With the lockout now a thing of the past we are immediately propelled into the furious Free Agency period. But this year is unlike years past. Signings will happen with a faster pace as teams scramble to lock in players before training camp opens in a few weeks.
We are already seeing teams making roster moves to gain cap space by cutting roster players. The Ravens released Willis McGahee, Derrick Mason, Kelley Gregg and Todd Heap for example.
So here is a list of the Top 5 Free Agents and where I think they will land.
Hope you are all ready for the NFL Free Agency period, if you blink you might just miss all the action!
Kyle Orton (QB) Denver Broncos
Orton has been castoff despite putting up good numbers for Denver and the Chicago Bears. He is only 28 years old and has had a consistently decent career. Not an Elite Quarterback but consider what he has done with a non-existent receiving corp in Chicago and a mediocre-at-best one in Denver (despite his time with Brandon Marshall).
Teams in play:
Miami, Seattle, Cincy, Minnesota
I see him being traded for a 2nd or 3rd round pick to:
Nnamdi Asomugha (CB) Oakland Raiders
I’ve always contested that Asomugha is the best corner in the league. You would probably agree if Asomugha got as much exposure and recognition as a Darrell Revis, but that’s the difference between playing in New York and playing in Oakland.
Asomugha wants to play for a contender and I don’t blame him. He virtually shuts down one side of the field. I can’t understand how the Jets would be able to financially land Asomugha, with all of their needs and limited cap space. But wouldn’t a Asomugha/Revis defensive backfield be scary?
Truth it, Washington will repeat the Albert Haynesworth junk of a few years ago. They already have Deangelo Hall who has played really well, so this solidifies a solid Defense.
Asomugha will sign with:
Donovan McNabb (QB) Washington Redskins
It’s a shame McNabb has never had a true receiving corp. It’s also a shame he never seems to get the respect he deserves in the league. Cast off by Philly and insulted over and over again by Washington, McNabb is a shell of his former Pro-Bowl self at this point in his career.
But McNabb could be a great fit with a team that has explosive offensive pieces around him. McNabb can manage as game just fine (despite what T.O has said) and could help get a team over that Playoff hump.
McNabb will sign with:
Matt Hasselbeck (QB) Seattle Seahawks
Hasselbeck leaving Seattle makes no sense to me. I’d hope they had enough brains in Seattle to resign him, considering their current QB situation. A playoff team that with a healthy Hasselbeck could challenge for the Wild Card yet again.
But if the Seahawks don’t pull their heads out of their ass expect another team looking for a “stop-gap” QB to help groom a young QB OR a team looking for a veteran leader to go out and snatch Hasselbeck.
Teams in Play:
Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
Hasselbeck signs with:
San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Kolb (QB) Philadelphia Eagles
This is pretty much a done deal. Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals
Santonio Holmes (WR) New York Jets
Here is where things get tricky for the Jets (or messy). They have two of their top receivers in free agency (Holmes and Braylon Edwards) and both will demand a lot of money. It may be easier for the Jets to resign Edwards, especially if they want cap space to go after another big free agent.
But Holmes is too valuable, too clutch and too damn good to let go. Therefore expect the Jets to focus on resigning Holmes immediately.
But it call comes down to money.
Teams in Play:
New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys
Holmes signs with:
Randy Moss (WR) Tennessee Titans
Randy’s best years are behind him. Who knows where he will sign. The bigger questions is how good is Randy Moss at this point in his career?
DeAngelo Williams (RB) Carolina Panthers
Williams is by far the top Running Back in the market. I honestly would be shocked if he didn’t sign with the Miami Dolphins who have a major hole at Running Back with the Free Agency of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
The Phins drafted a great RB prospect and may make a play for Darren Sproles but they still need a 3 running back committee to operate their offense. Don’t be shocked to see Ricky Williams return to Miami for one final contract.
Williams will sign with:
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges
Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.
According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).
Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.
Kraft has denied the allegations.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.
Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.
“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.
The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”
While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.
Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.
The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo
In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.
Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.
Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:
- Caught 71 percent of the passes
- Targeted 449 times
- 319 passes caught
- 130 passes dropped
- 3,271 reception yards
- 23 Touchdowns
For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.
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