Not every name on the big list heading into 2014 NFL free agency will be available, but if they are, here is a rough outlook of where they could land.
The Green Bay Packers almost never venture into the market, but when they do, it’s always for a reason (Reggie White, Charles Woodson etc.). Pairing Jimmy Graham with Aaron Rodgers would be a good reason.
The Minnesota Vikings are about to lose Jared Allen and their pass rush wasn’t that great with him. They should have the needed money to get Greg Hardy, who has 26 sacks over the past two seasons.
Safety was a problem area for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and it tended to show up at bad times. T.J. Ward is one of the best on the market, durable, dependable and a Pro Bowler.
It’s a big, flash signing and that is something owner Daniel Snyder loves to do with the Washington Redskins. Jairus Byrd would fill a big need for them at safety and provide playmaking ability in their secondary.
Brian Orakpo – OLB – Washington Redskins: Joins: Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts need another edge rusher opposite Robert Mathis and they will have enough money to go get one if they wish. Brian Orakpo would likely want to get paid and join a winner. It’s a win-win for him.
Corner depth became a slight concern during the season for the Cincinnati Bengals. Alterraun Verner is facing a scheme change in Tennessee. He might want to move on and the Bengals have the money and system he would prefer.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – Denver – Joins: San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers love to pluck underrated players from other contending teams like they did with Anquan Boldin. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a quality cover corner that would fit their 3-4 scheme and bring needed man coverage ability.
They don’t have a lot of money, so if the Chicago Bears have one shot in their chamber, it’s best if they went after a needed edge rusher. Michael Bennett has had a big season in Seattle and is brothers with Martellus Bennett, the Bears tight end.
Michael Johnson – DE – Cincinnati Bengals – Joins: Carolina Panthers
Losing Greg Hardy would be tough to swallow but should it happen, the Carolina Panthers must minimize the damage. Michael Johnson is big, experienced and finds ways to fluster the quarterback.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of youth coming into their roster. They will need some veteran leadership to balance it all. Randy Starks is a 30-year old Pro Bowler with good durability and provides consistent production.
Henry Melton – DT – Chicago Bears – Joins: Oakland Raiders
A torn ACL and assault arrest was not what Henry Melton had in mind when he turned down a long-term deal from Chicago. Now he may have to rebuild his reputation somewhere else. The Oakland Raiders have plenty of money and need defensive tackle help.
Jared Veldheer – OT – Oakland Raiders – Joins: Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins will do everything in their power to upgrade the offensive line in 2014 NFL free agency and the draft. Jared Veldheer will certainly be a top target as he is a highly underappreciated left tackle who could help them in so many ways.
Brent Grimes – CB – Miami Dolphins – Joins: Cleveland Browns
Going from a cast off with a torn ACL to the Pro Bowl is certainly a great story. Brent Grimes proved he’s every bit the player he was before the injury. The Cleveland Browns should reward him by putting him across from Joe Haden.
Geno Smith needs weapons and the New York Jets have to get some for him. Free agency will be their first opportunity. Eric Decker could be the odd man out in Denver despite a great season, but he might land a nice payday with Gang Green.
Eight sacks is nothing to scoff at. Jason Worilds quietly had a good year for Pittsburgh but the team may not have the money to bring him back. The Houston Texans don’t have much room to spare, but putting an outside rusher next to J.J. Watt could only help.
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