6 NFL Free Agent Predictions
The NFL offseason has begun and there is a number of big-name talents about to sign massive contracts this spring. The NFL is a copycat league and after seeing the LA Rams get aggressive with player movement last year, which helped them win Super Bowl LVI, the rest of the league might overspend this spring.
Although, fans tend to get overly excited about the potential of free agents finding their way onto new NFL Depth Charts, only to see most players re-sign with their current club. It happens quite often. Normanlly I would assume a similar type year, but due to the retirement of Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, along with a handful of NFL teams in awful salary cap situations, I feel we could see a big shake-up in 2022.
The following are six players I feel could move to new teams this offseason that would have an impact on Fantasy Football.
WR Chris Godwin
Possible Landing Spots: Browns, Bears, Dolphins, Patriots, Bucs
Chris Godwin tore his ACL in late December. Reconstructive surgery came a few weeks later, meaning Godwin’s availability for Week 1 is no guarantee. This makes his contract situation difficult. Ideally, the Bucs are hoping for a hometown discount and his injury plays into that narrative. However, re-signing Godwin won’t be easy as the Bucs are not in a great salary cap position. It would probably be smarter from a financial standpoint to just let him walk.
A lot of teams will be willing to gamble on Godwin despite his injury, so look to a team with deep pockets.
NFL Cap Space as of FEB 26th via OverTheCap.com
Godwin already has a Super Bowl ring, so this contract could be just getting the most money possible. The Jaguars want to team Trevor Lawrence up with an elite receiver and aren’t in a rush for Godwin week one. They are rebuilding and see the long-term potential in getting Godwin and Lawrence together. I’m predicting Godwin signs with the Jags.
Fantasy Impact: The ripple effect of Godwin leaving will increase targets for Mike Evans. The eight-year veteran can be streaky in fantasy football from game to game, but in terms of consistency throughout his career, Evans is a machine. Without Tom Brady and Godwin, the fantasy community will likely see 2022 as a regression year, but Evans has proven he can get the job done no matter who’s under center.
WR Allen Robinson
Possible Landing Spots: Dolphins, Patriots, Chargers, Raiders
The Fantasy community is quite low on AROB, but the quarterbacks he’s played with over his career have not made the situation any better. I believe the true potential of Allen Robinson is yet to be known. This is why I could see Robinson singing with a team not just for money, but with a team that can extend his playing career. He wants to be with a QB that was been around a while, with no more rookies or fringe backups.
I don’t know why, but something about Josh McDaniels in Las Vegas teaming up with Derrek Carr makes me think a player like Allen Robinson could be a great fit. Carr loves the deep ball and AROB is looking to join a team on the rise. The Raiders made the post-season last year and could be looking to take the next step.
WR Micahel Gallup
Possible Landing Spots: Patriots, Dolphins, Commanders
Gallup finding a new team is a two-for-one in terms of fantasy impact. The lost targets from Gallup can find their way to Lamb and company this season which I think will help the Cowboys offense if the Amari Cooper rumors die down.
Gallup is another free agent who missed significant time with a calf strain this past season. The injury opened up the door for Cedrick Wilson to eat into his playing time even when he returns. I could see Gallup signing big money to join the Dolphins. Miami wants to make an impact with Tua Tagovailoa and new coach Mike McDaniel comes from an offensive background and will want weapons for his talented young QB.
QB Jameis Winston
Possible Landing Spots: Bucs, Steelers, Commanders, Saints
All anyone seems to want to talk about is Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers, but deep down we all know it’s unlikely either of these two QBs finds new teams. That’s why a quarterback like Jameis Winston in a league desperate for quarterback talent will demand a lot of attention. Winston is only 28 years old. After a 30TD (and 30 INT) season in which he threw for 5,000+ yards, Winston has been holding a clipboard in New Orleans relearning his craft. Credit Jameis for swallowing his pride and seeking out a team like the Saints where he could work on his skills and reload for a second chance as a QB1. I for one think Winston deserves a chance at another starting gig and a team like Steelers would be an excellent fit. The Steelers have the weapons, a strong defense, and a young talented running back. Jameis Winston would be the perfect QB to bring in to compete for a job.
WR D.J Chark
Possible Landing Spots: Eagles, Bucs, Commanders, Patriots, Dolphins
Chark only played in four games last year but has everything a team is looking for. Chark is 6’4 with 4.3 speed. He’s physical and has a good feel in the red zone. I think there will be a number of teams interested in Chark, but my prediction is he signs with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Birds don’t have a big WR2 and need more muscle at the wide receiver position to help Jalen Hurts develop, especially in the red zone. Eagles fans know their GM Howie Roseman rarely hits on drafting wide receivers, so they should bring talent in through free agency instead.
TE Evan Engram
Possible Landing Spots: Seahawks, Bucs, Commanders, Dolphins
There were rumors that Evan Engram was on the trade block a few times, but the Giants could never let the talented Tight End go. Engram has 4.4 speed at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds. He’s shown flashes at times but has not lived up to his rookie year stats. The Giants have tried a number of ways to get him going but nothing has really worked. I’m wondering if a change of scenery would be the best thing for the 5th year starter.
I love the idea of Engram in Green Bay catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, but the salary cap nightmare of trying to get Rodgers and Davante Adams back will be hard enough. There likely won’t be enough money.
The other tempting option is the Seahawks, as Russell Wilson loves finding his Tight End over the middle. TE Gerald Everett is a free agent so they would be replacing him if the Hawks decided not to bring Evertt back.
While I like Green Bay and Seattle as landing spots I’m going to predict Engram signs with the Indianapolis Colts. After the frustration boils over I believe the Colts will realize they need to keep Wentz as there are no other better options. I think they’ll go out and bring in a talented Tight End to complement Wentz’s skill set.
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