With the 2018 National Football League Season almost over, it is always a good time to look into the future to see what players could change teams heading into the 2019 season. Usually, the players that make the most noise when they change teams are the skilled set players such as the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers. Those are one of the most important positions on the offensive side of the ball, because of how much they mean to the offense especially the quarterback.
The offense is key to a team's success because if you don't have a good offense, then you struggle to put points on the board. If you struggle to put points on the board, then you struggle to win games, and when you struggle to win games is when the franchise decides to go in a different direction with some different personnel. That being said, there are some teams that win with defense, but it is very rare that you are a really successful team without a good quarterback, a committee at running back, and have a talented group of wide receivers.
Some big names are free agents this spring and it would be really interesting to see what move for that they decide to make for the next step of their career and to see what they decide to do to go with their legacy. So here is the NFL Shakeup: including five quarterbacks, eight running backs, and eight wide receivers changing teams for the 2019 season.
21 WR: Tyrell Williams - Oakland Raiders
Tyrell Williams has been a solid number two receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers in his short NFL career and would be a big-time target for a team like the Oakland Raiders. He has 142 receptions on his career to go along with 2,396 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns.
Having Williams stay in the AFC West would be beneficial especially if he can take a big step up this postseason going into the offseason. Oakland is in need of a receiver and with Williams in the prime of his career, it seems like the Raiders would be the team that helps Tyrell Williams not only get paid but take his talent to the next level.
20 RB: Jay Ajayi - Washington Redskins
Jay Ajayi had his breakout season in 2016 with the Miami Dolphins, and then in 2017 was traded to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Now his 2018 is over due to a torn ACL, and it could cause some serious concern to Eagles' fans. Philadelphia might look elsewhere for a running back, and Ajayi could hit the open market.
The open market for Ajayi has his best fit being the Washington Redskins. Washington doesn't have a lot of things going their way at the moment, as they might have lost their quarterback Alex Smith for the foreseeable future. Rookie running back Derrius Guice is out with a torn ACL and who knows how he'll look next year. So look for the Redskins to take a shot on Ajayi, who still has some serious potential to be a solid running back in the NFL.
19 WR: Quincy Enunwa - Carolina Panthers
Quincy Enunwa might not have the stats that stick out at you, but the four-year pro out of the University of Nebraska has been a solid wide receiver for the New York Jets. As he enters free agency this offseason, the Jets could easily re-sign him, but knowing the Jets, they'll probably go another way.
One team that Enunwa would help big-time if they get to sign him is the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton needs a reliable target and Enunwa would be huge for Newton. The Panthers could use a talent at wide receiver like him to go along with Carolina's young receiving core.
18 RB: Adrian Peterson - Philadelphia Eagles
One of, if not the best running back of all-time, Adrian Peterson is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer and is still kicking around in the NFL. He is set to become a free agent this offseason and the soon to be 34-year-old running back will look to play at least another season, considering he's had a resurgent year in 2018.
One team that would be an interesting fit, and could use a veteran like Peterson is the Philadelphia Eagles. Yes, I understand that Ajayi and Peterson are basically switching spots, but they would be better off being on the other team than the ones they are on currently. Look for that switch to come up this offseason.
17 QB: Brock Osweiler - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brock Osweiler had some praise coming out of Arizona State and was poised to be the quarterback that took over for Peyton Manning when he retired. Next thing you know, he signed a big contract with the Houston Texans and now is currently on his fourth team in three years (Houston, Cleveland, back to Denver, Miami) and is struggling to find himself a home. With Ryan Tannehill likely back to being the guy for the Dolphins, that makes it hard to believe that Osweiler will be back with Miami in 2019.
One team that could use him is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even with Jameis Winston struggling this season, it is looking like they could use a quarterback to compete with Winston that isn't in the back end of his career like Ryan Fitzpatrick.
16 WR: Josh Gordon - San Francisco 49ers
While Josh Gordon has shown some flashes of being a star receiver in the NFL again, it's unlikely that the Patriots will be a long-term fit for him. Gordon is finally set to hit the open market and prior to the Patriots trading for him, some of Gordon's reported preferred landing spots were the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
With Gordon now hitting the open market and the 49ers still not having a no.1 receiver, this seems like a good fit. Gordon shouldn't command all that much on the open market at this point and Kyle Shanahan needs some real weapons to get the most out of Jimmy Garoppolo when he returns.
15 RB: Devonta Freeman - Baltimore Ravens
Devonta Freeman has struggled to stay healthy the pas couple of seasons and it looks like he has lost his job to Tevin Coleman, so the former Florida State Seminole could be looking for a new place to call home. The Falcons could save $24 million in cap space over the next four years by designating Freeman as a post-June 1st cut.
One team that would be a good fit for him, should he get cut is the Baltimore Ravens.
With the Lamar Jackson era looking like it is underway, adding a back like Devonta Freeman to the mix would be an interesting offensive dynamic. Having those two as a one-two punch in the running game would cause some matchup nightmares. Look for Freeman to be on the move this offseason and for the Ravens to be his best bet.
14 WR: Kelvin Benjamin - Dallas Cowboys
Kelvin Benjamin could hugely benefit with a change of scenery and could see a huge uptick in his stats if he goes somewhere else besides the Buffalo Bills. One team that could use a big physical wide receiver like Benjamin is the Dallas Cowboys.
Imagine an offense where you have Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott as your running game tandem, to go along with Amari Cooper and Kelvin Benjamin as your two main targets at wide receiver; that certainly would be a talent upgrade for the Cowboys. Dallas could use another talented receiver for Prescott and Benjamin would most likely be back to the same guy that we saw in Carolina.
13 RB: Latavius Murray - New York Jets
Latavius Murray has had success as a number one running back before, and this offseason he could be a big time player this off season as one of the best running backs on the market. One team that would benefit a talent like Murray would be none other than the New York Jets.
The Jets could use a talented physical running back like Murray for the future to get their running game consistent. Murray would also be a good receiver out of the backfield for Sam Darnold to use as a check-down target. Look for the Jets to be on the hunt for a talented running back this offseason and having Murray be their prime target.
12 QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick - Washington Redskins
Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown flashes that he still has it even at the age of 36. It's unlikely that he retires this offseason, and he is set to hit the free agent market which could be huge for him. One team that could desperately use the veteran quarterback is none other than the Washington Redskins.
With the prospects of Alex Smith ever playing again up in the air, Washington should lead towards signing Fitzpatrick to help be a big-time veteran presence to whomever quarterback that the Redskins decide to draft. Look for Fitzpatrick to make another run with another team that is willing to use his veteran presence as a positive thing for their other quarterbacks.
11 WR: Randall Cobb - Los Angeles Chargers
Randall Cobb is a very talented slot receiver that would be a key addition to any team that he decides to take his talents to this offseason. One team that would be very beneficial with the addition of Randall Cobb is the Los Angeles Chargers. Imagine Cobb playing slot receiver with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams out wide; that sounds like a lethal passing attack to me.
Adding Cobb could help create matchup mismatches that the Chargers have not seen before. Look for both sides to see this opportunity to make each other better and to have Cobb as a Charger for the forseeable future.
10 RB: Spencer Ware - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Spencer Ware was poised to be the future number one running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he tore his ACL before week one of the 2017 season and Kareem Hunt emerged. Ware has been the backup for Hunt in 2018 but does have a chance to be a number one running back elsewhere.
That team where he would have a realistic shot at being a number one running back is none other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay could use help with their running game as Ronald Jones their second round pick hasn't worked out so far, and Peyton Barber is really inconsistent. Look for Ware to take this opportunity and run with it as he is looking to become the guy and get the reps as a starting running back.
9 WR: Devin Funchess - Detroit Lions
Devin Funchess is really talented and has been a solid number one receiver for Cam Newton so far. He could very well decide to take his talent elsewhere this off season and go to a team that has a chance of being a contender for the future. One team that would be a good fit for Funchess is the San Francisco 49ers.
The Detroit Lions need some weapons on offense and after trading Golden Tate in the middle of the season, they'll likely look to add a receiver in free agency. The addition of Devin Funchess sounds like a successful offseason to me. Look for both sides to see this as an opportunity for both sides to get better.
8 RB: Alex Collins - Minnesota Vikings
Alex Collins has been solid at times for the Baltimore Ravens but isn't really a game breaker at running back. The Ravens will likely look to upgrade in the backfield this offseason, especially if they move forward with Lamar Jackson in 2019. Still, Collins could be a complementary back for a team and the Minnesota Vikings could be a good fit. With Latavius Murray likely leaving in free agency, Collins could come in and take some snaps from Dalvin Cook, who has had trouble staying healthy in his young NFL career. A backfield of Cook and Collins would be a solid one for the Vikings, who will hope to take back the NFC North crown in 2019.
7 QB: Tyrod Taylor - Jacksonville Jaguars
Tyrod Taylor lost his starting job to the number one overall pick Baker Mayfield and will be looking for a new home this offseason. He is a starting caliber quarterback and is a top of the line backup quarterback if that is the role he is going to take moving forward with his career. One team that Taylor would have the chance at starting with is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville has decided to bench Blake Bortles and could very well be looking for a new quarterback this offseason. Granted, the Jaguars are looking for their new quarterback a year too late, but a different guy starting for Jacksonville is their best case scenario.
6 WR: Larry Fitzgerald - New Orleans Saints
Larry Fitzgerald is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer and has played his entire career with the Arizona Cardinals. He is very dedicated to that franchise, but in the off-chance that he wants to go out on top and have a chance at a ring, his best bet would be to sign elsewhere this offseason.
One team that would be a good fit for Fitzgerald if he went would be the New Orleans Saints. Having another future first-ballot Hall of Famer like Drew Brees throwing him the football could drive anybody away from any franchise. Look for Fitzgerald to go after a Super Bowl ring before he calls it quits.
5 RB: Mark Ingram - Indianapolis Colts
Mark Ingram has been a very solid running back throughout his entire NFL career and with the emergence of Alvin Kamara, Ingram could be expendable this offseason when he hits the free agent market. One team that would pay the big dollars to get Ingram in their teams' uniform is the Indianapolis Colts.
Imagine Andrew Luck's potential with a solid running game to get his play-action game working to its peak. Ingram would be a huge upgrade for the Colts and could be what Indianapolis needs on offense to take their talent to the next level. He is the second-best running back in this year's free agent class and could find himself a nice big payday in Indianapolis.
4 QB: Teddy Bridgewater - Miami Dolphins
Teddy Bridgewater is still a starting caliber quarterback in this league and could be very beneficial to a team that gives him the chance to be a starting quarterback. One team that just might do that this offseason is the Miami Dolphins. Miami does have Ryan Tannehill, but with his injury history, it doesn't hurt to try and see if Bridgewater can help them in the long haul.
If it wasn't for his torn ACL, it's very possible that he would still be the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings to this very day. He still can produce; he just needs the opportunity to do so. Look for Miami to give him that option this offseason to prove that he still has what it takes.
3 WR: Golden Tate - New England Patriots
The Golden Tate experiment in Philadelphia has not looked good so far, and with Tate becoming a free agent it seems unlikely that he will be back with the Eagles. One team that could use Tate's skill set at receiver is none other than the New England Patriots. With Tom Brady on the back burner of his career, it would be smart for the Patriots to find a reliable target for Brady.
Tate has been a very reliable receiver and a big-time workhorse during the course of his career. Look for New England to roll out the carpet for Tate, not to sell him high on money, but have the potential to play with the greatest quarterback of all time before he hangs them up.
2 RB: Le'Veon Bell - Green Bay Packers
Now we all know about how Le'Veon Bell's holdout took place for the entire season, and with the potential wiggle room that he has to become a free agent this offseason, he will take the chance with open arms. One team that would be the best fit for Bell is none other than the Green Bay Packers.
Even with the emergence of Aaron Jones, adding Bell to that offense would be huge for Aaron Rodgers and company. When Bell is healthy and on the field, he is easily one of the top three running backs in the league today and should be getting paid like one. Look for Bell to find his new home this offseason and to actually be on the football field in 2019.
1 QB: Derek Carr - New York Giants
Derek Carr has had a rough couple of seasons in Oakland and with his extension that he signed a couple years back, he has a chance to opt out of his current deal after this season. Carr could take that opt-out and get out of the franchise that Jon Gruden is currently running and take his talents to a team that could contend.
One team that could be interested in Carr's talents is none other than the New York Giants. With Eli Manning on the back burner of his career, if the Giants could get a guy like Derek Carr to pair with Odell Beckham and company, it would be huge for the Giants' future. Look for Carr to take his talent elsewhere this offseason and finally be free of the Raiders.