If you accept that Von Miller won’t be let go by the Broncos, then the field to snap up the best free agents and talent on the market becomes an arms race. The NFL is not just a blood sport on the field, the opportunity to jump on players who can quickly plug gaps, offer depth and give your football team a different dimension doesn’t come around too often.
Those that stick solid to a formula will wait for the draft to solve most of their problems but getting experienced, hardened professionals will only accelerate a teams improvement. Teams that are rebuilding through youth like the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans shouldn’t stick to a stubborn philosophy of solving all their problems in the draft because they still need veteran players to pave the way for younger talent. With College kids coming to the baptism of fire that is NFL football, the next generation will need to rely on those who've accumulated valuable experience throughout their careers.
There is a reason why a lot of these players haven’t been tied down. With their egos put into overdrive, and agents that tell them they're the best thing since sliced bread, they feel like a golden handshake is at the end of the rainbow. Sometimes this will pay off big time, but for others it can put them in an awkward position where they’re waiting to become an injury replacement. Winding down the contract is a players right, yet it remains very much a gamble.
So fresh after a season is done, fans, owners and commentators know exactly where everyone stands. The wins, losses, points for and points against illustrate how the 2015 season panned out and tells everyone how far some teams need to go. Here at TheSportster we’ve reviewed the NFL players on the open market and where each franchise needs to strengthen to gain that extra 1% edge missing from 2015.
32 Arizona Cardinals - Alex Mack
31 Atlanta Falcons – Jason Pierre-Paul
30 Baltimore Ravens – George Iloka
29 Buffalo Bills – Gino Gradkowski
28 Carolina Panthers – Marvin Jones
27 Cincinnati Bengals – Sean Smith
26 Chicago Bears – Chris Johnson
25 Cleveland Browns – Brandon Tate
24 Dallas Cowboys – Eric Weddle
23 Detroit Lions – Jermaine Kearse
22 Denver Broncos - Chris Ivory
21 Green Bay Packers – Mohamed Sanu
20 Houston Texans – Brock Osweiler
19 Indianapolis Colts – Greg Hardy
18 Jacksonville Jaguars – Bruce Irvin
17 Kansas City Chiefs – Malik Jackson
16 Los Angeles Rams – Ryan Fitzpatrick
15 Miami Dolphins – William Gay
14 Minnesota Vikings – Marvin Jones
13 New England Patriots – Ryan Harris
12 New Orleans Saints – Janoris Jenkins
11 New York Giants – Mike Neal
10 New York Jets – LeGarrette Blount
9 Oakland Raiders – Sean Smith
8 Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Brooks
7 Pittsburgh Steelers – Donald Penn
6 San Diego Chargers - Malik Jackson
5 San Francisco 49ers - Jason Pierre-Paul
4 Seattle Seahawks – Janoris Jenkins
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Matt Forte
2 Tennessee Titans - Doug Martin
1 Washington Redskins - Danny Trevathan
A quality linebacker can change the game for the Redskins. 25-year old Super Bowl winning player Danny Trevathan had 2 fumble recoveries in the big game and Jay Gruden would love to have someone of his talent giving the Redskins some teeth on the defensive end. The Kirk Cousins saga will be the biggest call of their off season, but without a game changer like Trevathan, then it won’t matter too much who they pick at QB.
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