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NFL: Predicting Landing Spots For The Top Remaining Free Agents

Offense:

WR Santonio Holmes – NY Jets

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photo via ngngsports

Projected 2014-2015 team: Carolina Panthers

Santonio Holmes has had a very up and down career since his glory days with the Steelers.

While he hasn’t been able to replicate his numbers, Holmes still served as a respectable option for whoever the Jets threw in at QB.

He brought in 16 touchdowns as a Jet in 4 seasons. That number is down from 20 in 4 years with Pittsburgh. In Pitt, his yardage was always above 800, topping out at 1248 in a career year in 2009. With NY, he never topped 800.

He fits on this Carolina team because they’re desperate. With a receiving core of Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood, and Kelvin Benjamin, they lack proven talent.

Cotchery is the only proven talent of those guys, catching 10 touchdowns for Pittsburgh last season.

Holmes could come into Carolina immediately as a #2 or #3 guy and provide Cam Newton with a nice downfield option. Holmes is a low-risk high-reward guy for Ron Rivera to bring in and teach his young guns how to be successful.

 

WR Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys

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photo via thelandryhat.com

Projected 2014-2015 team: Cleveland Browns

The situation in Cleveland is different from the one in Carolina. The Browns are starving for a receiver.

“But they have the second best receiver in the league in Josh Gordon!” – you may ask.

Josh Gordon is struggling with consistently not screwing himself with the drug policy. The Browns need to take a serious look at bringing in guys that could fill the void that he is likely to leave in the Brown’s offense.

Miles Austin can fill that void alongside Andrew Hawkins, Greg Little, Jordan Cameron, and Nate Burleson.

This Browns squad has a lot of potential for success this season. It doesn’t matter if Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer is manning the quarterback position. This team can go places.

Only 3 years past his breakout seasons where he posted 1320 yards & 11 touchdowns and 1041 yards and 7 touchdwons in back to back seasons (2009 and 2010), Austin still has some production left in the tank.

He could utilize the rest of what he has on a young team with playoff hopes like Cleveland.

 

 

RB Michael Bush – Chicago Bears

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photo via chicagobears.com

Projected 2014-2015 team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville loves Jordan Todman.

They love him so much they didn’t even fight to keep Maurice Jones-Drew.

But, with that in mind, Jacksonville is still razor thin at running back. Todman and newly-signed Toby Gerhart will provide the rough and tough running, but Michael Bush could be their guy in the goal line.

Michael Bush always finds a way to score for his team. In a limited role for the Bears the last two seasons, he has provided 8 rush TDs and a pass TD.

Bush could serve as a fantasy football player’s nightmare once more for the Jags.

 

TE Fred Davis – Washington Redskins

photo via washington post
photo via washington post

Projected 2014-2015 team:  Houston Texans

The Houston Texans lost Owen Daniels this free agency, but they were able to retain tight end Garrett Graham, who came up big last season. Adding another tight end would be ideal for this squad, though. Whoever they throw in at quarterback will need some receiving options.

Taylor was not able to produce much last year due to several injuries, but he is still a solid #2 option at TE. He could fit nicely on a team starving for targets with just Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Garrett Graham the only notable options.

 

TE Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers

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photo via fantasyfootballextreme.com

Projected 2014-2015 team:  Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks watched a lot of their receiving options disappear this offseason. Golden Tate and Sidney Rice, two impact-making players, find themselves off the roster.

Looking to shore up some holes in Russell Wilson’s offense, the Seahawks could look at bringing in veteran tight end Jermichael Finley.
Finley suffered a very scary neck injury last season, and his playing career was thought to be over. Now healthy, Finley should be able to find a contract on some contending team in need of receiver help.

Sliding in next to fellow Seahawk tight end Zach Miller may be a good start.

The Seahawks are sure to be a contender this season after winning it all last season, so they look like a wise decision for Finley.

 

TE Dustin Keller – Miami Dolphins

Projected 2014-2015 team: Miami Dolphins

Dustin Keller never got his chance to shine in the surprisingly effective Dolphins offense.

Because of this, I expect Keller and the Dolphins to try and work out another deal to try and bring Keller back to south Florida. He still fits in the Miami offense and could provide Ryan Tannehill with a strong option at tight end.

 

Defense:

 

 

CB Asante Samuel – Atlanta Falcons

Projected 2014-2015 team: Carolina Panthers

The Panthers lost a lot of secondary players this offseason, including Captain Munnerlyn, Mike Mitchell, and Quintin Mikell.

Despite signing Roman Harper, the Panthers still have a lot to do to bring this defense back to being elite.
Signing Asante Samuel would be a good start.

Samuel has been a bit disappointing since his glory days with New England, bouncing around to Philly then Atlanta. He could find a nice fit in Carolina, though, playing alongside former rival Roman Harper and young guys like Robert Lester and Josh Norman.

Samuel probably needs this more than Carolina does, but this could work out to being a nice relationship if it does come to fruition.

 

CB Jabari Greer – New Orleans Saints

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photo via gullfive.com

Projected 2014-2015 team: Dallas Cowboys

Greer played a huge role in New Orleans’ defense the last few seasons, and his impact should not be looked down upon to stop.

For a cap strapped team like Dallas, bringing in a player of Greer’s talent on a cheap contract would be a dream. The Cowboys already have compiled their failing roster for next season, but it doesn’t hurt to TRY and stop themselves from losing. Greer fits well into the thin secondary and could easily make plays alongside Morris Claiborne and company.

 

 

CB Corey Webster – NY Giants

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photo via newday.com

Projected 2014-2015 team:  Baltimore Ravens

The longtime Giant suffered a regressive year last season, as he only played 4 games. The new additions of Walter Thurmond and Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie make Webster expendable, so the likelihood of him returning are slim.

Still, the cornerback does have 2o interceptions to his name, and that has to count for something, right?

The Ravens are a team that could afford to pick up Webster for cheap and throw him alongside stars LaDarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. The Ravens’ defense is slowly looking like the Ravens’ D of old, and Webster could help bring that culture back.

 

LB Pat Angerer – Indianapolis Colts

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photo via sportingnews,com

Projected 2014-2015 team: Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals saw Karlos Dansby, the heart and soul of that defense, walk away to Cleveland this offseason. While Pat Angerer does not bring back what Dansby showed, he still can offer some of the toughness and leadership required for a ILB.

Angerer had a nice career with the Colts and, through highs and lows, was able to provide the linebacking core with toughness. Hopefully for the Cardinals, he could help young guys like Kevin Minter grow into a sort of fallback option like himself.

 

S Quintin Mikell – Carolina Panthers

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photo via panthers.com

Projected 2014-2015 team: St. Louis Rams

Mikell was a beast last year for Carolina, stepping into the starting role after being signed very early in the year. He provided 2 picks and 3.o sacks for the elite Carolina defense, and he could bring some more of that production back to his former team, the Rams.

The Rams have a few holes in the secondary after this offseason, and Mikell should be brought in to shore up those holes. He can provide the defense with good pass rushing and physical man to man coverage. With an already monster defensive line, the Rams defense could be one of the most elite of all next season.

 

DT Kevin Williams – Minnesota Vikings

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photo via trialx.com

Projected 2014-2015 team: New England Patriots

It is a true surprise that Kevin Williams has not found a team willing to take on his services yet.

I’m sure that will end soon, though.

The Patriots are always looking to bring in veteran talent to build their contender roster, and Kevin Williams could do plenty of good for the Pats.

Williams’ 60 career sacks and 7 forced fumbles could really help this Pats defense, who possess a very weak D-line. If the Pats make this move, opposing quarterbacks should be wary of a duo of Vince Wilfork and Kevin Williams coming at them.

 

 

 

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