LB Bobby Wagner: Dallas Cowboys
Wagner isn’t the same athletic player that he once was but he is still a tackling machine. He put up 140 tackles and two interceptions last season for the Los Angeles Rams and showed he is a still a productive player. His familiarity with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn would make this a great paring and gives him a good chance to ring chase as well. Dallas had a great defense last season and adding in a veteran like Wagner, could give them the final piece they are missing.
OL Dalton Risner: Cincinnati Bengals
With Jonah Williams requesting a trade, adding depth to the offensive line for competition isn’t a bad thing. Risner has played guard so far in the NFL, but he was a right tackle all throughout college, and a great one. Over four seasons at Kansas State, he played 3,278 snaps and only allowed one sack and 29 total pressures across four seasons. It may take some time for Risner to adjust back to the tackle spot, but the best-case scenario is that his transition is seamless, and he provides competition for the right tackle spot over training camp.
DE Shelby Harris: Green Bay Packers
While the Packers wait for the Aaron Rodgers saga to play out fully, they are busy trying to put a completive team on the field. Harris could give them another veteran piece on their defensive line. They lost some depth on the line with Dean Lowry heading to Minnesota and while they aren’t the same, Harris makes sense in Green Bay. He would also get a chance to play for his hometown team which could help entice him to join the Packers.
CB Marcus Peters: Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are looking to get back into contention next season and they still have some talent on the roster. They just traded away Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins so they have a hole at the cornerback position. Enter in Peters. He is a ballhawk playmaker on the defensive side of the ball who could thrive under Raheem Morris, even if it was on a one-year prove it deal to up his value around the league.
DB Jalen Mills: Cleveland Browns
The new defensive coordinator for the Browns is Jim Schwartz, who just so happened to be the defensive coordinator in Philadelphia for the five seasons Mills played there. During that time, he had 87 run stops, allowed only 224 receptions and 17 touchdowns while also having five interceptions and 34 pass breakups. Mills would be able to come in and fit the scheme right away and provide a safety rotation with Juan Thornhill, or depth at cornerback with his versatility.
S Adrian Amos: Philadelphia Eagles
With Sean Desai now in Philadelphia, this signing would make sense. From 2015-2018, when Amos was on the Chicago Bears, Desai was also on the defensive staff as the defensive quality control coach. The two know each other from that time, and it just so happens to be the Eagles have a void at safety with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson gone. Amos is coming off a “down” year in terms of his standard, but still had 22 run stops, allowed only 307 yards over 33 receptions with 110 yards coming after the catch, and 102 tackles. At 29 years old, Amos would still provide value to this Eagles defense.
TE Irv Smith Jr.: Kansas City Chiefs
It can’t hurt to add more weapons to this team and Smith Jr. could give them a nice compliment to star Travis Kelce. Smith Jr. showed mini flashes of his production with the Vikings but injuries derailed much of that. It could make sense for the Chiefs to bring in a younger tight end to play alongside their star, even if it’s to help take some of the load off Kelce so he wouldn’t be so relied upon each and every snap.
RB Leonard Fournette: Buffalo Bills
After being cut from the Buccaneers, Fournette makes a ton of sense in multiple places. However, the Bills are a very intriguing option for the veteran running back. Buffalo wants to upgrade at the position and Fournette could fair a nice duo with James Cook in the Bills backfield. He would also be going to a team that is primed for a chance at a Super Bowl so the pairing could work out well.
WR DJ Chark: Detroit Lions
There is the possibility of the Carolina Panthers, but at the same time so is the possibility of him returning to Detroit. Amon-Ra St. Brown is a star on the rise, Jameson Williams will look to make his first full season debut, and bringing Chark back would help compliment these receiving options. Over the past season in Detroit, Chark had a reception percentage of 58.8%, 502 yards, three touchdowns, and averaged an ADOT of 15.9. With the free agent additions they made, this Lions team is already in a great position for 2023, and Chark returning would be an extra plus.
DE Yannick Ngakoue: Chicago Bears
The Bears have made multiple additions through free agency, but one need that still remains is additions to the defensive line. In 2022, the Bears ranked last in terms of pressure generated with 85. Still remaining in free agency is Ngakoue, who is coming off a season with the Colts in which he had 44 pressures, 12 sacks, and 19 run stops. Between his pass rushing ability and run stopping technique, Ngakoue would provide exactly what the Bears were missing.
DE Frank Clark: Detroit Lions
The Lions have already added some legit pieces to their defense and Clark could be the next. He was productive enough for Kansas City last season and could provide some juice to the Lions defense. He also would bring championship pedigree with him to this young team. Detroit is building something special and Clark, who went to the University of Michigan, could help add to that.
CB Rock Ya-Sin: Indianapolis Colts
After trading away Stephon Gilmore, the Colts would be smart to bring Ya-Sin back to help provide a boost to the secondary. Between 2019 and 2021 with the Colts, he only allowed 105 receptions on 165 targets for a total of 1,439 yards, seven touchdowns, had two interceptions, and 15 pass breakups. At just 26 years old, Ya-Sin would once again provide that young spark to the secondary.