It’s the evening before the free agency madness, now known as legal tampering. It’s a time when NFL clubs frantically try to make their final moves before the window opens, and where we try to predict who will where. Here are six, relatively realistic, moves that we’d love to see:
1. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to Philadelphia Eagles
One of the hottest names on the free agency market this off-season is that of Alshon Jeffrey. The former Bears wide-out has had injury concerns and suspensions in the past, but shown enough upside to warrant a receiver-needy team. Philadelphia had their problems moving the football in the air last season, and rookie-sensation Carson Wentz is going to need more than Ryan Matthews to throw to if he’s truly going to prosper. Jeffrey gives Wentz another big-bodied receiver to target.
2. Defensive tackle Calais Campbell to Indianapolis Colts
Even at the age of 30, Campbell has proved he can still play at a high level in the NFL. The 6-ft-8, 300 lbs monster is a hybrid like to no other, and would provide the Colts with some much needed leadership and real quality on defence. Indy sit with around $57M in cap space, and will need to seriously look into improving their roster this off-season if they want to get back to their form of old.
3. Cornerback A.J. Bouye to Tennessee Titans
Bouye was a big reason why the Texans had the number one defence in the league last season, despite starting it as their fourth choice corner. Only two teams (GB, NO) allowed more passing yards than the Titans last season, and they must address the position in free agency or via the draft. Tennessee has $63M in cap space, and giving Bouye the mega-bucks contract he desires would give the team more freedom come draft night.
4. Running back Adrian Peterson to Green Bay Packers
Rumours have surfaced suggesting AP has narrowed his favoured teams down to Oakland and Seattle, but a chance to team up with Aaron Rodgers might be too tempting to pass up on. Green Bay lacked a natural runner all season, and despite Ty Montgomery’s great efforts in switching from receiver to running back, Peterson could elevate 2016’s 19th ranked rushing attack into a fearsome outfit.
5. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to San Francisco 49ers
While Pryor will be switching from 2016’s worst team in the league to the second, he would be a nice fit in a Shanahan offence. Pryor was laughed upon around the league when he set about converting from quarterback to wide receiver, but he was one of the shining lights for the Browns last season. This move gets a much needed playmaker through the door for the ‘Niners, and Pryor gets a substantial payday.
6. Safety Tony Jefferson to Jacksonville Jaguars
When everyone was purring over Tyrann Mathieu in Arizona at the beginning of last season, his partner in crime Tony Jefferson was out making all the big plays. Now set to hit free agency, he would be a nice pickup for a team in need of a hard hitting safety with the ability to make plays at line of scrimmage, or in coverage. Jefferson and Tashaun Gipson would make an interesting combination at that position.