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|The NFL offseason is heating up -- we've had two big trades, and Blake Bortles has been taken off the quarterback market -- but March 14 is when the real fun begins. That's when free agency kicks off (4 p.m. ET), and it's when the trades involving quarterback Alex Smith and cornerback Marcus Peters become official.
Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Houston. The Texans have the cap space, and Graham could be a key matchup piece in their heavy play-action scheme with Deshaun Watson back on the field at quarterback. Landing Graham also would give Watson another top red zone weapon to pair with standout wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: Baltimore. The Ravens need all kinds of pass-catchers, including one at tight end. I say they make a play for Graham as they try to put more playmakers around Joe Flacco to see whether he can help them make one more run before it's all over.
Mina Kimes, senior writer: Denver. While Graham struggled at times last season in Seattle, he did one thing very well: scored touchdowns (10). The Broncos, who have a need at tight end, had the worst red zone efficiency percentage in the league. Adding Graham could be cost prohibitive if they sign Cousins, but it would help an offense that sorely needs a steady red zone threat. Mike Sando, senior NFL writer: New England. Graham seems like the type of player who could occasionally make a shorter-term stop with the Patriots.
Aaron Schatz, editor-in-chief of Football Outsiders: New Orleans. Did you realize that the Saints were dead last in receiving yards by tight ends last year? A reunion with Drew Brees in New Orleans makes a ton of sense. Kevin Seifert, national NFL writer: New Orleans. If the Saints are going to http://www.officialshopraidersonline.com/Al_Davis_Jersey_Cheap make one (expensive) last run with Brees, it makes sense to maximize their chances. Graham can still give the Saints an elite red zone presence, which they were pretty good at capitalizing on during his first tenure.
Field Yates, NFL Insider: Detroit. While Eric Ebron is currently scheduled to play out the final year of his rookie deal in 2018, the Lions could certainly use some depth at the position, and, frankly, Graham is a better player than Ebron. The team needs players who can beat man coverage. And while Graham isn't as quick as he was earlier in his career, his 6-foot-7 frame makes him open even when he's covered.
Brady Henderson, ESPN Seahawks reporter: New Orleans. The Saints have a need at tight end and ample cap space to absorb a contract that could be cheaper on average than the four-year, $40 million deal they gave Graham in 2014. Graham would reunite with Brees Cordy Glenn Authentic Jersey while returning to an offense in which Arizona Coyotes Jersey he has thrived and one that does not ask him to block. That could be enticing enough to overcome whatever hard feelings linger from Graham's franchise tag dispute with the Saints and their decision to trade him to Seattle in 2015.
Bowen: Lamarcus Joyner, S, Los Angeles Rams. Joyner doesn't have the national recognition at the safety position, but his tape is legit and his versatility in the secondary meshes with the modern game. Joyner can play over the top as a deep safety in the middle of the field, roll down to cover in the slot and has some thunder in his pads on contact. You want a defensive chess piece to counter today's NFL offenses? Make a run at Joyner.
Graziano: Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks. With Jarvis Landry franchised and the possibility of Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson also getting tagged, you could make the case that the 25-year-old Richardson is the next-best wide receiver on the market. He was a pretty good deep threat in a Seattle offense that didn't feature enough pass protection to really maximize a deep threat. Some teams will see potential there and pay for a player his age.
Kimes: Patrick Robinson, CB, Philadelphia Eagles. He's no longer flying that far below the radar thanks to the Eagles' Super Bowl run, but the 30-year-old defensive back had a surprisingly great season, allowing just 54.5 percent of passes to be caught in the slot, according http://www.officialindianstore.com/Abraham_Almonte_Jersey to Pro Football Focus. Because of his age, he probably won't break the bank, but I still think a few teams will vie for the veteran after his breakout year.
Sando: Trent Murphy, OLB, Washington Redskins. Murphy is under the radar after missing last season with a torn ACL. He also faces a four-game suspension upon his return. Murphy did have nine sacks for the Redskins in 2016, and outside pass-rushers can be difficult to find. (Ezekiel Ansah getting the franchise tag did not help.) Schatz: Nate Solder, OT, New England Patriots. Solder has anchored one of the league's
top offensive lines over the past few years. The Patriots drafted his heir apparent last year, although Tony Garcia ended up spending the season on injured reserve. The bidding war here is not only financial, between the Patriots and other teams that need a left tackle. There's also an emotional component, as there has been a lot of talk in New England that Solder might want to retire at the end of his current contract to concentrate on care for his son, who has pediatric kidney cancer.
Seifert: Rashaan Melvin, CB, Indianapolis Colts. According to scientific research, 6-foot-2 cornerbacks don't grow on trees. Everyone loves height at that position, and Melvin's recent hiring of agent Drew Rosenhaus suggests he understands that. He would be smart to hit the market. wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys