Published On: Tue, Mar 6th, 2018

Free-agency matchmaker: Finding the perfect addition for all 32 teams

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With NFL free agency set to open March 14, every team will be searching for a veteran addition to help take them to the next level. Below, we take a look at the free agents set to hit the market and matched them to their ideal AFC team.


Bengals: C Weston Richburg

Every position on the Bengals’ offensive line could use an upgrade. Richburg managed to stand out as a tough competitor on the New York Giants’ lackluster offensive line. He would be an ideal fit for AFC North football.

Bills: RB Isaiah Crowell

LeSean McCoy provided the bulk of the offense for the Bills in 2017, but he’ll be 30 years old by the start of next year and will need a younger, stronger running mate. Crowell can be the thunder to McCoy’s lightning behind an improving offensive line in Buffalo.

Broncos: QB Kirk Cousins

Cousins wants to go somewhere he can win and the Broncos are reportedly all in for his services. With a veteran receiving duo and stars on defense, Cousins would put the Broncos back in playoff contention with the stroke of a pen.

Browns: QB AJ McCarron

Despite having two, top-four picks in this quarterback-heavy draft, the Browns need to add some sort of veteran presence under center after going 1-31 over the last two years. After trying and failing to acquire Hue Jackson’s former pupil via trade, the Browns have already tipped their hand.

Colts: G Andrew Norwell

Norwell may be the most coveted offensive lineman in free agency. GM Chris Ballard will be eager to provide added protection for Andrew Luck upon the quarterback’s return and has the cap space to offer Norwell big money.

Chargers: S Morgan Burnett

The Chargers have had great success with the last defensive back to be signed away from the Packers in Casey Hayward, and their safety position has been underwhelming lately. Burnett is perhaps the best safety on the market and would shore up the back end of a solid defense in L.A.

Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins

Patrick Mahomes is going to need more than just Tyreek Hill to target downfield and, honestly, the Chiefs have been lacking a traditional top receiver for years. Watkins is likely to get a short-term “prove it” deal, and the Chiefs would be silly not to give him a chance as they mold the offense for Mahomes.

Dolphins: CB Trumaine Johnson

Miami’s cornerback group is young and inconsistent, but they’re also cheap. The Dolphins can afford the high salary Johnson will demand and desperately need a veteran presence to shadow the opposition’s top target.

Jaguars: TE Trey Burton

The intermediate, play-action passing game should be Blake Bortles’ bread and butter, but he’s had few options to target there. Burton, using the intermediate routes to his advantage, came on strong as a playmaker for the Eagles as part of their run-pass option attack.

Jets: RB Carlos Hyde

The Jets have been wanting an every-down bell cow for the better part of the last decade. Hyde proved to be a well-rounded, tough runner with the 49ers, but he’s not a great fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. At 27 years old, the Jets may be able to ride Hyde through his prime.

Patriots: DE Alex Okafor

A quality pass-rusher has been a need for the Patriots since they traded away Chandler Jones in 2016. While Okafor won’t fix the problem on his own, there likely won’t be any top-level defensive end on the market. Okafor, who is coming off an Achilles tear, could lead a rotation of pass-rushers in New England.

Raiders: DT Star Lotulelei

The Raiders didn’t address weaknesses in the middle of their defense last offseason and it came back to bite them. Lotulelei, 28, doesn’t make splashy plays, but he may be the best defensive lineman on the market and is capable of creating room for Khalil Mack and others to rack up sacks.

Ravens: WR Danny Amendola

The Ravens receiving corps has been littered with burners for Joe Flacco to target deep. Amendola can provide a reliable option on shorter routes, particularity third downs, to help create a more consistent, sustainable offense.

Steelers: LB Tahir Whitehead

Ryan Shazier potentially won’t suit up for another NFL game, let alone in 2018. Whitehead is among the faster, more athletic linebackers in the league. He may not provide all the plays Shazier can, but his tackle total will be among the NFL’s best.

Texans: LT Nate Solder

The Texans’ number one priority for the foreseeable future should be keeping Deshaun Watson healthy. Without a first-round pick, free agency is where they will have to address that, and Nate Solder is the top offensive tackle available.

Titans: CB Jonathan Joseph

Titans new head coach Mike Vrabel may need some familiar faces to help install his system in Houston. Joseph worked with Vrabel the past four seasons. He won’t demand a high salary, and the Titans could use his leadership in their shaky secondary.


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