Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ideal Landing Spots: PIT, PHI, TB
Le’Veon Bell will be given the franchise tag if he cannot sign a long-term contract, so he won’t be going anywhere, but if we was to, Bell will fit well in both Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. The Eagles have a big, strong offensive line, and would pave holes for Bell to run through. The Buccaneers offensive line is not as impressive, but signing Bell would give them a running back for the future, to replace Doug Martin.
Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs
Ideal Landing Spots: TEN, CHI, SF
Eric Berry wants his pay day, and if he signs with Tennessee, Chicago, or San Francisco, he’ll definitely get the money he’s looking for. The Titans are flowing with cap space, represent the same state he went to college, and have a need at safety. The Bears need to keep rebuilding their defense, and signing a player of Berry’s caliber would immediately come in, act as a fantastic mentor to the Bears younger players, and make a amor impact on defense. The 49ers have absolutely nothing to lose. Kyle Shanahan has taken over as head coach, John Lynch has taken over as the GM, and the 49ers are desperately needing someone to come in and play well. Berry would come in and lead the 49ers ailing defense, and immediately improve their secondary.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
Ideal Landing Spots: WAS, WAS, WAS, WAS, WAS
Kirk Cousins is not leaving the Redskins in any scenario. ‘Nuff said.
Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers
Ideal Landing Spots: CAR, NO, IND
Kawann Short fills a key position, that many teams need, and he is bound to make a ton of money this offseason. I expect him to stay in Carolina, but if he were to leave, he would go to New Orleans or Indianapolis. Short would immediately give the Saints run defense a huge lift, and wth Indianapolis, he would play for his hometown team, and give the Colts defense a major upgrade.
Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals
Ideal Landing Spots: AZ, NYG, CLE, DET
Chandler Jones probably won’t leave Arizona, but if he did, the Giants, Browns, and Lions are all excellent fits for Jones. The Giants spent big time last season in free agency, and they would probably want to repeat their methods after it being very successful last season. The Browns are going to be on this list a lot. They basically have an unlimited supply of cap space to spend, and would be a good fit for Jones. The Lions need more of a pass rush, and Jones has proven that he can rush the quarterback very effectively.
Kevin Zeitler, G, Cincinnati Bengals
Ideal Landing Spots: CIN, BAL, CLE, SF, NE
Zietler could go anywhere, and make a major impact with any team, but I believe that these teams are Zietler’s best suitors. The Ravens are in the division, and need more depth on the offensive line. Joe Thomas is the only bright spot for the entire Browns team, and he would love some help protecting whoever the Browns quarterback is. The 49ers have enough cap space to basically sign anybody they want, and Carlos Hyde would appreciate more holes to run through. The Patriots love signing former first-round selections, and transforming the into even better players. Besides that, Brady needs more protection if he’s going to play another three to five years.
Dont’a Hightower, ILB, New England Patriots
Ideal Landing Spots: NE, CLE, IND
Dont’a Hightower doesn’t seem too thrilled about taking a discount to stay in New England, but I have faith that Hightower will sign with New England. If he doesn’t, the Browns and Colts would be great suitors. The Browns have the money, and would be more than willing to give Hightower the contract the desires. The Colts also have plenty of cap space, and they are in desperate need of an inside linebacker.
Melvin Ingram, LB, San Diego Chargers
Ideal Landing Spots: LAC, DEN, IND
Melvin Ingram may leave San Diego (oops, LA), and if he left, the Broncos and Colts would be magnificent suitors for his services. The Broncos need a replacement for DeMarcus Ware, and Ingram would love to join a defense with so much talent around him. The Colts, Ingram’s best suitor is in need of a linebacker after the retirement on Robert Mathis. The Colts are in a comfortable sap space situation, and they cannot be afraid to use it. New GM, Chris Ballard has nothing to lose, and will make as many moves as he can.
Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals
Ideal Landing Spots: NE, PIT, GB, SEA, OAK
Calais Campbell has always been an Arizona cardinal over the course of his long career, but with the Cardinals having so many free agents to retain, and the lack of cap space, Campbell may not get the money he is asking for with Arizona. Campbell is an aging vet, and he would most likely prefer to lay for a contender. The Patriots have a great tendency to go after former early-round draft picks, and Campbell fits this tendency perfectly. The Steelers are in Super Bowl contention, and they are in desperate need for a defensive tackle. The Packers don’t make many free agent moves, but a move for Campbell would be wise. The Seahawks Legion of Boom is falling apart, and they need more of a pass rush is they are going to continue their defensive dominance. The Raiders have been busy in free agency in recent years, and Campbell would join his former teammate Dan Williams if he signed with Oakland.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
Ideal Landing Spots: NYG, JAX
I expect Jason Pierre-Paul to stay in New York after an impressive 2016 campaign, but if he wanted to leave, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the one ideal fit. To go back and join a Tom Coughlin team would be a great move for Pierre-Paul and the Jaguars, who are searching for a winning formula.
T.J. Lang, T, Green Bay Packers
Ideal Landing Spots: GB, LAC, MIN, IND
T.J. Lang is most likely to remain with Green Bay, but the Chargers, Vikings, and Colts are in need of offensive lineman, and Lang would instantly become a fan favorite. But the Packers first priority to re-signging Lang, and the Packers have the cap space to make it happen.
Brandon Williams, DT, Baltimore Ravens
Ideal Landing Spots: BAL, CIN, PIT, IND, MIA, OAK, AZ
Brandon Williams will be a highly sought after free agent, because of his run stuffing abilities, and his excellent block-shedding ability. The Ravens should be able to keep Williams, but the Bengals, Steelers, Colts Dolphins, Raiders, and Cardinals are all in the same boat. They all have a star-studded rosters, but they need to improve their defenses if they want to make a deep playoff run. Williams would automatically upgrade the rush defenses of every team listed as good suitors, and a good defense is critical to making a playoff run. Right Green Bay?
Trumaine Johnson / Stephon Gilmore
Ideal Landing Spots: LA, SEA, NO, GB, DET, PHI, NE, CAR, IND
Trumaine Johnson and the Stephon Gilmore are excellent defensive backs that are going to be highly sought over in free agency. The Seahawks would be a fantastic suitor. The Legion of Boom is beginning to crumble, and they need another cornerback to play alongside Richard Sherman. The Saints are rebuilding their secondary, and these guys would get paid pretty whatever he wanted if he signed there. The Packers rarely sign big name free agents, but Trumaine Johnson (only Johnson would fit in Green Bay, in my opinion) is the type of talent that can cover a team’s top receiver, and allow Damarious Randall and Ladarius Gunter to develop at their own pace. The Lions and Eagles are both franchises that started off hot, and then got cold when it mattered most. Their defenses were good, but with one of these guys at corner, maybe the story would’ve been different. The Patriots are always looking to upgrade their secondary, and Gilmore would be a perfect fit. The Panthers and Colts both have awesome offenses, but pitiful secondaries, that keep them from taking the next step.
Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots
Ideal Landing Spots: NYJ, OAK
Martellus Bennett always goes for the money, and he is very likely to leave New England. The Jets may or may not be able to afford Bennett, but he would be a great asset for the Jets offense, and one of the favorite targets for whoever is throwing the pigskin. The Raiders have good tight ends, but they are not always reliable, and they are not nearly as talented as Martellus Bennett.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
Ideal Landing Spots: PHI, MIN, CAR
Alshon Jeffery is money hungry, and the rebuilding Bears don’t want to pay Jeffery. Jeffery’s off the field issues may cost him a little bit, but his potential will get him paid. The Eagles desperately need a wide receiver for Carson Wentz to rely on. The Vikings are in the same boat, as Sam Bradford needs more weapons as well. Cam Newton would love another big wideout to go deep to. Just imagine Cam going deep to Alshon Jeffery. Oh, what a beautiful sight that would be.
A.J. Bouye, CB, Houston Texans
Ideal Landing Spots: HOU, PHI, IND, DAL, GB
Contract taks between A.J. Bouye and the Texans have been rather quiet, and I expect him to go for the money. The undrafted free agent had a breakout 2016 campaign, and he is sure to get paid. I like his chances of getting paid by the Eagles or Colts, and receiving a major role for the team. The Cowboys might not have the cap space necessary, but he would fit the system, and receive a huge role. The Packers will be hesitant to pull the trigger, but he also fits the team exceptionally well. But all of these teams would prefer Trumaine Johnson, and whoever lands him, will drop their offer.
Larry Warford, G, Detroit Lions
Ideal Landing Spots: DET, DEN, KC, SEA, MIN, NE, IND
Larry Warford has been the model of consistency at the guard position, and he will certainly gain lots of attention if he makes it to the open market. The Broncos, Seahawks, Vikings, and Colts are all extremely talented organizations, but their woeful offensive lines kept them from making a deep playoff run this season. The Chiefs and Patriots had very successful 2016 campaigns, but it’s always nice to upgrade your offensive line.
John Cyprien, S, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ideal Landing Spots: JAX, MIA, TB, NYG, BUF, IND, TEN
John Cyprien has, like Warford, been a model of consistency. We all know that Cyprien would do almost anything to get out of that mess that is the Jaguars organization, and Cyprien will certainly attract big time offers from other organizations. The Dolphins and Buccaneers are Cyprien’s hometown teams, and he would love to stay close to home. The Giants and Bills are good teams that are in need of a safety. The Colts and Titans are in the AFC South division, and are in desperate need of a better defense.
Tony Jefferson, S, Arizona Cardinals
Ideal Landing Spots: AZ, LAC, LA, BUF, IND
Tony Jefferson isn’t quite a good as John Cyprien, but he is also quite a bit younger, and has much more development to go before he reaches his potential. He could get a huge contract with the Chargers or Rams, his hometown teams, while the Bills and Colts are in need of a safety. However, if one of these teams lands another safety, they will not be negotiating with Jefferson.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns
Ideal Landing Spots: CLE, LA
Terrelle Pryor changed positions, as he transformed himself from a quarterback to a wide receiver. Pryor had 1007 yards and 4 touchdowns. Pryor would be the greatest risk of any player on the free agent market, but he may have the biggest upside. Pryor’s athleticism is special. His mix of speed, height, and strong hands helped him become a great wide receiver, and he could get even better. However, I don’t believe that too many teams will be willing to take the risk that Pryor provides, except for the LA Rams.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
Ideal Landing Spots: WAS, TB, PHI
DeSean Jackson still has plenty of gas left in the tank, but for him to succeed, he needs quarterback with an elite deep ball, and a quarterback that will feed him with plenty of receptions, and deep cannons. Jameis Winston and Carson Wentz both have elite deep balls, and they are in need of a speedster in the slot.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Ideal Landing Spots: HOU, His Couch
The only ideal fit for Romo is the Texans. He would be a mentor for Brock Osweiler, and would be a fantastic short-term option at the quarterback position. The Texans have a good offensive line, but definitely not as good as Dallas’s. But here’s the thing. A trade for Romo would be so risky. Romo is extremely fragile, and to be honest, I don’t know if he is sturdy enough to play in the NFL any longer. If I was Romo, I would retire right now, and if I was a NFL GM, I would avoid Romo at all costs!