2015 NFL Free Agency Predictions by Team
1. Tampa Bay Bucs: Allegedly unhappy with their defensive line and secondary, I’m guessing they try to plug those holes in free agency. Daniel Iupati, OG, 49ers. Kyle Wilson, CB, Jets. Derek Newton, OG, Cowboys. Jonathan Scott, OT, Falcons. Marcus Gilchrist, S, San Diego Chargers.
2. Tennessee Titans: Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets, Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers, George Selvie, DE, Cowboys, Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas Cowboys.
3. Oakland Raiders: The Lions’ monstrous defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is at the top of their wish list but Suh supposedly wants to stay at Ford Field. Atlanta defensive end Cliff Mathews has potential as a pass rusher, something the Raiders desperately need. Kendrick Ellis, late of the Jets, could be a rotation player inside. New Coach Jack Del Rio built his defense around defensive tackles John Henderson and Marcus Stroud in Jacksonville. He also drafted Terence “pot roast” Knighton, who many expect to join him in Oakland. Michael Sam, DE, Cowboys. If the Raiders have a better third down rusher on the squad than Michael Sam, I certainly don’t know who he is. Perfect cultural fit for Sam, playing in the Bay Area, where in many neighborhoods Sam would not be a minority, but rather the straight players.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: It seems almost certain that more Seattle Seahawks defensive veterans who played under Gus Bradley when he was defensive coordinator there will be coming to join the rebuilding process. With Seahawks OLB Malcolm Smith about to see his first contract expire, and the Jaguars needing an outside linebacker, it would seem to be an obvious fit. The Jaguars were thrifty last year so have a lot of cap money to also pursue Joe Barksdale, Rams OT, to address their dreadful right tackle position, Niles Paul, TE, Washington, and perhaps former Jets kick returner Leon Washington, an aging but still productive runner, and a Jacksonville native anyway. Orlando Franklin of the Broncos, who played at Miami, is the better fit in Jacksonville as he plays both tackle and guard. Pernell McPhee of the Ravens DL will probably be a target as well.
5. Washington whose name cannot be said: If RGIII is truly done in the nation’s capital, Brian Hoyer could certainly be in play there. I’m guessing the team will lose Brian Orakpo, in free agency, and therefore will try to replace him. Derrick Morgan, recently moved to OLB from DE with improved results, for the Titans, comes to mind. Colt McCoy has played well at QB and will probably be reesigned, at least as a backup. Trades possibly for Nick Foles, Mike Glennon, and Jay Cutler.
6. The New York Jets: Buster Skrine, CB, Browns. A guard to pursue is Clint Boling of the Bengals. The ageless Cory Redding, DT, Colts. Devon McCourty, Patriots. I think it will be a price war between the Jets, Giants, and Jaguars. Advantage to Jets as he played in Jersey at nearby Rutgers.
7. New York Giants: I think they will re-sign Daniel Fells, their productive tight end.
And I think they continue bringing in what seems like an endless string of inside linebackers, this year Rey Maugluga of the Bengals. 2015 may be the last Super Bowl run for Tom Coughlin so I’m guessing they put the franchise tag on Jason Pierre Paul.
8. Carolina Panthers: Jason Fox, OT, Dolphins, Roy Helu, RB, Washington. Randall Cobb, WR/KR, Green Bay Packers.
9. Minnesota Vikings: Re-sign Corey Wooten, DE. Sign CJ Spiller, RB, Bills.
10. Chicago Bears: Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay. Ryan Mallett, QB, Houston.
11. New Orleans Saints: Blaine Gabbert, QB, 49ers, possible trade for RGIII. Nate Irving, ILB, Denver Broncos.
12. St. Louis Rams: Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots. Possible trade with Jets for Geno Smith.
13. Houston Texans: Jabaal Sheard, OLB, Browns. Of course, the Texans could sign any of the free agent quarterbacks out there or try to trade for Geno Smith or RGIII themselves.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers: I think they might actually take a swing at CB Darrell Reevis. Davon House, CB, Packers.
15. Cleveland Browns: Their defense has played well this year without a pass rush. I don’t think they risk that happening again next year and will sign whoever is the best pass rusher who is not actually given the franchise tag. Perhaps BJ Raji of Packers or Jerry Hughes, Bills. Colin McCarthy, ILB, Titans. Virgil Green, TE, Broncos. Whether they keep Brian Hoyer I think they go after a third quarterback, perhaps Tim Tebow, who will be available for the veterans minimum after his original contract expires in March. It’s too windy to pass in Cleveland anyway in the late season, might as well just run all the time. And since Tebow doesn’t drink alcohol or have sex, he will always be available when Johnny Manziel can’t play.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Re-sign their best receiver Torrey Smith. Probably re-sign RB Justin Forsett. May make a run at corner backs Kareem Jackson of Texans and Antonio Cromartie of Cardinals.
17. Kansas City Chiefs: Put the franchise tag on the NFL’s sack leader, OLB Justin Houston. Sign Clint Boling, OG, Bengals, Greg Little, WR, Cleveland, Miles Austin, WR, Cleveland.
18. San Francisco 49ers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay. Darrell Reevis, CB, Patriots.
19. Dallas Cowboys: Re-sign RB Demarco Murray. Sign Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Tampa Bay, Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB Washington. Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Raiders. Re-sign Dez Bryant.
20. Atlanta Falcons: Malcolm Smith, OLB, Seahawks. I think new Coach Dan Quinn brings several Seahawks with him, such as Byron Maxwell. Also Kevin Williams, DT, Seahawks.
21. Miami Dolphins: re-sign TE Charles Clay. Sign James Carpenter, OT/OG, Seattle. Sign Percy Harvin, playmaker, after he’s cut by Jets. Brandon Graham, OLB, Eagles.
Re-sign Jared Odrick, DT.
22. San Diego Chargers: Re-sign Shareece Wright, CB. Sign Nate Washington, WR, Titans, Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders.
23. Indianapolis Colts: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Raiders. Nick Fairly, DT, Lions. Re-sign Darius Butler, CB. Re-sign Mike Adams, CB.
24. Detroit Lions: Quinton Carter, S, Denver Broncos. Re-sign Ndamukong Suh. JT Thomas, OLB, Jaguars. Resign Cassius Vaughn, CB.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB, Titans, Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns.
26. Cincinnati Bengals: Rodney Hudson, C, Chiefs. Darryl Sharpton, ILB, Chicago Bears
27. Philadelphia Eagles: Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona, Taylor Mays, S, Cincinnati.
28. Green Bay Packers: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta. Re-sign Matt Flynn, QB, Re-sign or tag Bryan Buluga, OT.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland, Antrel Rolle, S, Giants. May try to trade for Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon, the slow footed but rocket armed prospect, who they have been interested in for years. Brooks Reed, OLB, Houston Texans.
30. New England Patriots: Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars, Ryan Matthews, RB, San Diego, Kareem Jackson, CB, Houston. Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos.
31. Denver Broncos: Re-sign Demaryius Thomas.
32. Buffalo Bills (No first round draft pick). Jimmy Clausen, QB, Bears. Trent Richardson, cut by Colts. David Harris ILB, Jets. Calvin Pace, OLB, Jets. Despite Rex’s ringing endorsement of EJ Manuel last week, veteran quarterbacks are going to be coming to upstate New York. How many is the issue. Christian Ponder perhaps from Vikings. Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins.