Top 10 NFL Free Agent Moves 2022

My favorite part of every pro-sports offseason is free agency, the moving of players and the tragic or much needed endings of players’ tenure with a team. It truly can be a player’s rebirth, ascent to stardom, or early retirement based on one decision. So, in true fashion I am going to list my personal top-ten free agent moves from this most NFL offseason. 

  1. Chandler Jones LB

        ARI -> LV

The Raiders have been through a lot in the last couple seasons, between diva players not living up to huge contracts, reviving legendary coaches just for them to disappear faster than they showed up, or other players having legal troubles. Despite it all, Derek Carr and the Raiders have persevered and made it to the playoffs last year. They lost round one in heartbreaking fashion, but it didn’t take a football wiz to tell that they’re not far off. It started with the defense, and they went and nabbed the best dude they could to boost them and I think it will pay off big and very quickly. Pairing Jones with young stud Maxx Crosby is genius by the Las Vegas front office, as Jones tallied 10.5 sacks last year as a Cardinal and is only two years removed from a 19 sack season. He also recorded 26 quarterback hits, which is tied for his highest amount of any season he’s played. 

  1. J.C. Jackson CB

NE -> LAC

This move arguably could have gone first in my opinion, as J.C. is one of the most highly touted young cornerbacks in the league today. He recorded 8 interceptions, and 44 solo tackles on top of a defensive touchdown last year, and impressed a lot of people. As a result, he cashed in BIG as the Chargers made sure he wasn’t going anywhere with a 5-year 82.5 million dollar deal. Bringing in a young guy of Jackson’s caliber to pair with sophomore Asante Samuel Jr and newly added Bryce Callahan is huge for the Bolt defense. On top of superstar Derwin James, the beast Khalil Mack, and X-factor defensive end Joey Bosa, this defense could be scary. 

  1. La’el Collins OT

    DAL -> CIN

Now, I might get some eye rolls at this one but hear me out here. The Bengals last year went on a Cinderella run that ended up with them playing in the Super Bowl, and letting Joe Brr get sacked 7 times in that game. He tied a record against the Titans for getting sacked 9 times and still winning the game, which is not a good stat. Collins signed a very team friendly deal (3 years 20 million), and he is going to be a huge addition to a cracked offensive line. They also brought in two other guys who you may see on this list, but Collins is the biggest add because the tackle position was such a big hole for them. Giving Burrow stability in the pocket and time to work is going to be huge for Cincinnati, as with terrible protection he still posted 4.611 yards and 34 TDs with a 70.4% completion percentage. Is it fair to say the sky’s the limit for Burrow, Ja’marr Chase and company?

  1. Haason Reddick LB

        CAR -> PHI

This might be the biggest sleeper pick on this list, and it is with very good reason. Reddick was an absolute stud last year and for the most part it seemed to go unnoticed, but not by his new team. The Eagles locked Reddick up for 3 years on a 45 million dollar deal with 30 million of that guaranteed, and its max value is 49.5 million. Reddick posted 11 sacks and 41 solo tackles last year for the Panthers on a floundering defense, and he also forced two fumbles. Reddick will be a huge addition to the pass rush in Philly, who had a pretty nice offseason and will look to contend next year. 

  1. Brandon Scherff OG

WAS -> JAC

Trevor Lawrence is feeling great right now, Trent Baalke and Shad Khan went out and got him some shiny new toys and he’s ready for this rebuild to get a jump start. At the top of the Jaguars addition list is Brandon Scherff, and he is going to be around for a minute (3 years to be exact) and he gets 49.5 million in total. The Jags added a lot of flair, and Scherff was one of the last pieces in the trenches they needed on offense. The Jags defense is full of young pieces, and the offense really just hasn’t gelled together yet, and with a lot more stability added post Urban Meyer trauma things are looking up for Jacksonville. 

  1. James Bradberry

NYG -> PHI

I believe I said earlier that the Eagles had a pretty good offseason, well this is part 2 of the well done tour. Bradberry is getting up there age wise, but he continues to play at a high level and if the Giants weren’t rebuilding I don’t see him getting cut. He had 4 interceptions last year along with 46 solo tackles and he played in all 17 games on a lackluster Giants defense. Bradberry will team up with Pro-Bowl corner Darius Slay and they will look to be one of the top duos in the league this year. 

  1. Von Miller OLB 

        LAR -> BUF

I know some will be shocked at how low I have this move, considering the caliber of player that Von Miller has proven to be. Well, he is very up there in age, and I just don’t see this as a fantastic move for the future. BUT I do think this is a great win now move, that is going to help them go very far this year and possibly the coming years also. Von won a superbowl last season with the LA Rams but he only played 8 games, 15 in the last two years with a combined 9.5 sacks. Now those numbers are scary for Buffalo considering they just gave the former All-Pro a 6-year 120 million dollar contract, but I’m sure they believe in his ability to come back and play a full season, as do many. Can Miller return to his old form of 10+ sacks a season? 

  1. Alex Cappa OG

        TB -> CIN

The Bengals snagged one of Tom Brady’s body guards, and a key component to that offensive line out in Tampa. They did it quickly also, as Cappa was the first linemen to agree to a contract, and if i’m not mistaken the first free agent to officially agree. The Bengals knew that the offensive line was a huge issue, and they showed they knew it by adding a lot of talent there, filling three out of the five starting spots in free agency. Cappa signed a three year deal worth $35 million dollars and one million in pro bowl incentives. The Bengals may have snagged the best free agent guard in free agency, and many never saw him leaving Tampa. 

  1. Za’Darius Smith OLB

GB -> MIN

Smith pulled the ole’ switcheroo on his old team, as they thought he was coming back but he ultimately ended up with Minnesota on a three year $42 million dollar deal that sends him to a division rival. Smith missed pretty much all of the last season, but his resume precedes him, as he posted 12.5 sacks in 2020 with 28 solo tackles and two pass defenses while being a leader to the defense and helping in every aspect. He looks to help Minnesota improve their pass rush tremendously alongside Danielle Hunter. 

  1. Marques Valdes-Scantling WR

GB -> KC 

BIG TIME SLEEPER ALERT! MVS was a big piece of Green Bay’s offense last season that struggled heavily to get any production out of the receivers that aren’t named Davante Adams. Like the Packers, Kansas City also traded their star receiver this offseason, and the Chiefs scooped up the speedster without thinking twice (understandably). MVS posted 430 yards and 3 touchdowns, which is underwhelming I know, but he only played 11 games and he was playing the opposite side of a superstar. He has all the tools he needs to be a success with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, and I think he will take a huge step this year.  

Sleepers: 

  1. Stephon Gilmore CB

    CAR -> IND

  1. Darious Williams CB

LAR -> JAC

  1. Jayon Brown LB

LAC -> LV

  1. Myles Jack LB 

JAC -> PIT 

  1. Bilal Nichols DT

CHI -> LV

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