In the age of free agency, pro sports is a shifting landscape each season (see: the NBA for the last couple weeks). So, when thinking about wagers for the 2019 NFL season, it’s important to know who landed where in the offseason. Here are 10 free agents who are sure to make an impact this season.
Landon Collins, Washington Redskins
Collins is a throwback NFL safety. He has somehow always been underrated because he played for the under-performing New York Giants, where scrutiny always exceeds superlatives. He might be getting overpaid, but he will definitely improve the Redskins’ talent at the position.
Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags may have missed their window to compete for a title, and Foles might not be the answer, but if he can treat every game like a big game, he at least mixes things up.
Ja’Wuan James, Denver Broncos
This is a boring one, as almost all offensive line moves are, but Joe Flacco needs protection, and this move is the Broncos doing what they can to acquire that. James isn’t elite, but he’s better than what they’ve had.
Lamarcus Joyner, Oakland Raiders
The former Rams safety has been underrated as far back as high school because of his short stature, but he understands the game and is a bulldog on the back end. The Raiders defense was atrocious last year (worst in the league), and this should be a big step toward turning things around.
Preston Smith, Green Bay Packers
Smith isn’t a huge name at linebacker, but he can get to the quarterback. Khalil Mack has taught us all just how helpful that can be.
Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets
Too many players are trying to mimic his style, but it still works for him. He’s an elite running back that has had an entire year to recover and retrain his body for the upcoming season.
Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers
The Packers have experienced some awful luck in recent years with their secondary. Injuries decimated them in key games and it was the single position unit that was their biggest liability. Amos will be a huge improvement and a consistent presence that is much needed.
Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens
This is a bit of a question coming off the season-ending injury he experienced last year, but when at his best, Thomas was a top defender and a proven leader. The Ravens are a tough-nosed defense squad that fits with Thomas’ personality perfectly.
Sheldon Richardson, Cleveland Browns
The Browns probably had the best offseason of any team in the NFL, and it’s contributing to their 2019 hype. Richardson is a veteran who immediately contributes to an improved Browns defensive line.
Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings
He’s staying with the Vikings, but that’s a huge save for Minnesota. At his best he is an elite and efficient pass rusher.
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