Best possible landing spots for top NFL free agents in 2020
#4 Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs
Despite missing three games this season, DT Chris Jones still managed to rack up nine sacks, 23 tackles, and a forced fumble. Jones has increasingly become one of the best interior defensive linemen in the entire NFL. His numbers over the last two seasons speak for themselves (15.5 sacks, 35 tackles, and two forced fumbles in '18).
Should the Chiefs choose not to re-sign the 25-year-old stud, there are plenty of NFL teams that would be willing to pay a pretty penny for a player of Jones' caliber. Rightfully so, too. As entertaining as it may be for Jones to hit the open market, Kansas City would be fools to let him walk away without a long-term contract extension. But hey, we've seen crazier things take place during free agency before, right? After all, this is the NFL we're talking about.
If Jones were to hit the open market, I have no doubt that he'd be looking for a multi-year deal and would probably become one of the highest-paid interior defensive linemen in the league today. Similar to Amari Cooper, the Colts just sound too perfect for a player like Jones. Of course, as I mentioned before, GM Chris Ballard's MO when handling free agency has been short-term deals.
However, Indy's "Tampa 2" defense is dependent upon their pass-rushing success -- particularly from the interior. Jones would be an immediate upgrade for the Colts, who struggled mightily to generate a consistent pass rush in 2019.
Best landing spot: Indianapolis Colts
#5 Brandon Scherff, G, Washington Redskins
Yes, guards are important, too. Just as Quenton Nelson. Not only are they important, but they're extremely difficult to find. Washington's Brandon Scherff would bring about all kinds of attention if he were to hit the open market.
At 28 years old, Scherff would be an immediate boost to any offensive line that is deprived of a solid starting guard. The one turnoff, if you will, is Scherff's overall health. The former first-round pick hasn't played a full 16-game season since his rookie year in 2015. Concerning? Perhaps. However, that shouldn't discourage teams that are in dire need of offensive line help (*coughs: I'm talking to you, Seattle and Minnesota).
Aside from the health concerns, Scherff is a dominant run blocker who will come in and set the tone for any run-based NFL team. If Washington decides to let Scherff walk, I really like Minnesota as a possible landing spot this off-season. Why? Simple. The Vikings are a run-first football team and could certainly use an upgrade at guard. Scherff would not only be an immediate upgrade to one of the NFL's worst units, but he would also be a key factor in paving running lanes for the Vikings' star back, Dalvin Cook.
Best landing spot: Minnesota VikingsPublished 12 Jan 2020, 12:25 IST