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NFL's five most intriguing free-agent moves on offense: Patriots, WFT among teams to get a big offensive boost

The Football Team, Chargers, Ravens, Jets, and Patriots made intriguing moves


By Jared Dubin


6 hrs ago5 min read

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While NFL teams have not shelled out quite as much money in the opening days of the 2021 free agency period as they did in 2020, that hasn't stopped the transaction carousel from continuing apace. As usual, a whole lot of interesting signings took place. Today, we're breaking down some of our most interesting fits on each side of the ball. We'll start in the space below, with our five favorite fits on offense. (Click here for defense.) 

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Curtis Samuel, Washington

Washington's offense was badly undermined by poor -- and often timid -- quarterback play last season. Timidity will be the least of their problems this year, now that Fitzpatrick is at the controls. Fitz loves to take risks, and he's at least willing to throw the ball down the field a bit. (Alex Smith ranked dead last out of 41 qualifying passers in intended air yards per throw last season, per NFL.com's Next Gen Stats. Dwayne Haskins ranked 36th.) 

The Football Team also had a paucity of receiving talent, with nobody outside of Terry McLaurin really able to create big plays. Enter Samuel, who is coming off the best season of his career. Why he wants to rejoin Ron Rivera and Scott Turner after he just had his best season in his first year away from them (Rivera and Turner were his head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, in Carolina as recently as 2019), I'm not sure, but he's a good fit for the offense nonetheless. With McLaurin, Samuel, running back Antonio Gibson, and tight end Logan Thomas, the Football Team has the beginnings of a dangerous offensive skill group. 

Corey Linsley, Matt Feiler, and Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers' offensive line makeover began last offseason, when they brought in Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner. They cut ties with Turner this year in a cap-clearing move, but made up for it by signing the best available center in Linsley, as well as a versatile lineman in Feiler who has experience at both guard and tackle. Both moves will help keep Justin Herbert well protected, which is the biggest key to LA's future success. Nothing else matters if they can't keep their franchise QB healthy, and now they have three pillars along the line to do just that. They still have a need at left tackle, but they should be able to fill that hole with the No. 13 (or 47) overall pick. That unit is now in a pretty nice spot. 

After letting Hunter Henry walk for a big deal with the Patriots (more on him in a minute), the Chargers rebounded by signing Cook. He's a solid vertical field-stretcher who has been a weapon in the red zone, but who won't necessarily impede the progress of Donald Parham, who looked quite intriguing down the stretch of last year. Cook played 47 percent and 43 percent of the Saints' snaps the past two seasons, and should provide nice value for LA if he's at around the same snap rate in 2021. 

Kevin Zeitler, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens lost legendary guard Marshal Yanda to retirement last offseason. In 2020, their offensive line -- and their offense as a whole -- took a step backward without him. Here they are a year later, nabbing Zeitler on a discount deal ($7.5 million per year AAV!) that, in true Ravens form, does not count against the compensatory pick formula because Zeitler was released by the Giants. Classic Ravens move, and one that should elevate their offense in 2021. 

Corey Davis, New York Jets

It already feels like the Jets are going to do a better job of putting whichever quarterback they take with the No. 2 overall pick in position to succeed than they did with Sam Darnold. New York saddled Darnold with a considerably below-average offensive line throughout his tenure (which we're just assuming is over at this point, since all signs are pointing in that direction), and gave him even worse receiving talent. Already armed with 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims, plus slot men Jamison Crowder and Braxton Berrios, the Jets splurged for Davis, who is a perfect fit for new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur's offense. How do I know that? Well, because it's the same offense Davis ran in Tennessee, which used to be coordinator by Mike LaFleur's brother Matt, who is now the coach of the Packers. 

Davis is a big, physical receiver who works well in the play-action passing game and is unafraid to make plays over the middle of the field. He'll be asked to do a whole lot of that in LaFleur's offense, and should provide a strong target for Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance. With Davis and Mims on the outside, Crowder and Berrios in the slot, and Keelan Cole filling in, there's actually some receiving talent to work with here, which is a nice change of pace from the past few years. And hey, maybe this coaching staff will actually decide to utilize Chris Herndon, who has exactly the kind of athleticism you look for in a tight end running this offense.

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I have been taking a wait and see approach with JD since he's been here...he's done nothing one way or the other to have a strong reaction so the haters are clowns and so are the cult members. 

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3 hours ago, varjet said:

This is my take ^

JD's biggest gaffe at this point was not drafting OL in the 3rd and 4th rounds last year.  He has seen that he can't sign anyone close to Damien Lewis and Michael Onwenu for 5x what the rookies were paid.  

Those are all reasonable takes. The OL one is tough. He drafted 2 OL last year including one in the 1st. We’re paying the price of not drafting OL for what seems like forever. This year he’ll hopefully draft a couple more.

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15 minutes ago, Peace Frog said:

Is there something wrong with me?

I hate the Giants, Pats, Phins, Yankees, Rangers, etc, a whole bunch of other teams.

I have never posted on any of their fan forums.

What is the pathology of a person that does this type of thing? 

How sad and patheric must their entire existence be?

I think he does it because he has Joe Judge's balls taped to his chin and still has both hands free to type.  JMO.

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7 hours ago, GreekJet said:

Jarred Davis 

Keenan Cole

Justin Hardee

Dan Feeney

George Fant


Alex Lewis 

Breshad Perriman

Pierre Desir 

Bradley Macdougald

Pays top dollar for #2 WR (Davis) instead of getting a real #1 like Golladay. 

These backup types are players good organizations can find in the mid-late rounds of the draft or on the scrap heap. Douglas pays these guys top dollar to come in and try to start. 

For what he paid these bad NFL football players he could have paid a couple of good NFL football players whom could actually help the team win games. 


Cue ball needs volume.  Not Quality.

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2 hours ago, undertow said:

I have been taking a wait and see approach with JD since he's been here...he's done nothing one way or the other to have a strong reaction so the haters are clowns and so are the cult members. 

Glad to see marijuana is legal where you live.

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7 hours ago, Aaron Hernandez said:

I bet the SOB doesn't even know how to make a good tzatziki sauce either. The most important part of Greek culture as far as I'm concerned 

"Greek" food" is actually Turkish food.



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4 hours ago, flgreen said:

NFL free agency: Winners and losers from busy first week

March 19, 2021 | 12:5





We’ve been fooled by the Jets in free agency before, with Le’Veon Bell, Trumaine Johnson and so on. But this time it didn’t feel like throwing money at the top of the market. They addressed their biggest need on each side of the ball, with pass-rusher Carl Lawson and receiver Corey Davis, both of whom were second-tier free agents thought to be ascending into their prime.

One of the benefits of having loads of cap space is the ability to give out one-year deals. The Jets added help at linebacker (Jarrad Davis), receiver (Keelan Cole), safety (LaMarcus Joyner) and offensive line (Dan Feeney) without the risk of long-term commitment. Three of those players could start.




I don't know who Ryan Dunleavy is, but I agree with him so his CV must check out.

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