Free Agency Bold Predictions

With the “legal tampering” period upon us, DFF’s @DFF_Madman@Shaunlaibe@DynoEconomist and @DFF_Clayton,  have come up with the best landing spots for the cream of the crop of this year’s free agency class.

Alshon Jeffery – Titans

Marcus Mariota needs a true number one target to line up next to Rishard Matthews. The team has been checking out Brandin Cooks, but no deal has happened yet. Jeffery would give the Titans offense a huge boost from day one. They could be a serious contender in the AFC if Brian Orakpo and the defense can hold up. The Rams and 49ers are likely to take a look at Jeffery, but I expect both teams to opt to address the position with younger talent.

Adrian Peterson – Patriots

There have been reports that Peterson would be willing to take a pay cut for the chance at a ring in New England. Soon we will find out exactly how serious he is about winning. Belichick knows he can get a LeGarrette Blount level player on the cheap, and will not spend any more money than he has to on a running back. If Peterson’s idea of team-friendly is the same as Bill’s, then it would be a great match. If not, Oakland or Seattle are strong possibilities.

Latavius Murray – Panthers

A lot of people expect Carolina to draft a running back early, but the team has not done that since Jonathan Stewart came into the league a decade ago. Fournette or Cook would cost the team some very valuable draft capital. Murray has been sneaky good recently and could be a cheap addition who would allow the Panthers use their early draft picks on other holes.

LeGarrette Blount – Giants

The last time the Patriots won the super bowl New York went and snatched Shane Vereen from New England. It would not surprise me if they overpaid for a Patriots back yet again. Blount can run out the clock and has lots of playoff and Super Bowl experience; however, no team should pay the 30-year-old anything significantly over the veteran minimum.

DeSean Jackson – Cowboys

They don’t have any cap space, so I don’t know how they’ll do it. But Jerry Jones will find a way… Maybe just eliminate one of his many facelifts to pay for DJax. When was the last time Dallas had a real WR opposite Dez Bryant? I’m waiting… Right. Never. They need a WR2 now, not next year. They can’t afford to wait on a guy. You’ve heard of the Tour de France. DJax is doing the Tour de NFC East.

Torrey Smith – Buccaneers

Smith has been on bad teams, but he’s never been a bad player. Well, last year he had some drops, but the QB situation and the coaching in San Francisco were less than stable. He’s never had 1000 yards receiving, and he’s not a WR1, but this team could use a deep threat and true number two WR like Torrey Smith. He’s younger, more adaptable and cheaper than DJax, while serving the same purpose.

Michael Floyd – Cowboys

With Dallas deciding to let Terrance Williams walk, they’ll be looking to add a new vertical threat to draw double coverage away from Dez. They could look to the draft, but Floyd can make a more immediate impact, and Jerry Jones is smelling Super Bowl. He’s also been known to pay little heed to players’ off the field issues, so Floyd’s recent jail sentence shouldn’t weigh too heavily on Jerry’s mind

Eddie Lacy – Giants

This dude is risky. Let him get his own groceries and you’re in trouble. But keep his weight in check, and you have a pretty good 3-down RB (though he’ll need oxygen after every drive) The Giants could use a shotgun RB and a guy to catch passes. Hi, Eddie. They could probably get him on a one- or two- year deal, and that’s all Lacy can realistically expect. Paul Perkins will be fine in time, but he can’t carry the entire load in the Giants offense in 2017. Fat Eddie would help with that. Just keep him out of Chinatown.

Kendall Wright – Broncos

For far too long the Broncos have been missing that third option to complement Demaryius and Emmanuel. Wright would give Denver a consistent, proven seam stretcher to open up space for its big names on the outside. He’s not the sexiest WR name on the free agent market, which is why it sounds like a perfectly shrewd signing by forward thinking GM John Elway.

Terrelle Pryor (RFA) – Browns
The best landing spot for Terrelle Pryor would be to remain in Cleveland.  Before signing with the Browns, Pryor’s career in football was spiraling toward the Canadian Football League.  Once Hue Jackson became the head coach, Pryor finally earned a full-time gig at receiver and had tremendous success.  Despite playing with five different (and mostly awful) Quarterbacks, Pryor put up 1,007 yards receiving with the Browns in 2016.  At 6’4”, he is the red zone threat Cleveland needs to retain if they are going to win more than one game in 2017.

Martellus Bennett – Giants

Martellus Bennett got his ring with New England and now he’s going to get paid.  Several teams could use a big time Tight End, but none more than the New York Giants.  The production at the position was rather dismal for the Giants in 2016, with Will Tye and Larry Donnell combining for just 63 catches, 487 yards, and 2 TDs.   Bennett will be 30 years old at the start of the 2017 season but is coming off one of the best seasons of his career statistically.  Joining up with Eli Manning would be mutually beneficial for another run at a championship.

Jamaal Charles – Colts

Indianapolis has proven their love for 30-year-old running backs as they continue to roll out Frank Gore year after year.  Why not add another 30 year old back to the mix?  After multiple ACL injuries, Charles can no longer be counted on to carry the bulk of the load.  With that said, I think a fit in Indy makes the most sense.  With Andrew Luck at the helm and Gore signed through the 2017 season, Charles could split the workload and continue to be efficient.  If Charles does land in Indy, he would have serious flex appeal.

Kenny Stills – Bengals

Cincinnati is still searching for someone to replace the departed Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu from 2015. Brandon LaFell clearly fell short of expectations and 2nd-year receiver Tyler Boyd is still very raw. Kenny Stills is not AJ Green, but he could be the next Marvin Jones.  While Stills is not the sexiest name in free agency, he is just 24 years old.  With that, he will continue to garner plenty of attention in the Dynasty community, especially if he lands in Cincinnati.

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