Free Agency 2016

Best and Worst Fits in Free Agency

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We’re only a week into free agency, but there’s already been tons of movement across the league. Having said that, let’s take this time to see who are the best and worst fits thus far.

Best fits

Travis Benjamin to Chargers – Considering the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position in Cleveland, it was best for Benjamin to take his talents elsewhere.

Philip Rivers should be more than happy to have Benjamin aboard. This past season, San Diego ranked in the middle of the pack for yards per pass attempt (7.3).

With the speed of Benjamin, he should surely help improve the Chargers aerial attack.

“I compare myself to DeSean Jackson,” Benjamin stated. “Being able to stretch the field, catching the hitch and catching the slant — his big-play ability to make 25-, 35- or 45-yard plays — he’s a person I like to analyze because of his game.”

Lamar Miller in H-Town – After moving on from Arian Foster, the Houston Texans have decided to go younger with the acquisition of 24-year-old Lamar Miller.

Houston ranked near the bottom in yards per carry with only an average of 3.7. During his four seasons in South Beach, Miller has averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

Since no on truly knows how Brock Osweiler will turn out, it was vital for Houston to obtain a reliable back.

Bruce Irvin to Oakland – If healthy, it’s safe to say Oakland will be a major problem next season for opposing quarterbacks. After a promising (7-9) campaign, the Raiders will be looking to snap their 14-year postseason drought.

Signing former Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin is definitely a move in the right direction.

Irvin will provide another pass rusher, a guy to help in the run game and he’s not a complete liability in space.

Pairing Irvin up with Khalil Mack is just scary.

Marvin Jones to the Motor City – In the wake of the unexpected retirement by Calvin Johnson, wide receiver instantly became a position of need.

However, this wide receiver class is fairly weak to say the least, but Detroit was able to sign one of the best this class has to offer, in Marvin Jones.

Jones played in all 16 games for Cincinnati last season, totaling 65 catches for 816 yards to go along with four touchdowns.

Worst fits 

Brock Osweiler in Houston – Now, let me be very clear.

Can Osweiler be worse than Brian Hoyer?

Sure he can, but it’s highly unlikely. The better questions is, will Osweiler be the franchise quarterback the Texans have been searching for since forever?

To be honest, no one truly knows this, but to give someone with so many question marks that kind of money is definitely a risk.

Nonetheless, it was a risk Houston had to make.

J.R. Sweezy in Tampa Bay – Anytime you’re asked to replace a seven-time Pro Bowler like Logan Mankins, it’s not going to be easy, which is what Sweezy is being asked to do.

Sweezy is used to being put in tough spots, as he is a defensive lineman converted to offensive line.

Now, after spending most of his time at right guard in Seattle, Sweezy will be asked to switch to left guard. 

“Switching from D-line to O-line was enough,” stressed Sweezy. “Being right-hand dominant, it was easier to start with the right. But now, after playing it for four years and finally understanding and being comfortable with the position, I feel fully comfortable in being able to play left.”

Sweezy may end up being the guy for the job, but when you’re replacing someone like Mankins, it might’ve been a good idea to find someone more familiar with the position.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.