The strength of the Jets' defense rests along the defensive line with their pair of stars, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. While this does a good job of forcing their opponents to use the short passing game to gain yards, the Jets have a need in the secondary, in particular at cornerback.
The former Jet enjoyed an excellent season opposite Patrick Peterson in Arizona on a one-year deal.
With the exception of the game against the Denver Broncos when Demaryius Thomas went nuclear on the Cardinals, Cromartie shut down most of his opponents. Cromartie would be reuniting with his former team, and reuniting with Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who was his defensive coordinator in Arizona.
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Brandon Spikes to the Cleveland Browns
The Browns defense was the worst in the NFL in terms of running defense, and they desperately need a thumper at the middle of the defense.
Down the stretch in 2014, the Cleveland Browns failed to win games as they slid from being in contention in the competitive AFC North to collapsing to a 7-9 record, and a large part of that was the team’s inability to contain the run on first and second down.
Brandon Spikes is exactly what the Cleveland Browns need. Although he struggles in passing situations, he excels both as a run stuffer and as a pass rusher. Spikes has experience playing in the 3-4 scheme that the Browns play, and he can give the team an added physicality that was missing in 2014.
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C.J. Spiller to the Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is in Buffalo, a shifty running back behind a shaky line who has struggled in the past when he didn’t have space generated from an offensive line. C.J. Spiller is in limbo, a high-profile committee back who operates well in space and as a receiver.
While this is not to say that Spiller has the sheer talent level that is evident whenever LeSean McCoy gets a sniff of the football, it would be interesting to see what Spiller can do behind a high-quality offensive line.
If both the Eagles line and Spiller can stay healthy, Spiller may be able to have a more productive year than McCoy on a purely statistical level.
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Rahim Moore to the Baltimore Ravens
Rahim Moore should never be defined by the 2012 divisional round game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. He is an exceptionally rangy safety who makes plays from sideline-to-sideline as a free safety. That play was simply an unfortunate misread of a deep ball.
That won’t change the fact that this move would serve as a constant reminder to both Ravens and Broncos fans of that fateful play. Combine that with the fact that the Ravens need secondary help, and this move makes perfect sense for the Ravens and for Rahim Moore.
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Andre Johnson to the New England Patriots
The Houston Texans recently released the greatest player in their history (future J.J. Watt notwithstanding). Andre Johnson was able to provide the Texans with locker room leadership, consistent hands and route running.
However, in Houston he was being eclipsed by young riser DeAndre Hopkins, so he became expendable.
The New England Patriots have a past of picking up experienced receivers. Johnson was only able to reach the playoffs twice in his career, and he never made it past the wild card round. Adding him to the defending champions may give fans a chance to see Johnson deep into the playoffs.
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Chris Conte to the Green Bay Packers
Neither the Packers nor their fans may want this to happen, but their fellow NFC North brethren will be praising the day Chris Conte signs with the Green Bay Packers.
Conte has already done a great deal for the Packers in the past, most notably blowing a deep coverage in Week 17 in 2013 that brought Randall Cobb in the end zone and the Bears out of the playoffs.
Chris Conte was the symbol for the Bears’ defensive ineptitude under Marc Trestman.
With the Green Bay Packers dominating the division in the past few years, the Bears could hope to transfer their ineptitude onto their rivals.
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Trent Cole to the Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals had the least sacks in the NFL in 2014, and their lack of a consistent pass rush crippled their pass defense and put pressure on the offense to put up more points.
The reemergence of Geno Atkins could provide the Bengals with a major boost in that category, but Cincinnati was well behind the rest of the league in terms of production.
Trent Cole was rather unceremoniously dumped by the Philadelphia Eagles in the beginning of their salary-slashing offseason. He attended the University of Cincinnati. While he may not be the greatest of the pass rushers, it is an ideal match of player and team.
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Dominic Raiola to the Canadian League
Maybe putting Dominic Raiola in the Canadian League will make him more polite.
Actually, that’s not fair to the Canadian League. They don’t deserve to have a player who dives at knees, yells slurs at high schoolers, and has frosted tips. But the Detroit Lions and the NFL both could really use him out of the league, so someone will have to bite the bullet and take on the NFL’s great standout citizen.
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Brian Orakpo to the Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have moved on from head coach Doug Marrone to Rex Ryan, one of the most creative defensive minds in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills already have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and one of the strongest defensive lines.
The team doesn’t really need to add Orakpo at all; they already re-signed Jerry Hughes, who would be placed in the same position that Orakpo operates in anyways.
This potential signing isn’t about the Bills’ needs. It is about how well Orakpo would fit into Ryan’s 3-4 defense. His agility and strength around the edge would give the Bills a disruptive force that would challenge offenses around the improving AFC East.
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Michael Crabtree to the Seattle Seahawks
Please let this happen.
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