Top NFL Free Agents: Where Will They Land?
The NFL season may be the time to rest for the NFL players, but for the front offices there is no such thing as rest if you want to build a winning franchise, or keep one running.
And as with any offseason, there are several big names who have yet to sign or find a new home. Today we’ll look at a few of those names and where they may land, or at least where they could land.
Joe Flacco – Most Likely: Baltimore Ravens
First up is Joe Flacco and it’s not a big surprise that the Ravens really want him back. The question is how much in terms of dollars? After Flacco’s flawless performance during last season’s playoff run, he will likely become the highest paid quarterback in the league and if the Ravens aren’t willing to out that type of contract, this Raven will surely fly away. But based on all accounts, the Ravens are ready and willing to re-resign him. The two parties just need to sit down and talk numbers. That should happen soon, but count on Flacco to lead the Ravens again next season.
Jake Long – Most Likely: Jaguars/Packers/Cardinals
Offensive tackle Jake Long has had a rough couple of seasons with the Miami Dolphins, but he’ll likely still be going after a large contract, as he’s one of the biggest lineman in the league who’s in his prime. Although he’s sustained multiple injuries and allowed a career high 11 sacks last season, this former first round pick could still be an impenetrable force on the right squad. If he does leave Miami, there are a number of teams that would be more than happy to scoop him up for a good deal. Three of those teams are the Jaguars, Packers and Cardinals, who were each ranked at the bottom three spots in the league in the sacks allowed category. If he gets a good offer from Green Bay he could head there. They still have a great team and if they are able to protect Aaron Rodgers a little better next season, they could contend for another Super Bowl title.
Mike Wallace – Most Likely: Cleveland Browns
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert recently said big changes were on the horizon for his squad, which means since Mike Wallace’s contract is up, he may be headed out of Pittsburgh. Wallace’s speed will make him a hot commodity if he ends up hitting the market, but one team that really needs some help at the receiver position (among other positions) is the Cleveland Browns. Not only that, but the Browns have plenty of money to burn with nearly $50 million in cap space. The Browns will certainly go on a shopping spree with that cash and one player they should go after is Mike Wallace.