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As we look forward to the free NFL agency, which starts on March 18, some purchases seem to fit like a glove. Often, a player will choose to reunite with a manager or have the skill set to satisfy a need. This type of mating is easier to spot before it materializes in a done deal.
Last year, the Detroit Lions signed the defensive end Trey Flowers, which makes sense because of his ties to New England coach Matt Patricia and the vacuum at the defensive end when Ezekiel Ansah tested the agent market free.
Usually, it’s not that easy to connect the dots, but there are logical reasons for some teams to hit specific veterans.
Let’s take a look at eight players who are likely to sign up with new clubs and why their landing spots seem more likely. Like the flowers in the last season, many of them have been linked to possible suitors based on familiarity with a coach.
In all cases, the player faces a question mark on the depth chart. We will also take into consideration the space provided for remuneration for Spotrac.
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Los Angeles chargers will begin a new chapter in the quarterback, going through Philip Rivers, who has spent 16 seasons with the organization.
Days before the charger was announced, ESPN’s Jenna Laine confirmed interest in Tampa Bay’s buccaneers towards Rivers. The team will also pursue other veterans who call the signal.
“League sources also say that the Buc have an interest Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater is Ryan Tannehill, but the first two seem unrealistic, “wrote Laine.
Although Rivers permanently “relocates” his family to Florida, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, he may think twice about signing with a team of Buccaneers who ranked 22nd in pass protection, according to Football Outsiders. . A destination makes more sense.
The Indianapolis Colts, who they are not sold on Jacoby Brissett in the center, he can raise their passing attack to 30th place with a more experienced starter. Rivers led a tough campaign in 2019, launching 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, but he recorded 4,615 yards of passage completing 66 percent of his attempts.
The rivers would have a stable offensive line if the Colts signed the left backlash Anthony Castonzo again. Indy’s unit ranked seventh for pass protection last season, according to Football Outsiders. He also played alongside ground attack no. 7.
Finally, Rivers is familiar with head coach Frank Reich, who has been an offensive coordinator for two seasons under former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. In those campaigns, the team deployed the first 10 airstrikes.
The Colts projected $ 86.1 million into the boundary space, which would allow them to meet Rivers’ contractual demands and pursue more wide-ranging directors. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport he also indicated the Colts as “the most logical point” for the 38-year-old caller.
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Last season, the large receiver DeSean Jackson lost 13 games due to a core muscle injury. In three games, he shot nine out of 10 goals for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Apparently, the 33-year-old brought that offensive spark with him on the sidelines.
According to the teams’ rankings, the Philadelphia Eagles averaged 9.7 yards per finish, 27th in the league. The passing attack didn’t have a viable deep threat or quick receiver to extend games after catch, and quarterback Carson Wentz had to methodically move the ball downhill.
For Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles will try to add extensive help to the receiver.
“The Eagles will try to tackle the catcher’s position this low season,” wrote McLane. “Although it is unclear whether Alshon Jeffery or DeSean Jackson will return, or in Jeffery’s case, also due to Lisfranc’s foot injury, it is unlikely that at least Nelson Agholor will return.”
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, a second rounder of 2019, is the only all-around certainty in the 2020 campaign, although it is not a rapid threat on the perimeter. McLane highlighted Demarcus Robinson as a potential target for free agents.
“… Eagles may have another opportunity to grab Robinson,” he wrote. “He’s about to become an unrestricted free agent next month, and according to NFL sources, [general manager Howie] Roseman and the company have a 25-year-old receiver in sight. “
Except for Amari Cooper and A.J. Green, the free-agent wide receiver cutout will not have star names. Robinson makes sense because of the Eagles’ financial capital tied to Jeffery ($ 15.7 million) and Jackson ($ 8.6 million) next season.
The Eagles can retain their top two big receivers (Jeffery and Jackson) and acquire Robinson, who will not have a high salary after playing a backup role for most of his four seasons in Kansas City.
Keep in mind that the Chiefs have impending contractual decisions on the defensive attack Chris Jones, cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who will be eligible for an extension. Although Robinson averaged 14 yards per capture in 2019, Robinson could be deported from Kansas City for security reasons. If so, Eagles can take it off the market at a reasonable price.
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Greg Olsen thought that the formulation of ways to separate “mutually” with the Carolina Panthers did not fit the situation perfectly. Despite his desire to return, he discussed the team’s decision not to bring him back during an appearance on Wilson & Parcell to exhibit.
Olsen later said ESPN 1000 he hopes to receive news from the Chicago Bears, the team that selected him in the first round of the 2007 project.
The Bears may chase Olsen, but the Buffalo Bills seem to adapt better because they need a more proven conclusion in the passing game. The 34-year-old has previously visited Buffalo and Washington for ESPN Adam Schefter. He also has a relationship with coach Sean McDermott.
In 2011, ex Panthers manager Ron Rivera hired McDermott, while Olsen came via trade from Chicago.
While McDermott was the defensive coordinator, he is familiar with what the collaborator of all sides brings as an interceptor and blocker. The customary end has played over 1,000 offensive shots in every season since 2012-2016 (Pro Football Reference snap-count totals start in 2012).
The Bills has the third round Dawson Knox, who appeared as a novice, but is far from being a refined director, recording 28 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns last season. In May, Tyler Kroft broke his foot, which led to a slow start to the 2019 campaign. He only recorded more than 11 receptions in one (2017) over five seasons.
Olsen would be an immediate update in the end. In a conversation with Joseph Person of The Athletic, the 13-year-old veteran spoke of how to avoid reconstruction situations, which makes Buffalo a more logical landing site than Washington.
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The Washington Redskins should make a concerted effort to renew the signature of three-time Pro Bowl defender Brandon Scherff, but if he goes elsewhere, the Cleveland Browns need him on the offensive line.
Under former general manager John Dorsey, the Browns swapped right guard Kevin Zeitler and a fifth round pick with the New York Giants for defensive end Olivier Vernon and a fourth rounder.
Between the terms 2017 and 2018, Zeitler had been a stable component in protecting the passage of the Browns. It adapted for all 16 games and allowed only three bags for the Washington PostSTAT of.
In 2019, Cleveland ranked 17th for pass protection, according to Football Outsiders, and mixed right guard personnel under head coach Freddie Kitchens. Eric Kush opened the year in this position. Wyatt Teller took over for most of the games in the second half of the season.
The Browns can consolidate the place with a proven appetizer that has the accolades for suggesting that it is one of the best players in the league in its position.
Under new coach Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland hired Bill Callahan as his offensive coach. He spent five seasons in the same position with the Redskins, directly helping Scherff develop from 2015-19.
The Browns can use Callahan’s connection to Scherff to replace Zeitler and strengthen their long-term offensive line.
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After the New York Jets shot Todd Bowles as head coach and hired Adam Gase, defensive linesman Leonard Williams suffered a drop in productivity.
In seven games with the Jets last season, Williams has recorded 20 tackles and zero tackles for loss. Gang Green swapped him with the New York Giants for a third round 2020 pick and a fifth round of 2021 conditional before the October deadline.
Aaccording to ESPN Rich Cimini, Bowles wanted to offer Williams a new contract before his layoff, and Williams publicly defended Bowles during the Jets fights in 2018.
“Todd Bowles is definitely the right guy,” said Williams. “… I think people are too quick to give up on coaches or give up on our organization instead of allowing them to build when it takes time.”
Clearly, Bowles and Williams had mutual respect for each other and the two could reunite in Tampa Bay.
According to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, Williams wants $ 15 million a year for his next deal, which could be an exorbitant price for a team of Giants being rebuilt. The Bucs are expected to have the third highest space at around $ 85 million and Bowles may encourage them to pursue the 25-year-old.
Home defender Ndamukong Suh has an expiring contract and is about to reach 33 years old. Tampa Bay can add a younger resource who is familiar with the Bowles system on the front lines.
Under Bowles’ leadership, Williams put together a 2016 Pro Bowl season, recording 68 tackles, 11 loss tackles and seven bags. If the Buccaneers play-caller manages to bring out the best with 6’5 “by 302 pounds, Tampa Bay could maintain a solid front that ranked first in the defense of the race in 2019 and generate greater pocket pressure inside.
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To the disappointment of many at the Las Vegas Raiders base, the team fired respected defensive line coach Brentson Buckner and hired Rod Marinelli.
Marinelli has worked in the same position under the guidance of coach Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay since 2002-05.
Fast forward to 2020 and Marinelli has 24 years of professional experience. Along the way, he probably developed relationships with players that can help elevate the race to the passage of the Raiders. Silver and Black finished 29th in quarterback pressures (117) last season.
As a defensive line coach in Dallas last year, Marinelli had a hand in Robert Quinn’s best performance since his 2014 Pro Bowl campaign. In 14 contests, the 29-year-old recorded 34 tackles, 13 defeat tackles and 11.5 leader bags of the team.
Now by joining a free agency, Quinn can follow the coach who has accumulated praise on him this summer. Second USA todayJori Epstein, Marinelli drew similarities between Quinn and the defensive end of the Super Bowl.
“Marinelli compared Quinn’s work ethic to one of his former students, Simeon Rice, who accumulated 122 [career] bags and 28 forced fumbles, “wrote Epstein.
The Raiders hit passing gold with the fourth round rookie Maxx Crosby (10 bags), but Clelin Ferrell’s pick 4 had only 4.5 bags. The last one moved inside at the beginning of the 2019 campaign.
With Las Vegas destined to lose his second best pass-rusher—Benson Mayowa (seven bags) –by free agency, Marinelli may be able to attract a familiar face to produce pressure and become an example for Crosby and Ferrell.
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Unlike many players on this list, Dante Fowler Jr. is not designed to follow an ex-manager. It adapts well to Miami dolphins as needed.
The Los Angeles Rams are unlikely to come up with enough space-saving tricks to pay Fowler after the 25-year-old registered a lot of 11.5 in 2019. Due to high demand for edge-rusher, Fowler has no reason to accept a discount on his hometown when he could earn $ 16-18 million a year on the open market.
Los Angeles is expected to have $ 23.3 million in limited space in the second season of 2020. General manager Les Snead is likely to pay for cornerback Jalen Ramsey, which the team acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for two first-round picks and one fourth.
As an unrestricted free agent, expect Fowler to cash in on his production. He could get a lucrative deal with the Dolphins, a team that has a budget of $ 93.7 million to spend and desperately needs a pass-rusher.
Last campaign, the Dolphins were ranked last in bags (23) and quarterback pressures (95). The fast-paced Taco Charlton led the team in the first category with five and has only nine in three seasons, including two disappointing campaigns in Dallas.
Miami attempted to land Jadeveon Clowney before the Houston Texans exchanged him for the Seattle Seahawks. He opposed the idea of signing the franchise tag, which would allow for trade with dolphins. The three-time Pro Bowler didn’t want to play for a non-contender.
Fowler can put pressure on his pocket with his hand in the dirt or standing on the edge, which fits the trend of head coach Brian Flores to mix the fronts of odd and even men.
For two and a half seasons in Jacksonville, Fowler sided as a 4-3 defensive ending. He moved to 3-4 external linebackers in Los Angeles under ex-call Wade Phillips. As an effective pass-rusher in both alignments, the first round of 2015 should be high on the list of Miami’s free-agent targets.
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Logan Ryan’s start with the Patriots could take him to a Bill Belichick disciple in Detroit.
The patriots selected Ryan in the third round of the 2013 draft. He spent four seasons with the team, playing under former defensive coordinator (and current Lions coach) Matt Patricia.
During the 2017 offseason, Ryan signed with the Tennessee Titans and played under coach Mike Mularkey and former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
Mike Vrabel, a former Patriots linebacker, took the Titan leader skipper position in 2018, and Ryan put together his best statistical season last year, recording 113 tackles, 4.5 bags, 18 break breaks and four interceptions.
Unless Tennessee cuts Malcolm Butler and eats $ 6 million in dead caps, CEO Jon Robinson may be reluctant to hold two expensive cornerbacks. Ryan should have signed elsewhere for a big deal.
Lions will have a fair amount of available space with a $ 45.1 million projected and need a corner kick, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Darius Slay, who is entering a contract year. According to ESPN Jeremy Fowler, the Lions engaged with Slay on an extension, but it could land on the commercial market if the talks broke down or ended.
If Detroit trades Slay, the secondary will need a quality veteran on the perimeter. Even with him on the field for 14 games in 2019, Lions fought, allowing for the most meters in the air.
Chief executive Bob Quinn can select Jeffrey Okudah, the best candidate on the corner, in the April draft, or he could sign Ryan, who has a proven track record with Patricia overseeing a defense.
Due to the needs of the Lions in the cornerback and the fact that the technical staff is entering the 2020 season under some pressure, Ryan would be perfect for Detroit.