With many Super Bowl bettors still shaking their heads, many players and teams are focusing on free agency.
The free agent market in the NFL will be one that’s closely watched this year. There a lot of needs on many teams and we are seeing many of the old greats – well start to get old.
There are also many teams who feel they are that player away from making it to the big game. Teams like Atlanta and Houston have a strong foundation, but lack key pieces to put them over the top. There are a handful of solid players in this year’s free agent market that could potentially put a few teams over that hump and on their way to super bowl glory.
Well break what teams are who prime to take it to the next step and which players on the free agent market will be the ones to push them to that point.
Last year was supposed the year of the Falcons. They had everything lined up to finally be great. They won their first playoff game in a million years and Matty “Ice” got that weight off his shoulder. All they needed was a running back……..right
Well, they got that running back, but it was a 30 year old, past his prime Steven Jackson. He was dubbed a savior by some and a dud by others in the preseason. The dud proved to be right as Jackson had his worst season in his career.
We can’t blame his woes entirely on himself. The Falcons O-line was the worst ever and the overall team lacked the poise and desire they showed in previous years.
Jackson is up in the air if he returns, but it seems he’s not the answer, especially being a year older and even more past his prime.
In comes Knowshon Moreno. The 26 year old had his best year and proved he can stay healthy. He’s an all-around back, who can catch and block which is what Ryan desperately needs.
He is reportedly supposed to leave the Broncos and Atlanta would be a perfect fit.
The Broncos had an amazing offense, but their defense could allow a pee wee team to put up 20 points. Their secondary is old, and just bad if were being blunt.
The key to them winning is an upgraded secondary. Jarius Byrd will be one of the targets for the Broncos this offseason for sure. He’s likely to get elite money, and the Broncos don’t have that luxury. But, if Moreno and Eric Decker walk, they could have the cap space to sign Byrd or another top cornerback.