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The 11 NFL free agents still available and where they could land

OBJ is still floating around out there without a contract, and he’s one of a few NFL players who are still on the market in free agency.

Update:

Julio Jones has joined the Buccaneers, but the 2022 NFL free agency still has a selection of players available, the best of which is wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The LA Rams training camp kicks off in just a few days, on Friday, July 29, but they have yet to re-sign him. In the Rams’ Super Bowl win over the Bengals, OBJ suffered an ACL tear and it’s likely he’ll miss most of the 2022 regular season. He should have plenty of other pursuers too, so we will take a look at where he and the other 10 free agents could end up.

1. Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver

OBJ took the Rams to the Super Bowl victory last year, but not without consequence. They could re-sign him and wait out the rehab, or another team could offer him a deal that may appeal to him and be worth the wait for them.

Possible landing spots for OBJ (if the Rams don’t re-sign him):

Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

2. Duane Brown, left tackle

The Seahawks are in the middle of a rebuild, having traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos. Duane Brown helped them along quite a bit back in 2017, but he didn’t have a great 2021 season, and he’s turning 37 before the start of the 2022 season. He’s not considering retiring though, and still seems to have steam left in the engine. In a rebuild year, though, they may be looking for younger talent.

Possible landing spots for Brown (if the Seahawks don’t sign him):

Miami Dolphins, New York Jets

3. Trey Flowers, defensive end

Flowers had a successful stint with the New England Patriots from 2015-2019, taking them to two championships. When he joined the Detroit Lions, though, he never really played with the same gusto he did in New England, dealing with injuries on and off. He’s still young (29 years old) and is a consistent defensive lineman with plenty of good years still left in him.

Possible landing spots for Flowers (if the Lions don’t re-sign him):

New England Patriots

4. JC Tretter, Center

It’s not likely Tretter will re-sign with the Cleveland Browns. They released him to free agency, though he played all but one game for them last season. He had over 1,000 good snaps for the Browns, despite ankle and knee injuries, but Cleveland is reportedly hung up on Nick Harris. Tretter still has a lot of football left in him, though, and should have some interested teams, despite not being signed into late July.

Possible landing spots for Tretter (if the Browns don’t re-sign him):

Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings

5. Will Fuller, wide receiver

Full of drama, Fuller missed several games for the Miami Dolphins in 2021 due to a PED suspension, personal issue, and broken finger. Despite all that, he had a great season in 2020, with 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns with the Houston Texans. If he can stay healthy, he’s a valuable asset.

Possible landing spots for Fuller (if the Dolphins don’t re-sign him):

Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers

6. Eric Fisher, offensive tackle

When Fisher joined the Colts, he was just recovering from an Achilles tear, and it affected his play without a doubt. He had his worst year since his rookie season. He may not have another Pr Bowl season left in him, but he could do well as a backup on someone’s depth chart.

Possible landing spots for Fisher (if the Colts don’t re-sign him):

Pittsburgh Steelers

7. Anthony Barr, offensive linebacker

Barr is a four-time Pro Bowler and the Vikings released him this offseason, mostly due to injuries and his priciness. The 30-year-old is on the hunt for a new team, and there’s been a lot of talk about the Dallas Cowboys being interested, though training camp for them started today, and no moves have been made yet and there are mixed reports saying there are no plans to do so. Though Barr is getting up there in age, he’s still a talented linebacker when he can stay healthy.

Possible landing spots for Barr (if the Vikings don’t re-sign him):

Dallas Cowboys, Washington Commanders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle

Richardson and the Cleveland Browns parted ways a few years ago when they wanted to give him a pay cut. He went on to play for the Vikings, but didn’t have an impressive season there, starting just seven games with 39 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Rumor has it the Browns are looking to take him back again, though I’m guessing for a lot less, and this time, he’ll have to accept.

Possible landing spots for Richardson (if the Vikings don’t re-sign him):

Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals

9. Ndamukong Suh, defensive linebacker

Suh spent the last three seasons in Tampa Bay, but has said he won’t return to the Bucs in 2022 and now he remains on the market. He played all 17 games last season and had six sacks and 13 QB hits. He remains a sturdy linebacker despite being 35 years old.

Possible landing spots for Suh (if the Bucs don’t re-sign him):

Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals

10. Kevin King, cornerback

King was limited to just 10 games with the Packers last season due to injury, but he’s still a good corner when he’s healthy, has a lot of experience, and he’s just 27 years old. If he can stay healthy, he should have suitors, but it’s been a few seasons since he’s been fully healthy, so it is a concern.

Possible landing spots for King (if the Packers don’t re-sign him):

Philadelphia Eagles, Las Vegas Raiders

11. Dont’a Hightower, linebacker

Hightower played for the Patriots from 2012 to 2020, opting to take a season off during the Covid 19 pandemic. He took a bit to get back into things when he re-signed with the Pats in 2021, finishing the season with 1.5 sacks. His contract with New England is up, but they could still re-sign him, as he’s still football-smart and has gotten back in the groove a little since last season.

Possible landing spots for Hightower (if the Patriots don’t re-sign him):

Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins

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