2011 NFL Free Agent Forecast: Defense
Ray Edwards to the Seattle Seahawks
- Seattle got a log of production last year from the DE spot, although it wasn’t packed with talent. During the draft, the Seahawks added physicality to their team and OL, so I think it would make sense if their deep-pocketed owner brought in a bona-fide pass rusher in Edwards who is destined to change teams.
Cullen Jenkins to the Washington Redskins
- Typical Redskins off-season move. Jenkins is a solid and versatile player who finally got the credit he deserved during the Packers’ Super Bowl run. I can the Redskins giving him a huge contract to play on their d-line.
Aubrayo Franklin to the Kansas City Chiefs
- About a 50/50 chance he re-signs, but if not…the Kansas City Chiefs would be a good fit. Signed his franchise tender just before the 2010 season because he was not happy with being franchise tagged. Run stuffer who should hit pay dirt since they barely paid him for last year.
Stephen Tulloch stays with the Titans
- With the Titans youth movement, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him go, especially because he is a top LB. They should do what they must to keep him, but the price may not be right for a rebulding teams. Lions a possibility since he fits a hole and would be productive, but they would probably need to show him the money.
Kevin Burnett stays with the San Diego Chargers
- Had a phenomenal season in 2010 establishing himself as a premier defensive playmaker in my mind. San Diego would be foolish not to make him their first priority.
Barrett Ruud to the New York Giants
- A lot of people have been speculating that his departure is a foregone conclusion. I think this would be a big mistake. If this is true, he would be an asset to the Giants as a tackling machine in the middle of their defense.
Nnamdi Asomugha to the Philadelphia Eagles
- If the Eagles want him, they’ll get him and they need him. WHY
Johnathan Joseph to the Detroit Lions
- The Bengals appear to be in rebuilding mode. So why would they re-sign their #2 CB? They probably won’t. I think he would be a good fit in Detroit where they definitely need a CB.
Antonio Cromartie stays with the New York Jets
- Cromartie certainly made headlines in his first year in NY. Some good and some bad. While I like Kyle Wilson, it might be more prudent to keep the Revis-Cromartie combo in place rather than replacing it this unique season. Cowboys would make sense, since they don’t want Nnamdi and Newman has been losing it more every year.
Eric Weddle to the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Jacksonville had one of the worst secondaries in the business last year. They have said that they will upgrade the D, but not at the CB position, making safety the primary target. Weddle has good ball skills and isn’t afraid to put his nose in their, Del Rio’s type of guy.
Quintin Mikell to the St. Louis Rams
- They need to replace Atogwe and Mikell is coming off his best season. Coach Spags will be familiar with him from his time in Philly. Although a SS not a FS, his leadership and ability is an upgrade.
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