Junior Report: NFL Free Agent Destinations
J.D., a young Bleacher Report writer and creator of The Sports Report with J.D., contacted me to see if I wanted to post some of his articles on the site. Always looking to encourage an aspiring writer, I agreed. J.D. takes a look at where some of the biggest Free Agents will land.
Big NFL News: Featuring T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Could Ray Lewis Land In Denver?)
By Josh Dhani
Have you heard of the Canty sweepstakes? A Lot of teams are betting on it, especially the Redskins. Well guess what Redskins fans? You aren’t going to get him. After signing Albert Haynesworth to a massive $100 million deal, the Redskins have dropped out.
Why would they? Why not? These questions need to be answered.
First, you should get Canty. You want to know why? The Redskins’ pass rush would be much better! Then you’ve got Haynesworth and Canty sacking McNabb, Tony Romo, and Eli Manning left and right in their NFC East rivalry games.
Why not? The Redskins have already invested heavily in Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hal, and Derrick Dockery. So that is why the Redskins dropped out. Besides, a lot of other teams are betting on Canty, like the Titans, Seahawks, and the 49ers.
Hey Vikings fans! Are you ready to start drooling? I hope. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is deeply interested in the Vikings. This could help out big time.
What if the Vikes got T.J.? It would give T-Jack and/or newly acquired Sage Rsenfels another target. Last year, Tarvaris Jackson only had three targets, Tight End Visanthe Sianco, possession receiver Bobby Wade and the speedy Bernard Berrian.
Are there other teams interested in T.J.? Of course. Don’t forget the Colts, Giants, Buccaneers, Eagles, Seahawks, and Titans. I just hope he lands with the Vikings, because he is needed there.
It looks to me that Ward has found some interest in some teams. Or is it the other way around?
According to Pro Football Talk, Ward could land deals in a very nice place to improve the team’s running game.
The Bengals, Lions, Broncos, Rams, and Buccaneers have expressed interest. The Bengals could use him because they have nothing really special. The Lions could use him to help out Kevin Smith in the backfield. The Broncos could use him to have another team of Earth, Wind, and Fire. The Rams could use him to help out Stephen Jackson and Travis Minor. The Buccaneers could use him to help out Cadillac Williams and Earnest Graham. You have all of that?
Smith looks to make a decision soon. He is acting like he is ranking teams like in college football, making a list of all teams interested in him.
The teams are the Falcons, Texans, Giants, Eagles, and Buccaneers. The Falcons, Texans, Giants, and Eagles. They can use him to help out their pass rush, while the Buccaneers could use him now that Derrick Brooks is gone.
Antonio, you could be good with these teams. Sorry about your Super Bowl loss. I wanted those Cards to win. At least I put a picture of you doing the “safety” sign. Now how’s that?
Now don’t get him confused with the 5′9″ Slam Dunk contest winner, Nate Robinson, who dunked over Dwight Howard. This here, my friends, is Super Bowl champion wide receiver Nate Washington.
The Vikings are interested in Washington because he is an alternative if they don’t T.J. Houshmandzadeh.The Titans could use him because their only good receivers are Justin Gage, Brandon Jones, and Tight End Bo Scaife. The Bucs could use him, because they have already released Warrick Dunn and Joey Galloway.
But guess who wants Washington the most? The Lions. The Lions lost Mike Furrey, and last year they traded Roy Williams. Nate can help out Calvin Johnson and Shaun McDonald to be a pretty good replacement for Furrey and Williams.
Now here is the biggest story: Will Ray Lewis stay with the Ravens or go with the Broncos?
I don’t know if the Ravens will retain Lewis, but there are a lot of teams expressing huge interest in arguably the best linebacker ever. He could sign with the Jets. Why? Because then you have Ray Lewis reuniting with Bart Scott and defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan. And best of all, it’s a 3-4 system.
How about those Dallas Cowboys? Of course they will try to get him. They are trying to get Michael Vick for Pete’s sake! He could help out the team with his pass rush and his ability to tackle you to the ground. The Cowboys also have a 3-4 system.
But the Cowboys can’t compete like the Broncos. They have been looking for a defensive guy. With newly added coach Josh McDaniels, who may be switching to a 3-4, Ray could help out Elvis Dumervil, Jarvis Moss, and the great linebackers that make up the Denver Broncos’ linebacking core. And don’t forget Champ Bailey and Dre Bly in the secondary.
Well, thank you for reading. Stay tuned where these guys land.