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NFL: Free agency fits for the top 10 teams in terms of cap space

  • With free agency looming, these are the players who would make a lot sense for the most solvent teams around the league.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:48 IST

#2. New York Jets – Rodger Saffold

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Gang Green definitely is still far from competing with the Patriots in that AFC East and looking at their offensive roster, they don’t have anybody that truly stands out. They don’t really have a true number one receiver and their running back room is full of guys who are good in one or two areas but don’t offer that complete package. Therefore the often rumored signing of former Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell would make a lot of sense, but I decided to go a different route.

Young Sam Darnold definitely needs some help at the skill positions, but outside of Bell, I don’t see a lot of talent at either running back or wide receiver on the open market. If there is one area that the Jets could really help themselves, it is the right side of their offensive line.

Guard Brian Winters and tackle Brandon Shell are both below-average starters in the league and let Darnold down plenty of times last season. I know that other team in New York needs to make a splashy move to balance some of the shine Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. get for the Giants, but the Jets have the most important asset among those two teams – a quarterback for the future – and they need to protect him.

While Mike Mccagnan could look to add pieces for Gregg Williams’ new 4-3 base defense early on in the draft, free agency would be the place to build a foundation on the offensive line. There are a few candidates at tackle, such as former Panther Darryl Williams and others, but Saffold might the safest bet here.

At 31 years old, Rodger Saffold will probably not demand a monster contract and he has played extremely well on one of the league’s best offensive lines these last two years. As one of the top zone-blocking guards and with just one sack allowed in each of those last two seasons, he would be a great fit in New York to make life easier for Darnold and whoever is running the ball for them.

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Published 28 Feb 2019, 18:19 IST
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