The NFL is set for another wild offseason, with many prominent players entering free agency. The top 50 free agents should have plenty of suitors, but these locations look ideal for them heading into 2021.

 

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EDGE Shaquil Barrett | Ideal spot: Broncos

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Barrett became a breakout star after leaving Denver for Tampa Bay in 2019, leading the NFL with 19.5 sacks in his first season down south and adding eight sacks last year. He’d certainly like to cash in this offseason, and we can’t rule out a move back to Denver and possibly replacing Von Miller. Barrett could be joining a different defense than the one he last played in with the Broncos under Vance Joseph.

 

QB Jacoby Brissett | Ideal spot: Saints

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Brissett came to the rescue for the Colts in 2019 when Andrew Luck abruptly retired, and proved to be a good protector of the ball, if nothing else. He looks like one of the better backups in the league and could be a solid backup option for Sean Payton if the Taysom Hill experiment doesn’t go as well full-time next season.

 

WR Antonio Brown | Ideal spot: Buccaneers

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The fact is that Brown has alienated multiple NFL organizations, but he stayed in check with Tom Brady after signing in Tampa last season. Despite tremendous talent, Brown’s market will likely be limited again this offseason, but he seems like a nice fit if the Bucs can pay him.

 

RB Chris Carson | Ideal spot: Jets

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Seattle could have a hard time paying big bucks to a running back, but Carson seems worthy with two 1,000 yard seasons and 4.6 yards per carry for his career. The Jets have the cap room, need at running back, and have shown a willingness to spend at the position in recent years such as with Le’Veon Bell. With the short career of running backs, Carson would be best served finding the top money offer.

 

EDGE Jadeveon Clowney | Ideal spot: Bills

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Clowney struggled to find a home last offseason and managed to play only eight games in Tennessee, failing to record a sack. He’s hoping for a bounceback season at age 28, and a Bills squad desperate for edge rush help could be a nice fit for team and player.

 

LB Lavonte David | Ideal spot: Buccaneers

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David has become a franchise player in Tampa Bay over the last nine seasons, showing great consistency with eight 100-plus tackle seasons. He continues to play at a high level in his early 30’s, so it would seem unlikely the Bucs would let David go without a fight.

 

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WR Corey Davis | Ideal spot: Bears

WR Corey Davis | Ideal spot: Bears

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The former fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft, Davis has been overshadowed by A.J. Brown in the Titans offense over the last two seasons. He’s still coming off a career year with 65 catches for 984 yards and five scores in 14 games and has the physical attributes of a No. 1 wideout. The Bears can offer him that role if they’re unable to re-sign Allen Robinson.

 

RB Kenyan Drake | Ideal spot: 49ers

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Kyle Shanahan can seemingly turn anything into a diamond at running back, but he particularly prospers with speed backs. Drake still has plenty of speed going into his age 27 season and has quietly recorded over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in three consecutive years. San Francisco probably wouldn’t have to break the bank to put Drake at the head of their committee next season.

 

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EDGE Bud Dupree | Ideal spot: Chargers

EDGE Bud Dupree | Ideal spot: Chargers

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Dupree comes with some risk after suffering a torn ACL late last season, and that could cause him to settle for a short-term deal despite recording 11.5 sacks in 2019 and eight sacks in 11 games last year. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh still might not have the cap room to make things work, but the Chargers are a potential landing spot as they potentially look to replace Melvin Ingram.

 

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick | Ideal spot: Washington

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It was yet another productive year for Fitzpatrick in 2020 as he kept the starting quarterback seat warm for Tua Tagovailoa. Washington got nice production from the conservative Alex Smith late last year, but a “gunslinger” like Fitzpatrick might be what the team needs for its stagnant offense.

 

WR Will Fuller | Ideal spot: Patriots

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Fuller is the type of undersized, explosive route runner that Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have found success with over the years, and he’s coming off a career year with 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games. With plenty of cap space, Fuller could find the money he’s wanting with the Pats.

 

WR Chris Godwin | Ideal spot: Bengals

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Tampa Bay would certainly like to bring back Godwin if the numbers work, even after a disappointing 2020 season. Drops and injuries have become too common for Godwin, but he still has immense upside. With the likely departure of A.J. Green, Cincinnati could be in the market to pay a wideout to help Joe Burrow, and Godwin would be an excellent complement to Tyler Boyd and young Tee Higgins.

 

WR Kenny Golladay | Ideal spot: Lions

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Golladay is coming off an injury-plagued season, but it would be an upset if the Lions let him get away. When healthy, Golladay has shown elite ability over the last three seasons, and Detroit needs all the help it can get after downgrading at quarterback to Jared Goff.

 

TE Rob Gronkowski | Ideal spot: Buccaneers

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Gronk came out of retirement to rejoin Tom Brady in Tampa Bay last season, and it remains to be seen what he will decide to do next season. If he does play again, it certainly seems likely he will stick with his long-time quarterback.

 

S Anthony Harris | Ideal spot: Ravens

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Harris was brought back by Minnesota last year after a breakout in 2019, and he proceeded to easily set a career-high in tackles (104) as one of the top safeties in the game. Now it looks like Harris might have priced himself out of Minnesota, but Baltimore could be in play after moving on from Earl Thomas just before Week 1 last season.

 

EDGE Trey Hendrickson | Ideal spot: Saints

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New Orleans has long been bullish about Hendrickson’s development, and they looked smart when he finally paid dividends last season with 13.5 sacks. Limited cap space could cause the team to get creative, but they’d certainly like to bring Hendrickson back with a squad that’s likely to lean more on the defense in the short term.

 

TE Hunter Henry | Ideal spot: Patriots

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Henry has elite receiving ability at tight end, but injuries have gotten in the way of his development while with the Chargers. It’s likely the Chargers will try to bring Henry back on a long-term deal, but there should be other teams in the running. New England used two third-round picks on tight ends last year, but Henry would still make the receiver-needy team better instantly.

 

CB Mike Hilton | Ideal spot: Eagles

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Cornerback is one of several areas Philadelphia needs to address this offseason, and Hilton is one of the top players available at the position after four seasons in Pittsburgh. His ability to contribute in all facets, including 9.5 career sacks, would be a welcome playmaker addition to Philly’s defense.

 

EDGE Justin Houston | Ideal spot: Chiefs

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Houston has proven he can be durable and productive since leaving the Chiefs two years ago, with 19 sacks in two seasons with the Colts. The Chiefs don’t have much cap space, but they do have a need at defensive end. Houston has unfinished business in KC and could possibly take a discount for the shot at a championship.

 

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EDGE Melvin Ingram | Ideal spot: Rams

EDGE Melvin Ingram | Ideal spot: Rams

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Ingram got paid last season, only to have his worst season with no sacks in seven games. It might be time for the Chargers to move on from the three-time Pro Bowler, but another time should be willing to take a flier on the veteran pass rusher.

 

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CB William Jackson | Ideal spot: Colts

CB William Jackson | Ideal spot: Colts

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Jackson has been a solid starter over the last three years in Cincinnati, though it remains to be seen if he’s still in their plans after a bevy of personnel moves in the secondary last offseason. With the potential loss of Xavier Rhodes, the Colts could be in the market for a shutdown corner.

 

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RB Aaron Jones | Ideal spot: Falcons

RB Aaron Jones | Ideal spot: Falcons

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Atlanta hoped to get a dynamic rebound from Todd Gurley last year, but the former Ram averaged only 3.5 yards per carry. Jones clearly has more upside with back-to-back elite seasons and a Pro Bowl in 2020. Green Bay’s offense would be extremely diminished without Jones, but they also used a second-round pick last year on A.J. Dillon.

 

WR Marvin Jones | Ideal spot: Chiefs

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Jones has been quietly productive in four seasons with Detroit, with one 1,000 yard season and nine touchdowns in three of four years. He’s getting long in the tooth at age 31 but remains a great deep and Red Zone threat. The Chiefs would love a complementary piece for Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, with the opt-injured Sammy Watkins heading to free agency again.

 

EDGE Matt Judon | Ideal spot: Vikings

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The loss of Everson Griffen and an injury Danielle Hunter killed the Vikings defense last year. Hunter should return in 2021, but he could use some help on the other side of the line. Judon has been a consistent performer with Baltimore, recording 34.5 sacks over five seasons, and would make for a solid, reasonably priced addition.

 

CB Desmond King | Ideal spot: Cowboys

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The Cowboys struggled to overcome the loss of Byron Jones last year, and would certainly welcome a new cornerback. King has shown some inconsistency in his first four seasons but could be a much-needed shutdown slot corner in Dallas.

 

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OC Corey Linsley | Ideal spot: Chiefs

OC Corey Linsley | Ideal spot: Chiefs

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Linsley was an All-Pro at center last year despite missing time to injury and should net a big contract after seven excellent seasons with Green Bay. The Chiefs desperately need to improve on the interior of the offensive line, struggling to run the ball lately and could lose starting center Austin Reiter in free agency.

 

OC Alex Mack | Ideal spot: 49ers

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Mack enters free agency with the goal of a championship at age 35, and he has experience under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan while the coach served as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. San Francisco has a need for a new starter at center.

 

S Marcus Maye | Ideal spot: Browns

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Maye has done well for himself in four seasons as a starter with the Jets despite being overshadowed by Jamal Adams for much of that time. He’s coming off a career year in 2020 with 88 tackles, while the Browns went another year with rough safety play last season.

 

LB Matt Milano | Ideal spot: Patriots

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Milano is a versatile linebacker with the ability to hold his own in coverage, and he also recorded 101 tackles in 2019. Buffalo should attempt to bring him back, but the Patriots have more cap space and a serious need for linebacker help.

 

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RT Taylor Moton | Ideal spot: Jaguars

RT Taylor Moton | Ideal spot: Jaguars

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Moton is one of the most attractive offensive linemen available in free agency, showing consistent play as a three-year starter at right tackle and also youth going on age 27. Offensive line is one of Jacksonville’s many needs, and they could do some shuffling to accommodate Moton with Cam Robinson a pending free agent.

 

EDGE Yannick Ngakoue | Ideal spot: Falcons

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Ngakoue is looking for a long-term deal, and few teams have a bigger need for an edge rusher than the Falcons. Ngakoue has recorded at least eight sacks in all five of his NFL seasons, and long-time NFL coordinator Dean Pees would find plenty of uses for Ngakoue.

 

CB Patrick Peterson | Ideal spot: Cardinals

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The marriage could certainly end after 10 seasons, but it just wouldn’t seem right for Peterson to leave Arizona now that they’re back in contention. He’s lost a step but still had a relative rebound after struggling in 2019.

 

QB Dak Prescott | Ideal spot: Cowboys

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It seems inevitable that the Cowboys and Prescott will find common ground on a long-term deal, but Dallas likely cost themselves money by waiting so long. Prescott is coming off a nasty ankle injury, but he was a clear MVP candidate prior to getting hurt last year and has a chance to get the Cowboys back to playoff contention quickly.

 

OLB Haason Reddick | Ideal spot: Ravens

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A disappointment in his first three NFL seasons, Reddick took well to a new role with the Cardinals last year, recording 12.5 sacks. He comes as a risk with just one year as an edge rusher, but the risk could be worth taking for a Ravens team looking for impact players after a disappointing 2020 season.

 

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WR Allen Robinson | Ideal spot: Dolphins

WR Allen Robinson | Ideal spot: Dolphins

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Robinson is one of the top prizes of a deep wide receiver market, and his interest in returning to Chicago seems lukewarm. He could be a true impact weapon for the Dolphins and young Tua Tagovailoa, joining DeVante Parker to make one of the best wideout tandems in the league.

 

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WR Curtis Samuel | Ideal spot: Washington

WR Curtis Samuel | Ideal spot: Washington

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Samuel has proven himself a playmaker with the ball in his hands, which is the exact type of player that Washington needs to complement Terry McLaurin. Added is the fact that Samuel has extensive experience under head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner prior to 2020 in Carolina.

 

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OG Brandon Scherff | Ideal spot: Vikings

OG Brandon Scherff | Ideal spot: Vikings

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Minnesota had another rough year on the offensive line, and has a major need at guard. Durability has been an issue for Scherff, but he’s an elite player when on the field, making the Pro Bowl in four of the last five seasons while with Washington.

 

CB Richard Sherman | Ideal spot: Raiders

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Sherman is a defensive leader and solid corner, even if he’s lost a step and has more trouble staying healthy these days. The Raiders could certainly use a veteran presence in the secondary to help their youngsters, and Jon Gruden has shown a preference for veterans during his time in Oakland and Vegas.

 

S Justin Simmons | Ideal spot: Broncos

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Denver can ill-afford to let their top young players go elsewhere, and Simmons certainly qualifies after playing under the franchise tag last season. He only helped himself by recording five interceptions and making the Pro Bowl last season, and the Broncos likely cost themselves money by waiting.

 

EDGE Aldon Smith | Ideal spot: Cowboys

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Smith owes much to Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy for taking a chance on him last year after four years out of the league, putting together a highly productive season that should net him a significant contract. The comfort of a return to Dallas should be attractive.

 

TE Jonnu Smith | Ideal spot: Saints

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Smith has shown flashes of brilliance with more playing time in Tennessee over the last two seasons, and he recorded eight touchdowns in 2020. Sean Payton has shown an ability to get the most out of his tight ends during his coaching career, and Smith could come at a somewhat reasonable price as a replacement for Jared Cook.

 

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster | Ideal spot: Ravens

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Smith-Schuster looked like a No. 1 wideout in 2018, but he wasn’t the same when he ascended to that role following Antonio Brown’s departure. The Steelers are likely to move on with plenty of wideout depth behind him, but the rival Ravens could be a nice fit as they try to find a complement for the speedy Marquise Brown.

 

OG Joe Thuney | Ideal spot: Chiefs

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Thuney is arguably the top guard on the board, an area the Chiefs desperately need to address even if Laurent Duvernay-Tardif returns next season. The bigger question is whether KC can afford Thuney, who will likely be looking at a massive payday.

 

LT Alejandro Villanueva | Ideal spot: 49ers

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Villanueva’s play at left tackle has been somewhat inconsistent after making back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2017 and 2018. He still plays a position that’s at a premium and has the athleticism to be a nice fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offense with the potential departure of Trent Williams.

 

DE J.J. Watt | Ideal spot: Titans

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Watt was cut free by the Texans and is looking at a championship as he approaches the latter portion of his career. Tennessee needs an edge rusher after Jadeveon Clowney disappointed last year, and Watt has extensive familiarity with the defense after playing under Mike Vrabel in Houston.

 

RT Daryl Williams | Ideal spot: Washington

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Washington’s offensive line showed some improvement last year, but more talent is still needed. Williams started all 16 games in Buffalo last season after five years in Carolina and could be set for a bigger payday, potentially with his former head coach, Ron Rivera.

 

DL Leonard Williams | Ideal spot: Seahawks

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The Giants should do all they can to bring back Williams after a career year in which he recorded 11.5 sacks, but finding common ground could be easier said than done. Seattle has been in desperate need of pass rush help after losing Frank Clark two years ago and could be a nice fit for Williams if they can afford him.

 

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S Marcus Williams | Ideal spot: Vikings

S Marcus Williams | Ideal spot: Vikings

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Williams could be too pricey for the Saints to retain after four productive seasons. He could be a slightly cheaper option for the Vikings than fellow pending free agent Anthony Harris, depending on where the chips fall, and could add more support for a young secondary.

 

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LT Trent Williams | Ideal spot: Colts

LT Trent Williams | Ideal spot: Colts

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Williams had a strong rebound season with San Francisco but might have to go elsewhere in 2021 due to cap issues for the 49ers. Indy has a major need at left tackle with the retirement of Anthony Castonzo, and Williams would be a fit for any team.

 

LB K.J. Wright | Ideal spot: Seahawks

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Wright is synonymous with the Seahawks after 10 seasons in the organization, though his production did decline slightly last year with only 86 tackles. Seattle hasn’t hesitated to move on from other veteran defensive stalwarts in recent seasons, and they have a replacement in waiting after selecting Jordyn Brooks in the first round last year. Still, Wright would probably like to finish his career where it started.

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