Although the age-old saying states that “defense wins championships,” the skilled offensive positions are pretty important to a team’s success as well. In the NFL, if your team has poor quarterback play, they don’t stand a chance in competing for a title. But what helps quarterback play? A solid run game certainly doesn’t hurt, and neither does having play making wide-receivers to throw the ball to. There are very few teams that could stand pat this offseason and feel 100% comfortable with their quarterback, running back, and wide-receiver positions. As the offseason approaches, teams will start scouring the list of available players and positioning their moves to improve their franchise’s outlook for 2018.
This is what makes the offseason so exciting for many fans; the fact that each team is constantly looking to improve their overall talent at the skill positions. Whether it be through trade, free agency or the draft, NFL general managers are always on the lookout for players that can upgrade their team. That’s why players say the “NFL” stands for “Not For Long.” If somebody out there can perform better than you, then your team is absolutely going to do whatever it takes in order to make that upgrade. In this list, we take a look at a move that each team needs to make this offseason in order to upgrade either their quarterback, running back, or wide receiver. Where could your team use an upgrade? Continue reading to find out. . .
32. Arizona Cardinals: (QB) Alex Smith
Carson Palmer, gone. Bruce Arians, gone. This offseason has already seen a huge overhaul taking place in the desert and it will be interesting to see which direction new head coach Steve Wilks will take in his search for a new quarterback. There is no doubt that the Cardinals need a new quarterback because at this very moment, the Cardinals do not have a single quarterback signed for the 2018 season.
With that in mind, it is likely that the Cardinals will look to both free agency and the draft to find their quarterbacks of today and tomorrow, respectively. As far an upgrade for the 2018 season, the Cardinals will make a strong push to trade for Alex Smith from the Chiefs. A second and fourth round pick could be enough to get Arizona their new starting QB.
31. Atlanta Falcons: (WR) Terrelle Pryor
The Atlanta Falcons are a very well-balanced team offensively, so using the word “upgrade” may be unfair and unrealistic when talking about their quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions. But for sake of argument on this post, the Falcons should try and address the receiver position this offseason to see if they can upgrade their current situation.
Despite a down year by his lofty standards, Julio Jones is still amazing and is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. The issue for the Falcons has been finding Jones consistent support in the #2 receiver position. Mohamed Sanu has done an admirable job, but lacks the consistency to take pressure off of Jones each week. While Terrelle Pryor had a down year in Washington after a breakout 2016 in Cleveland, he could find new life with an elite WR across from him. It would be worth a shot to bring in a guy like Terrelle Pryor to help revamp the potentially potent Falcons offense.
30. Baltimore Ravens: (WR) Josh Gordon
The Ravens offense was terrible last season and Joe Flacco’s health was a big reason why, but even a partially-healthy Flacco is better than the majority of the quarterbacks in the NFL. Truth is, Flacco needs help in the passing game by upgrading the wide receiver position and giving him a true go to target.
The Ravens could make a big splash in free agency by signing Josh Gordon away from the Cleveland Browns. This move would certainly come with a high risk due to Gordon’s inability to stay clean and on the field in the past. Gordon’s talent is undeniable though and he could have a huge bounce back season in Purple and Black. Flacco is known for his excellent deep ball skills and Gordon has the speed to take the top off of defenses. The Ravens should pursue him hard.
29. Buffalo Bills: (QB) Kirk Cousins
The Buffalo Bills play in more cold-weather games than just about any other team in the NFL, so it would help them significantly to find a strong-armed quarterback that can rifle the ball through the wind and snow. Tyrod Taylor has been great for the Bills and his ability to salvage plays with his legs occasionally saves their often stagnant offense, but it’s clear by his benching for rookie Nathan Peterman in mid 2017 that he has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff.
Despite their playoff appearance, the Bills will look to upgrade their quarterback position in order to take that next major step. Peterman certainly isn’t the answer, so the Bills would have to spend big bucks in free agency to try and lure Kirk Cousins in. If they can do so, the Bills will instantly become the favorite to possibly dethrone the Patriots in the AFC East.
28. Carolina Panthers: (WR) Christian Kirk
With Cam Newton behind center and Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, the Carolina Panthers are set for the near future at those positions. It was interesting to see the Panthers trade their #1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills during the 2017 season, especially given their lack of depth at the position. The Panthers must have felt that Devin Funchess was ready to take on the lead role, but that quickly proved untrue.
While Funchess could pan out to be a decent possession receiver for the Panthers, they need more firepower in their offense. Filling the wide receiver position with below-average talent is a disservice and a waste of a talent like Cam Newton. For this reason, the Panthers should draft Christian Kirk out of Texas A&M in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Panthers can trade up in the second round to acquire Kirk, who could be the biggest steal in the draft at that spot.
27. Chicago Bears: (WR) Calvin Ridley
It makes sense if the Bears are afraid to pull the trigger on another wide receiver in the top 10 of the NFL draft after selecting Kevin White with the #7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. White has been a tremendous bust due to the fact that he has never truly been healthy enough to see significant playing time. Unless the Bears feel White’s injury woes are behind him, they should move on.
This draft is set-up perfectly for the Bears to select Calvin Ridley in the top 10. Ridley is the best receiver in the 2018 draft and has the size and speed to become a dominant #1 receiver in the NFL. The Bears need to surround Mitchell Trubisky with better playmakers and picking up a guy like Ridley would go a long way in Trubisky’s second year development. Plus it’s usually a good idea to draft players from Alabama.
26. Cincinnati Bengals: (QB) Baker Mayfield
It was fun while it lasted, but Andy Dalton’s time in Cincinnati is coming to an end sooner than later. Marvin Lewis may have somehow miraculously kept his job this offseason but if he expects to be the coach this time next year, he will need to make a significant change at quarterback. While A.J. McCarron could possibly get a shot to start the season, the Bengals need some excitement in their QB room.
By drafting Baker Mayfield, the Bengals would be taking a high risk, high reward player. Mayfield was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2017 and showed glimpses of potential NFL stardom during his collegiate career. He has a bit of an attitude on the field, which may not sit well with Marvin Lewis, but that type of attitude is what the Bengals need to get out of their funk. Seriously, the Bengals are the most boring team in the NFL . . . not even Vontaze Burfict and Pacman Jones can save them from that title.
25. Cleveland Browns: (QB) Josh Allen
The 2018 NFL Draft is going to be so pivotal for the Cleveland Browns’ chances at finally turning around their tumultuous franchise. They have the #1 overall selection and the #4 overall selection. Many experts are predicting that they will use the #1 overall selection on quarterback Josh Allen, and the #4 pick on running back Saquon Barkley if he’s still available. Both would be upgrades at their respective positions for the Browns.
But here we will focus on the quarterback position and Josh Allen. Allen is a massive man for a quarterback and has the strong arm to go with it. His physical tools alone will give him the advantage over Deshone Kizer and it would be expected that he would be the week 1 starter. Allen has accuracy issues and played at a smaller school in college so the Browns must develop him with more diligence than they did with Kizer if they truly want to win at least one game next season (ouch).
24. Dallas Cowboys: (WR) Martavis Bryant
Sorry Cowboy fans, but Dez Bryant just isn’t cutting it anymore in the Big D. Dez hasn’t had a 1,000 yard season since 2014 and flat out looked miserable last season in Dallas. I’m not saying that Dez is done in the NFL, but he definitely needs a change of scenery in order to revive his star-power. The Cowboys too could use a new big bodied receiver in need of a change of scenery, and his last name is Bryant also.
Yes, the Cowboys should make a move to trade for Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The disgruntled wideout has made clear that he is not thrilled with his role in Pittsburgh, as he now appears to be behind both Antonio Brown and newcomer Juju Smith-Schuster on the depth chart. The Cowboys could probably acquire Bryant for a mid round pick, which would be well worth the gamble for a guy with the potential of Bryant. His big play ability could quickly allow the Cowboys forget about Dez.
23. Denver Broncos: (QB) Eli Manning
This move just makes too much sense for the Denver Broncos not to make it. The Giants are entering a period of rebuilding with new head coach Pat Shurmur and he will certainly want his own young quarterback to groom. Eli Manning could be used as a bridge quarterback for next year for the Giants, or they could trade him and get more future assets. While Giants GM David Gettleman and Shurmur have both expressed interest in Eli returning, an enticing trade offer could alter their opinion.
The Denver Broncos have their own quarterback issues to deal with and Eli Manning would help shore up their position for at least the next two seasons. Manning is still a top-15 quarterback in the NFL when motivated and the idea of competing for one last Super Bowl would light a fire in him. With the Broncos defense, Eli would just have to manage the game and avoid costly turnovers . . . much like his older brother Peyton did for Denver in the final year of his career. Regardless, the Broncos will also select a young quarterback to develop in this draft along with this move.
22. Detroit Lions: (RB) Rashaad Penny
In a story that went viral last offseason, it was shown that the Detroit Lions selected running back Ameer Abdullah one pick before the Arizona Cardinals were going to pick him. The Cardinals draft room was upset, as they even had Abdullah on the phone when it happened. But the Cardinals ended up drafting David Johnson in the next round and we all know how that turned out. Unfortunately for the Lions, Abdullah has not panned out quite as well.
The Lions need to admit that Abdullah was a failed pick and draft another youngster this offseason. While he may not be a sexy pick right now, Rashaad Penny out of San Diego State University is poised to be the next rookie running back sensation. He has NFL size (6’0″, 220 lbs), NFL speed (could clock in around 4.4 in the 40 yard dash), and high level of production. In his one season as the Aztecs lead back, Penny amassed 2,248 yards rushing to lead the nation. Oh and he also had 3 kickoff returns for TDs. This is Detroit’s second chance to draft a guy like David Johnson (overlooked, yet highly talented) and they’d better take it.
21. Green Bay Packers, (RB) Adrian Peterson
How fitting would it be for the greatest running back of the past decade to return to the NFC North as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Yes, it would be almost unimaginable for Vikings fans to see their once beloved running back wearing the Green and Yellow colors in Lambaeu Field. But it would also be sweet payback for Brett Favre joining the Vikings in 2009.
The Packers have a stable of young running backs that showed glimpses of potential last season, but they still lack that dynamic backfield presence that a guy like Adrian Peterson brings. Peterson showed in Arizona last year that he still has ample burst and legendary power when given enough carries. Peterson will likely be cut by Arizona this offseason with David Johnson set to return from injury, thus the Packers could bring him in on a very team friendly deal. Just imagine the things the Pack could do with Rodgers and Peterson running play-action.
20. Houston Texans: (WR) Jarvis Landry
With Deshaun Watson looking like a true franchise quarterback in his brief time before suffering a terrible knee injury, it will be his job to lose going into next season. Also, I am personally a believer that D’Onta Foreman is the next lead back in Houston as they will continue to ween Lamar Miller’s carries. Wide receiver is also a position of strength in the sense that Texans have DeAndre Hopkins.
But the Texans could use some more help on the other side of Hopkins. When Hopkins runs his deep downfield routes, it would be huge for the Texans if they had a smaller, quicker guy like Jarvis Landry for those underneath to intermediate routes. Landry is coming off a 112-catch season in Miami and would make for a great safety net for Watson. Signing him in free agency should be a priority for the Texans.
19. Indianapolis Colts: (RB) Carlos Hyde
Frank Gore is a legend and had a heck of a season for the downtrodden Indianapolis Colts in 2017, even coming very close to 1,000 yards. This is extremely impressive given the fact that the Colts were often trailing early in games and were forced to throw the ball more in an effort to come back. But Frank Gore will be 35 by the start of next season and he just doesn’t scare defenders the way he used to.
In what would be an ironic scenario, the Colts could replace Gore with the same man that stole his spot in San Francisco, Carlos Hyde. Hyde doesn’t receive much recognition in the Bay Area but he is a big, bruising style runner that goes North and South in a hurry. He also is a monster near the goal line when given the opportunity. If Andrew Luck is healthy, he will appreciate an upgrade from the aging Gore to the youthful Hyde.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars: (QB) Teddy Bridgewater
Let’s tell it like it is: if the Jacksonville Jaguars had a better quarterback, they could quite easily be the Super Bowl champions for the 2017-18 season. Instead of going into next season hoping that Bortles finally develops into a stud, why not take a chance on a guy like Teddy Bridgewater?
Bridgewater was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season before he suffered a gruesome, non-contact knee injury that took him out of football completely for over a year. But Bridgewater is healthy again and ready to take the reigns of an NFL team. If the Vikings choose to move on from their once budding star quarterback, the Jaguars better jump all over him. The Jags just cannot sit around and waste their amazing defense by starting Bortles each Sunday without a true alternative on their roster.
17. Kansas City Chiefs: (WR) Dez Bryant
Whenever you are about to turn to a young and inexperienced quarterback, it’s essential that you surround them with a safety wideout. A safety wideout is a big-bodied wide receiver that can act as a sort of bailout for a young quarterback, as they will consistently come down with those 50/50 balls. Patrick Mahomes seems set to take the starting job in 2018 and needs a receiver like Dez Bryant.
Although Bryant struggled in 2017, he is still a serious receiving threat and would be an immediate upgrade for Kansas City. Because Dez is an outside receiver, he would help space the field even more for the ever explosive Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt. He will also give Mahomes an on the job training for how quarterbacks have to deal with diva wide receivers in the huddle. This is a medium risk, high reward signing for the Chiefs.
16. Los Angeles Rams, (WR) Michael Crabtree
Players like Michael Crabtree don’t just fade away in their careers. They are too in love with the spotlight to just go gently and without a sound. Crabtree was almost forgotten about this season, as he and the Raiders offense consistently struggled to move the ball on offense. All reports so far are stating that Crabtree will definitely be released by the Raiders this offseason.
Crabtree can still put up monster numbers though, if put in the right situation. The Rams are not going to be able to afford Sammy Watkins, and honestly may be ready to move on from him anyway. Crabtree could take over the #1 receiver spot in Los Angeles and become a star again. He performs best when the bright lights are on him and that would be the case in Hollywood. Goff, Gurley, and Crabtree is a dynamic trio that would be a nightmare in the redzone for opposing defenses.
15. Los Angeles Chargers: (QB) Mason Rudolph
For a team that missed the playoffs (again) last season, the Los Angeles Chargers are actually pretty set at the skilled positions on offense heading into the 2018 season. With Philip Rivers still slinging it 40 plus times a game, Keenan Allen proving he can play a full season without injuries and Melvin Gordon continuing to progress in the backfield, the Chargers are in good shape for a playoff run in 2018. Their main offseason upgrades will consist of the o-line and their front seven.
But beyond next season, the future on offense becomes a little more dim in the bright lights of Los Angeles. This is because Philip Rivers is nearing the end of his career and there is no succession plan in place to transition the Chargers from the Rivers era when he decides to hang it up, which will be sooner than later. Drafting a development guy like Mason Rudolph is the best move for the Chargers. His build and style is similar to Rivers and he would be afforded the opportunity to sit and learn from one of the greatest QBs of this generation. If they can get him in the second round, that’s even better.
14. Miami Dolphins: (WR) Emmanuel Sanders
There were rumors that the Denver Broncos grew tired of their star receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, during the 2017 campaign. As the teams struggled, Sanders attitude went south along with his production, although his production issues can be blamed largely on the poor quarterback play in Denver last season. But still there is a sense that Sanders’ days in Denver may be concluding, especially if they want to get younger during a potential looming rebuild.
The Dolphins had playoff hopes going into 2017, but those hopes were all but slashed when their starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, went down with an injury in preseason. The Dolphins later traded their starting running back, Jay Ajayi, to the Eagles, but backup Kenyon Drake showed that he may be ready for the featured role. If the Dolphins lose Jarvis Landry this offseason, which many believe they will, they should be more than willing to give up a couple of draft picks for the Sanders. If he’s healthy, Sanders is a lock for a 1,000 yard season as the #1 option in Miami.
13. Minnesota Vikings: (QB) Lamar Jackson
This selection is so muddled at that moment that it is impossible to determine how the Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation will shape up heading into the 2018 season. With Case Keenum having a remarkable season filling in for the injured Sam Bradford really complicates things, but his NFC Championship game performance might have ended his chances of a big pay day.
The Vikings also have Teddy Bridgewater, who head coach Mike Zimmer reportedly loves, but Bridgewater is supposedly healthy now and the Vikings didn’t trust him enough to switch him for Keenum before the playoffs began. Bridgewater’s injury concerns cannot be overlooked and nobody knows that better than the Vikings. In this situation, the Vikings select another former Louisville Cardinal in Lamar Jackson. Jackson followed Bridgewater at Louisville and made Cardinal fans forget about Teddy while winning the Heisman trophy in 2016. He will have the same polarizing effect on the fans in Minnesota in 2018. Plus, Jackson and Dalvin Cook in the backfield would be a nightmare for opposing coordinators.
12. New England Patriots: (RB) LeGarratte Blount
This may not be the most exciting signing but let’s face it Patriot fans, you guys already get to have enough fun each season. The Patriots are obviously set at quarterback with Tom Brady and have Brandin Cooks as a legitimate #1 receiver. It really doesn’t matter who is playing receiver for the Patriots, however, because Brady will make them look better than they are. With Jimmy Garoppolo gone, the Pats could use another succession plan for Brady, but the Pats seem to be set on going all in now, before Brady retires.
The one thing the Patriots offense has lacked this season is a running back that destroys opposing defenses in short yardage and goal-line situations. Rex Burkhead has done a commendable job at that so far this year and obviously Dion Lewis and James White are great in the open field. But LeGarratte Blount brings a physicality that is unmatched my many NFL running backs. He can destroy teams in the 4th quarter when they are tired and sore, and this takes pressure off of Brady. If the Eagles can’t bring him back, Blount needs to return to New England asap.
11. New Orleans Saints, (WR/TE) Jimmy Graham
Okay maybe I’m breaking the rules here a little bit, but it wasn’t that long ago that there was serious debate as to whether Jimmy Graham was to be considered a tight end or a wide receiver. Seriously, this debate was over the amount of money he should receive under a franchise tag (he would make more if considered a receiver). This money issue is one of the reason that Graham was traded from the Saints to the Seattle Seahawks back in 2015.
Graham was a monster during his time in New Orleans and formed one of the most formidable tandems in the NFL with Drew Brees. In fact, Graham had 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014 alone. After leaving the Saints, his production fell off the table as he suffered numerous injuries. Even when healthy, Graham and Russell Wilson just never seemed to be on the same page. Graham could have a career revitalization if he returns to New Orleans and the Saints should welcome him back with open arms.
10. New York Giants: (QB) Josh Rosen
The New York Giants have an incredible opportunity to restart their franchise this offseason as they hold the #2 pick in the draft. The Giants haven’t had a pick that high since the year they drafted Eli Manning and, ironically, this year they will select his replacement. Josh Rosen just looks like he should be the quarterback of the New York Giants and has a very similar skill-set to Eli.
Rosen loves the spotlight and will have all the attention he can handle while playing in the Big Apple. The Giants also have a capable defense and a strong receiving core, when they are healthy at least. Rosen may struggle at times in his first year, but a pairing of he and Odell Beckham Jr. will create mismatches in the NFC East for years to come.
9. New York Jets: (QB) Sam Darnold
For as good as Josh McCown played last season for the New York Jets, I really hope he retires because he’s going to regret all of these major hits and injuries when he gets older. Other than McCown, however, the Jets quarterback room was terrible. Bryce Petty is clearly not an NFL starter and arguably is closer to third string caliber. And we have no idea what Christian Hackenberg is capable of because the Jets refused to play him.
The Jets need to accept that they are in need of a true franchise quarterback and pull the plug on Sam Darnold if he remains available at their first round pick. Darnold’s draft stock fluctuates more than Cryptocurrency these days, but there is no way he doesn’t go in the top-10. The Jets may be worrisome of drafting another USC quarterback, but don’t worry Jets fans, Darnold is much better than Mark “Butt-fumble” Sanchez.
8. Oakland Raiders: (WR) Calvin Johnson
Yes, I do realize that Calvin Johnson retired last offseason, but that could change quickly if the right deal were presented to him. Johnson is a smart man and knows that he missed out on many advertising and networking possibilities by being stranded in Detroit for his whole career. This would not be the case at all if he were to make a return to the NFL for the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders #1 receiver, Amari Cooper, struggled mightily last year and the team is ready to move on from Michael Crabtree per reports. Johnson would create a new buzz around the Raiders and would breathe life into David Carr’s career. The Raiders were able to convince Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement last offseason so they know how get it done. Plus, Johnson spent time with the Raiders last year as a special guest offensive coordinator (pictured above), so he is familiar with the franchise and comfortable wearing the silver and black.
7. Philadelphia Eagles: (RB) Le’Veon Bell
Is there anything that would give the Philadelphia Eagles more bragging rights than appearing in the Super Bowl and then turning around stealing the state of Pennsylvania’s best player from their in-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers? Seriously, I think the city of Philadelphia would have to build a 20 foot wall around the city to keep out all the burning terrible towels.
It’s crazy to think about, but it’s actually a possibility with Le’Veon Bell entering a free agency period. While all experts agree that they will not let Le’Veon go as a restricted free agency, they may not have a choice but to sign and trade Bell if he continues to be disrespected by their contract offers and refuses to play for them. Bell in Philly would be nasty and would immediately make them favorites for the 2018-2019 season.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers, (RB) Nick Chubb
The Pittsburgh Big-3 may be coming to an end soon, and I’m not talking about the hit show “This Is Us.” Instead I’m referring to the threesome of Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell. Big Ben sounds like he could retire any year now and Le’Veon Bell is undergoing serious contract issues with the Steelers front office. Depending on the direction the want to go, the Steelers might have to make the tough business choice and cut ties with Bell.
If they go this route, look for the Steelers to draft a new running back early in the draft. Luckily for them, the 2018 NFL Draft is stocked full with talented running backs that are ready to make an impact in the NFL. Nick Chubb from Georgia is one of those running backs. Chubb is a big and fast back that will easily develop into a three down back. He may never be as good as Le’Veon Bell, but he would be a darn good replacement option.
5. San Francisco 49ers, (WR) Danny Amendola
The way that Danny Amendola plays makes him a fan favorite in New England, but Amendola is 32 years old and may jump at the opportunity for a big pay day this offseason. Although Amendola has never put up big stats in any given year, he is the type of player that teams need in order to break through that championship caliber echelon. He is clutch and he is tough.
The 49ers caught the attention of the NFL when they reeled off five straight victories to end the season after moving Jimmy Garoppolo to the starting quarterback position. If the 49ers expect to re-sign Jimmy G and make a run for the playoffs, it would be helpful for them to bring in Garoppolo’s former Patriot teammate to run the slot receiver position. This would be fun to see if Garoppolo can use a guy like Amendola the way Brady does.
4. Seattle Seahawks: (RB) Marshawn Lynch
This one again is going to draw the eye roll of many readers, but why couldn’t it happen?Better yet, why shouldn’t this happen? Marshawn Lynch was the king of Seattle when he decided to retire, albeit only to immediately come back with his hometown Raiders. But Lynch just doesn’t fit the Raiders like he does the Seahawks and if he wants to have late career success, he’s better off requesting a trade back to Seattle.
The Seahawks fans and Russell Wilson would bring him back with open arms. Pete Carroll might have to apologize one more time for not letting him run it from the 1 yard line in the Super Bowl, but eventually they could move on from that. The NFL is more entertaining when there is a chance of the Seattle Beastquake happening again. The Seahawks will even add a lifetime of Skittles as an incentive for 10-plus touchdowns.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (RB) DeMarco Murray
There was no more disappointing team offensively than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017. This team was supposed to be a high-powered scoring machine with Jameis Winston taking more strides in his development, Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson controlling the receiving game, and Doug Martin returning to his bell-cow ways. None of these projections actually happened in 2017.
Doug Martin was especially dreadful and was shut down by the team before the final week. If the Bucs want help Winston develop, they should go out and get him DeMarco Murray from Tennessee to establish a more dominant run game. Murray still has a lot left in the tank and is eager to remain the lead back somewhere. In Tennessee, he would have to compete for carries with Derrick Henry, but in Tampa Bay it would be the DeMarco show again. Plus living in sunny Florida, DeMarco would no longer have to rely on “spray tans.” If you don’t know what I’m joking about there, please google it.
2. Tennessee Titans, (WR) Sammy Watkins
During his time in Buffalo, Sammy Watkins was generally disappointing and it led to him becoming an expandable asset and ultimately traded to the Los Angeles Rams. For the Rams, Watkins was much more consistent but he still didn’t produce monster numbers like you would expect out of him, especially in such a potent offense.
Despite these knocks on Watkins, he is still one of the most valuable wide receivers in this free agency class. The Rams will try to re-sign him, but will be unable to afford him once the bidding begins. Do the Titans need Sammy Watkins? Probably not. Do the Titans want Sammy Watkins? Absolutely. The Titans somehow made the playoffs in 2017 and adding Watkins would significantly increase their chances of doing so again in 2018.
1. Washington Redskins: (QB) Colin Kaepernick
Deciding to save the biggest upgrade surprise for last, the Washington Redskins should sign Colin Kaepernick to be their starting quarterback to start the 2018 season. Hear me out; if the Redskins don’t want to pay Kirk Cousins long-term money, which it appears they don’t, then what direction should they go? Colt McCoy is not the answer. They can draft a young quarterback to develop, but who would they start next year?
Honestly. If the Redskins lose Kirk Cousins, this is not a very good team heading into 2018. They might as well have some fun while they lose in 2018 and perhaps, just maybe, they will catch lightning in a bottle with Kaepernick. On the football field, Kaepernick has always produced, but will his political stances keep him out of the NFL for another season? Hey Redskins, still think not paying Kirk Cousins is a good idea now?
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