Five Free Agents That Can Turn Around A Franchise’s Fortunes In 2011

Will Malcom Be An “X” Factor For A Contending Club In ’11?

With Impact Contributors To Be Had In This Year’s Free Agent Class, Which Players Testing The Free Agency Waters Will Make The Biggest Splash Changing Teams?

Note to consider: The following free agent prospects are more along the line of under-the-radar status, with the exception of DeAngelo Williams.  I left out Nnamdi Asmougha; the premiere sought-after free agent.  I have him going to the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.

  • DeAngelo Williams – Possible Destination, Perfect Fit: New England Patriots.  Danny Woodhead is an excellent third-down back.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis, if retained, is a solid option in-between the tackles.  With that said, Tom Brady is still lacking a go-to RB who can make big plays.  If New England can go fishing and land a big-time difference maker in Williams, it will allow the team to focus and concentrate their efforts upgrading the defensive side of the ball and addressing their need for another receiver in the early rounds of the Draft.  DeAngelo, albeit injury-prone, would mesh well with the current system of the Patriots because of his versatility and ability to provide 20+ yard gains.  The Memphis alum would keep the defense honest, gel in the scheme of things, and give the team another weapon for a unit missing a dynamic huge play threat.  Easily would become the best back since Corey Dillon.  Other Option For New England: Ahmad Bradshaw. New England would prefer Bradshaw because he’s younger and a stronger inside runner, but I don’t see the Giants letting go the former member of the Thundering Herd.  Other Location For Williams: San Diego. Imagine Williams with rising bruiser Mike Tolbert.
  • Michael Bush – Possible Destination, Perfect Fit: Denver Broncos. Knowshon Moreno just can’t seem to stay healthy starring in the role as an every down back.  Bush would love to stick it to Oakland by going to the Mile High City.  With Tim Tebow under center, the team needs to accompany him with a strong supporting cast; especially an aspiring rushing attack.  With an already above-average offensive line, I believe Bush would excel right away in Denver for new coach John Fox.  A tantalizing tandem of Bush-Moreno has the opportunity to thrive in a wide-open AFC West.  Couldn’t you see Michael Bush developing into a more explosive, reliable version of Brandon Jacobs; if given the right opportunity?  Other Option For Denver: BenJarvus Green-Ellis or Mike Tolbert. Two solid alternatives who both give you a consistent ball carrier acquiring tough yardage.  Young, hungry, and powerful runners.  Cedric Benson could be available; however, highly unlikely.  Other Location For Bush: Washington. As high as I am on him, Ryan Torain is in and out of the line-up way too often to be the featured back in the Nation’s Capital.
  • Malcom Floyd – Possible Destination, Perfect Fit: Cleveland Browns. Colt McCoy, or whoever is taking snaps for Cleveland in 2011, needs to be issued a reliable receiver to throw to.  Not as attractive as Vincent Jackson; yet, still worthy of a chance to become a team’s #1 WR because of his flourishing skill set and height.  A red zone nightmare, a down field weapon, Floyd has the opportunity to shine in Cleveland the way many thought Braylon Edwards was supposed to; and at times occasionally did.  Potential is apparent and this is a match made which could pay big dividends if he’s healthy -the only knock on Malcom.  Other Option For Cleveland: Sidney Rice. More of a proven playmaker, despite big injury concerns.  I envision Sidney going elsewhere; possibly, Tennessee or Oakland.  Other Location For Floyd: Miami. Who are the Dolphins wide outs?  A change in coasts may work for Floyd.
  • James Jones – Possible Destination, Perfect Fit: Chicago Bears. Jay Cutler is losing patience.  He is still looking for his “Brandon Marshall”.  Stealing Jones away from Green Bay would be the answer.  The sky’s the limit for this former San Jose State standout.  It’s clear Chicago is looking for a bigger target for Cutler and who’s a better option than Jones if you don’t want to break the bank or spend a high draft choice?  Other than Devin Aromashadu, who’s currently a FA, the team does not possess a wide receiver taller than 6-feet.  Other Option For Chicago: Steve Breaston or Steve Smith (NYG). Though not your typical big pass catcher, Breaston is a Midwest kid, who is consistently undervalued.  He’s not really undersized and can make the difficult reception over the middle, along with racking up yards after the catch.  As for Smith, he’s a perfect #2 option who just makes plays.  Concern is, he won’t leave the Big Apple.  Other Location For Jones: San Francisco. Cali guy who would love to go home and play for an up and coming club.  You know Jim Harbaugh is going to want to air it out and I believe the 49ers would pay a pretty penny to acquire Jones to pair up with Crabtree and Davis. 
  • Mathias Kiwanuka – Possible Destination, Perfect Fit: Oakland Raiders. With the loss of Nnamdi, the team will need to bolster their pass rush in order to aid their sputtering secondary.  Kiwanuka was on the cusp of making Hawaii, had he not gotten injured last season.  He is the type of guy that the Raiders will covet and take a chance on.  You throw Seymour, Wimbley, Houston, and now Kiwanuka on the defensive front during third down passing situations; opposing quarterbacks will have to hurry the ball if their best interest is to stay upright against this potential formidable fearsome foursome.  Other Option For Oakland: Ray Edwards or Cullen Jenkins. Edwards had an off-year in ’10 but he’s still capable of getting to the QB consistently.  He’s young and can put up double-digit sacks next to Seymour.  As for Jenkins, if he could be had, it wouldn’t be fair for opposing guards and centers to face both Seymour and Jenkins on the interior.  Who do you double-team?  Cullen is a difference maker and many teams would be eyeing his services if Green Bay doesn’t keep him.  Other Location For Kiwanuka: Carolina. The Panthers have to upgrade their defensive line.  If they could draft Da’Quan Bowers or Nick Fairley at #1 and pair him up with Kiwanuka, you will have something cooking in Carolina.  

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