson-Though Atlanta is putting the heat on Johnson, he’ll end up in Minnesota. Minnesota offers more money, and Johnson owes much of his success to Zimmer.
- Arthur Jones-I really see Baltimore letting Jones, who will want a significant pay hike, go. Green Bay has the cap room, and really needs to get back into “win now” mode.
- Justin Tuck-Tuck will be gone from the Giants, they just won’t pay him. Philadelphia is a good fit for Tuck, who will be more of a situational rusher from the 5 technique.
- B.J. Raji-There are a ton of good DT’s hitting the market, but Raji will command the most attention. I can really see Baltimore pushing for him. Ngata really needs to be on the edge, and he can replace Jones. The team has looked for a big NT for some time, and Raji won’t be too expensive.
- D’Qwell Jackson-The Jets really need two new ILB’s. Jackson could be one of them, as there will be plenty of traditional run stuffers in the draft.
- Brian Orakpo-Washington won’t let Orakpo go without a huge bounty.
- Shaun Phillips-Arizona needs more from their LB’s. Phillips won’t cost a bunch, and Arizona needs to spend some money for improvement.
- Jason Worilds-Worilds isn’t going to garner a ton of attention, but the NFL network keeps hyping him up. I can see Philly making a huge run on Worilds, as he is very knowledgeable on a working NFL 3-4 scheme, as Cole may be cut and Graham/Barwin haven’t been elite either.
- Vontae Davis-San Francisco may be in a market for a bigger corner, they have a bit of room under the cap, and they have Vontae Davis’ better brother.
- Brent Grimes-Grimes played well in Miami, but is still isn’t very far removed from a serious injury. He’s well liked in Miami, and they will pay him what he asks.
- Captain Munnerlyn-Munnerlyn shouldn’t be allowed to leave Carolina. They should be able to resign him for under the amount of a tag.
- Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie-Not sure why anyone would be willing to pay DRC much. Again, he’s a media favorite, not a star by any means. If DRC leaves Denver, New England may be the only team willing to take him.
- Asante Samuel-Once a star, Samuel is aging. Kansas City would love to have him, and it wouldn’t cost them an arm and a leg.
- Sam Shields-With so many teams in cap disarray, Shields may not see the money he wants. Carolina would be a great place for Shields, who would look amazing across from Munnerlyn.
- Charles Tillman-Tillman would be best suited in Chicago or Tampa. With name recognition alone, Buffalo would probably throw the money at Tillman until he signed.
- Alterraun Verner-Verner is a top name in the market, I’m sure Tennessee won’t let him leave.
- Jarius Byrd-Buffalo isn’t going to let him go uncompensated.
- T.J. Ward-Cleveland can’t afford to let Ward walk. He’ll stay for the money.